Lucy (Day) Rush
was generously provided to us by
Gwenn (Rush) Vance
THANKS, CUZ GWENN, FOR SHARING!
the Minnie "Rose" Rush who
General S. Smith,
(b: 09 Oct 1914 Blackwater, Laurel Co, KY)
on 14 Jun 1941, in Jellico, Cambell Co, TN
William &Elsie "Alice"(Cobb) Smith
Thomas &Elizabeth(Sasser) Smith
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for this "Walter/Julia" branch was taken from
Walter's online obituary
which was submitted by a Diana Flynn.
To view Ms. Flynn's transcript of the obituary,
(clicking on will open a separate browser window).
The obituary states that he was survived
by one sister Grace Jones;
and, that he was preceded in death
by his parents Jim &Sally(Brock) Rush
and by one sister Rose Smith.
at Champ Sasser's place at Gibbs, Knox Co, KY,
with Walter Rush subsequently found guilty and sent to prison for it.
There were/are those who did/do NOT believe that Walter did it.
The following are some various accounts of what happened.
was provided by
Elaine (Helton) Lorinczi
d/o Bob &Cathy(Hayes) Helton
gd/o Bob &Avis(Sasser) Helton
g-gd/o George &Matilda(Vaughn) Helton
James &Lucy(Osborne) Helton
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news item was provided by
Glenn E. Perry
~ a Cobb-Sasser Website "cuz-team" member ~
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October 20, 1949
M.B. BLANTON SLAIN SUNDAY
M.B. Blanton, 26 year old Blackwater farmer, was
shot and killed instantly about 1:30 o'clock Sunday
afternoon and Walter Rush, 40, same address is in
the Knox County jail charged with the crime. He
is held without bond. According to State Police
from the London office who made the arrest, Rush
was threatening Mrs. *Champ Sasser with a postol,
and as Blanton begged Rush to leave the woman
alone, Rush turned the weapon and fired at Blanton
as the latter threw up his hands to plead for his
own life. The tragedy occurred near the barn on
the property of Mrs. Wallace Sasser in Knox County,
near the Laurel county line. Rush was taken by
State Police to the Barbourville jail and at
examining trial in that city Tuesday he was held
to the Knox grand jury without bond. Blanton is
survived by his wife and one child. Rush is the
father of nine children. Funeral and burial
services for the victim were held yesterday at
the Blackwater cemetery.
* Champ Sasser
(1912 - 1992)
was the son of
Wallace &Cora(Perry) Sasser
(clicking on a link will open a separate browser window)
Champ's wife was
Una Mae (Wagoner) Sasser
(spelled with one "g")
(1912 - 1967)
the daughter of
Joe &Lucy(Botkin) Waggoner
Clickon Champ to find a subsequent
news account about a moonshine still being found on
(and confiscated from) Champ's property
during M.B.'s murder investigation!
(1923 - 1949)
was the son of
Matt &Dollie(Gilbert) Blanton
and grandson of
Calvin &Angeline(Osborne) Blanton
(clicking on will open a separate browser window)
remember from the days when he was one of my
grandfather, Clabe Taylor's, tenant farmers at
what long before had been the Wallace and Susan
Jones Gilbert place at the "fork's of the road"
on Big Richland, Knox County, KY. He was a hard
working man that, as everyone knew, could be
depended on. But it was said that he would kill
anybody who threatened him--that he had once
been in prison for stabbing someone and had
been released after spending the minimum time
behind bars because he was a "model prisoner."
And the word was that he carried a Colt 45 at
all times. It seems that, having heard about
this, a few people expressed fear of him, but
others liked him and felt safe as long as they
did not antagonize him. Then came the shocking
news in 1949 that he had killed M.B. Blanton,
apparently in a drunken brawl, up the creek at
Mt.Ararat/Gibbs. Walter Rush was arrested and
sentenced to life in prison, but I remember
people saying that that meant seven years for
him, as he of course would be a "model prisoner."
And I suppose that was about right, for I heard
in later years that he had been released, with
one of the conditions being that he never return
to "this country" (that is, to the Knox/Laurel
County area). Instead, he made his home in the
Blue Grass (north-central Kentucky), again as a
tenant farmer. I understand that he died long ago,
but only after killing his landlord in the Blue
Grass. This time, as the story goes, he did not
get a prison sentence, as he showed that he had
been defending himself from the landlord's cruelty.
As for the killing of M.B. Blanton, that was an
"O.J. Simpson-type case" around there for many
years. I remember many occasions when people
argued excitably about whether it was Walter Rush
or someone else who committed the crime. I rarely
thought of the matter over the following decades,
but during the past two or three years I have
asked members of the older generation about the
controversy. I am told that a man who came along
for the ride from Barbourville with the sheriff
after the murder occurred later claimed that Walter
Rush's gun had not been fired and that Tom Sasser
(s/o Wallace Sasser, son of Jesse), who was present
at the shooting, insisted that another man killed
M.B. Blanton. The implication is that the sheriff
was dead set on pinning the crime on an "ex-con"
regardless of the facts, but all of this is gossip
and speculation, and I personally have no opinion
on the matter.
the "William &Lucy(Rush) Frazier" branch
were generously provided to us by
Linda (Lockaby) Bernat
THANKS, CUZ LINDA, FOR SHARING!
of the overall
Cobb-Sasser Family Lineage Website
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