THE BUSTILL FAMILY

The Bustill family was an early pioneering African American family with a lineage that traces back to colonial Philadelphia. They proudly contributed to the war effort during the Revolutionary War as loyal supporters of the Continental Army, and risked their lives to secretly transport wagon loads of bread to feed George Washington's hungry troops. As early abolitionist, the Bustills were actively involved in the Underground Railroad, and were leaders in several early anti-slavery organizations. The family included prominent and outspoken abolitionist, entrepreneurs, educators, scholars, writers, journalist, socialites, artist, musicians, singers, actors, and athletes. The Bustill family is one of the oldest historical African American families in the US, having been leaders in establishing many of the earliest African American institutions, and in breaking many racial barriers.



1st Generation:

Parents:
Cyrus Bustill(1732-1806, Burlington, NJ)  and Elizbeth Morrey (1745-1827, Pennsylvania)

2nd Generation Children:
Cyrus Bustill, Jr
Grace Bustill Douglass (1782-1842)
David Bustill (1784/87-1866) (Burlington, NJ)
Rachael Bustill (1780-1848) (Burlington, NJ)
Charles Bustill
Ruth Bustill
Mary Bustill
Leah Bustill
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2nd Generation:

Parents:
David Bustill (1787-1866) (Burlington, NJ)  and Mary Hicks (1789-1857) (Swedesboro, NJ)

3rd Generation Children:
Charles Hicks Bustill (1816/17-1890) (Philadelphia, Pa)
Joseph Cassey Bustill (1822-1895) (Philadelphia, PA)
James M. Bustill (1825-1880)(Philadelphia, PA)
(H)Esther Bustill (1828-?) (Pennsylvania)
Mary Bustill (1830-?) ( Philadelphia, PA)
Rebecca Bustill (1832/35-?) (Philadelphia, PA)
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Parents:
Grace Bustill Douglass (1782-1842) (Burlington,NJ)  and Rev. Robert Douglass

3rd Generation Children:
Sarah Mapps Douglass (1806 - 1882) (Philadelphia, Pa)
Robert Douglass, Jr. (1809-1887) (Philadelphia, Pa)
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Parents:
Rachael Bustill (1780-1848) (Burlington,NJ)  and Jeremiah Bowser (1766-1856)

3rd Generation Children:
David Bustill Bowser (1820-1900) (Philadelphia, Pa)
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3rd Generation:

Parents:
Charles Hicks Bustill (1816-1890) (Philadelphia, Pa)  and Emily Robinson (1815-before 1860)

4th Generation Children:
Maria Louisa Bustill Robeson (18531904) (Philadelphia, Pa)
Gertrude Emily Hicks Bustill (1855-1948) (Philadelphia, PA)
Samuel Bustill (1841-?) (Philadelphia, PA)
(H)George Bustill (1847-?) (Pennsylvania)
Desaline Bustill (1848-?) (Philadelphia, PA)
Mary Bustill (1854-?) (Philadelphia, PA)
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Parents:
Joseph Cassey Bustill (1822-1895) (Philadelphia, Pa)  and Sarah Humphreys (1829-?)

4th Generation Children:
Anna Amelia Bustill Smith(1862-?) (Harrisburg, Pa)
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Parents:
David Bustill Bowser (1820-1900) (Philadelphia, Pa)  and Elizabeth Harriet Stevens Gray (1833-1908)

4th Generation Children:
Ida E. Bowser (1869- 1955) (Philadelphia, Pa)
Raphael Bowser (1858-?) (Philadelphia, PA)
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