BUSICK
Contributed by William Brackett
on July 1, 2015

According to Wikipedia: “The Volga Germanswere ethnic Germans living along the River Volga in the region of southeastern European Russia around Saratov and to the south. Recruited as immigrants to Russia in the 18th century, they were allowed to maintain their German culture, language, traditions, and churches (Lutheran, Reformed, Catholics, and Mennonites). In the 19th and early 20th centuries, many Volga Germans emigrated to the Dakotas and other states in the western United States, as well as to Canada and South America (mainly Argentina and Brazil).” Some of these “Volga Germans” came to live in Berrien County, Michigan. One of these families was named Busick. The records indicate they were born in “Gougas” Russia which has been found to be the Volga German colony of Kukkus, Samara, Russia. There is a website by Richard Felsing: kukkus.com I utilized this website to obtain records of this Berrien County Busick family in Russia as well as records here in Berrien County, Fresno California and Lincoln, Nebraska. In these records this surname is also spelled sometimes as Busik, Boosick, Bosick and Buseck.
Here in Berrien County you can find in the records of George and Henry Busick who were brothers. They also had a brother Peter Busick who immigrated and lived in Fresno California as well as a sister, Mary (Busick) Rosenthal who immigrated and lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. They were the children of Johannes and Maria Elizabeth (Reinhardt) Busick of Kukkus, Russia.
According to genealogical charts found on the internet at: kukkus.com there was a Johann Peter Busick born 13 Sep 1716, Kröffelbach, Hesse, Germany who died 08 Jul 1764, Biskirchen, Braunfels, Hesse, Germany. He was the son of Nicholas and Anna Busick. Johann Peter Busick married “Katharina Margaretha Klepper0n 28 Dec 1736 in Biskichen, Braunfels, Hesse, Germany and they had children:
Anna Christina Busick b. 16 Nov 1749
Maria Margaretha Busick b. 30 Apr 1752
Johann Jost Busick b. 10 Nov 1754
Sophia Busick b. 1757
Johann George Busick b. 1761

Johann Jost Busick, b. 10 Nov 1754, Germany, d. 1816, Kukkus, Samara, Russia. He appears in Kukkus, Russia on 26 Jun 1776.
Johann Jost Busick married
Anna Margareta Baumgaertner and had children:
Johann George Busick b. about 1783/84
Johannes Busick b. 1784
Konrad Busick b. 1794

Johannes Busick b. 1784 married a lady named Anna Barbara … and they children:

Johannes Busick b. 1809
Johann George Busick b. 1812
Johann Jacob Busick b. 23 Oct 1819
Johann Heinrich Busick b. 1810
Johann Adam Busick b. 1828
Johann Konrad Busick b. 1830
Anna Elizabeth Busick b. 1833


Johannes Busick b. 1809 married Katharina Barbara Koerner and they had children:
Johannes Busick b. 19 Dec 1829
George Busick b. 1831
Maria Christina Busick b. 1833
Katharina Barbara Busick b. 1838
Elizabeth Katharina Busick b. 1840
Anna Margaretha Busick b. 1844
Anna Maria Busick b. 1846
Johann Jakob Busick b. 02 Apr 1848
George Heinrich Busick b. 05 Dec 1850
George Adam Busick b. 1853

Johannes Busick b. 19 Dec 1829 married Maria Elizabeth Reinhardt and they had children:

Katharina Elisabeth Busick b. 1851
Maria Barbara Busick b. 1853
Johann George Busick b. 18 Apr 1855 in Kukkus, Russia and who died on 26 Sep 1946 in Berrien County, Michigan
Johannes Busick b. 28 Jan 1863
Jakob Busick b. 06 Oct 1865
Maria Katharina Busick b. 15 Jun 1868 in Kukkus, married Heinrich Rosenthal and died on 25 May 1956 in Lincoln, Nebraska
Johann Peter Busick b. 28 Apr 1871 in Kukkus and died on 30 Jun 1954 in Fresno, California.
Johann Phillip Busick b. 31 Dec 1876
Heinrich Busick b. 12 Dec 1876 in Kukkus and died on 14 Apr 1955 in Berrien County, Michigan.

George Busick of Berrien County, Michigan is one in the same as Johann George Busick who was born on 18 Apr 1855 in Kukkus, Russia. Aboard the ship “Asconia” sailing from South Hampton, England on 11 Apr 1912 was:

George Busik 56 years of age from “Kukus” Russia
Barbara Busik 60 years of age
George Busik 34 years of age
Kath Elizabeth Busik 32 years of age
Katharina Busik 11 years of age “ U S Citz”
George Busik 11 years of age of Russia
George Busik 8 years of age “U S Citizen”
Marie Busik 4 years of age of Russia
Elizabeth Busik of Russia
Amalia Busik 2 years of age
Emilie Busik 1 year of age
They were headed for Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The 1920 census of Lake Township, Berrien County, Michigan includes George living with his son:

George Busick 42 years of age Farmer born in Russia
Katherine Busick 40 years of age born in Russia
Kate Busick 19 years of age born in Russia
George Busick 16 years of age born in Nebraska
Lizzie Busick 12 years of age born in Michigan
Marie Busick 9 years of age born in Russia
Emily Busick 7 years of age born in Russia
George Busick 65 years of age born in Russia

The 1930 census of Baroda, Berrien County, Michigan includes George living with his son:

George Busick 52 years of age Farmer born in Russia
Katherine Busick 50 years of age born in Russia
George Busick Jr. 26 years of age born in Michigan
Edna A. Busick 18 year of age born in Michigan (George Jr’s wife)
Elizabeth Busick 22 years of age born in Russia
Mollie Busick 20 years of age born in Russia
Emily Busick 18 years of age born in Russia
George Busick 75 years of age born in Russia

The 1940 census of Baroda Township, Berrien County, Michigan includes George living with his son and son in law.

George Busick I 88 years of age born in Russia
George Busick II 62 years of age born in Russia
Katherine Busick 60 years of age born in Russia
George Busick III 36 years of age born in Michigan
Edna Busick 28 years of age born in Michigan (George III’s wife)
Lavern Busick 7 years of age born in Michigan (George and Edna’s daughter)
John Freehling 30 years of age born in Michigan
Molly Freehling 30 years of age born in Russia
Marie Freehling 3 years of age born in Michigan


An obituary for George Busick was carried in the New Palladium on 27 Sep 1946 and it reads:
“Galien Resident Dead At Age of 91-Galien-Sept.27-
George Busick, 91, well known and prominent resident of Galien, died Thursday afternoon at his home on Cleveland avenue north of Galien.
Born April 18, 1855 in Russia, he married Katherine Johannes in 1875, who died in 1883. In 1889 he married Barbara Klause who died in 1915.
Mr. Busick first came to the United States in 1901 and returned to Russia in 1906, he later returned to the United States in 1912 and settled on a farm
near Galien. Surviving are one son, Andrew, of Weesaw township; two brothers, Henry of Weesaw township, and Peter of California; a sister,
Mrs. Mary Rosenthal of Lincoln, Neb.; 15 grandchildren; and 28 great grandchildren. Prayer services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the home,
and funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Trinity Lutheran church of Glendora.
Burial will be made in the Hinman cemetery near Baroda. The Kinney Connelly funeral home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.”


Note: George Busick Jr. had died just six months prior to his father’s death. His obit appeard in the Herald Press (St. Joseph, MI) on Tuesday: 26 March, 1946 page 6 col. 4.
"Glendora. March 26 -- George Bursick II, Baroda township framer, died suddenly at his farm home near here at 9:30 Monday night of a heart attack. He was 68 years of age.
He was born in Russia August 24, 1877 and was married there to Catherine Felsing, who survives him.  He came to the United States in 1900 and returned to his native country in
1906. In 1912 he returned to the United States and settled here. He was the sone of and the late Mrs. George Busick.
/syrvuvubg besides his wife and father are four daughters, Mrs. George Freeling, Mrs. John Zielke, Mrs.John Freeling and Mrs. Albert Zielke all of Glendora; one son, George of Glendora:
one brother, Andrew Busick of Glendora, and 12 grandchildren. Three of his children died in infancy.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the Glenfora Trinity Lutheran church, following a prayer service at the residence at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Rev. E. K. Jeschke, pastor,
will conduct the services. Burial will be made in Hinman Cemetery.
The body is at the Kenney-Connelly funeral home, Galien.


George and Katharina (Johannes) Busick had children:

George Busick b. 24 Aug 1877
Andreas Busick b. 30 Oct 1879
Maria Elizabeth Busick born about 1884
Johann Heinrich Busick b. 04 May 1888

Henry Busick of Berrien County Michigan is one in the same as Heinrich Busick born 12 Dec 1876 in Kukkus, Russia. Heinrich and Marie Busick arrived in New York on 14 Apr 1903 aboard the ship “Furnessia”. The ship manifest indicates their last residence was “Wolshaje” Russia. The Kukkus Colony of Russia later became known as Wolskoje. The 1920 census of Lake Township, Berrien County, Michigan includes:

Henry Bosick 43 years of age Farmer born in Russia
Marie Bosick 40 years of age born in Russia

The 1930 census of Baroda, Berrien County, Michigan includes:

Henry Busick 53 years of age Farmer born in Russia
Marie Busick 50 years of age born in Russia

The 1940 census of Baroda Township, Berrien County, Michigan includes:

Henry Busick 63 years of age born in Russia
Mary Busick 60 years of age born in Russia

Henry Busick has a declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States on file in Berrien County. This declaration indicates he was born in “Wuskae” Russia on 12 Dec 1876.
Henry Busick has a World War One draft registration card which gives his birthdate as 12 Dec 1876, birth place Russia and wife as “Marie” Busick. The card is dated 12 Sep 1918 and gives their residence as RR No 1 Galien, Michigan.

His obituary was carried in the Niles Daily Star on 14 Apr 1955 and it reads:
“Galien-Henry Busick, 75, of rural route two, Buchanan, died at 7 a.m. today in his home following an illness of several years.
Busick was born Dec 12, 1879 in Gougas, Russia, the son of John and Elizabeth Busick. He was married in 1903 in Russia to Mary Irish.
They came to Kalamazoo in 1903 and moved to Berrien County about 45 years ago where Busick was engaged in farming.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Glendora. Surviving are his widow; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Rosenthal, of Lincoln, Neb.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete."


This same newspaper carried a follow-up on 16 Apr 1955 and it reads:
"Buchanan-Funeral services for Henry Busick, 75, who died at his home in Buchanan Thursday, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday
at Glendora Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. V. G. Zuberbier officiating. Burial will be in Weesaw Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Connelly Funeral Home in Three Oaks until noon Sunday when the body will be moved to the church.
A prayer preceding the services will be said at the Busick home, rural route two, Buchanan, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday."


"Gougas Russia" is actually Kukkus Russia, a Volga River German colony in Russia. Henry Busick married Mary Eurich, not “Irish”, in Russia. George and Mary (Eurich) Busick are buried in the Glendora Cemetery, Berrien County, Michigan.

Peter Busick married Elizabeth Katharina Schneider in Russia. He is one in the same as Johannes Peter Busick
born on 28 Apr 1871 in Kukkus, Samara, Russia. The 1920 census of Fresno, California includes:


Peter Boosic 49 years of age Laborer in a packing plant born in Russia
Lizzie Boosic 51 years of age born in Russia
John Boosic 20 years of age born in Russia
Henry Boosic 17 years of age born in Russia
Pete Boosic 13 years of age born in Russia

The 1930 census of Fresno, California includes:

Peter Busick 58 years of age Laborer in a packing plant born in Russia
Lizzie Busick 61 years of age born in Russia
Peter Busick Jr. 23 years of age born in Russia
Jack Busick 20 years of age born in Russia

The 1940 census of Fresno, California includes:

Peter Busick 68 years of age born in Russia
Peter Busick 33 years of age born in Russia

According to genealogical records Peter and Elizabeth (Schneider) Busick had children:

Johann Peter Busick born 18 Mar 1893
Johannes Busick born 15 Feb 1898
Amelia Busick born 12 Aug 1900
Elizabeth Busick born 07 Sep 1901
Heinrich Busick born 27 Nov 1902
Peter Busick born 17 Dec 1906
Jakob Busick born 11 Sep 1909

The Fresno Bee, Fresno, California, carried an obituary for Peter Busick on 01 July 1954 and it reads:
“Peter Busick-Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 9:30 AM in the Free Evangelical Lutheran Cross Church for
Peter Busick, 83, of 2216 Rose Avenue, a retired employee of the Rosenberg Brothers Packing Company
who died yesterday in a local rest home after a long illness. Busick was born in Russia and lived here for 42 years.
He was a member of the Free Evangelical Lutheran Cross Church. He is survived by three sons, John of Biola, Peter
and Jack of Fresno; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Rosenthal of Lincoln, Neb.;
a brother, Henry Busick of Galien, Mich.; six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Easley’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.”

Mary Busick married Heinrich Rosenthal in Russia and they immigrated to Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.
She is one in the same as Maria Katharina Busick who was born in 1869 in Kukkus, Russia. The 1910 census of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska includes:


Heinrich Rosenthal 50 years of age Trackman for a Railroad born in Russia

Mary K. Rosenthal 43 years of age born in Russia
Liz Peter Rosenthal 14 years of age born in Russia
Conrad Rosenthal 12 years of age born in Russia
Heinrich Rosenthal 12 years of age born in Russia
Emelie Rosenthal 11 months old born in Nebraska

The 1920 census of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska includes:
Henry Rosendahl 58 years of age born in Samara Russia
Mary K. Rosendahl 50 years of age born in Russia
Conrad Rosendahl 21 years of age born in Russia
Henry Rosendahl 14 years of age born in Russia
Emelia Rosendahl 8 years of age born in Wisconsin

The 1930 census on Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska includes:

Catherine Rosenthal 61 years of age born in Russia
David Bertham 21 years of age son-in-law born in Nebraska
Amelia Bertham 20 years of age daughter born in Russia

The 1940 census of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska includes:

David Bertram 30 years of age born in Colorado
Amelia Bertram 30 years of age born in Wisconsin
Betty Bertram 9 years of age born in Nebraska
Elmer Bertram 7 years of age born in Nebraska
Mary Rosenthal 71 years of age born in Russia

According to genealogical records Henry and Mary (Busick) Rosenthal had children:

Elizabeth Rosenthal born 22 Feb 1893 in Russia
Peter J. Rosenthal born about 1896 in Russia
Konrad Rosenthal born 06 Sep 1898 in Russia
Heinrich Rosenthal born 09 Apr 1906 in Russia
Amelia Rosenthal born about 1909 in Russia


Henry died in 1929. He and Mary K. (Busick) Rosenthal are buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.
The Lincoln Evening Journal carried an obituary for Mary Rosenthal on 25 May 1956 on page 9 and it reads:
“Mary Rosenthal, 86, of 2954 Apple, Dies-Mrs. Mary Rosenthal, 86, of 2954 Apple died Friday.
Born at Gukas, Russia, she came to Lincoln from there 49 years ago. She was a member of St. John’s Congregational Church.
Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Barthule and Mrs. Amelia Bertram, both of Lincoln; sons, Peter of Worland, Wyo.,
Conrad of Lexington and Henry of Potter; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.”
This same newspaper’s evening edition carried this same notice but added the funeral home as “Hodgman-Splain”.



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