Charles Hicks

Charles Hicks Bustill

Charles Hicks Bustill (1816-1890) was a plasterer, abolitionist and conductor in the Underground Railroad. His daughter, Gertrude Emily Hicks Bustill (1855-1948) would marry Nathan Francis Mossell (1856-1946), the first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania medical school.

Birth

Charles was born in 1816 in Philadelphia to David Bustill (1787-1866) and Mary Hicks, and he had the following siblings: James M. Bustill (1820-after 1880) who married Lydia A. X (1824-?); and Joseph Cassey Bustill (1822-1895) who also was a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

Family history

Paternal grandparents

David Bustill was the son of Cyrus Bustill (1732-1806) of Springfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey and Elizabeth Morrey (1745-1827). They married on August 6, 1773 in Christ Church, Philadelphia.

Great grandparents

Cyrus Bustill's parents were Samuel Bustill, a white lawyer who was active in colonial politics who worked as a "clerk to the council". Samuel Bustill had a child with one of his slaves to produce Cyrus Bustill. Samuel then married Grace Gardiner and had additional children. Elizabeth Morrey's parents were Richard Morrey, from England; and Satterthwait who was Lenape.

Marriage

Charles Bustill married Emily Robinson and had the following children: Maria Louisa Bustill (1853-1904) who married William Drew Robeson I (1845-1918) who were the parents of Paul Robeson; Gertrude Emily Hicks Bustill (1855-1948) who married Nathan Francis Mossell (1856-1946). Nathan was the first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania medical school. Charles Bustill appears in the United States Census, 1870 as a widower with his two children. He was working as a plasterer in Philadelphia.

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