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65. William Lusk Jr.

The second son of Joseph Lusk II, William Lusk was born in Green Co, State of Franklin, which is now Tennessee. He came with his father to Warm Springs (Hot Springs) in Madison CO, NC in 1788, when he was 7 or 8 years old. William Lusk met Mary Magdaline Garrett--born May 13, 1790 died April 23, 1847, and married her in Warm Springs, Buncombe CO, NC on May 16, 1807. Mary Magdaline Garrett'sfather, William Garrett, ran a stage coach service in Warm Springs. William Lusk and Magdaline 'Garrett' Lusk moved to the Irish Bottoms, COcke Co, TN, thenin 1813 to the flats of Spring Creek, Buncombe CO, NC and purchased 300 acres.In 1820, when George Christian Askew came to Spring Creek, Buncombe Co, NC there were only four men living on it. They were William Lusk and Samuel Lusk, aMr. Crawford and Mr. Garrett. Spring Creek was then in Buncombe CO. and was until 1851, when it became Madison Co. (Allynee Virginia 'Owen' Murphy)

William-July 14, 1781, On a prospecting tour to Dutch Bottoms, TN, William met and married Mary Magdaline Garrett-May 13, 1790--April 23, 1847. They moved to the Irish Bottoms in the State of Tennessee, then in 1813 to the Flats of Spring Creek, NC and purchased 300 acres in 1813. Spring Creek was then in Buncombe Co,and was until 1851, when it became Madison Co. To this union were born 10 children. Some reports have 11 children. (John Weldon Owen)

Virgil Stuart Lusk(son of William and Magdalene) was an attorney, who did some Lusk family research. In a book called "Lusk, a Pioneer Family" by Dexter Dixon, I found a letter from Virgil written to C.W. Lusk, Esquire.
"Am just in receipt of your favor ov 20th instant and take pleasure in answering at earliest opportunity. I remember Mr. Gresham's call and his favorable mention of you, and from the meagerdescription of his information, I rightfully concluded that you must be a descendant of my uncle Joseph, your grandfather it seems I was correct in my conclusion. From best information your grandfather was my uncle. There were three brother, Samuel, William (my father) and Joseph (your grandfather). Samuel wentto Kentucky and we (information from my father) lost sight of him. We always thought he was killed by Indians. There is a family of the Lusks living in Kentucky, but I do not know their lineage. You are mistaken about our nationality. We are Scotch. Our Ancestor came from Scotland some time during the sixteenth century and settled in Virginia, and remained there until some time before the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, and moved to Watauga (now Tennessee) and was living there when the war broke out. I don't know just at what time they came to Watauga, but am informed by my fathre that they lived in a block house as a protection against the Indians, and that my grandfather was in the battle of King's Mountain, used a Decard rifle in the battle. I have shot the samegun many times, killing many gray squirrels with the gun used in the battle for liberty. Owing to the caliber of the weapon, it was rather an expensive gun; eighty bullets weighed a pound. At the close of the war between the States my people all moved to Texas, father going with them, and carried the old gun with him. They located in an unhealthful place, and nearly all died, father included.
What was left moved farther west into New Mexico. I made an unsuccessful effort to reclaim the gun. It could not be found. As a memento it is priceless to me.
From Watauga my father came to North Carolina as I now remember from his statements in 1788. The country was all Indian at that time. I have listened many hours to his adventures with the Indians. What is now the garden spot of the world was then a wilderness. Often I've hung with absorbed interesting accounts of boating trips from Chattanooga to New Orleans, how the boat people dreaded the dangers of Muscle Shoals. I could never satisfy myself why he wouldgive up the fine, rich lands of Tennessee for the

Mary Magdaline Garrett

AKA: Maggie

69. Joseph Gray Lusk

This Lusk family did not go to Texas. In 1870, James G. and Margaret and DavidR. Lusk are listed on the 1870 Census in Spring Creek, NC.

Some reports have his birth as July 20, 1811.

Margaret Russell

AKA: Peggy

70. Ruthe Vance Lusk

Remember that their daughter Anna Mildred Brown married Shirley Findley's dad,Isaac Newton Lusk, who was David Lusk's son and Joseph Gray Lusk's grandson (not sure about all of this, the dates don't match up--John Weldon Owen)

71. Rev. John Sydney Lusk

Married Elizabeth Plemmons, who was born about 1814 and died abt 1874. Her parents were Thomas Plemmons III and Elizabeth 'Roberts' Plemmons; there being twelve children in the family and she was the third or forth. John Sydney Lusk wasa Baptist preacher and donated the land for the Lusk Chapel. This Chapel was named for him, and he preached there. During the Civil War, he hid out in the corncrib to keep the Yankees from finding him. He did not fight in this war, because of his beliefs. He stayed in Spring Creek and raised his family, while his father(William Lusk), his brother (Samuel Adolphus Joseph Lusk), his son (William Lusk) and several of his sisters (Sarah Harrison Lusk) (Arrena Malissa 'Owen' Lusk) joined a wagon train and went to Texas in 1866 and 1870. John SydneyLusk and Elizabeth 'Plemmons' Lusk are buried on Fines Creek in Haywood CO, NC

Elizabeth Plemmons

She was living on current Ethel Kirpatrick farm at the time of her death.

73. William James Berry Lusk

Shown born as William Berry in the Lusk Bible, but James Berry was shown in cemetery records. At the age of 19, William James Berry Lusk committed suicide and is buried at Gap of the Mountain Cemetery, Spring Creek, Buncombe Co, NC withhis mother and brother. His sister, Sarah Harrison 'Lusk' Askew, presumably named a son 'James Berry' after him in 1834. His sister, Arrena Malissa 'Lusk' Owen also named a son 'William Green Berry Owen' after him in 1850. His cemetery record had him listed as 'James Berry Lusk' while the Lusk family bible identifies him as 'William B. Lusk'.

66. Samuel Isaac Lusk

Went to Kentucky with Daniel Boone and is thought to have been killed by Indians

Buried at Lusk Home with wife, Sarah. Near Duck River, Between Stone Fortand Powers Bridge in a stone encased grave.

The family tradition regarding Samuel Lusk, the son of Joseph Lusk, may be substantiated by the following from(SUmmers, Lewis Preston. Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, page 436-437).
"In the month of March 1793, a considerable band of Indians were seen on the headwaters of the a Clinch River attempting to steal horses. The Indians finally succeeded in stealing eight horses and made off toward the Ohio. In the menatime Major Robert Crockett proceeded to gather a company to pursue the Indians and while engaged in gathering them in he directed Joseph Gilbert and Samuel Lusk, twoscouts, to follow the INdians, and in case they found them, to give information." "Gilbert and Lusk had not followed the Indians more than an hour, when theycame to a lick, at which the Indians had concealed themselves waiting for deeror elk. As soon as the scouts approached the lick they were fired upon by theIndians and Lusk was wounded in the hand. Gilbert turned and started to run when Lusk called him to stay and save his life, if possible. Gilbert, fired with all the noble instincts of true manhood, turned and shot the first Indian dead on the spot. The Indians surrounded him and his gun being empty, he dropped it and drew his hunting knife, and attacked the Indians with such spriit that thye dared no longer get within his reach; but they used their tomahawks with such effect tath he soon lay dead by the side of Lusk, who was now reviving. The Indians scalped Gilbert and carried Lusk off prisoner. Major Crockett and his force came up after some time, but they were too late to accomplish any good." We do not know if Samuel Lusk escaped from the Indians, but in 1803 there was a Samuel Lusk in Claiborne Co, TN with wife Elizabeth. Samuel Lusk was received into the Big Springs Baptist CHurch Jan 2nd, Saturday, 1803. "Opened the doorfor reception of memebers when Samuel Lusk was received by Letter." (Big Springs Church Minutes, Jan 1803, "Watauga Association Genealogist, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1975).
On April 29, 1807, Samuel and wife Elizabeth Lusk sold a tract of land which is described as being on "both sides of Kentucky Road immediately on the South East bank of Russell's Creek adjoining to the Town of Tazewell, Claiborne CO, Tennessee. Since this road to Kentucky and near the Cumberland Gap and thegeneral vicinity where a Samuel Lusk was captured by the Indians and where Boone camped before moving into Kentucky, it is quite possible this Samuel is the son of Joseph Lusk. (Allynne Virginia 'Owen' Murphy)

67. James Joseph Lusk III

Fought in War of 1812--Memeber of Cpt. John Hawkins (Haskins?) Co. TN Militia (Jan 10, 1814-May 13, 1814).

Supprted the Union Army during the Civil War.

On Tombstone: Husband of Rebekah Igou, Private Infantry War of 1812

Joseph Lusk II was born at the old Lusk homestead near the present site of Ashville, NC, May 27, 1790 and lived there until early manhood. He then came into EastTennessee, and on Oct 28, 1812, he married Mis Rebekah Igou, daughter of JamesIgou, a pioneer citizen of Sullivan County, who later moved to Bledsoe Co. Shewas born Jan 4 1791, and died in Bradley Co, Tn, Nov 1, 1858. Joseph Lusk II was a soldier in the War of 1812, being a member of Capt. John Hawkins' Co. of TN militia. About the year 1835, he located in the Red Hill valley in Bradley Co, eleven miles south of Cleveland, where he spent the remainder of his life. He died Feb 3, 1873. He and his wife and his father, Joseph Lusk I, sleep in the family lot on the old Lusk homestead in Bradley CO. During the war Mr. Luskwas an uncompromising Union man, fearless in defense of his political convictions and of his property rights. His courage and steadfastness had numerous tests during the cours of hostilities. Early in the war the Confederate authorities of hte county issued orders to all Union men to surrender their firearms. A squad was sent to Mr. Lusk to take his guns but he showed so determined a front that they left rather hurriedly without accomplishing their errand. On another occasion a band of guerrillas raided his farm for the purpose of taking hisfew remaining horses. In a pitched battle with them, he killed one and put ohter to flight, leaving the horses and their dead companion. This placed him ina dangerous position, as his opponents were still in possession of the country. A few nights later a large party burned his house and made a determined effort to find and kill him. Shortly afterwards the Union forces moved in and he wasthereafter protected. (copied from Leaves from the Family Tree - article by John Morgan Wooten)

From the Veterans Administration, Washington - May 24, 1934-In reply refer to :BA-J/ady Joseph Lusk, SC 7682 Judge Charles W. Lusk, Courthouse, Chattanooga, TN
Dear Sir: Reference is made to your letter relative to Joseph Lusk, a soldier of the War of 1812. Joseph Lusk, SC 7682 Joseph Lusk enlisted in Pikeville, Bledsoe CO, TN and served as a private in Captain John Haskins' Co of Tennessee Militia from January 10, 1814 to May 13, 1814. IN 1851, he was living in Bradley Co, TN. He was allowed pension on his application executed September 4, 1871 at which time he was eighty-one years old and a resident of Bradley CO, TN, his post office address, Cleveland, Bradley CO, TN. Soldiermarried in November 1812 in Bledsoe CO, TN, Rebecca Igo. She was still living in 1871. There are no further famiy data. Very Truly yours, A.D. Hiller, Assistant to Administrator (Copied from the Leaves from the Lusk Family Tree by Howard D. Lusk 1 Apr 1977)

The third son of Joseph Lusk II, wsa born at the oldLusk homestead near the present site of Ashville, Buncombe CO, NC, May 27, 1790, James Joseph Lusk III.

90. Samuel Igou Lusk

He was married twice and raised a large family; served through the Civil War inthe Union Army

93. James Patton Lusk

Moved to Arkansas while still a young man and raised a family; served through the war in the COnfederate Army; died about 1906.

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