Posted By:Saaundra Anderson
Subject:Re: Joseph Albert Lusk - Coffee County, TN
Post Date:August 07, 2001 at 20:34:41
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Hi! I can fully explain to you the correct names and mariages. Joseph Albert Lusk, aka Capt. Jay married Ann Elizabeth Burrows Cunnyngham. They had her name backwards on the marriage. Capt Jay's sister, Almetia Jane Lusk married John T. Cunnyngham in 1856. The Cunnyngham's and Lusk's and Gilliam's and Duncan's are all tied together.

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Below are several bits of info that I hope will help you.


The Will of J. M. Cunnyngham, Manassas Junction, Virginia. (The original will, a holographic one, has the surname correctly spelled "Cunnyngham"; in the Will Book, transcribed by some one else of course, it was misspelled "Cunningham". The correct version is used here.) Coffee County Wills. June 1836-August 1906.

Date Written: 9 Aug. 1861 Original; Book 1, page 51

Wife Mrs. Ann E. Cunnyngham, "Dear Love", to have everything including my interest in my father's estate + my one-horse buggy & harness + household things.
Dau. Victory B. Cunnyngham to be sent to school for as good an education as she is capable of receiving. I give her 3 tracts in Grundy County, 2 of 5000 acres each, one on the E, both of which are to be sold & money used for her education, & another 300 acres, known as the Rutledge tract.
If my wife should marry, John T. Crocket is to be appointed guardian of V. B. Cunnyngham.
Executor: (none named) Date Proven: 3 Nov. 1862
Signed Witnesses: J. Q. A. Farrar, T. L. Gunn, Jesse Reynolds
(not in J-S; #273 in 1860 CC census; he is in #878 in 1850 CC census)

I am not sure that this is the correct George W. Lusk but in the Roll of Honor book it states:
Lusk, G. W. -Enl. from the 11th District of Coffee County, Co. ___24th Tenn Reg. killed at the Battle of Shiloh. I believe that this is Capt. Jay's brother.

1860 Coffee County Census
Household #274
George W. Lusk age 23 Farmer 2500-600 born Tenn.
Elizabeth age 16 Domestic born Tenn.
Aven ? R. age 6/12 F born Tenn.

Interesting as they are living next door to James Cunnyngham and Ann Burrows Cunnyngham who later married George's brother, Joseph Albert Lusk. Aka, Capt. Jay, years after James was killed in the Civil War.

Coffee County Loose Court Papers

#301. 1856 Oct. 7- Exparts petition to sell land. Petition of John Charles, gdn. of Joseph A. Lusk and Almitia J. Cunnyngham wife of John T. Cunnyngham, formerly Almitia J. Lusk, John T. Cunnyngham, George W. Lusk, and O. W. Cook heirs at law and distributees of James G. Lusk, dec'd. James G. Lusk died intestate in CCT some years since leaving the following children: Sarah Ann, Salina, George W., Joseph A., and Almitia J... Two tracts of land in CD 7 & 11- the mill tract bounded by Wyatt Lane, William Gilliam, Eliza Cunnyngham. The other tract by W. H. Phillips, M. Stephens, and Eliza Cunnyngham and J. M. Ake, 220a. ...Salina Adaline wife of Thomas P. Duncan