Thanks for all your research. I had noticed the different spellings of his name also. Hard to say if it was a census worker problem or a lack of education.
Here are a few tidbits of family lore that I know. John Nance Luman/Lewman had only one arm. He lost his other arm in a gristmill accident when he was about 12. Hence his nickname was "onesie."
Joel T. Luman drove a supply wagon in the Civil War. He went AWOL for one period to be at home when his wife was giving birth. This came back to haunt him later when his wife applied for veteran benefits she was turned down for her $4 a month because of his going AWOL for that one time.
It is believed that John Nance Luman had a bar which would go along with the distillary of Joel T. Luman. Evidently there was an incident with his son Gilbert. Gilbert was working at the bar and sold liquor to a minor. An arrest warrant was issued. John Nance Luman gave his son money to leave the state and Gilbert went to Kansas.
The Lumans were really big people. Joel T. Luman was 6'5" or 6'6" and weighted over 300 lbs when he died. His daughter Anna was 6'. When he died his casket was too big to get out the door and they had to take it out the window.
Joel T. Luman was a cattle buyer. He had a circular driveway. He would have sellers drive the cattle around his driveway and he would sit on the porch and pick out the ones he wanted. He had red hair and light colored eyes.
I also have stories about Joel's son William Francis but I don't know if that is too far removed from your family line.
Hope you find this interesting.
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