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Re: Mary Lusk, b. 1780 d. 1849 Blount co. TN
Posted by: George Lusk Date: February 06, 2001 at 19:08:01
In Reply to: Mary Lusk, b. 1780 d. 1849 Blount co. TN by Vernon R Padgett of 2000

Hi Vernon: I believe that Mary Lusk's parents were Robert Lusk and possibly Mary (Maiden Name Unknown). There is another cousin who thinks that Robert's wife was named Elizabeth but she has not sent anything to back that up. Do you have any information on the Lusk/McNabb family connection that you would be willing to share? George

1. ROBERT4 LUSK (JOHN3, NATHAN2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1743 in Augusta Co., VA, and died 1801 in Carter Co., TN. He married MARY (UNKNOWN) February 25, 1764 in Augusta Co., VA. She was born 1740 in Augusta Co., VA, and died Unknown in ?.

Notes for ROBERT LUSK:

Robert Lusk - Location as listed by records

Tax list 1796 page 163 Carter Co., TN

Tax list 1797 page 180 Carter Co., TN

Tax list 1798 page 194 Carter Co., TN

Tax list 1799 page 211 Carter Co., TN

(Information taken from cardex in Tennessee State Library, Nashville, TN)

Page 291 - 25th December 1750. John Hays' will, plantationer - Wife, Rebecca; three sons: son, Andrew; son, Charles; son; John (land on Roanoke joining William Miller's plantation); nephew, John Hays, Jr. (Rebecca Hays, daughter to son, John); daughter, Jenett Mills; nephew, (?) Rebeckey Guines; nephew, Robert Lusk; nephew, James Hays, son to son, James; legatee, Robert Lusk; legatee, Abigail Hayes, alias Kinseys. Executors: Wife, Rebecky and sons, Charles and Andrew. Teste: James Buchanan, Samuel Hayes, James Moore. Proved 26th February 1750, by all witnesses and Charles and Andrew refuse to administer, and Rebecca qualified with sureties (no bond appears).

Will book #1, page 384: 28 August 1751 - Andrew Hays' bond as guardian to Robert Lusk, orphan of John Lusk; appointed. (Chronicles of the Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia Volume III page 23.)

Robert Lusk granted marriage license in Augusta County, VA on 25 February 1764. (Chronicles of the Scotch Irish Settlement in Virginia Volume II page 277 by Chalkey. Available in Carlsbad City Library)

Robert Lusk is listed as a soldier in court records Augusta Co., VA March 29, 1764. (National Genealogical Society Quarterly June 1937 page 50)

Land Grants - North Carolina

Robert Lush is reported to have received Grant # 185 for 50 acres on 24 Oct. 1782. Land located in Washington Co., TN Recorded Book 4, page 256.

Robert Lusk is reported to have received Grant # 157 for 50 acres on 24 Oct. 1782. Land is located in Washington Co., TN Recorded Book 6, page 53.

Robert Lusk is reported to have received Grant 614 for 260 acres on 10 November 1784. Land located in Washington Co., TN. Recorded Book 4, page 517.

(Information taken from cardex in Tennessee State Library, Nashville, TN)

Received North Carolina Land grants in Washington County, TN in 1778. Carter County was formed in 1796 from part of Washington County. His land was in the area of Buffalo Creek. He had one tract on Powder Branch, another on Dry Creek and another 50 acres not yet identified. The original grant was for 266 acres. In 1792, he sold 66 acres to John Peoples. The remaining 200 acres were deeded to his son - John.

(Info from Ann Lusk letter dated 17 March 1992)

Robert Lusk is listed in Washington Co., TN tax list for 1787 as # 212 having 460 acres and one white poll. (From Early East Tennessee Taxpayers compiled by Pollyanna Creekmore page 141. Available at Carlsbad City Library)

Carter County History - Carter County is one of the extreme eastern counties of Tennessee. It is bounded on the north by Johnson County, on the south by Unicoi County and the line of North Carolina, and on the west by Washington County. Its area is about 360 square miles. Mountainous with a small area of arable land. The principal stream in the county is Watauga River which receives Buffalo Creek and Doe River from the south and Stony Creek from the north. First settlers were Andrew Greer and Julius C. Dugger in the time period 1766. Carter County was formed by General Assembly on 9 April 1796 by the division of Washington County, part of Unicoi County and all of Johnson County. (From History of Tennessee Illustrated. Available at SDGS Library)

Robert Lusk was selected to serve on Carter County Grand Jury during 2nd session between 4 July 1796 and April 1797. (History of Tennessee Illustrated. Available SDGS Library)

Robert Lusk and John Peoples were members of Carter County's first Grand Jury. (History of Carter County 1760-1861 page 35 by Frank Merritt. Available at Tennessee State Library, Nashville, TN)

Robert Lusk is listed in Carter County, TN tax list for 1796 as having 244 acres. Also listed is Samuel Lusk with one white poll. Robert Lusk is also listed as having one stud horse. (Early East Tennessee Taxpayers page 203. Compiled by Pollyanna Creekmore. Available at Carlsbad City Library)

Heirs of Robert Lusk - died 1801 settlement - 1802

Thomas Roe, John Murray, Mary Lusk, Samuel Lusk and John Lusk. (Carter County Wills & Inventories 1794-1847 page 20-21, Allen Papers, McClung Collection, Lawson McGhee Library. Materials sent by Mrs. Hugh Gardner)

These are taken from the manuscript titled CARTER COUNTY, TENNESSEE, WILLS AND INVENTORIES, 1794-1847, one of the results of the WPA project in the late thirties. In the cases of Mary Lusk and Samuel Lusk, the documents include the phrase "__________ _________ one of the heirs and legatees of Robert Lusk deceased for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars to me in hand paid by John Lusk, Administrator of Robert Lusk, deceased have bargained sold relinquished and for ever quit claim unto John Lusk . . . .", the blanks filled in with the names "Mary Lusk" and "Samuel Lusk" respectively. There is also a similar document in the name of "Thomas Rowe" (Martha Lusk's future husband), but not identifying him as "one of the heirs and legatees of Robert Lusk. And a much shorter one in the name of John Murray, without any money mentioned, and authorizing John Lusk to correct any and all claims by him to the estate of Robert Lusk, which claims he relinquishes. Also the amount of money paid to Samuel is three hundred dollars rather than the one hundred dollars paid to Thomas Rowe and Mary Lusk. These deeds of relinquishment were dated as follows: for Thomas Rowe, Feb. 8, 1802; for John Murray, Feb. 9, 1802; for Mary Lusk, Feb. 8, 1802; and for Samuel Lusk, Feb. 8, 1802. These documents occur on pages 20 through 23, of the book being copied.

All I can figure out is that possibly Thomas Rowe (the name is spelled "Roe" by the clerk), was serving as guardian for Martha Lusk, and that John Murray may have had a word of mouth promise from Robert Lusk to sell him some land, but that Robert died without following through on the promise and he had no

hard proof to back up his claim. But why Hannah Lusk is not mentioned or included I do not know. She had married John McCoy, Nov. 18, 1793, in Washington Co., TN, with John McCoy and N. Taylor as bondsmen, and maybe they had moved away. Samuel had married Hannah Peoples, Jul. 26, 1796, in

Carter Co., with Nathan Peoples as surety, but they were still there when Robert died. Mary, and Martha married after Robert's death, John and Jean Boyd married presumably just before his death, Aug. 27, 1801, with Joseph Hyder as surety. Mary and Absolom McNabb married Sep. 28, 1803, with

Archibald Williams as surety--(they settled in Blount Co., TN, and are both buried there). Martha (NOT "Nancy") and Thomas Rowe married Mar. 24, 1808 in Carter Co., with Nathan Peoples as surety.

(submitted by Walter Scott e-mail 4 OCT 1998)

A majority of the first settlers of east Tennessee were Scotch-Irish from North Carolina, having sought homes in the new territory after the battle of Alamance Creek. Among these early settlers were many Lusks, Boyds, Dixons and Brewers, all names found on our pedigree charts.

Robert Lusk is thought to have come as a soldier from Augusta County, Virginia. He served on the panel of the first grand jury of Carter County, Tennessee. His sons, Samuel and John, are recorded as having served frequently as jurors, as did William Boyd. These men also supervised the building and maintenance of roads in their neighborhoods. East Tennessee tax list of 1796 and 1798 show William Boyd owning 400 acres and two black persons, and Robert Lusk owning 244 acres in 1796 and 209 acres in 1798. Samuel Lusk's name appears on the 1796 and '98 lists, with John Lusk first appearing in 1798, indicating that he had just come of age.

Deeds of relinquishment on file in Carter County, Tennessee, indicate that Robert Lusk died intestate in about 1801 or 1802. John Lusk was appointed administrator of his estate and the deeds of relinquishment made out to him are signed by Samuel Lusk, Mary Lusk, Thomas Roe and John McCoy. Marriage records of this county show that Thomas Rowe and John McCoy were married to Martha and Hannah Lusk, respectively, who were daughters of Robert Lusk. The identity of Mary Lusk is not so clear; she was probably a daughter but may have been the wife of Robert Lusk. The deed of relinquishment does not indicate the relationship. Of interest is the fact that each of these people signed their names to these deeds, including Mary. Education was not considered important for women then, and even many prominent men could not read or write, so were forced to sign papers with an X, known as their mark.

(abstracted from notes sent by Amy Weggland 3/1/00)

Children of ROBERT LUSK and MARY (UNKNOWN) are:

i. HANNAH5 LUSK, b. Abt. 1769, VA; d. Unknown, ?; m. JOHN MCCOY, November 18, 1793, Washington Co., TN; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

ii. SAMUEL LUSK, b. Abt. 1771, VA; d. 1842, ?.

iii. JOHN LUSK, b. July 16, 1776, Augusta Co., VA; d. February 24, 1861, Slagle, Polk Co., MO.

iv. MARY LUSK, b. March 25, 1780, VA; d. March 04, 1849, Blount Co., TN.m. Absalom McNabb, 1803, Carter Co., TN

v. MARTHA LUSK, b. Abt. 1783, VA; d. Unknown, ?; m. THOMAS ROWE, March 24, 1808, Carter Co., TN; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.

Descendants of Mary Lusk

Generation No. 1

1. MARY5 LUSK (ROBERT4, JOHN3, NATHAN2, JOHN1) was born March 25, 1780 in VA, and died March 04, 1849 in Blount Co., TN. She married ABSOLOM MCNABB September 28, 1803 in Carter Co., TN, son of DAVID MCNABB. He was born May 27, 1779 in ?, and died June 08, 1858 in ?.

Notes for MARY LUSK:

Mary Lusk and Husband Absolom McNabb are both buried in Bakers Creek Cemetery, Blount Co., Tn (from Ann Lusk ltr dtd 17 Mar 1992)

Mary Lusk married Absolom McNabb on 9-28-1803 in Carter Co., TN

(Early East Tennessee Marriages by Sistler Brides Book page 224)

Mary Lusk and Absolom McNabb married 28 SEP 1803. Surety: Archibald Williams.

Source: Carter Co., TN Marriage Records 1796-1870 by G. F. Burgner located Tennessee State Library, Nashville, TN.

Incidentally, the tombstones for Mary and Absolom McNabb give her birth date

as Mar. 25, 1780, and his as May 27, 1779; their death dates are

respectively Mar. 4, 1849, and his Jun. 8, 1858. They are buried in Baker's

Creek Cemetery in Blount Co., TN. Further, they had at least one child,

John McNabb, b. Aug. 25, 1805, d. Aug. 15, 1874, m. Elizabeth McConnell Feb.

2, 1837, in Blount Co., TN (she was born Dec. 5, 1811, and died Jan. 22,

1880)--they are also buried in Baker's Creek Cemetery--and they in turn had

at least two daughters, Amanda A. McNabb, b. December 25, 1838, d. May 7,

1858, apparently unmarried, and Mary E(lizabeth) McNabb, b. Jul. 22, 1841,

d. Aug. 28, 1868, m. a cousin, E. H. McConnell, Nov. 15, 1867, and both

daughters are also buried in the same cemetery. The cemetery is associated

with the Baker's Creek Presbyterian Church, located ten miles south of

Maryville, on Highway 33.

(submitted by Walter Scott e-mail 4 OCT 1998)


2. i. JOHN6 MCNABB, b. August 25, 1805; d. August 15, 1874, Blount Co., TN.


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