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Hon. Robert Martin Lusk
Posted by: J. R. Burton (ID *****6835) Date: May 14, 2012 at 20:01:35
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Robert M. Lusk became a person of interest to me while researching my "Burton" background. Family tradition held: M.D.L. Burton married H.L.J. King, daughter of Henry B. King & Elizabeth H. Johnston.

As it turns out, Johnston was her name from her first marriage to Robert Martin Johnston. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Hughes Huff.

A daughter from the marriage of Robert M. & Elizabeth H. Johnston was named "Polina."

Robert Martin Lusk is the son of Polina (Johnston) Lusk.

The source of the above information is the J.H. King Memoirs which can be accessed at:

Some time later I uncovered the Family Bible records of Elizabeth Hughes Huff - Johnston - King.

Here is an extended genealogical record from some sources currently (2012) available to me:

Robert Martin Johnston was born 19 July 1808 in Roane County, Tennessee.

Robert Martin Johnston is the son of:
James Johnston and Rachel Martin: m. 4 March 1805 in Tenn.

James Johnston b. 6 May 1784 @ York, S. C.; d. 9 Nov 1854.
Rachel Martin b.17 April 1784 @ York, S. C.; d. 13 Aug 1854.

Both James & Rachel Johnston are buried in the Steekee Cemetery, Loudon Co., TN.

James Johnston, s/o Joseph Johnston and Margaret Graham
(m. 15 May 1783 in Surry, NC)

Joseph b. 28 Feb 1745 - Dublin, Ireland; d. 15 Aug 1825 in Blount, Tennessee.

Margaret b. ca. 1762 - Downs, Ireland; d. 11 March 1824 in Blount, Tennessee.

Elizabeth Hughes Huff was born 22 May 1816.

Robert Martin Johnston married Elizabeth Hughes Huff on 6 Aug. 1833, in Roane, Tennessee.

"Know all men by those present that we Robert M. Johnston and Jeremiah Johnston are held & firmly bound unto Wm. Carroll, Governor of the State of Tennessee ^ (and his successor is office), in the sum of Twelve hundred & fifty dollars, to be void on condition that there be no lawful cause to prevent a marriage in said county between Robert M. Johnston & Elizabeth H. Huff by uniting them together as husband and wife. Given under our hand & sealed this 3 day of August 1833.
(signed) Robert M. Johnston (signed) Jeremiah Johnston."

Children of:
Robert Martin Johnston & Elizabeth Hughes (Huff) Johnston:

1) Mary Polina Johnston b. 25 June 1834, d.?
married 8 Feb. 1850
to William H. Lusk:                       d. ?
One child: Hon. Robert M. Lusk:       
b. 25 Jan 1851 - Bradley Co. Tenn.,
d. 21 Feb. 1913, Los Angeles Calif.,
married Clara Pope circa 1875, Bonham TX.
Children of R. M. & Clara Lusk:(from obituary)
1) Mrs. Frank Taylor.
2) Mrs. C. M. Mills.
3) Ruth Lusk.
4) Henry Lusk.
5) Oscar S. Lusk .
6) Paul Lusk.

2) James Harvey Johnston SR.,* b. 8 Oct 1836, Tenn.
d. 9 July 1910.*
married 27 Nov. 1856 at Titus County Texas:
Mary Elizabeth King,* b. 1837 Murry Co.(now Whitfield) GA
d. 3 July 1912.*
Her maternal grandfather Benjamin C. King: migrated to
the Omaha, Texas area from South Carolina - 1846.
Children of J.H. & M.E. Johnston:
1) Polina J. Johnston*,
married Albert Curlee.*
2) Elizabeth C. Johnston,
married Peter F. Holder, d. 21 y.o.a.
3) James Harvey Johnston JR.b. 8 Feb. 1867 @ Omaha TX,
married Claudia Ward 1899 - Omaha TX.
Children of J.H. & C.W. Johnston.
1) Laura Johnston, b. 25 July 1900.
2) Julis Johnston, b. 2 Aug.1905.
3) Mary Johnston, b. 14 Sept. 1907.
4) Louise W. Johnston*
married William B. Wright* - Omaha Texas.
5) Edna Johnston m. John C. Davis. d. 35 y.o.a.
6) Dr. Lewis Johnston-Jordantown,TX.
U. of Nashville @ Nashville & Dallas U. at Dallas.

3) John H. M. Johnston b. 13 July 1839,
d.17 July 1840: age 1 yr 4 days.

Robert Martin Johnston died
25 August 1839: aged 31 years, 1 month, 6 days.

Elizabeth H. Johnston was widowed at 23 years of age with
a 5 year old, 2 1/2 year old, and 3 week old child.

Henry B. King was born 8 Nov. 1820.

Henry B. King and Elizabeth H. Huff-Johnston,
were married 17 July 1842.

Children of Henry B. & Elizabeth H. King:

1) William Sergant "Doc" King, b. 28 May 1843,
d. 16 Jan. 1863 of injuries from Battle of Murfreesboro.

2) Hannah Louvenia Jane King, b. 30 Oct. 1845,
d. 24 Jul 1892 near Glen Rose Texas.

3) John K. King, b. 16 Jan. 1848,
d. 13 July 1849: aged 1 year, 5 months 26 day.

4) Harriet T. L. King, b. 15 July 1851,       
d. 2 August 1864: aged 13 years 18 days.

5) Samuel Carter King, b. 15 July 1851,
d. 12 August 1851: aged 28 days.

Henry B. King made three (3) notations in his Bible:

1) Elizabeth H. King died - September 26, 1860...
2) William S. King died - January 16, 1863...
3) Harriet T. L. King died - August ( ? ) 1864.

A fourth notation:
M.D.L. Burton married Hannah L. J. King October 21, 1866 on a Sunday? is an unrecognizable hand.

Inside Cover:hand written notes share the page with newspaper obituary:

Mr. H. B. King
[ Esq Bel ] (NOTE: I am open to interpretations of this)

In a different hand - centered on - and dominating the top half of the page:

"H. B. King's Bible
This August 7 A.D. 1864
Written by J. H. King"

The bottom half of the page has a one column obituary.

Departed this life 10th inst (Aug.) 1873. Henry B. King, at the age of fifty two years, after much suffering with cancer for over twelve months. May God proper, bless with good health and long life, the friends and neighbors who attended him so faithfully the three or four last months of his illness. Such disinterested kindness could not be rewarded with dollars of earth.
I and this brother were raised up side by side - walked together near fifty years, and were never separated but for a month or two at a time. Most all my friends are buried now; and I can say that yonder at Elliott's Chapel lies a friend that never deceived me. Henry never told me a lie. And if he was ever angry with me I never knew it. I may have hurt his feelings - doubtless have, but I know that in his heart, he was never angry with me. Rest thee, my brother! Thine obituary will be read and understood much better in the next world than in this. J. H. KING.

Two later date notations, in ink, one above and one below the phrase "Written by J. H. King"
Above: "Deceased Aug 10th A.D. 1873"
Below: "Henry B. King, born Nov 8th 1820"
Additional Supporting Evidence, not found in the H. B. King Bible:

*Omaha City Cemetery

Johnston, J.H. 8 Oct. 1836 - 9 July 1910
h/o Mary Elizabeth;
Sutton's Co. TX CAV C.S.A. Capt C. B. Sutton Co.,
General J. Bankhead McGruder Escort Cavalry)

Johnston, Mary Elizabeth - 27 Nov. 1837 July 3, 1912
w/o J.H.

Curlee, Albert N. 5 Oct. 1859 Jan 21, 1901
h/o Polina J.

Curlee, Polina J. 24 Dec. 1859 - 18 Feb. 1952
w/o Albert N.

Wright, William Bunch 1860 - 1922
s/o Wm. Bunch, SR. & Joyce Susan Martin.

Wright, Lou W. Johnston 1870 1935
w/o/ William B.

*Verification on "Polena" as stated in the J.H. King Memoirs":

1880 U.S. Census - Morris County Texas -
Household #150D 29 94 24:
James H. Johnston - brother to "Polena" - the children of Elizabeth H. (Huff) Johnston (as named in the J.H. King Memoirs) has named his eldest child - (age 20) - "Polena"*: she becomes the wife of Albert Curlee* of Tishomingo Oklahoma. This is the same James H. Johnston that family M. D. L. Burton was living with twenty years earlier in the 1860 U.S. census. It is spelled "Polina" on her tombstone.

~ I hope this information tears down numerous brick walls ~

J.R. Burton

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