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  ROBERT2 LUCKEY, JR. (ROBERT1) was born 1733 or 34, and died Oct 1772.  He married MARY HOLMES 02 Dec 1769 in Rowan Co, NC, daughter of JIMMIE HOLMES and CATHERINE WILSON.  She was born Apr 1735, and died Bef. 1823 in Maury, Tennessee.  She married James Reed on 5 Nov 1774.  (See transcript of James Reed’s will below.)



Will of Robert Luckey, Jr.

Will is dated 6 Oct 1772, Rowan County, North Carolina.

This will can be found on the internet in at least a couple of sites.  I copied this will from a great little book named They Followed the Sun written and researched by Lorena W. Bush and Mary Cox about 1975.  It records the history and ancestry of several families who lived at one time in Rowan County, NC including the descendant families of Robert Luckey and Isabella Baird.  I do believe the book contains some errors.  They write that Robert Luckey, Jr. and his wife Mary had sons not mentioned in the will. (See below)  I find this odd written in an age where males are always mentioned prominently.  And I could find no real proof of the existence of these sons or any connection. The writers said in their book that Robert and Mary had four sons; Robert, George James and John.  There were many males with those names floating around Rowan county during those years as they are common names and the Luckeys’ at that time had an unfortunate custom and naming their children using repetitious names. Perhaps these boys are the sons of another Robert Luckey and a Mary Gillespie, who after this particular Robert’s death, married a James Brandon. Also, our Robert's will has been edited and copied from the original by some person in the past. 

A Bare Bones Transcript of Robert Luckey Jr.'s Will

Made while "very weak in body" on Oct 6, 1772 & probated in November 1772,  Rowan County, North Carolina

Wife Mary 1/3 of moveable estate with her bed, furniture and a young black mare and use of the land on north side of the creek for herself and the children while she remains a widow, but then to be sole and the proceeds given to Nancy and the other children -- lane on the south side of the creek next to William Cowan is to be sold and on up to the old bridge. (He does not mention sons --- having probably already settled with them.) He names the following daughters: 
            A. Margaret   10 pounds 
            B. Mary      10 pounds
            C. Rachel     5 pounds
To share equally in the remainder: Nancy, Jannet, Hannah, Martha, Lydia. Robert Luckey, Jr. appoints his wife Mary and his brother John as executors and guardians. 
The will is witnessed by William Luckie,
(perhaps a cousin or an Uncle.) James Gillespie and George Gillespie.

Source Vendor: County Court Records - FHL # 0317002 and 0500949 - 0500957
Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT 

                    Will of James Reed, Recorded 5 Jan 1824    James Reed 1730 – 1823  
In the name of God Amen, I James Reede of the County of Maury and State of Tennessee, being at the time perfectly in my right mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body, and that it is unto all men one to die, do make this my last will, in the following manners.  First & principally I recomment soul to God who gave it, and my body to the Earth, from whence it was taken, to be decently buried at the direction of my Executors, and as touching my worldly estate, which God has been pleased to ?  in this life, give and dispose of in this manner. First after my funeral expences, I all all my just debts to be paid.  Secondly, I give and bequeth unto my brother Hugh Reed, William Reede, Isaiah Reede, and John Reed, and likewise my deceased wife's, Mary Reede's children, Janey Steele, Martha Steele, and Hannah Fullerton --deceased heirs, my negro's by name: Bill, Betty, Ann, Alice, Jerry, David, Jinney, Mindy, and to be divided as follows: my brothers to have one half of said Negroes, and my deceased wife's children to have the other half, to be divided by Samuel McDaniel, Allen Leifer, Robert Cowdon, Thomas Black in two lots, and draw for shares, and if they can't be divided equal, the money to make them equal. Thirdly my furniture, give to Jinney (Jannet) Steele, Mary Cowden, also my deceased wife's saddle, Anney (Hannah)Fullerton, wife of James Fullerton.  Then all the other property not named, to be sold and the money to be divided, one half to my brothers and the other half to my deceased wife, Mary Reed's children. And I do make this my last will and testament and do destroy all former wills. And to compliment and appoint John Steele and John Wood my Executors.

Signed, sealed & delivered this six day of June in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Eight Hundred, twenty-two.

John L. Wood                       Samuel McDaniel                       James Reed (his mark) 

North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2004
about James Reed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


  James Reed


  Mary Luckey

Marriage Date: 

  5 Nov 1774

Marriage County:


Marriage State:

  North Carolina

Source Vendor:

  County Court Records - FHL # 0317002 and 0500949 - 0500957


  Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT

The above three official documents seem to lend credence to the facts that Robert Luckey Jr. did marry Mary Holmes, bore him eight girls and after his death Mary married James Reed and died before 1823.   When James Reed writes his will in 1823 he repeats twice that his wife "Mary" is "deceased".  Other genealogists say the Robert Luckey Jr.'s wife's name was Mary "Gillespie". who later married a "James Brandon".  Also, is it possible, that the "Mary Cowden" mentioned in this will could be "Mary Luckey" daughter of Robert Jr. and Mary Holmes Luckey?
             Children of ROBERT LUCKEY and MARY HOLMES are:

             i.   MARGARET3 LUCKEY, b. 1755;          
ii.   MARY LUCKEY, b. 1756, North Carolina;
iii.  AGNES (NANCY) LUCKEY, b. 1760.  
             iv.   RACHEL LUCKEY b.1763
v.  JANNET LUCKEY, b. 1765; d. 1840; m. SAMUEL STEELE

                    Notes for JANNET LUCKEY

Samuel Steele was born in Pennsylvania in 1762 and moved to Burke County, North Carolina, with his parents, as a child. He volunteered for the North Carolina militia when he was just a teenage boy. After the war he married Jannett "Jane" Luckey, daughter of Robert and Mary (Holmes) Luckey, and remained in Burke County for a number of years.   After Samuel Steele's wife Jane/Jannet died in about 1840, he moved to the Springfield, Greene County, Missouri area, according to his pension papers, "to be with most of his children."  Samuel Steele is said to have been a Presbyterian in his youth, but became a Methodist. Five of the grandsons shared by Samuel Steele and his long-time friend Elisha Headlee were Methodist ministers, all ordained at Mitchell's Meeting House in Greene County.  Samuel Steele died at age 85 in 1847 and was laid to rest in Mount Comfort Cemetery, 8 miles north of Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  This grave was marked with a government headstone by the Rachel Donelson Chapter DAR around 1911. The Ozark Mountain Chapter SAR held a dedication service on May 17, 1997. An SAR insignia marker had been placed at his grave several years earlier, presumably by the Ozarks-Hougendobler Chapter SAR, the predecessor of Ozark Mountain Chapter.

  vi.   MARTHA LUCKEY, b. 1765; d. 1845.           

 vii.   LYDIA LUCKEY, b. 1768; m. JOHN PINCHBACK?          
viii.   HANNAH LUCKEY, b. 1770; d. 1799.


4.  HUGH2 LUCKEY (ROBERT1) was born 1717 in Londonderry, IRE, and died 26 Mar 1786 in Faggs Manor, Chester Co. PA. He married JEAN/JANE FINLEY.  She was born 1710, and died 10 Mar 1782. Notes for HUGH LUCKEY: Hugh's will was proven on 20 Apr 1786 in Chester Co., PA. Luckie, Hugh. Chester Co. Died: March 26, 1786. Proven: April 20, 1786. To son William clock and wearing apparel. To son Joseph £1. To son George £1. To Sarah, wife of Rev. James Dunlap, 1/4 of all remainder of estate, the other 3/4 to be divided among son William's children, but in case any of them should die before coming to maturity, their share shall fall to the child called Hugh. Executor: Son William.  

From:   Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825
about Hugh Luckie
Children of HUGH LUCKEY and JEAN/JANE FINLEY are:     
i.   WILLIAM3 LUCKEY, CAPTAIN, d. Hartford Co., MD.; m. JANE BELL.
ii.   JOSEPH LUCKEY, CAPT., b. 1745, Chester Co., PA; d. 30 Oct 1823, Vance's Station, Fayette Co. PA.
iii.   ISSAC LUCKEY, d. Killed in Battle of Brandywine Creek September 11, 1777
iv.   GEORGE LUCKEY, d. 23 Dec 1823, Black Horse, Hartford Co., MD; m. ELIZABETH BUCHANAN.
Notes for GEORGE LUCKEY:  George was a Presbyterian Minister

Below is a poor quality photo of the monument erected on the grave of Rev. George Luckey but the best I could do with it using photo shop.  I have no idea what the top of the stone reads except for "Rev. George Luckey” at the very top. He must have been at Princeton the same time as his brother-in-law, Rev. James Dunlap (more about Rev. Dunlap below). It is a good time to mention here that nearly all the Luckeys I could find on the Internet seem to be of Scottish heritage and staunch Presbyterians.▼




Inscription on lower brass plaque only:


1751 - 1823

In memory of the Rev George Luckey, 
late pastor of the churches of
Bethel and Centre, born in June 1751,
graduated of Princeton Oct 1772,
ordained and installed 1781, 
departed this life December 6th 1823.
This is a standing monument of the respect
due of the above churches to their pastor.



Rev. James, D. Dunlap, was born in Chester Co., Pa., in 1744.  He received his early education at the school of Samuel Blair, at Fagg's Manor, Chester Co., PA, and graduated at Princeton College in 1773.  He was a tutor in the college from 1775 to 1777.  He was ordained by the Presbytery of New Castle, at Fagg's Manor, in 1781, and shortly thereafter removed to Western Pennsylvania.  He was pastor of the congregations of Laurel Hill and Dunlap's Creek, in Fayette county, until 1803, when he was chosen president of Jefferson College, at Canonsburg, in Washington county, which situation he held with great respect until 1812.  In 1806 the title of Doctor of Divinity was conferred on him by the college over which he presided.  He was eminent for his minute and accurate attainments in classical literature, with which it is said he was so familiar as to have the ancient classics in his memory to recite, or hear and correct the recital of others.  Even in his old age in was his delight to devote a part of each day to his favorite Latin and Greek authors.  His influence in the college was very great, and he contributed much to its upbuilding.   

More about Rev. James Dunlap: Rev. Dunlap was elected second president of Jefferson College on April 27, 1803, at 140 pounds per annum plus a house and garden. He was a graduate of Princeton College and was reputed to have excelled as a teacher of languages. During his tenure the Franklin and Philo Societies were granted charters by the Board of Trustees. It was also during his tenure in 1807 that Jefferson College was approached by the Washington College Board to appoint committees for the purpose of devising a plan for the union of the two institutions. This attempt failed over disagreement over selecting a site for the "United Institution."  Price of tuition during this time was 6 pounds per annum. President Dunlap resigned April 25, 1811. He died in Abingdon, Pennsylvania, on November 22, 1818, at the age of 74.

Here is the link to the next page of Luckeys. There you will find Andrew Luckey, Sr. who I believe was the 9th child and 5th son of Robert Luckey Sr. and Isabella Baird Luckey. I never did find conclusive evidence as to the exact birthdates of their children. Andrew Luckey was the father of Jane Luckey. She married Capt. Samuel Miller. Samuel was the brother of Robert Miller who is my Miller family progenitor. If you wish to read about, or refresh your memory of Robert Miller  and his descendants or those of his brother, Samuel, click on their highlighted names.