Lark Luke's Family & Genealogy

Thomas LEVENSON
Ann
Edward LUKE
(Abt 1801-)
Isabella LEVENSON
(Abt 1801-)
John W. LUKE
(Abt 1826-)

 

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Spouses/Children:

1. Elizabeth FOX

2. Sarah MINOR

John W. LUKE
  • Born: Abt 1826, England
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth FOX 1
  • Marriage (2): Sarah MINOR on November 5, 1881 in Lucas County, Iowa
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bullet  General Notes:

John Luke was born in England and lived in Newcastle. John traveled to Ireland thus meeting his future wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was a Roman Catholic. She was red headed and of Scotch Irish descent. John and Elizabeth converted to Latter Day Saintism, better known as Mormonism. Due to the hardships of making a living in England and their new found faith they emigrated to America. They arrived on the ship George Washington in 1857 with their two children John and Annie. The ship was sponsored by the Mormon Church and the passengers were headed for Salt Lake City, Utah. However, when John and Elizabeth found out about the polygamy, their migration stopped and they did not finish the journey. John and Elizabeth first settled in Cass Pennsylvania.

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bullet  Noted Events In his Life:

  • Census, 1841, Earsdon, Northumberland, England. picture

    The following Luke family members are listed on this page:
    Ed Luke, Head, Age 40
    Isabella, Wife, Age 40
    Ed, Son, Age 20
    Ann, Daughter, Age 15
    John, Son, Age 15
    Mary, Daughter, Age 10
    Eliza, Daughter, Age 5
  • Census, 1851, Blyth, Northumberland, England. picture

    The following Luke family members are listed on this page:
    John Luke, Head, Age 25
    Elizabeth, Wife, age 22
    Wm., Son, age 1 Mo.



  • Imigration: England on March 28, 1857, April 20, 1857, the Port of Boston. picture

    From LDS Records On-Line
    Emigration Year: 1857
    Luke, Ann, 1857, NA, George Washington, Ship roster on microfilm(s) 419943 25691
    Luke, Elizabeth, 1857, NA, George Washington, Ship roster on microfilm(s) 419943 25691
    Luke, John, 1857, NA, George Washington, Ship roster on microfilm(s) 419943 25691
    Luke, John Jr., 1857, NA, George Washington, Ship roster on microfilm(s) 419943 25691

    Vessel: George Washington Rig: Ship Registry: U.S. Tons: 1534 Master: j. Commings No. LDS Pass.: 817 Depart. Port: Liverpool Depart. Date: 28 Mar 1857 Arrival Port: Boston Arrival Date: 20 Apr 1857 Passage Days: 23 Comp. Leader J. Park

    GEORGE WASHINGTON
    George Washington, 1534 tons, 198' x 41' x 29', built 1851 by John A. Taylor at Chelsea, Massachusetts. Square-rigged with 3 decks, square stern, and a billethead owned by William Bramhall and others in the Boston area, she sailed in the Williams & Guion Line, Train's Line, and Warren & thayer's line of Liverpool and Boston Packets. On his return home to England, Charles Dickens preferred this sailing craft rathar than another experience on a British steamer. In 1867, the ship's registration was surrendered with no reason given. In 1857, the George Washington sailed under Captain Josiah S. Comings/Cummings, bringing 817 Mormons from Liverpool to Boston in 23 days. During the period of highest immigration, the Mormon church often chartered an entire ship. Ships, Saints and Mariners by Conway B. Sonne
  • Census, July 7, 1860, Cass, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. picture
    NOTE: The family in this Census is only suspected to be "our Luke's". The ages of the children are consistant with other information on other documents but the ages of the parents, John and Elizabeth, are either wrong or these are not our Lukes. What we do know is that John entered military service in Pennsylvania and this is the only 1860 census data we have been able to somewhat connect to the family.

    The following Luke family members are listed on this page:
    JW Luke, Age 43
    Elizabeth, Age 42
    John, Age 6
    Ann, Age 4
    Margaret, Age 2

  • Military Service: during the Civil War, From March 14, 1864 to July 1865, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. picture
    He was recruited in Philidelphia and transferred to Co. G, 95th PVI, Oct. 18, 1864. He was discharged in July of 1865 after serving in Company G of the 96th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
    On the web site http://www.pa-roots.com/~pacw/infantry/95th/95thcog.html John is listed as entering into service as a private on March 14, 1864 and was listed as a prisoner from August 21, 1864 to April 23, 1865. He mustered out with Company on July 17, 1865.

    According to a letter authored by his great grandson, Irvin Luke, on February 28, 1981 John was captured by the south and sent to Andersonville prison and was one of the few men who escaped to tell about it. He was awarded his citizenship for his service in the U.S. Army. A few years after the war John and Elizabeth moved Galva, Illinois and then later to Beacon, Iowa. John and Elizabeth had a total of six children; two boys and four girls.

    Andersonville prison was in in Sumter County, Georgia. During the 15 months which the prison was in operation, nearly 13,000 Union prisoners died there of malnutrition, exposure, and disease. Andersonville became infamous for the atrocities that soldiers experienced as prisoners of war.
  • Census, June 11, 1870, Galva, Henry, Illinois. picture

    The following Luke family members are on this page:
    John Luke, Age 45
    Elizabeth, Age 42
    John Jr., Age 16
    Ann, Age 14
    Elizabeth, Age 7
    Henry, Age 5
    Sarah, Age 2
  • Census, June 26, 1880, Lucas, Lucas, Iowa. picture

    The following Luke family members are listed on this page:
    John Luke, Age 54
    Sarah, Age 12, Daughter
    Mary J., Age 10, Daughter
    Elizabeth, Age 17, Daughter
    Richard Heath Age 30, Son-In-Law
    Annie Age 24, Daughter
    George, Age 4, Grandson
    John, Age 2, Grandson
    Mary, Age 7/12, Granddaughter

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John married Elizabeth FOX.1 (Elizabeth FOX was born about 1828 in England and died between 1870 and 1880.)


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John next married Sarah MINOR on November 5, 1881 in Lucas County, Iowa.


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Sources


  1. England & Wales, FreeBMD Index: 1837-1983,
    Name: Fox, Isabella Record Type: Marriages Quarter: June Year: 1849 District: Tynemouth County: Northumberland Volume: 25 Page: 473
    Name: Luke, John Record Type: Marriages Quarter: June Year: 1849 District: Tynemouth County: Northumberland Volume: 25 Page: 473.