Monday, February 29, 2016

Lucas Family in Scioto County, Ohio

Continuing with Find-A Grave.

ROBERT EDWARD LUCAS--  Born April 1, 1781, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Died Feb. 7, 1853 in Iowa City, Iowa.  Buried at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City

ABIGAIL LUCAS CRAMER--  Born 1791 in Beverly County, West Virginia.  Died May 29, 1842 in Scioto County, Ohio.  Buried at Lucasville Cemetery, Lucasville, Ohio.

JOHN CLARK--  Her first husband.  Born Hampshire County, West Virginia in 1786  Died Dec. 13, 1811 in Scioto County, Ohio, age 25.   Buried at Lucasville Cemetery.

HENRY CRAMER, JR.  Her second husband.  1795-June 25, 1834.  Buried in Lucasville Cemetery.


Unable to Find Information About the Murder in the Last Post

I looked up this murder of Robert Buckles who died October 16, 1828,.  He died Oct. 16, 1828, in Rouse's Tavern, his gravestone saying he was murdered by a Dr. Finley or Finney.

I did find several mentions of this murder in, but don't belong to it,  The remarks were in connection with a Sylvanus Finney, Temperance Lucas, Nathan Lucas, and Mary Lucas.


Friday, February 26, 2016

Some More Lucas Family Members Buried in Scioto County, Ohio

From Find-a-Grave.

JOSEPH LUCAS (1771-1808)  age 37 years.  Listed as a judge.  Buried in Country Club Cemetery, Rushtown, Scioto County.  Brother of John and Robert Lucas.

WILLIAM LUCAS   Listed as a general.  Age 32  Born November 29, 1773.  Died September 10, 1805.  Brother of John and Robert Lucas.  He had a twin sister named Susannah.  Listed a a brigadier general 1 BD 2 Regt.  Buried Country Club Cemetery, Rushtown, Scioto County, Ohio.

SUSANNAH LUCAS BUCKLES  Born Nov. 29, 1773.  Died Augyst 10, 1833.  Buried at Lucasville Cemetery, Lucasville, Ohio.

Her husband ROBERT BUCKLES 1768- October 16, 1828.  His gravestone reads "Murdered in Rouse's Tavern by a Dr. Finley or Finney."  Buried in Lucasville Cemetery.

This Last Epitaph Sounds Interesting.  --Brock-Perry

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Further Research on the Robert Lucas in John Lucas' Company

I still do not know what the relationship might have been between John Lucas and this Robert Lucas.  But I did come across the name of a Col. Robert Lucas buried in the Lucas Family Cemetery at Elmwood Estate in Sheperdstown, West Virginia.

He was the brother of Mary Lucas Lucas, wife of John Lucas.  Birth date was listed as 1795 and death in 1880.  This would have put him at age 17 during the War of 1812.   It is possible that he went to Scioto County along with his sister and was a part of his brother-in-law's company (which also might have given him the title of "Colonel" as he is listed as at the cemetery.

He never married.

Perhaps?  --Brock-Perry

There Was a Robert Lucas in John Lucas' Company, But Probably Not the Ohio Governor

Looking at the roster of John Lucas' 1812 company, I see there is a listing for a Robert Lucas.  Was this the future Ohio governor?

He was listed as a private, so I doubt he would have been the Robert Lucas who became Ohio governor. Since the other Robert Lucas held ranks in the militia as an officer, it is doubtful that he would be a private.   Perhaps this Robert was a son of John Lucas?


Other Lucas Family Members: Mary Lucas Lucas

From Find-a-Grave.

MARY LUCAS LUCAS  Born April 25, 1793  Died Nov. 23, 1826, in Virginia.  Wife of John Lucas, her cousin.

Buried at Lucas Family Cemetery at Elmwood in Shepeherdstown, West Virginia.

Evidently, she moved back home after the death of her husband, but lived just a year longer.

This would be Elmwood Estate, two miles south of Shepherdstown.  Not to be confused with the larger Elmwood Cemetery in the town.

A small cemetery with 25 interments, most of whom are members of the Lucas family.  This is where the Scioto County, Ohio, Lucas family members came from originally.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Samuel Lucas

From Find-a-Grave.

Brother of John and Robert Lucas.

1775-1813.  Buried at Lucasville Cemetery, Lucasville, Ohio.  has a marker reading:  "Major 2 Ohio Militia War of 1812.  Died March 30, 1813."

I have to wonder if he died while in the service?


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Robert Lucas Journal

I came across his diary under Detroit Diary at the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University under 1812 Lucas.

I also found it at Robert Lucas Journal of the War of 1812 During the Campaign Under General Hull.

As I said, this journal was used extensively in the court martial of General William Hull for his surrender of Detroit.


Robert Lucas-- Part 5

From the Society of War of 1812 in Ohio.

In 1810, Robert Lucas married Elizabeth Brown who died in 1812.  They had one child.  She is buried in the Lucasville Cemetery.  In 1816 he married Friendly Ashley Sumner and they had seven children.  She is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City, Iowa, along with Robert Lucas.

By April 1812 he had risen to the rank of brigadier general in the Ohio militia.  While serving under Major Duncan McArthur he helped organize volunteers.  While serving with General Hull, he kept a diary which was published in 1806.

In February 1813, he was commissioned a lieutenant-colonel in the U.S. Army but later resigned that commission to return to the Ohio militia..

Always confusing when you start with militia ranks.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Captain William Lucas and Robert Lucas House

From Wikipedia.

A large stone house near Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Jefferson County.  Built circa 1783 for Captain William Lucas, a Revolutionary War soldier.  His son Robert was born there who eventually became governor of Ohio.

William Lucas was the son of Edward Lucas II, who arrived in Jefferson County in 1732 and received lands from Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron.

William's wife, Susannah Barnes, sister-in-law to James Ramsey, whose steamship experiments took place on the nearby Potomac River.

Both William and Susannah are interred at the Lucasville Cemetery in Ohio.


Robert Lucas-- Part 4: Militia Duty

From the Ohio History Connection.

Born Shepherdsstown, Virginia, now West Virginia.  Trained as a surveyor.  Moved to near Portsmouth, Ohio where he joined the state militia and rose to the rank of brigadier general by the time of the War of 1812.  Served briefly under General Duncan McArthur before joining William Hull's Army.

Also held the rank of captain in the regular army but resigned it early 1813 to devote his time to militia duty.

Saw no additional combat duty in the war.

After the war, he was promoted to major general and made commander of the Second Military Division of Ohio.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Robert Lucas-- Part 3: War of 1812

Service in the War of 1812 .

One person wrote of Robert Lucas:  "As a spy he was productive and brave-- as a soldier he had no superior."

Robert Lucas rose to national prominence during the court martial of General William Hull for his surrender of Detroit.  Lucas' journals were used as evidence and helped convict Hull.

Rapidly rose to political power after the war and became Ohio's governor for two terms from 1832-1836.

Later appointed the first governor of Iowa territory and is buried at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City, Iowa.


Robert Lucas-- Part 2: Born in Virginia

From Wikipedia.

April 1, 1781-Feb. 7, 1853

12th governor of Ohio also first governor of Ohio Territory.

Born 1781 in Virginia, now part of West Virginia.

Around age of 19, moved to Scioto Valley, Ohio, preceded by other family members.  One brother later became a general while two more became Ohio legislators.

Recruited soldiers for the Army in the years before the War of 1812 and appointed captain.  Elected to Ohio General Assembly in 1808 and became a brigadier general (probably Ohio militia) by political maneuvering.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Brigadier General Robert Lucas (Later Ohio Governor)-- Part 1

From a Standard History of the Hanging Rock Iron Region, Ohio.

Brother of Captain John Lucas, afterward governor of Ohio.

During the War of 1812, Robert also answered the call for arms for Gov. Meigs in 1812, but did not join either his brother's or David Roop's company.  He expected to receive an appointment in the regular army or staff of Governor Meigs.  Neither happened.

However, he did accompany General William Hull's Army and performed such duties as were assigned to him.

He was with the army in its demonstration against Fort Walden and was at the Battle of Brownstown.  Lucas was among those surrendered by Hull at Detroit on 17 August 1812, and was paroled after agreeing not to take up arms again until exchanged.

In 1813, after being exchanged, he became a brigadier general and marched with his brigade to Sanduskey, but arrived too late as the British and Indians had been driven away.

His campaign lasted 44 days and no one was killed.


Lucasville, Ohio

From Wikipedia.

In Scioto County, population 2,757 in 2010.  Location of the Scioto County Fairgrounds and Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, Ohio's only maximum security prison.

Laid out by Captain John Lucas in 1819 and the town is named for him.  (Located north of Portsmouth).  The town has had a post officer since 1828.

Some notable people from the town:

Branch Rickey, baseball executive who signed Jackie Robinson to a major league contract.

Roy Rogers--  cowboy singer and actor

Gene Tenace--  baseball player


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Captain John Lucas-- Part 3: Lucasville Cemetery

From Ohio Historical Marker at Lucasville Cemetery.


Originally established as the Lucas Family Burying Ground.   Susannah Lucas (John Lucas' mother) 1st recorded burial on May 4, 1809.  Susannah's husband, Captain William Lucas, a Revolutionary War veteran interred here along with the first wife of Gov. Robert Lucas, Eliza "Betsy" Brown Lucas.

By 1816 used as a public burying ground.  One of the oldest cemeteries in southern Ohio.


John Lucas Marker-- Part 2: Brother Was Ohio Governor

Ohio State Historical Marker in Lucasville, Ohio.


Captain John Lucas (1788-1825) son of William and Susannah Brown Lucas, came to present-day Scioto County from Virginia circa 1802.  His brother, Robert Lucas, was a War of 1812 hero, two-term governor of Ohio (1832-1836) and the first territorial governor of Iowa.

John volunteered for service and commanded a regiment during the War of 1812.  Upon the death of his father in 1814, John inherited much of the family property in Scioto County, and it was on a portion of this land that he would establish the town of Lucasville on August 7, 1819.  he and his wife, Mary Lucas, ran a tavern in Lucasville until his death in 1825.  He is interred at Lucas Cemetery.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Captain John Lucas, Founder of Lucasville, Ohio-- Part 1

From Capt. John Lucas Find-A-Grave.


Born June 6, 1787, in Berkeley County, now in West Virginia, but Virginia at the time.

Died July 31, 1825, in Lucasville, Ohio, Scioto County.

Buried at Lucasville Cemetery, Scioto County (where 3,585 are interred).

He has a War of 12812 marker that reads:  "John Lucas, Captain 1 Ohio Militia, War of 1812, 1787-1825."


Monday, February 15, 2016

Ohio Militia: Of Uniforms and Officer Swords

The Ohio Militia Act of 1803 directed companies to wear, "while on parade (practice), such uniform as agreed on by majority of company, and approved by the commanding officer of the regiment."

Militia Acts of 1809 and 1811 required field officers to carry swords as a mark of rank.

The militia acts recognized that militia men would not want to purchase expensive military uniforms for just two day's drill a year and most wore civilian garb when they assembled for muster.


Ohio Militia Service in the War of 1812: Enrolled and Volunteer Militia

From "Notes on Clothing and Equipment of the Ohio Militia During the War of 1812" by James T. Brenner.

Since I was writing about Captain David Roop not dressing in an "officer-like manner," I found this of interest.

Ohio's militia was divided into enrolled militia and volunteer militia.

Enrolled Militia consisted of all eligible males age 18 to 45 and could be called up to service by the governor or other authorized official for a period of service, usually limited to no more than three months.  With few exceptions, this service usually was within state borders.

Volunteer Militia came from the enrolled militia and volunteered to augment the regular army.  They received the same pay and allowance as the regulars and served for an extended period, sometimes for 12 months.

Enrolled Militia provided their own equipment and arms.  The federal government provided the same for the volunteer militia.

Obviously, David Roop's and John Lucas' companies were Volunteer Militia.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Captain John Lucas: Founder of Lucasville, Ohio

From "Military History of Scioto County from 1812-1865."

"Captain Lucas returned from the war after he was released, as he and his company had been part of the forces surrendered by General Hull.  there was little of his life to attract attention after his return home, having, like the rest of his command, retired to private life.

"In 1819 he laid out the town of Lucasville on a portion of his farm, and opened and kept the first tavern in that village or hamlet.  he continued in the business until 1825 when death put an end to his earthly pilgrimage.


Captain Roop's Company-- Part 4: "Man of Marked Bravery and Very Popular"

From a "Standard History of the Hanging Rock Iron region of Ohio."


There were 47 men in Captain Roop's Company, among whom were seven members of the Noel family into which the captain afterwards married.

"The same David Roop, although slovenly in his dress, fond of whiskey, and not strong for discipline among his privates, was a man of marked bravery and very popular.

"he was court-martialed several times during the Detroit campaign for various breaches of good conduct and discipline, but the members of his company persisted in reelecting him and the authorities of the regular army had to succumb.

"Captain Roop returned home after the surrender and married a daughter of Peter Noel on Pond Creek, five miles west of Portsmouth (Ohio)."


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Scioto County's Captain David Roop-- Part 3: A True Backwoodsman

" David Roop was a fair specimen and true type of the ancient backwoodsman and hunter.  He was a brave and generous to a fault.  he was uneducated and uncouth in even his manner and conversation.

"Industrious in his habits, but rather too fond of whiskey.  he belonged to a class that is fast dying out, and the time is not too far distant when the backwoods hunter will be known only to history."


Scioto County's Captain David Roop-- Part 2: Very Unofficerlike In Appearance and Liked His Whiskey

"Captain Roop was a man of undoubted courage, but very unofficerlike in his appearance.  He would not be troubled with a sword, but carried the same arms and dressed in his linsey hunting shirt, the same as his men.

"As he had to associate with officers, some of whom belonged to the regular army, they court-martialed him for his unofficerlike appearance, broke him of his commission, and reduced him to the ranks.  The next day the company elected him Captain again.  They let it run on a few days, and Roop, being fond of whiskey, got tight.  Thereupon the officers had him tried by court-martial, found him guilty of drunkenness and broke him again.

"The second time they elected him Captain.  They then told the officers they might go and break him as often as they pleased, they would elect him Captain just as often.  So the officers had to give up and let him dress and do as he pleased."

Quite a Guy.  --Brock-Perry

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Scioto County's Captain David Roop-- Part 1: Man of Undoubted Courage

From "History of Lower Scioto County, Ohio."

"Captain Roop always carried a rifle instead of a sword, and at the battle of Brownstown, where our men were put to flight, Roop, being a stout, athletic man, as well as swift of foot, told his men to seek their safety as quick as possible by flight and that he would keep the Indians at bay with his rifle and tomahawk as long as he could, and if they pressed him to closely he could outrun the swiftest Indian among them.

"In this way he brought all his men off safely.  He shot several Indians just as they were on the point of tomahawking some of the men.

"He saved the life of George McDougal by shooting an Indian who was drawing his hatchett to strike the fatal blow."


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Another Scioto Company Called in 1813

From the Military History of Scioto County from 1812 to 1865.  This is a chapter in the book "History of Lower Scioto Valley Ohio."

In 1813, a regiment was called out for short service, just 60 days, but did not stay in the field for long.

It was commanded by Colonel Peter Noel.  Was he the same one who was a private in David Roop's company from 1812?

Captain Thomas Morgan commanded a company.  Also Captain John Lindsay, who was captain of the first rifle organized in town or county.

Among the volunteers in July 1813 were Willaim B. Scott, John Funk, Jacob Woodbridge, John Lindsey, Thomas Morgan and Samuel Marshall.

I also wrote about a Captain John Storer's Scioto company last week which served July 28, 1813, to August 28, 1813.


Scioto County Company Was a Family Affair: Capt. David Roop's Company

I went through the rest of the list of privates and found quite a few people sharing the same last name:

Andrew Glaze
John Glaze
Pachart Glaze
Abraham Gronnger
John Gronnger
George McDougal
Joseph McDougal
James Randan
John Randan
Isaac Smith
John Smith
George Wilcoxen
Levin Wilcoxen
Thomas Wilcoxen
There was also a Walta Willcoxen
Corp. John Carey
Pvt. William Carey

Serving With relatives?  --Brock-Perry

Monday, February 8, 2016

Companies From Ohio's Scioto County-- Part 5: The Noel Family in Roop's Company

In the last post, Feb. 5, I mentioned three Noel Brothers being paroled after General Hull's surrender at Detroit and landing in Ohio and walking back to Scioto County on the Ohio River.  They were met part way by their father who brought horses and they rode back.

The only name given was Peter Noel was  looking at the company roster to see the names of the other Noel brothers and was surprised to see a lot of Noels listed on the roster.

John Noel Jr.
John Noel Sr.
Peter Noel, Jr.
Peter Noel Sr.
Phillip Noel
Abraham Noel
Daniel Noel
Jacob Noel

I imagine they very likely were all related.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Companies From Ohio's Scioto County-- Part 4: The Surrender of Detroit

On August 16, 1812, General William Hull surrendered Detroit without firing a shot.  "It has always been  an unsettled question whether General Hull treacherously sold the army to Brock, the British General, or was too imbecile to make any defense.  However, the surrender was complete, and Hull was branded a traitor."

The American Army, along with the Scioto County companies of David Roop and John Lucas, received parole and were put on transports and landed at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and made their way home the best they could.

Peter Noel and his three brothers commenced walking home across Ohio, but their father got word of their return and took horses to Circleville where they met.  They rode home.

The companies lost just one man in their brief service.  He died in Detroit.

Colonels Cass and McArthur were away from Detroit when Hull surrendered and it is believed that had they been there, Hull would not have surrendered.


The Companies From Ohio's Scioto County-- Part 3; Hull Invades Canada

While on the march to Detroit, war between the United States and Britain was  declared.  But dispatches about the declaration fell into British hands before reaching William Hull.  Otherwise, he would have easily been able to capture Malden (Fort Malden) and then it is likely that all of Upper Canada would have fallen.

After arriving at Detroit, Hull crossed over the river into Canada and probably still would have been able to capture Malden had he brought even two or three siege guns along with him.  He ended up having to return to Detroit.

Once back, Mr. Cadot sent out a foraging expedition which led to the Battle of Brownstown where the American force was soundly defeated and beat a hasty retreat back to Detroit.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Battle of Brownstown on August 8, 1812

From Wikipedia.

The battle, actually more of a skirmish, was an early War of 1812 engagement where U.S. forces outnumbered British forces by an 8-1 margin but lost it with substantial losses.  It took place near Brownstown, a Wyandot Indian village south of Fort Detroit on Brownstown Creek.  The site is near present day Carlson High School in Gibraltar, Michigan.

On August 5, 1812, Major Thomas Van Horne and 200 soldiers were en route to the River Raisin to get cattle and needed supplies when two dozen warriors, led by Tecumseh attacked, putting the Americans into confusion.

Van Horne ordered a retreat, but the untrained militia, which made up most of his force scattered.  The result was that 18 Americans were killed, 12 wounded and 70 missing.  The Indians lost one killed.  Most of the American missing found their way to Detroit over the next several days.

Josiah Snelling was cited for bravery at the battle and promoted to major.  By an Act of Congress on June 1, 1813, the widows of the men killed at Brownstown were given half pay for five years.


The Companies From Ohio's Scioto County-- Part 2

While on the march to Detroit, war was declared between the U.S. and England.  Unfortunately, the dispatches from Washington about the war declaration fell into British hands.  Otherwise, it would have been easy to capture Malden and then, possibly, all of Upper Canada.  Malden refers to British Fort Malden, across the river from Detroit.

The British also intercepted provisions and stores being forwarded to Hull's army.

Captain John Luca's company and David Roop's companies were both along in this march.

William Hull's army marched to Detroit and crossed the river into Canada and could have taken Fort Malden if he had brought along two or three siege guns.  He returned to Detroit.

Mr. Cadot sent out a foraging expedition and was in the Battle of Brownstown where he was soundly defeated and made a hasty retreat.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Captains Roop and Lucas' Companies from Scioto County-- Part 1: Formation and March to Detroit

From the History of the Lower Scioto Valley, Ohio.

In the spring of 1812, Governor Meigs of Ohio issued a call for volunteers to defend the state from Indians and the increasing tension with England.   He called for two regiments of volunteers and Scioto County provided two companies..

The first company was commanded by David Roop and went to Chillicothe where they received their arms and equipment.  Then they went to Dayton where they met up with volunteers from Cincinnati and the Miami Valley.  Here they were organized into the First Ohio regiment under the command of Col. Duncan McArthur.

From there they went to Urbana, then on the frontier.  They joined the small army of General Hull and marched through the wilderness to Detroit.


A Third Company From Scioto County?: Lt. David Storer's Company

From same source as yesterday.

Roll of Lieut. David Storer' Company (Probably Scioto County)

Served July 28,-Aug. 28, 1813.

The other twocompanies mention yesterday both served April 27-Sept. 30, 1812, so there must have been another emergency to get this group called to service.

Lt. David Storer
Ensign James Hutton


Adam Logen
James Smith


William Hower
Isaac Wooley

16 privates

This was a much smaller group and led by only a lieutenant instead of a captain.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Roll of Captain John Lucas' Company

From the Ohio Military Index.

Yesterday I also mentioned this company as being from Scioto County and serving in the war.

They are listed as being from Scioto County.

Captain John Lucas
Lieutenant Dennis Murphy
Ensign Joseph Barber


William Baird
Jeremiah Downing
Robert Darlington
Richard Hammell
William Clerk


William Nice
Robert Givens
Richard McAuley
Noah Davis

43 privates listed.


Roll of Capt. David Rupe's (Roop) Company

From Ohio Military Index.

Yesterday I mentioned two companies raised from Ohio's Scioto County.  One was Captain David Roop's Company.

The company was listed as probably from Scioto County.

Served from April 27 to September 30, 1812.

Captain David Rupe (Roop)
Lt. Thomas Arnold
Ensign Richard McDougal  (the Army had this rank back then as well as Navy)


Benjamin Rankins
James Cochran
William Coberly
Mesbach Plowman


Beasan Faily
John Carey
Thomas Blivins
Daniel Rardin

Drummer Enos Mustard and 45 privates  (listed art site)


Monday, February 1, 2016

War of 1812 Scioto Valley Volunteers

From the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter, Portsmouth, Ohio Society of the Daughters of 1812 site.

This is a fairly new chapter, having been established in 2013.

On March 24, 1803, the Ohio general Assembly authorized the creation of Scioto County.  After the War of 1812, the counties of Lawrence, Pike and Jackson were formed from Scioto County in 1815 and 1816.

The people of Scioto Valley, Ohio, are primarily descendants of men who fought in Lord Dunsmore's War and the American Revolution.  Indians were a constant treat and when the U.S. declared war on Britain in 1812, county men flocked to the colors.  Two companies were formed, one under the command of Captain David Roop and the other under Captain John Lucas.

They were involved in 2 or 3 severe skirmishes.


Portsmouth Ohio

From Wikipedia and Waymarking.

In the last post, I wrote about Tracy Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, having a War of 1812 marker dedicated this past October.

Tracy Park is like the town green for Portsmouth.  It is located between 9th and Gay streets and has a central Civil War memorial and other ones dedicated to other wars.  It is a gathering place for community events like concerts, rallies and parades.

Portsmouth is located on the Ohio River, just east of where the Scioto River flows into it.  Flooding has been a problem over the years, but has been helped by the construction of a massive flood wall after the Flood of 1937.  A famous series of murals have been painted along it.

Some famous folks from Portsmouth have included country singer Earl Thomas Conley, singer and cowboy star Roy Rogers and WGN radio in Chicago personality Wally Phillips.


U.S. Daughters of 1812, Scioto Valley Volunteers Holds Ceremony

From the October 22, 2015, Community Commons "Memorial Monument dedicated.

On October 3, the U.S. Daughters of 1812, Scioto Valley Volunteers (SVV) Chapter had a dedication ceremony in Portsmouth, Ohio's Tracy Park of a memorial monument in memory of War of 1812 veterans.

They also had a salute to a War of 1812 flag and a brief history of Scioto County in the war.  The monument was donated by Flowers Monument Company of Lucasville.