HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY,
AND

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.

Published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia 1879

Page 187

P. H. LUKEN - This gentleman was born on the Juniata river in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, October 20th, 1820. His father moved to Cambria county, Pennsylvania, when Mr. Luken was six or seven eyras of age, and to Illinois in 1837. He as seventeen years old when he came to this state. He lived with his father on a farm in Madison county till his marriage, which took place in the early part of the year of 1843, to Martela Miller, born in Tennessee, and a daugthter of Alexander H. Miller, who settled in Madison county on emigrating to Illinois. After he ws married he went to farming fo himself, on land adjoining his father. His wife died January 1st, 1850; he afterward sold his farm, and in the fall of 1851 went to California with the purpose of trying his fortune mining gold; he was engaged in mining principally in El Dorado county, and for a short period, in Yuba county; he returned to Illinois in the spring of 1855, having been absent three years and three months; he then purchased a farm in section six, Dorchester township, where he has since resided. He had two children; one of them, Julius Shields Luken, died at the age of four years while Mr. Luken was in California; the other, Washington Orlena Luken, enlisted in an Illinois regiment during the war of the rebellion, when seventeen years old; he never returned, and it is supposed that he met his death from some unknown and never discovered cause. A view of Mr. Luken's residence where he lives, together with his sister, Mary C. Luken, appears on another page. He has never taken an active part in politics, but has always voted the democratic ticket.


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