The family of Lusk is of Scotch origin, and first appeared in America in the early part of the eighteenth century. At that time three brothers of the name, John, Thomas and William, settled in Connecticut, and from them have descended all of the name in that state. Their history, however, is but fragmentary, and is fathered mostly from town and church records and gravestone inscriptions, in the towns of Newington, Farmington, New Britain, Enfield and other places in Connecticut. From these sources we learn that there was a Stephen Lusk in Newington, in 1715, also a John Lusk, of Newington, about 1740, the latter apparently an earlier settler of Plainfield, Windham county, Connecticut. Johnís two brothers, Thomas and William, the latter with his wife, came to Newington church, by letter, from Meriden, Connecticut, August 13, 1749. General Levi Lusk, a soldier in the revolution, is supposed to have been a son of this William. All these families lived in that part of Farmington which adjoined Newington, and were practically contemporary. James, of Farmington, is supposed to have been a younger brother of the three above mentioned.
(I) John Lusk, immigrant ancestor of this branch, was of Plainfield, Connecticut, in 1740, and, September 17th, of that year, received from Jacob Gibbs, of Wethersfield, half an acre of land in Newington. March 19, 1745-46, being then of Wethersfield, he purchased four acres of land, again in Newington. Later deeds give records of other purchases of land by him, all in Newington, near the Farmington line. He married (first Janet ______, who died at Newington, May 2, 1742, aged thirty-three. He married (second) Jane _______, who died February 5, 1788, aged eighty-three. He died July 24, 1788, aged eighty-six. All three were buried in the Newington churchyard. Children of second wife, recorded in Wethersfield: William, born September 12, 1744, mentioned below; John, February 20, 1748; Eunice, May 9, 1750; Samuel, January 29, 1752.
(II) William, son of John Lusk, was born in Wethersfield, September 12, 1744. He married, March 30, 1769, Elizabeth Gibbs. Children: Chester; Simon; James, mentioned below; William.
(III) James, son of William Lusk, was born 1770, died April 24, 1808. He married and had children: William, Franklin, Simon J., mentioned below.
(IV) Simon J., son of James Lusk, was born August 19, 1807, died July 21, 1894, at Lisle, Broome county, New York. He was a pioneer in the latter section, to which he came from Connecticut, and was actively engaged in farming all his life. He was a vigorous and powerful Scotchman and eminently fitted for the hardships and dangers of a frontier life. He married Rebecca Mercereau, born in Broome county, April 12, 1811, died November 11, 1893. Children: Cornelia M.; Samuel R., mentioned below; Franklin; Eliza J., married Ira Cook; Olive A., married Orlando Benedict; William; Susan; James Lanning; George A.; Charles.
(V) Samuel R., son of Simon J. Lusk, was born in Lisle, Broome county, New York, August 27, 1835, died September 6, 1896. In 1862 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Regiment, Company E, and served throughout the war. He was in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Lookout Mountain. In the latter engagement he was wounded in the head and never fully recovered, and finally died from this wound. For a number of years he was engaged in the grocery business in Centre Lisle, New York. He married, about 1866, Clara M. Root, born in Lisle, September 7, 1847, died November 13, 1886, daughter of William and Anna (Burghardt) Root. Child, Clayton R., mentioned below.
(VI) Clayton Riley, son of Samuel R. Lusk, was born in Lisle, December 21, 1872. He received his early education in the schools of his native town, later attended the Cortland Normal School, from which he graduated in 1895, afterward entered Cornell University, from which he graduated in 1902. He was admitted to the bar the same year, and located in Cortland, in partnership with Rowland I. Davis, under the firm name of Davis & Lusk. In 1904 he was elected city judge and served for two terms. He is a member of the Phi Delta Phi fraternity, the Tioughnioga, and the Cortland City clubs, and of the Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Cortland. In religion he is an Ejpiscopalian. He married, June 23, 1904, Anna, daughter of Eli and Grace (Lee) Mix. Her father, Eli Mix, was born at Chenango Forks, New York, in 1835, died in 1905. He married Grace F., daughter of Samuel and Rhoda Ann (Miller) Lee. He was the son of John Mix, born at Chenango Forks, and Henrietta (Parsons) Mix. John was the son of Jesse Bradley Mix, who was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and came to Chenango Forks, in 1816, and Rebecca (Gilbert) Mix, also of New Haven. Jesse Bradley Mix was the son of Nathaniel Mix, born in New Haven, 1796, and Thankful (Alling) Mix. Nathaniel Mix was the son of Nathaniel Mix, born in New Haven, 1692, died 1756, and Rebecca (Lines) Mix, second wife. Nathaniel Mix was the son of Nathaniel Mix, bron in New Haven, 1651, died 1725, and Mary (Pantry) Mix. Nathaniel Mix was the son of Thomas Meeks, or Mix, who was the immigrant ancestor, of London, England, a member of the New Haven colony, in 1643. He married, in 1649, Rebecca Turner. Child of Clayton R. Lusk: Elinor Mix, born October 14, 1908.
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