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Adam Lugar

Adam Lugar, born 1 Mar 1738 in Frankfurt, Germany joined the Hessian Army and came to America about 23 July 1776 into New York to fight with the British. After a short time he deserted the Hessians and joined the Continental Army at Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He served as a private in Captain Celeron's Company under Colonel Posher and General Pulaski. They marched to Philadelphia, and then to Elizabethtown and finally to an area he called NewKirby, where they engaged with the British. Colonel Posher was killed and a man named Fry was made Colonel. Here they spent the winter. In Spring they marched from Pennsylvania to Charleston, South Carolina, where they engaged the British again..

After 18 months of service he was discharged. Adam moved up to North Carolina and enlisted again with the N.C. Militiar and served another eight months.

Sometime during the year of 1777, he married Anna Margaret Clapp of Orange Co., NC. Anna came from a religious German family. Her grandfather John Ludwig Clapp and her uncle George Valentine Clapp founded the Brick Reform Church in Guilford Co., NC. Her grandfather on her mothers side was the Rev. John Philip Boehm who founded the Reform Church in Berks Co., Pa.

About two years after their marriage, they moved to Montgomery Co., Va., settling near Level Green in Sinking Creek Valley on what has been called Turkey Roast Farm. As the years went by this area was changed to Giles and finally in 1851 to Craig County. Adam Lugar and his wife Anna are both buried in Level Green overlooking Sinking Creek Valley. Adam was a farmer by trade and a Lutheran.

As written in a history book put out by Giles County Historical Society a page mentions Adam Lugar saying: Adam Lugar married Anna Klopp in 1777, and came to Sinking Creek, Va. The story was handed down that Adam was granted a ten acre stretch of Sinking Creek Valley by General George Washington for his services in the Revolutionary War. The road leading from Route 42 at Level Green to the North Side is called "Lugar ____(not legible). Adam's family lived in a log house and Layman Hypes lived near the creek.

Since the Lugars loved music and had plenty of land, it was told that Adam once traded many acres known as "Turkey Roost Hill" for a fiddle. The Lugars were a happy, singing, family with ten childen: George, Phoebe, Barnabas, Alescenda, Elizabeth, Jacob, John, Barbara, Adam Jr., & Peggy.

Their daughter Elizabeth married James Smith on 29Sept1821. They lived in Craig County and had 8, maybe 9 children: Adam, John P., Mary, Lewis, Diana Jane, Margaret, Jacob, Cynthia, and William. They lived in Paint Bank. Descendants of Jacob Lugar Smith still live in Craig Co.

James Smith & Elizabeth Lugar's first child Adam married Barbary Ann Mills on 18Dec1844. Barbary Ann Mills was born 19Jan1821 in Pittsylvania Co., Va. to Joseph W. Mills and Susanna Berger. It seems the Mills moved to Craig Co. sometime after marriage. Susanna's parents Jacob & Christianna Berger came to America in 1755 from Germany. The Mills line can be traced back to William Clopton and Ann Booth in early Virginia. Adam and Barbary's grave's can be found in a fork in the road heading west out of Paint Bank. There had been a picture of Barbary Ann on her tombstone but when I visited the area the stones had been broken and the picture gone. Adam and Barbary raised 11 children and a granddaughter Omega Belle.

Adam and Barbary's daughter Mary Smith born 15July1854 married George E. Myers on 13Oct1886 in Craig Co.. George was also born in Craig on 6June1864 to Jacob Myers and Martha Hughes. Jacob's line is still a mystery other than his parents were Isaac & Catharine Myers and was living in the Botetourt area during the 1850 census. Martha Hughes was the daughter of John Hughes and Delilah Hacket. Both lived in Craig Co.. As with many others in the area George & Mary along with their 3 small children moved to Indiana. Mary died on this trip and George returned and moved along with his parents and family to Greenbrier, W.Va.

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