Since I couldn't find out anything on John at all, I decided to start with Thomas and loaded all the information from my Aunt Edie's research into the tree I started at Ancestry.com. Then I decided to come back to John, and try again. Nothing. So I'd move one to a different branch or work on my mother's side of the tree. But I'd always come back to John, and find absolutely nothing.
In everything I have read about doing genealogical research and dealing with brick walls, they all say to start with what you know and to write down what you know. I have recently returned to John Lusby, and did just that. So between my Aunt Edie and a professional genealogist that I hired a few years ago to help me, this is what I know about John Lusby.
- W. John Lusby married Margaret B. Self on 25 Dec 1833 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The minister was Thomas M. Washington. The bride's parents were listed as Moses and Maget Self. (Source: Marriage Bonds, 1830-1833, Vol. 11, page 33, 41, 41a, Westmoreland County, Virginia)
- John Lusby married Margaret Self, Dec. 1833; Daniel Hardwick, Sec. (Source: Marriage License Bonds of Westmoreland County, Virginia from 1783-1850).
- John T. Lusby is listed as the father and Margaret B. Self is listed as the mother of Thomas W. Lusby on the record of his marriage to to his first wife, Martha A. Dunaway on 22 Jan 1857. I found the record on FamilySearch.org. (Source: Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940)
- John Lusby is listed as the father and Margaret Lusby is listed as the mother of Thomas W. Lusby on the record of his marriage to his second wife, Fannie J. Dameron on 25 May 1870. I found the record on FamilySearch.org. (Source: Virginia Marriages, 1875-1940)
- John Lusby died before 1845, but I can't find any reference to it on Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org. I'm basing this on the fact that Margaret B. Lusby married James B. Moxley on 7 Dec 1845. Daniel Hardwick, Sec. The minister was Rev. Elijah L. Williams. (Source: Marriages of Richmond County, Virginia, 1668-1853)
- On the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia, Thomas Lusby, age 15, male, pauper is enumerated with James B. Moxley, Margaret B. Moxley, Leviticus Lusby (4), and James Edwin Moxley (1).
There is a big group of Lusby's in Maryland, and I thought that maybe I could link my Lusby's to them. Jim Hartung runs a genealogy database full of Lusby's from Maryland, North Carolina, and Kentucky. I've searched that database more than once, but none of mine are in there, and I couldn't find a link to them from my line.
So when I hired the genealogist to help me, she was able to confirm the information I had already found, and believed that one of the records she had found is evidence of a tie between my Lusby's in Virginia and the line from Cecil County, Maryland. It's a very thin line right now, but it's a place to start. What do you think?
What the genealogist found is as follows:
- A death record for a Nicholas Lusby who died in Richmond County, Virginia on 19 Mar 1867 at the age of 78. The record lists his birth date as 1789, birthplace as the Eastern Shore. He's white, and at the time of his death, he was married to a Rebecca Lusby. His father was listed as Ed Lusby. (Source: Virginia, Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912)
- A record of a John Lusby, born 30 Aug 1782 in Saint Stephen's Parish, Cecil County, Maryland. The father listed is Edward Lusby and the mother listed is Ann. (Source: Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1650-1995)
- A record of John, son of Edward Lusby and Ann, his wife, born 30th Aug 1782. It also shows a record of Nicholas, son of Edward Lusby and Ann, his wife, born 4th Jan 1791. (Source: A Copy of the Records of St. Stephens Parish (Episcopal), Cecilton, Maryland)
But it raises a whole slew of additional questions: What brought him to the Northern Neck Region of Virginia from the Eastern Shore of Maryland? Is Nicholas Lusby really the brother of my John Lusby? Did John have a wife or two before Margaret? Were there other children with those previous marriages? Do I have enough to continue this line of research or should I stick to searching for a John Lusby born in Virginia?
I have a copy (from the genealogist) of Cecil County, Maryland Marriage References 1674-1824, and there are two more John Lusby's that could be possibilities:
- Lusby, John, m. Ann Walmsley, circa 26 Sep 1805.
- Lusby, John, son of Thomas Lusby, m. Emeline Neal, circa 3 Oct 1815
Anyone reading this, what do you think? Is there enough there to warrant further investigation? I think there is, but am looking for suggestions on what do to next?