Robert Lusk of Saltcoats b. 1710, d @ 1788 is my g-g-g-g-grandfather through his youngest son, Robert. Our records show conflicting information about exactly who was the mother of John (b. @ 1760 Saltcoats, d. 1843 in Alleganey, Co. PA.) ) and Robert (b. 1761, d. 1835). It would be great if you could provide insight into this issue.
Was the mother of John and Robert, Jean Howe (presumably his first wife) when she was in her 40â€™s, after having had two previous children @ 20 years earlier; James (b. @ 1740, d. @ 1800) and Margaret (b. 1743, d. 1825)?
Or was his much younger second wife Mary (unknown) (b. @ 1740, d. 1800) who he married in 1760 the mother on John & Robert?
Were James and Margaret Jeanâ€™s children through William (a relative of Robert?) and adopted by Robert, which is why @ 20 years separate her first two and second two children?
We do not know anything more about Robertâ€™s (b. 1710) parents or siblings.
The only thing we know about Mary Nesbit is that she was married Robert (b. 1761) in 1785 and died AFTER 1830. They had 7 children; (Girl) (b. 1785, d. 1795), James Nesbit (b. 1786, d. @ 1860), Robert (b. 1791, d. 1870), John and (Boy) (both b. after 1790, d. after 1840), Alexander and Jean ( both b. after 1790, d. after 1837). We are descended from James Nesbit.
We know that John (b. @ 1760) married and had 5 children, Hugh (b. 1795), Robert (b. @ 1798), John (b. 1800), Margaret (b. 1800) and Thomas (b. @ 1804). We know nothing further about his decendants
If you are interested we can give you everything we know about Robertâ€™s (b. 1710) decendents all the way down to little ole me!
Regarding Jean Howe, William Lusk & Robert Lusk:
Source: Robert J. Lusk Letters to T.E.Lusk 1988-89:
[Subsequent analysis by R.J.Lusk put doubt on this relationship]
Jean Howe, apparently married to William Lusk, sailor, of Saltcoats, Argile, Scotland, came to West Nantmell, Pa with 2 children, James, age unknown & Margaret, born in Saltcoats in 1743. She then apparently married Robert Lusk, and they had two children, Robert,b.1761 & John (b. @ 1760?)
Regarding Robert (b. 1710):
Source Robert J. Lusk Letters to T.E.Lusk 1988-89: , Betty Lusk Lundgren via Irvin McIlhinney
Birth, death & marriage dates are approximate. Death may have been 1782.
In 1770, Robert & Mary borrowed 150 pounds from "The Corporation for the Relief of Poor and Distressed Presbyterian Ministers and the Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers" (now known as the "Presbyterian Ministers Fund"), morgaging their property in West Nantmell. Pennsylvania. The loan was repaid by Robert, Mary & son John in 1786. .
Contact was made with the Presbyterian Church, Forks of the Brandywine, in Lyndell PA, which was founded in 1735 in West Nantmell. The origional church was destroyed by fire in 1822, and no records preserved.
Lyndell is at Marsh Creek State Park, about 10 miles northwest of West Chester PA. . Settled in Nantmell Twp., Chester Co. Pa. in the 1730's. He obtained a warrent (authority for Province Surveyor-Gemeral to survey) for 50 acres in Nantmill Twp. in 2/1739. Subsequently he obtained a warrant for 211 acres title to which was given in 1743 by the Penn brothers, sons of William Penn. The first 50 (or 59) acres were not patented until 1785. The area was called Happy Land. West Nantmell (part of old Nantmell Twp.) borders Lancaster Co. on the West.
Regarding Robert (b. 1761):
Source: Robert J. Lusk Letters to T.E.Lusk 1988-89: Robert (2) was supposedly born in Salttscoat, Scotland. He apparently did not fight in the Revolution, although he signed the Pennsylvania Oath of Allegiance in 1777 & 1778 He bought 129 [maybe 124] acres on Chantine (sp?) Creek south of Pittsburgh in Peters Twp. Washington Co. on December 1785. In August he and his wife Mary Nesbit, a neighbor in West Nantmell who he married in 1785, sold the family farm in West Nantmell which he had inherited as the elder son, and they moved to the Peters Twp. farm where James Nesbit Lusk (3) was born in 1786. In 1790 Robert & Mary sold their farm and apparently went to Fayette Twp., Allegheny Co. where "family records" say that Robert (2) was born in 1791. In 1795 the U.S. made a treaty with the Indians which opened the Beaver Co. area for settlement. About the same time some of that area was surveyed and tracts allotted to PA veterans of the Revolution. It appears that John McGoun was allotted 250 acres - although he did not actually receive title until 1815 - and that Robert and family went up the Mingo Trail from Fayette Twp. and settled on that property in North Beaver Twp.near where Mt. Jackson is now located. He raised his family there, was a Township Supervisor in 1807. About 1806 John McGoun & family arrived and in 1815 sold 100 acres to Robert. In 1823 Robert gave his "plantation" less the orchard and meadow to sons John & Alexander for consideration of providing a comfortable living for him, his wife Mary and daughter Jean. John's wife Hanna sold all of that property.