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Ancestors of Arthur Dwight "Buck" Lackey--Lackey Family Branch

The ancestor families of Arthur Lackey include the Matheson, Beckham, McGinnis, Kirby, Doub, Bogle, Smith, Walker, Helsebeck. Stevenson, Spainhour, Fiscus, Junck and Spitteler families that ended up in Alexander, Wilkes and Forsyth Counties in North Carolina. This section focuses on the Lackey Family branch.

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Arthur Dwight "Buck" Lackey and Maude Beatrice Jolley Lackey on the steps of the Jolley family home in King's Creek, Caldwell County, NC.
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Pfc Arthur Dwight "Buck" Lackey, 1908-1979 during World War II
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Maude Beatrice Jolley Lackey, 1914-1992.
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Arthur Dwight "Buck" Lackey, 1908-1979
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Bea and Arthur Lackey gravestone.jpg
This gravestone for Arthur and Beatice Jolley Lackey is located in the Grandin Baptist Church Cemetery in Grandin, Caldwell County, North Carolina.
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Addie Matheson Lackey, 1871-1957 (right) with Arthur, Bea and Franklin Lackey
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Gravestone of Huron Loyola and Addie Matheson Lackey in Hiddenite Cemetery, Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina.
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Huron Lackey Obituary 1947.jpg
Obituary, Huron L. Lackey, 25 April 1947, The Statesville Daily, Statesville, North Carolina, pg2. Microfilm at the North Carolina State Archives.
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Huron Lackey Death Certificate 1947.jpg
Death Certificate, Huron Lackey, 24 April 1947, Iredell County, North Carolina, volume 10-A, page 487, North Carolina State Archives.
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Robert Clementus Lackey, 1841-1912
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RC-Pantha Lackey Marriage Bond 1865.jpg
Alexander County Marriage Bond for Robert Clementus and Pantha Beckham Hartness Lackey from November 22, 1865 (North Carolina State Archives).
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Gravestone for Robert Clementus and Pantha Beckham Lackey in Sulphur Sprigs Baptist Church Cemetery, Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina.
B-7199 Antietam Battlefield. Middle Bridge.
B-7199 Antietam Battlefield. Middle Bridge.
B-342 View of Gettysburg, PA., 1863.
B-342 View of Gettysburg, PA., 1863.
B-6333 McLean's House, Appomattox Court House,
B-6333 McLean's House, Appomattox Court House,
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Alexander and Susan Kirby Lackey.jpg
Alexander W. Lackey (1813-1893) and Susan Kirby Lackey (1819-1892)
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Children of Alexander and Susan Lackey.jpg
(seated L-R)Robert Clementus, Mary, Moses and William, (standing L-R) Curtis Fielding, Carlos Caldwell, Thomas Press and Alexander Jefferson.
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William and Nancy Lackey Marriage Bond 1775.jpg
Rowan County, NC Marriage Bond for William Lackey and Agnes Nancy Stevenson, November 14, 1775. William Stevenson served as bondsman. From the North Carolina State Archives.
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Revolutionary War Pay Voucher, William Lackey, Treasurers and Comptrollers Papers, S.115.105 # 1289. From the North Carolina State Archives.
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Revolutionary War Pay Voucher, William Lackey, Treasurers and Comptrollers Papers, S.115.105 # 1285. From the North Carolina State Archives.
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Revolutionary War Pay Voucher, William Lackey, Treasurers and Comptrollers Papers, S.115.105 #1287. From the North Carolina State Archives.
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1790 Federal Census Abstract, Iredell County North Carolina, William Lackey. From the North Carolina State Archives.
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#1 Arthur Dwight "Buck" LACKEY and Maude Beatrice JOLLEY

North Carolina

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Arthur Dwight "Buck" LACKEY was born on August 15, 1908 and lived on his family's farm in Hiddenite in Alexander County, NC.[1] He was the youngest son of Huron and Addie LACKEY. When Buck was 17 years old, he married Bonnie Fay BURGESS (age 16) on March 14, 1926 in Taylorsville.[2] They had one daughter named Lillian. There are no known photographs of Bonnie but there are several of Lillian. One photograph of a three or four year old Lillian is dated February 22, 1930.[3] There is also a photograph of Lillian in what appears to be a wedding dress.

On the 1930 census, Buck, Bonnie and three-year-old Lillian are listed as living in Stanly County. The family was renting a $12-a-month house in Badin Town, a factory village for the workers of the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). Buck was working as an electrical operator in the aluminum reduction plant.[4] Buck's brother Olney was already living in Stanly County and working at the aluminum plant in 1920.[5]

Bonnie divorced Arthur during the February Term of Court, 1945 in Alexander County. According to the judgment, Arthur and Bonnie had been living separately for more than two years.[6]

Buck was inducted into the US ARMY at 33 years old on April 7, 1942 as a Private first class (Pfc) of the Medical Department. Buck drove a medical truck. He served 2 years, 4 months and 3 days in foreign service in the campaigns of Algeria-French Morocco; Tunisia; Normandy; and Northern France.[7] Buck broke his leg and was moved to a Veterans' hospital in Florida. Buck also served in Sicily, Germany and England.[8] Buck was honorably discharged from the service on August 6, 1945 and received the EAME Campaign Medal.[9] World War II ended nine days later when the Emperor of Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, V-J Day.

Buck met his second wife, Maude Beatrice JOLLEY, at a boarding house in North Wilkesboro where she worked. They had corresponded during his military service and Bea went to Daytona Beach, Florida to marry Buck on January 16, 1946.[10]

Bea, daughter of William Lester and Grace Pennell JOLLEY, was born October 13, 1914 in Caldwell County, North Carolina.[11] She was 30 years old when she married Buck. Buck and Bea had three children: Arthur Franklin, Ronald Taylor and Lydia Beatrice. Buck and Bea first lived in Hudson where Buck worked for the Mooney Pluming Company and volunteered as a fireman with the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department. The family was active in the First Baptist Church in Hudson. The family later moved to a brick home at the JOLLEY homeplace in King's Creek, NC. Buck worked as a plumber and janitor for Caldwell Community College and Bea was a housewife.[12]

Buck suffered a heart attack while working in his garden and died at the age of 70 on May 1, 1979.[13] They had been married for 34 years. Bea suffered a debilitating stroke and lived with her daughter Lydia KANUPP in Mill Spring, NC. Bea died of another stroke on March 20, 1992.[14] Both Buck and Bea are buried in Grandin Baptist Church Cemetery in Grandin, NC.

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#2 Huron Loyola LACKEY and Addie Elizabeth MATHESON

Alexander County, North Carolina

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Huron Loyola LACKEY, son of R.C. and Pantha LACKEY, was born March 17, 1873 and lived and worked on his father's farm in Sharpe's Township in Alexander County, NC.[1] His parents built what is known as the Alexander Thomas house.[2] Huron's mother was well educated and she saw to it that her children also attended school. Huron may have attended Moravian Falls Academy in Wilkes County.[3]

Huron's wife Addie Elizabeth MATHESON, daughter of J.P. and Theresa MATHESON, was born December 16, 1871 in Taylorsville.[4] Her father was an influential man serving in numerous county offices including sheriff and postmaster and also serving in the State Legislature.

Huron and Addie married in Taylorsville, at the home of the bride’s father, on July 20, 1893.[5] The couple had seven children; Olney Bogle (1894), Ralph McGinnis (1897), Virginia Dare (1900), Maurice Gordon (1902), Robert Glenn (1905), Willie Sue (1907) and Arthur Dwight (1908).[6] Their son Robert Glenn died when he was one year old and is buried with his LACKEY grandparents at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Hiddenite.[7]

By 1900, Huron and Addie had bought a farm in Hiddenite in Alexander County where they raised their children.[8] By the time of the 1920 census, Olney had moved out of the house and was living with his wife Cora in Stanley County where he was working in an aluminum plant.[9] Ralph and his wife Hessie were living in Alexander County.[10] In 1930, all of the children had moved out except for two daughters, Willie and Dare, who were living at home. On the census, both of these daughters are listed as being married although their husbands were not in the home. Two grandchildren, Luther and Virginia, were also in the household.[11]

By 1930, Huron had purchased a filling station.[12] He was one of the first people in town to have electricity. He has a twelve-volt battery house outside the service station. “Uncle Blaine” Campbell, husband of Willie Sue, had photographs of the battery house.[13]

Huron enjoyed fishing and camping and Addie loved to read and had always wanted to be a lawyer.[14] Huron died at the age of 74 in Long’s Hospital in Statesville on April 24, 1947 of coronary thrombosis with pneumonia. He and Addie had been married for 54 years. Addie survived Huron for ten years dying February 25, 1957 at the age of 86.[15] They are buried at Hiddenite Cemetery in HIddenite, NC.

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#3 Robert Clementus "Ment" LACKEY and Pantha Susan BECKHAM

Alexander County, North Carolina

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Robert Clementus “Ment” LACKEY, born September 14, 1841, was the oldest son of Alexander and Susan LACKEY.[1] R.C. was born in Spartanburg District, South Carolina.[2]Sometime later his family moved to Taylorsville, the county seat of Alexander County, North Carolina, which was settled in 1847.[3] R.C. lived with his parents and siblings in Taylorsville where he worked as a farm laborer until the Civil War.[4]

On April 12, 1861, the Civil War broke out when Confederate troops fired on Federal troops at Fort Sumter. Five weeks later on May 20, North Carolina seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America. On November 2, 1861, R.C., along with his first cousin Thomas Fielding Murdah, volunteered for service with the Confederate Army and enlisted in the infantry with the Alexander County “Rocky Face Rangers” of 38th Regiment, Company G. The Rocky Face Rangers took their name from Rocky Face Mountain in northeast Alexander County. The two cousins were both 19 when they mustered in on December 31 at Camp Magnum, near Raleigh. R.C. mustered in as a Private and Fielding as a Corporal. 38th Regiment was part of General William Pender’s brigade and A.P. Hill’s division. Only six months after his enlistment, on or about June 26, 1862, R.C. was wounded when A.P. Hill’s division attacked General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Mechanicsville (Beaver Dam Creek) in Hanover County, Virginia.[5]

A participant described the 38th’s attack on a Federal artillery position: "A line of battle was formed and the march continued until the order was given to charge the battery that was throwing the deadly missiles. The heat was intense and the double-quick march exhausting, but the charge was kept up over the open field until the regiment reached the summit of the last elevation when a farmhouse, yard and garden broke the line somewhat. The Yankee batteries were upon the summit of the opposite hill with their supporting infantry in their intrenchments [sic], and the old field pines in front cut down and piled across the stumps which were about three feet high, forming an almost impassable barrier. The thirty-eighth, alone and unsupported, charged down the hill, the long line of [Federal] infantry playing upon it with a cross fire. On the soldiers charged, in the face of the fatal volleys, until the obstacles were reached, when the whole line stopped and began returning the fire under every disadvantage. The men were falling rapidly, and it was soon seen that to take the works was impossible…The retreat… was begun. The enemy continued their deadly firing. It was about sunset when the regiment reached safely the rear."[6]

R.C. was one of 152 members of the 38th wounded or killed in the battle. He was sent home to recuperate on furlough and returned to duty sometime in July or August 1862. On November 5, 1862, R.C. was sent to a hospital for an unrecorded ailment and again on December 29, 1862, R.C. was admitted to the General Hospital at Howard’s Grove, Richmond, Virginia for Varioloid (a mild form of small pox occurring in people who have been previously vaccinated or who have had the disease). He is listed as being returned to duty on February 15, 1863. From July 1st through 4th, 1863, the 38th Regiment was involved in fighting at Gettysburg where they lost about 21 men killed and fifty-eight wounded. R.C. was sent to the hospital again on September 23, 1863. He was issued clothing at the General Hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia on November 23, 1863. R.C. was promoted to Musician in March or April 1864 and on December 7, 1864 he was retired to the Invalid Corps where wounded soldiers preformed noncombat duties. R.C. was a member of the Confederate Army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Lieut. General U.S. Grant on April 9, 1865. The Army was paroled three days later on April 12, 1865 and R.C. returned home.[7]

Pantha Susan BECKHAM, daughter of William and Rebecca BECKHAM, was born July 1, 1840 near York’s Institute in Alexander County.[8] Pantha’s mother Rebecca died about five years later. In August 1847, Pantha’s father William remarried to Rebecca’s younger sister Susannah. Throughout Pantha’s childhood her spinster aunt and namesake Pantha M. Beckham lived in the house with her family. As a child the younger Pantha was called Panthey to distinguish between the two. When Pantha was between 10 and 15 years old, her father died leaving her and her five siblings to be raised by their stepmother Susannah and their aunt Pantha.[9] Pantha was schooled in Latin at a female seminary in Jonesville, Yadkin County.[10] In 1860, a twenty-year-old Pantha was listed on the census as living with her siblings and her stepmother who was by then a widow.[11]

Pantha was married to Hial B. Hartness (Harkness) sometime prior to May of 1862. A secondary source lists her marriage date as July 4, 1861.[12] Pantha’s husband Hial was conscripted into service for the Confederate Army at the age of 22 on August 16, 1862. He served in 7th Regiment, Company K. One month later on September 17, 1862, Hial was mortally wounded at the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam), which was the first major Civil War engagement on Northern soil and also the bloodiest single day battle in American history. He died of his wounds at Winchester, Virginia on September 29, 1862.[13] At Hial’s death, Pantha received Hial’s wages of $11 per month for one month, 15 days of service and a $50 bounty payment.[13] In February 1863, five months after her husband’s death, Pantha gave birth to a son named William Hial Watson Hartness.[14] At his death, Pantha’s husband left a 34-acre tract of land in Alexander County lying on the waters of the South Yadkin and adjoining the land of Silas Harkness, James Adams and Robert Lackey.[15] In March 1868, Sheriff J.P. Matheson laid off a third of Hial Harkness’ land as a widow’s dower for Pantha.

Pantha remarried to Robert Clemetus LACKEY on Novemeber 22, 1865 in a double ceremony with her sister Elizabeth who married R.C.’s cousin Thomas Fielding Murdah.[16] R.C. and Pantha, along with her son Hial, lived in the Sulphur Springs community where Pantha’s farm was located. The couple acquired more land and built what is known as the Alexander Thomas house.[17] Together R.C. and Pantha had seven more children naming each of them with long unique names; Julia Alla Rebecca (1867), Leha Ada Virginia (1868), Emma Frances Victoria (1871), Huron Loyla (1873), Nora Elizabeth Adaline (1876), Edwin Everett (1879), and Ola May (1882).[18] When he grew up, Hial (spelling his last name Harkness) left North Carolina, moved to Idaho and finally settled in Okanagan County, Washington with his wife Ella who was born in California.[19] In R.C.’s later years, he left the farm and operated a grocery store in Hiddenite with his youngest son Edwin.[20] When R.C. and Pantha’s daughter Nora Mayes died, they raised her son Henry Leon. He worked as a machinist in a bookshop and stayed with them until they died.[21]

R.C. died on March 22, 1912 at the age of 70.[22] He and Pantha had been married for 46 years. In 1919, when Pantha was 79 years old she applied for a Confederate Widow’s Pension based on R.C.’s military service on the grounds that she was disabled and unable to provide for herself and that the proceeds from her property were not sufficient to support her.[23] On the 1920 Census, Pantha was listed as living with Leon and a house servant named Margaret Miller on Hiddenite Road. Pantha died in Hiddenite on February 28, 1921 at the age of 80.[24] R.C. and Pantha are buried in Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Hiddenite, NC. There is a photo of R.C. Lackey and his siblings in the book, A History of the Lackey Family.[25]

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#5 Alexander W. LACKEY and Susan KIRBY

Alexander County, North Carolina

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Alexander W. LACKEY, son of Moses and Margaret LACKEY was born on January 14, 1813.[1] He lived on his family’s farm in Iredell County, North Carolina. According to family history, 27-year-old Alexander made a trip in 1840 in a covered wagon to Spartanburg District, South Carolina to buy salt and returned with a bride.[2]

Susan KIRBY was born November 30, 1819 in South Carolina.[3] Her parents’ names have not been determined, however, it is known that they were born in South Carolina.[4] She was described as “small of stature” but with “plenty of energy to cope with the rigors of pioneer life”.[5] Alexander and Susan married on December 10, 1840 in South Carolina.[6] Exactly nine months later, on September 14th, Susan had the first of the couple’s ten children. Their children were; Robert Clementus (1841), Mary F. (1843), Moses T. (1845), William M. (1847), Curtis Fielding (1849), Carlos Caldwell (1851), Martha, who died as a child (1854), Thomas Press (1857), Alfred Lafayette, called Fate (1860) and Alexander Jefferson (1862).

Sometime before 1845, Alexander and Susan moved back to North Carolina. In 1850, the family was living in Alexander County, NC where Alexander was working as a farmer. The census lists Susan and her children Robert and Mary as being born in South Carolina. Moses was the first child born in North Carolina.[7] Alexander built a cabin for his family near the home of his father Moses. He later moved the house to a location near the Keener Lackey Bridge.[8] In 1860 the family was still living in Taylorsville, Alexander was still a farmer and his personal estate was valued at 211 dollars. There was no value listed on the census for land for Alexander.[9] When the Civil War started in 1861, Alexander was too old to be called for service but Alexander and Susan’s son R.C. did serve for the duration of the war.

By 1870, Robert and Mary had left home. The other children, minus Martha who had died, were still living at home. Twenty-five-year-old Moses and 21-year-old Curtis Fielding were helping their father with the farming. The 1870 census lists Alexander, Susan, Fielding and Press as being unable to write although Alexander, Susan and Fielding could read. By this time, Alexander had land valued at 400 dollars and his personal estate was valued at 200 dollars. The family had a 25-year-old white female domestic servant living with them named Mary Otrich.[10] In 1880, Alexander and Susan were still living on the farm and Fate and Jefferson were helping to work the crops. Also in the household were a 22-year-old white domestic servant named Laura A Scott and her three-year-old son Robert.[11]

Alexander and Susan were charter members of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church near Hiddenite. The church was organized in 1867 and the first building was a log structure that may have also served as the schoolhouse. Originally the church met with a traveling preacher twice a month on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. In 1885, the log building was replaced with a clapboard building, which was later bricked over and expanded.[12]

There is a photo of Alexander and Susan LACKEY in the book, A History of the Lackey Family. The notation for the photograph says that “The thread was spun, cloth woven, and suit made for Alexander Lackey by Oma Lee Lackey Dagenhart”.[13] This book also contains a photograph of eight of the children (R.C., Mary, Moses, William, Fielding, Cal, Press and Jeff).

Susan died on March 22, 1892 at the age of 73 and is buried in the Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Hiddenite, NC. The couple had been married 52 years. Alexander died December 3rd of the following year at the age of 80 and was buried beside his wife.[14]

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#9 Moses LACKEY and Margaret (LUSK?)

Iredell County and Alexander County, NC

Moses LACKEY, the third of William and Nancy LACKEY’s ten children, was born March 22, 1780.[1] The family lived in the Lackey settlement in the part of Iredell County that later became Alexander County.[2] In an old Bible it is recorded that Moses Lackey married Margaret Lackey.[3] Margaret was born February 10, 1780.[4] Her maiden name is not known. The couple had a child with the middle name Lusk and it is possible that this was Margaret’s maiden name. There were several Lusk families in the area during this time. If Margaret was a Lusk, it is possible that her father was Hugh, Samuel, Joseph or William Lusk.[5] It is also possible that Lackey is actually her maiden name. On the 1790 census there are 5 Lackey men. One is Moses’ father William. There is another William, two George’s and a Thomas.[6] All of them have daughters.

Moses and Margaret likely married in Iredell County sometime between 1800-1804 and probably had at least seven children: Clarissa “Rispey” (1803), John Miller (1805), Abner Hamilton “Hammie” (1807), Mary Lusk (1809), Alexander W. (1813) George (1815) and Moses Monroe “Roey” (1819).[7] The book, A History of the Lackey Family, lists only four children for Moses and Margaret and proposes that Clarissa, John Miller and George were slaves. Evidence suggests that this is not the case at least for John Miller and George. On the 1820 census there are two boys in Moses’ household who are of the right age to be John Miller and George.[8] John Miller also shows up on the 1830 census as a head of household. He is listed as being white and is a neighbor of Moses.[9] No evidence has yet been found confirming that Clarissa is the daughter of Moses and Margaret. Clarissa does not appear on the 1820 census in Moses’ household when she would be 17 years old. If she is their daughter this suggests that she had left home or died by this time. It is likely that there were more than these seven children because of the long gaps between the birth years of Mary and Alexander and George and Moses Monroe. These children probably died in infancy because there are no other children listed on the 1820 census.

Moses is not listed as a head of household on the 1810 census. He and Margaret are not living with Moses’ father William but they could be living with Margaret’s father or one of their brothers. On the 1820 census, Moses and Margaret are listed in Iredell County with six children: three boys under ten years, two boys 10 to 16 years and one girl under ten years old.[10] In 1830, Moses and Margaret were living with one girl 15-20 years old, 2 boys 15-20 years old and one boy 20-30 years old. The couple was not recorded on this census as owning slaves in 1830.[11] On the 1840 census, two of the boys were still living with Moses and Margaret.[12] Ten years later, in 1850, all of the children had left the farm but Moses and Margaret’s sons Hammie and Roey were living next door to them. Moses’ real estate was valued at 300 dollars.[13]

Between 1830 and 1840, Moses and Margaret became slave owners by purchase or inheritance. On the 1840 census, the couple owned two female slaves aged 0-10 and 10-24.[14] According to the 1850 slave population schedule of the census, Moses was the owner of 2 female slaves, a 16 year-old and an 8 month-old baby. Margaret was the owner of 15 slaves.Seven were male and 8 were female. There were two seniors, 3 adults, 4 teenagers, 4 children and 2 babies.[15] Margaret had apparently acquired these slaves since 1840. It is probable that Margaret inherited these slaves at the death of her father. The Lackey Family history book reports that family bible records list a slave Rufus Umberto being born April 9, 1850 and a slave Sam Lackey being born in 1842 and dying in 1862. The book, A History of the Lackey Family, also reports that Rufus was given to Roey, Sam to Hammie and a slave Judah was given to Mary Lusk.[16] It is not known what happened to the Lackey slaves when slavery ended with the Southern defeat in the Civil War.

Margaret died August 12, 1857.[17] She was 77 years old. Margaret and Moses had been married for over 50 years. After his wife’s death, Moses went to live with his son Abner Hamilton in Taylorsville.[18] Moses survived his wife by eight years and died September 15, 1865, just after the end of the Civil War.[19] He was 85 years old.

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#17 William LACKEY and Agnes "Nancy" STEVENSON

Iredell County, NC

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William Lackey was born 1750-55 in Ireland.[1] He was likely the son of Scotch-Irish parents, George and Elizabeth LACKEY. If so, he was born in Ireland and migrated to America about 1759.[2] The family ended up in Rowan County, North Carolina. George and Elizabeth had two other sons, Thomas and George, Jr. All three of the boys, William, Thomas and George, Jr., married three STEVENSON sisters.

William married Agnes “Nancy” STEVENSON. She was the daughter of Scotch-Irish parents, James and (Sarah) STEVENSON. Nancy was born 1755-1758 in Maryland. Sometime between 1768 and 1175, Nancy's family moved to Rowan County, North Carolina.[3]

William and Nancy received a marriage bond on November 14, 1775 in Rowan County.[4] They married on that day or soon after. William Stevenson served as the bondsman for William. William and Nancy had 10 children: William, Jr. (1776), James (1778), Moses (1780), Mary (1783), Alexander (1785), Amos (1787), George (1790), Martha (1793), David (1795), and Eneas (1797).[5]

William and Nancy lived in what is known as the Lackey settlement in Iredell and later Alexander County.[6] They were living near George, Sr., George, Jr. and Thomas Lackey and James Stevenson’s family.[7] The family land was located on the Little Yadkin River.

During the American Revolution, William Lackey rendered patriotic service to the American government. William received three Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers. Two of the pay vouchers appear to be for militia service suggesting that William was not a Revolutionary War soldier for the Continental Line.[8] William is listed in the 1932 Daughters of the American Revolution, Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution as serving in the War, but no records have been found to support this claim. There is a Revolutionary War Pension for a William Lackey who married a woman named Elizabeth and moved to Tennessee and later Alabama. It is possible that the DAR listing is actually for this William.

On the first federal census in 1790, William and Nancy were listed as living in Iredell County with their first four children: William, Jr., James, Moses and Mary.[9] In 1800, William and Nancy were living with all 10 of their children.[10] In 1810, Eneas, David and George were still living at home with William and Nancy. All of the other children had moved out including 17-year-old Martha who had married James Thompson, a widower with five children.[11]

William wrote a will on May 27, 1820 and died soon after. William willed that his “beloved wife Nancy Lackey during her life have Fifty Acres of land including the dwelling house in which I now live and my household furniture and likewise my stock of all kind”. William also left to his wife six slaves, “a Negro woman by the name of Nelly with her three children Tamer, Stephen, and Simon with Israel and Sinea”. He left his son William, Jr. “seventy five acres of land lying on the waters of the South Yadkin River”. His son James received “seventy five acres of land joining my son William’s on the same waters”. Moses was given “fifty acres of land lying on the South Yadkin River more or less”. Alexander and Amos each received fifty acres adjoining William’s plantation. William willed that at his wife’s death the remainder of his lands should be divided among his three sons, George, David and Eneas. William left each of his two married daughters, Mary and Martha, the sum of five pounds each. All of William’s estate real and personal was to be retained in the possession of his wife until her death when it was to be divided between his sons George and David. William included a provision for the slaves. “I will also that my beloved wife Nancy may dispose of the affore mentioned Negroes Nelly, Tamer, Simon, Stephen, Israel and Sinea to such of her children as she thinks proper”. Wife Nancy and son Alexander were appointed executors of William’s will.[12]

William died soon after his will was written. He would have been about 65 or 70 years old and he and Nancy had been married for about 45 years. An inventory for William’s estate was made in 1822. The inventory included: “six Negroes, 200 acres of land, 6 head of cattle, 8 head of hogs, 7 head of sheep, 1 horse beast with some household furniture all of which remains in the possession of the Executrix Nancy Lackey”. The estate record also noted that as of November 1822 “no sale had yet taken place on account of the will of the dec’d being contested”. An estate sale did take place in September of 1823. The sale consisted of "3 dishes, 6 plates, 6 pewter spoons, 1 tin coffee pot, 1 dipper, 1 cream pot, 2 cups and saucers, 2 forks and 1 knife, 1 pot, 1 pot hook, 1 oven hook, 1 skillet, 1 white faced cow & bull & calf, 1 red & white cow & calf, 1 black and white heifer with crooked horn, 1 red steer yearling, 1 black & white bull, 1 heifer yearling black and white, 1 motherless calf, 1 feather bed bedstead cord, 2 coverlets, 2 sheets & 2 pillows and under bed, 1 bed bedstraw & furniture, 1 walnut table, 4 chairs and 1 bay mare”. The estate sale earned $51.46.[13]

Nancy cannot be located on the 1820 census. She is not living with either of her son[14] In 1830 Nancy was living alone with six slaves.[15] Nancy is listed on the 1840 Iredell County Census as being 80-90 years old. She is living alone with one female slave aged 10-24.[16] Nancy is not listed on the 1850 census and therefore likely died sometime between 1840 and 1850.

William and Nancy were slave owners. The couple are not listed as owning slaves on the censuses of 1790, 1800 or 1810. However, according to William’s 1820 will, he owned at least six slaves: Israel and Sinea and Nelly and her children Tamer, Stephen and Simon. These slaves were left to his wife Nancy and later to their children.[17] The slave Nelly and one of her children had been bequeathed to William and Nancy by Nancy’s father James STEVENSON in his will three years before.[18] At her father’s estate sale, Nancy hired out a slave named John for $7.13.[19] On the 1830 Census, Nancy is listed as owning six slaves. They are recorded as one boy under 10 years, 2 males aged 10-24, 3 girls under 10 years and one woman aged 24 to 36.[20] The four children under ten years old in 1830 could not have been part of the six slaves listed in William’s will in 1820. Nancy must have sold or gifted some or all of the original six slaves, probably to her children. In 1840 Nancy is living with one female slave aged 10-24.[21]

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#33 (George LACKEY and Elizabeth)

Ireland and Rowan County, NC

No document has been found that definitively names the parents of William LACKEY. It is believed however that his parents are George and Elizabeth LACKEY. This assumption is based on several pieces of circumstantial evidence.

1-Family tradition says that William, George, Jr., and Thomas Lackey were all three brothers.

2-Revolutionary War Pension records confirm that George, Jr. and Thomas were brothers.

3-William, George, Jr. and Thomas Lackey married three Stevenson sisters.

4-William served as bondsman for the marriage bond of George, Jr.

5-Land records prove that George Lackey, Sr. was the father of George, Jr.

6-William served with George, Jr. as administrators for the estate of George, Sr.

7-George, Sr.’s estate record names his widow as Elizabeth.

8-According to land records, William lived next door to George, Sr., George, Jr. and Thomas Lackey.

Revolutionary War pension records show that George, Jr. and Thomas were born in Ireland and that their family migrated to America in 1759 when they were young children.[1]

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