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Lusk


Guzman

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Our Lusk Family

Our Lusk side of the family was from Jackson County, Alabama. The Lusks are related to several families in the County such as Worthen, Chandler, Shelton, Wininger, Pace and Berry. Many of these families migrated together from Franklin and Coffee County, Tennessee to Jackson county in the early 1800's as public lands became available. The Waller branch also comes from Jackson County, with ties to the Denny family of Mercer County, Kentucky. Some of the recent generations were involved with constructing dams and power facilities with the Tennessee Valley Authority and projects at Oak Ridge. The Lusks and Wallers have deep roots in the Southeastern United States with many involved in the early Indian Wars, through the Revolution and having veterans on both sides of the Civil War. Several of their lines have ancestries extending into the Ulster Scots arriving in the United States in the early 1700's. The Good branch is from Falls County, Texas, with one ancestor receiving headright property in Jasper County, Texas in the mid-1800's. They tie back to the Virginia Good/Goode families originating from England and arriving in the mid 1600's from Barbados. The Davidson's arrived more recently in the late 1800's, coming from Devon County, England. Our ancestor, John Davidson originated from Belfast Ireland, and was in the Coast Guard stationed at the Cobb in Lyme Regis (pictured above) between 1871 and 1875. Some of his descendants arrived in Boston, settling in the Lowell, Massachusetts area at the turn of the 20th century. Our line descends from his son John James Davidson, a mining engineer who joined the Hicklins originating out of Lafayette County, Missouri and Cox family from Kinney and Uvalde counties in Texas. This branch was certainly the most dynamic line, their histories include the Mexican revolution, Texas Revolution, the Gold Rush, Oregon Trail, oil boom towns in Texas and cattle drives across much of the Southwest.

All of these ancestral lines combine into our Lusk family. They took many different paths, and encountered a wide variety of historical events and places with a wide variety of professions including many farmers, ranchers, miners and even a gunslinger or two. Today there are descendants found across the United States from coast to coast. With so many of these families originating from the United Kingdom and settling in the Southwestern United States, we have named this website From Tea to Tumbleweeds in their memory.

The Bones of My Bones

The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before. "It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943.


Our Ancestors
Lusk

John Marvin
Lusk
Alabama

Waller

Betty Jean
Waller
Alabama

Good

Robert Wilburn
Good
Texas

Davidson

Charlotte Ellen
Davidson
Texas

Guzman

Luis Angel Guzman Vega
Puerto Rico

Pacheco

Olga Maria Pacheco
Puerto Rico

Vidro

Antonio Vidro Santiago
Puerto Rico

Vega

Ricarda Vega
Alicea
Puerto Rico

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We have had family serving in the military throughout our history. We thank them for their sacrifices and honor their memory.


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