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Ancestors of Dylan Joseph Solet


      1022. Peter Grancer Looney, Jr951, born 01 Oct 1759 in Augusta or Bolecourt Co, VA; died 16 Feb 1851 in Talley Station, Marshall Co, TN. He was the son of 2044. Peter Grancer Looney, Sr and 2045. Margaret Lauderdale. He married 1023. Mary Pitman 1786 in TN, USA952.

      1023. Mary Pitman953, born Abt. 1765 in Sullivan Co, NC, is now TN; died 1810 in Talley Station, Marshall Co, TN.

Notes for Peter Grancer Looney, Jr:
Just when James McCain and Margaret left Botetourt County and went south is not clear, but Peter3 Looney, Jr., served 33 days as a drover under his cousin, Bullock master John3 Looney (Robert2 Jr.) from Augusta to December 1776, probably in southern Washington County, Virginia, or in western North Carolina (including pre-Tennessee) Just after the men under Colonel Wm. Christian returned from the Cherokee expedition. James Cain signed, 6 Nov 1777, with Samuel Looney, other Looneys and Renfrows, a petition from the inhabitants of Lower Washington County, Virginia, protesting the erection of a Court House. It is known that James McCain once lived on a tract just west of land entered for Samuel Looney's orphans (in 1779) on the Holston River, near or below the mouth of Beaver Creek. North Carolina Land Grant 91 to James Cain, 240 acres in Sullivan County, North Carolina, on both sides of Big Creek was issued 23 Oct 1782. This was probably Margaret's husband.

From the first tax list of Sumner County, Tennessee, 1787, it is evident that James McKeen owned 120 acres. In that year he received a grant for 650 acres on Station Camp Creek in Sumner County. This may have been Margaret's son.

James McKain (perhaps Jr.) deeded lands on the west fork of Station Camp Creek, Sumner County, Tennessee, to Peter3 Looney in 1789 (Grant Book, p 308). (This deed not read by present writer; grantee may be Peter3 Looney of Absalom2.) James KcKeen was taxed for 366 acres in Sumner County in 1794 and James McKeen, Jr., was taxed for End Page 4 378 acres in 1793. By her second marriage, Margaret (Lauderdale) McCain is said to have had a son, Captain James McCain, who went to middle Tennessee with Donelson. (This man was probably not a Captain in 1779 but his father was no doubt too old.) Descendants of Peter3 Looney, Jr., can "prove" their Scotch ancestry from the Earls of Lauderdale and the Cunninghams. (See "The Lauderdales of Scotland" by Chas. J. Lauderdale.)

It seems probable that Peter2 and Margaret Looney had no other children than Peter3 Jr. The final record of the administration made no mention of others. In instruments of reord, Peter3 Jr. is mentioned merely as the eldest son but in one deed, 8 Feb 1785 (Botetourt County, Virginia, Deeds 3, p 318) Peter Luney, only son and heir at law of Peter Looney, LATE DECEASED, late of Botetourt County, transfers 180 acres on Long Run to Wm. Anderson.

THIRD GENERATION
Peter3 Branch
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Peter3 Looney (Peter2) was born in Botetourt County, Virginia, 1 Oct 1760, according to his own statement in his application for U. S. pension. The first record of Peter3 is found in Augusta county Court records, 13 Apr 1760. "Peter Looney, heir-at-law of Peter Looney, deceased, proved to the Court that the said Peter Looney, deceased, served in Captain Smith's Company of Rangers in last war on the frontiers of this colony as a sergeant till he was taken prisoner by the Indians in the year 1756, and that he did not return from them for nearly two years, and that he never proved such service nor obtained any land." This quotation is from Judge Chalkley's work on Augusta County, but this writer found no Court records of April 1760 or 1761. This may have been in April of some other year or perhaps the record has been lost.

On 18 May 1762, Robert Brechenridge was guardian-in-fact to Peter Looney, Jr., for the prosecution of a suit against Peter's grandfather, Robert Looney.

On 15 Mar 1765, Absalum2 (X) Luney and Margaret deeded to Peter Luney, heir-at-law of Peter Luney, deceased, for L80, a tract of 180 acres on Long Run, a branch of James River, adjoining another tract belonging to Peter, formerly in possession of Robert Looney, S. The witnesses were David Looney, etc. This deed was delivered to Peter3 Looney 26 Sep 1783. The other tract may have been the 80 acres that John Bower deeded to Peter Looney, eldest son of Peter Looney, deceased, on 20 Aug 1765, as a result of the judgement earlier obtained when Peter3 in the person of his guardian, Breckenridge, had sued Robert1 and John Bowyer.

Jonathan Smith (who may have married a sister of Peter2 Looney) was on 17 Mar 1868 appointed as guardian to Peter Looney, orphan of Peter Looney; and Jonathan Smith gave bond with Joseph2 Luney. On 8 Dec 1772 Joseph Looney was appointed guardian of Peter Looney, son of Peter Looney, deceased, in place of James McCain and Jonathan Smith who were discharged from that office. George Skillem was security. Then on 15 Nov 1775, with approval of the court, Peter Looney, orphan of Peter Looney, deceased, chose James Letherdale, Jr. for his guardian. Bond for L500 was made.

In June 1776 a petition was signed by inhabitants of the western part of Fincastle County asking for a division of the county. Only one Peter Looney signed this petition and it was probably not Peter3, Jr. who was slightly less than 16 years of age according to his own statement. The signer was much more likely to have been the adult Peter3 (Absalom2) Looney, later of Sumner County (wife, Rachel), whose descendants give his birth date as 24 Nov 1755. In the same year, 1776, however, there were three men named Peter Looney who served as drovers under Bullockmaster John Looney (Robert Looney, Jr., Branch) in about August to December, probably in southwestern Washington County, Virginia, or in pre-Tennessee, at the close of the Cherokee expedition. One of these three men, perhaps he who served only 33 days and was designated as Peter Looney, Jr., was almost certainly Peter3 Looney of Peter2. Then on 6 Nov 1777, when the inhabitants of lower Washington County, Virginia, protested the erection of a Court House, there was still only one Peter Looney who signed. Again it is likely that this one was the older Peter2 of Sumner County and not Peter3 Jr. of this sketch.

The all-important record evidence in distinguishing the Peter Looneys of Sumner County, Tennessee, is found in the pension application papers of Peter Luna of Lincoln County, Tennessee, dated 16 Oct 1832, 20 Sep 1833, and of Marshall County, 16 Jan 1846. He declares: "I was born in Botetourt county in Virginia on the first day of October 1760 according to the information derived from my mother, but I have no record of my age." He was in the battle of the Long Island of Holston before he enlisted under Captain Wm. Coke. He "volunteered at Long Island of Holstoun in the State of Virginia" for six months. "When he entered the service he lived about fifteen miles above the long Islands on Houlston River." He was a frontier guard during treaty time and was stationed at Long Island until some time after the treaty. He was discharged in 1778 or at least in the year of conclusion of the treaty at the Long Island of Holston. He acted as a scouting party and was not in regular service until in 1779 when he was called into service in captain Anderson's Company for one month to guard Blackmore's Station.

He served under Captain Isaac Bledsoe and Colonel Russell. After this time he "went to Cumberland River and arrived at the where Nashville stands two days before Christmas, 1779, and has lived in the counties of Davidson, Sumner and Lincoln ever since." He volunteered and "went from Cumberland to Kentucky in the year 1782 as well as he recollects" --- and served 14 or 21 days under Colonel Logan against the Indians at Blue Lick. George Blackmore of Lincoln County (1832) certified that Blackmore's Station on Clinch River was built and kept by, and named after, his father, John Blackmore. George was a drummer when Peter Luna was there and they both came to Cumberland in the same year and lived as neighbors ever since, with few exceptions.

His pension (S1554) was granted 19 Nov 1833 commencing 4 Mar 1831. Records of payments show that in September 1836 the name of Peter Luna, Senior, Private and Sergeant, was transferred the Roll for payment a Pulaski, Tennessee.

The Long Island of the Holston River is near Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee. About fifteen miles above Kingsport and just below the mouth of Beaver Creek is land, which, when granted _________ Chrisman, was described as land where James McCain had lived. The Renfrows also lived at the mouth of Beaver Creek.

Fort Patrick Henry at Kingsport (then King's Mills) was the starting point in 1779 from which Colonel John Donelson went down the Holston and Tennessee Rivers to established a colony on the site of Nashville in the region which he had purchased from the Indians in March 1775. At the mouth of Clinch River, Colonel Donelson was joined by a party of immigrants under Captain John Blackmore. Peter Looney, Moses Renfroe, James Renfroe and James Cain (probably Junior) are sometimes said (Haywood's History of Tennessee) to have been with Donelson on this trip, and Peter Looney is listed among those who had log cabins at Big Salt Lick on the Cumberland River in April 1780. But Peter3 Looney of this sketch states the he arrived at the site of Nashborough two days before Christmas, 1779. Consequently, he went overland with Robertson's Company and not with Donelson who did no arrive until 24 Apr 1780. Among the 250 or 260 persons who signed the so-called "Cumberland Compact", that is, "Articles of Agreement, or Compact of Government entered into by settlers on the Cumberland River, 1st May 1780" when Peter Luney, John Luney or Lony, James Cain and John Crow. It seems possible that both Peters were there, one aged 25 and one 22. (It is reported that the name of John Lony on the Compact was indeed that of Jonathan3 abbreviated as Jon.)

Thus there seems to be a very good case for identification of Peter Luna of Lincoln County, Tennessee, as Peter3 Jr. son of Peter2 Looney. On the other hand, in copies of Virginia French and Indian War Land Bounty Certificates, p 524 (Virginia Archives), under date of March 1780, David Clay, Clerk of Botetourt County, certifies "that Peter Looney Heir-at-Law of Peter Looney deceased proved to this Court that the said Peter Looney served in Captains Smith's Company of Rangers last war as Sergeant til he was taken Prisoner by the French and Indians in the year 1756. That --- the Heir is an Inhabitant of this State and that he never before proved such service nor obtained any land in consideration thereof under the King of Great Brittain's Proclamation of 1763." "This certificate issued before but supposed lost." Land office Warrant No. 954, for military service was then issued, addressed to the surveyor of any county in Virginia. A copy of the about is entered at the Land Office and below is written, "200 acres issued to Peter Looney heir-at-law of Peter Looney deceased." NO LAND GRANT, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN FOUND. The certificate issued at the March 1780 term of Botetourt Court probably does not necessarily imply that Peter3 Looney, the Heir, was there in person at that time. The settlers on Cumberland in 1780 were probably considered as inhabitants of Virginia.

A power-of-attorney dated 3 Nov 1783 from Peter3 Looney of Nashborough-on-Cumberland to James Lauderdale of Botetourt County, Virginia, was filed in Botetourt County to collect money due and to sell lands that descended to said Peter by the demise of his father, Peter Looney, in said county. On 8 Feb 1785, Peter Looney, only son and heir-at-law of Peter Looney, late of Botetourt County, sold to Wm. Anderson 180 acres on Long Run, mentioning a corner of another tract formerly in possession of Robert Looney, Sr. (Botetourt Deeds 3, p 318)

Preemption Rights to land were created by Act of Assembly of North Carolina in 1782 for those who were early settlers of Nashborough before 1 Jun 1780. Those who stayed and defended the country were to receive 640 acres without payment. Those who went away received rights but were required to make payments. (Haywood's History of Tennessee, p 218).

Apparently Peter3 Luna decided to purchase 640 acres in addition to his preemption. His purchase was on north side of Cumberland River about one mile southwest of Asher's Station (about five mile south of modern Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee) and his preemption was about six miles southwest of his purchase and on the south side of Cumberland, above the mouth of Spencer's Creek. (Some details of the records of these tracts are given below.)

On 14 Jan 1784, a 640 acre tract in Davidson County on Sinking Creek, one mile southwest of Asher's Station, adjoining Jas. Clendenning, was entered (No. 96) and North Carolina Grant No. 79 was issued (by payment) 17 Apr 1786 to Petter Looney (Case No. 105, North Carolina State Library). Part of this land, in Sumner County, (perhaps about 200 acres) was sold very soon, and more (perhaps about 190 acres) by deed acknowledged 12 Jan 1790 by "Peter Pitman Luna" to John Hamilton and Ephraim Pharr; although the deed was signed Peter Luna. (Sumner Ct Min 1, 2, 3.)

On 16 Feb 1784, a 640 acre tract in Davidson County on south side of Cumberland River, above the mouth of Spencer's Creek, was entered (No. 293). North Carolina Grant No. 196 was issued 10 Jul 1788 to Big Petter Looney (Case No. 1232, North Carolina State Library). This land was in Sumner County after 1786 and in Wilson County after 1799. In September 1797 David Shelby entered 274 acres in Sumner county on south side of Cumberland adjoining Peter Looney's preemption. Peter Looney witnessed a deed by Frederich Ward to Jacob Thomas in Wilson County. (Deed Book 1, p 223.) A Peter Looney was on Jury 6 Jul 1784 at Nashborough. (Davidson County Min Bk A, 1783 - 1790 Pt 1, pp 20, 29.)

Shortly after Sumner County was formed in 1786, the two Peter Looneys began to avoid ambiguity and confusion by slight changes in the signatures. Peter3 Jr. returned to the old style form of Luna and often wrote (P) or Pitman in or after his name and the older Looney, son of Absalom2 Looney, added (H) or Harmon in or after his name. This can be followed in the tax records.

The early tax lists of Sumner County do not show Peter Looney (P) taxed for the 640 acre tracts above mentioned but only for 440 acres from 1787 to 1789, inclusive; for 249 acres from 1790 to 1793, inclusive; and for 889 acres in 1794.

Peter Looney (P) recorded his stock mark in Sumner County, Tennessee, 15 Dec 1790. At the July Court, 1794, both Peter Luna (P) and Peter Looney (H) were appointed for Jury service.

Peter Luna was commissioned Captain of Luna's Company, Sumner County Militia, Territory South of the Ohio, on 14 Jul 1792. He had previously been Ensign. (Territorial Papers U. S. IV, p 451.) His name is found on a pay roll at Knoxville, 21 Jul 1795, as having commanded from 1 to 28 Feb 1794; one month at $40.

Whereas, on the tax lists, the name of Peter Looney H preceded that of Peter Looney P from 1787 to 1789, inclusive, the name Peter Looney (H) followed the entries for (Captain) Peter Looney in 1790 to 1794, inclusive.

On 12 Jan 1796 Peter3 Looney (by James Lauderdale, Jr., his attorney) deeded to John Looney, for L100, 250 acres at head of Meadow Creek, a branch of Craig's Creek in Botetourt County, Virginia. (This was the 250 acres which Peter2 Looney purchased from Colonel Patton in 1754.)

On 25 Dec 1802 Peter Looney of Sumner County sold to Joseph Terry Williams of Wilson County for $340 a tract of 170 acres in Wilson County. On same day he sold land in same county on Looneys's Branch for $300 to Isaac Smith. (Wilson Co. Deeds A, pp 308, 437.) This looks like the sale of one-half of his preemption. (Do Wilson County deeds show other sales of this land granted 16 Jul 1788, perhaps sales by Wooton Luna or his heirs?)

As late as June 1805, Peter Looney (P) was appointed in Sumner County to assess damages on account of a road. This was indexed as Captain Looney.

On 20 Nov 1800, Peter Looney sold 100 acres in Williamson County, Tennessee, to James Scurlock. In 1810 Peter Looney sold 160 acres on Harpeth River in Williamson County to Nch. Milburn. Also in 1810 he purchased Lot No. 22 in Fayetteville, Lincoln County. (Lincoln Co Minutes 1, p 67.)

Previous to 1814 Peter3 Looney moved from Sumner to Lincoln County, Tennessee, where his cousin Jonathan3 (Absalom2) lived. In the 1820 census there, Peter Loony, Sr., aged over 45 years, and a female in the same county, Peter Luna, Sr., is listed as 60/70 (born 1765 plus or minus 5) with 1 male 20/30 and 14 slaves. Presumably his first wife died between 1820 and 1830. Was she a Pitman or was she a Long as stated by a descendant in the line of James4 Luna? If further investigation is made for the name of his first wife, notice that Peter2 Looney had owned land on Long's Run in Hawkins County, Tennessee. It has been suggested that Peter3 Luna sometimes used the name Pitman because he at one time had lived at or near Pitman's Stations in pre-Sumner County, Tennessee.

In 1840 in Marshall County, just north of Lincoln County, Peter Luna, Sr., is listed as 70/80 with 1 female of same age group and 12 slaves. Peter3 Luna was still an active man and was appointed on 27 Apr 1840 with his son, James4, to view a road. Certainly Peter3 Luna had married again, as indicated by the 1840 census record, and the second wife was of his own age group. This is confirmed by Marshall County Deeds F, p 73, dated 17 May 1843. "For love and affection I entertain for Granville H. Hogan, son of my wife, Elizabeth Hogan (now Elizabeth Luna), I do hereby give and transfer to him, the said G. H. Hogan, one sorrel filley out of a sorrel mare now in his possession by "string", but the children of said Hogan are to have the increase, if any, from filley and also the sorrel mare, mother of said colt in his possession." Signed by Peter Luna, Sr., and witnessed by Asa Holland and Y. T. Adams.

It is unlikely that Peter3 moved from Linclon to Marshall County between 1830 and 1840. When Marshall County was created it may have merely included that part of Lincoln County in which Peter3 lived. Certainly on 22 Jun 1831 Peter LUNA, senior, sold to Henry Tilley 28 acres on Middle Fork of Cain Creek (Lincoln Co Deeds I, p 224) and mention was made of Peter Loona's tracts of 51 acres and 8 acres. This is in the Petersburg area and close to the county line.

In 1850 census in Marshall County he is listed as Peter LUNA, Esq., aged 91, farmer, born in Virginia, and without family in his household. The last payment on his Revolutionary War pension covered the period from 4 Sep 1850 to 16 Feb 1851 and was made to Wm. P. Chambliss, attorney for the estate. On 9 Jul 1851 the clerk of county court at Lewisburg, Tennessee, certified that Peter Luna, Sr., died in Marshall County, Tennessee, on 16 Feb 1851 leaving no widow but the following children: James Luna (executor of the estate), Peter Luna, Jr., Amy Hogan, Nancy Milam and Dolly Bryant. His second wife, Elizabeth, had died before the census of 1850 had been taken.

On 5 Jan 1852 a list of notes due the estate of Peter Luna and a short list of articles sold (perhaps privately) was presented to the Court by J. J. Elliott, D. C. Among the pruchasers are the names J. L. Bryant (possibly a son-in-law) and Sarah Johns (probably a grand-daughter). In DeKalb County census in 1860 Sarah Johns (36) with Mary A. (2) was living in family of Elisha5 Luna (34).

A mush larger list of purchasers at the sale for Peter Luna, deceased, was filed without date. Over 200 entries were made, including slaves and livestock. The daughter, Nancy Milam, made deveral purchases. (Her mane has not yet been found in census records.) Many Luna names appear, also Mary Briant (perhaps a daughter) several times. (In Lincoln County in 1850 lived Wm. N. Bryant (22) with Mary Bryant (24) both born in Tennessee.) The list was signed by James Luna and he says "One small bed plus furniture and two chairs are not sold yet. There is a bill filed against them in Chancery Court at McMinville for them." (Warren County records should be consulted for this item.)

On 16 Feb 1853, James Luna, executor of Peter Luna, deceased, presented an account showing total receipts of $7,911.55 and expenditures of $2, 854.82, leaving a balance on hand of $5,056.73 due the estate.

After years of searching by various persons, the unindexed will of Peter3 Luna of Marshall County was found by James L. Bryant at Lewisburg, Tennessee, in Will Book A, pp 250 to 264. It was dated 14 Dec 1846, with a codicil of 25 Mar 1848. The witnesses were David McGahey, Jr. and Alexander Biggers, Jr. First named in the original willis the wife, Elizabeth, who was to receive the use of one-third of the lands and buildings and other considerations, but she died before the codicil was added. Peter names sons Elisha (deceased), James (executor), Peter and John C. Luna (deceased); also daughters Peggy (Luna) Hogan (deceased), Jenny (or Amy) Hogan (wife of Anthony Hogan), Nancy Milam, Polly (or Dolly) Bryant (wife of Gray Bryant). One grand-daughter, Polly, the wife of James Luna and daughter of Peggy Luna was named. After the wife's decease the lands were to be divided between four sons or their heirs, two daughters and Polly, the daughter of deceased daughter, Peggy (Luna) Hogan (excluding Jenny, the wife of Anthony Hogan, who was to receive $5).

When the codicil was signed, the wife, Elizabeth, was still living but son, John C. Luna, and died. The codicil provided for a new division of all the land to James and Peter after the wife's death, and confirmed to the heirs of Elisha and of John C., their father's share of the personal property.

Among his descendants for generations Captain Peter3 Luna was known as "old Grancer".
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FOURTH GENERATION
Peter2 B

More About Peter Grancer Looney, Jr:
Burial: Feb 1851, Old Luna Cemetery, Marshall Co, TN, USA

More About Peter Looney and Mary Pitman:
Marriage: 1786, TN, USA954
     
Children of Peter Looney and Mary Pitman are:
  i.   Elisha Looney, born 1784 in Nashville, Davidson Co, TN; died 27 Apr 1842 in Dekalb Co, TN, USA; married Mary Ann Lenox 1804 in TN, USA955; died Unknown.
  More About Elisha Looney and Mary Lenox:
Marriage: 1804, TN, USA955

  ii.   James Looney956, born 22 Jan 1785 in Nashville, Davidson Co, TN; died 28 Dec 1872 in Belfast, Marshall Co, AR; married Polly Mary Thomas Smith 17 Aug 1804 in Sumner Co, TN957; died 11 Jul 1882 in Belfast, Marshall Co, AR.
  Notes for James Looney:
James4 Luna (Peter3) was born 22 Jan 1785 (Bible rcds and New Hope Cemetery gravestone) in Tennessee in the early settlements on the Cumberland River near Nashborough, as Nashville was then called. He was reared in Davidson and Sumner Counties where his father was known as "Big Petter" and then Captain Luna. Peter wrote his name Peter Looney (P) or Peter (Pitman) Looney, and later resorted to an old spelling, Luna, in prevalent use on the Isle of Man, probably in order to distinguish himself from his first cousin, Peter3 Looney (Absalom2), who, with wife, Rachel, also lived in Sumner County, even before it was formed from Davidson in 1786.

James4 was the second-born son of Peter3 Luna. He married Mary "Polly" Thomas Smith in Sumner County on 15 Sep 1804 by one Cryer, J. P. (statement by James in pension application 1871) and a license 17 Aug 1804. Israel Ambers was security (Sumner Co Marr Rcds p 18).

James enlisted 4 Oct 1813 and served as Ensign until discharge 4 Jan 1814 in the company commanded by Captain John Porter, Tennessee Malita, Colonel John K. Winn's Regiment, General Carroll's Brigade. He was in the Battle of Talladega on 9 Nov 1813 and at Forts Strather and Deposit. His application for land bounty was dated 7 Nov 1850. He received 40 acres. His declarations of service in applications for pension (SO 21295, SC 13616) were dated 13 Apr 1855 and 10 Jun 1871 in Marshall County, Tennessee; Post Office: Lewisburg.

James Luna removed from Sumner to Lincoln County before 1820, where he was listed at the 1820 census and also in 1830. He lived south of Lewisburg in that part of Lincoln that was to become Marshall County.

In October 1836, James Luna and others were appointed to review, lay off and mark out a road from Lewisburg to the south boundary line of Marshall County. On 5 Dec following, James Luna and others complained that the road would damage their property. A court order of 6 Feb 1837 concerned work on the same road "from Reeds

Gap to the top of the ridge between A. Biggars and James Luna's." James Luna and family were enumerated in the 1840 census of Marshall County and listed again in 1850, but in 1860 he lived alone. He was executor of the will of his father Peter3 Luna, and a record of his accounting is dated 12 Feb 1853 (Marshall Co Wills Bk B p 109). Not long thereafter, on 9 Aug 1855, James4 and Peter4 made a partition deed of their father's homestead and property in accord with their father's will. This place was located east of the New Hope Cemetery and running from the Fishing Ford to Cane Creek.

James Luna's own will was dated 8 Aug 1868 and proved 7 Jan 1873. James died 28 Dec 1872 (New Hope Cemetery gravestone). Mary, his wife, had died 10 Jul 1856 and was also buried in the New Hope Cemetery.

His son, Peter5 Luna, was named executor and the witnesses were David M. McGahey and James McGahey. All lands were to be sold and the funds divided among his children (or their representatives) in equal shares, except son, Elisha, $5.00; daughter, Lennah, or her heirs, $5.00; and daughter, Raney, or her heirs $5.00; "nor shall they have any more than $5.00 apiece." (Marshall Co Wills Bk B pp 330, 331)

At the April 1875 term of court, Peter5 Luna was appointed "administrator de bonis non," that is, administrator for that part of the estate not covered by the will of James4 Luna. On 28 Feb 1878, Peter reported a settlement (a partial settlement). among those who had owed money to the estate were L. A. Sanders, W. H. Sanders, W. A. Kennedy, M. S. Bills, J. E. Prosser, J. L. Bryant, Jr., B. L. Luna, Peter Luna, M. Ledbetter, Parmelia Bryant and P. Luna ( Marshall Co Settlements Bk E pp 286, 287).

Mary (Smith) Luna, wife of James4 Luna, was born in North Carolina 24 Feb 1788, daughter of John and Mary (Thomas) Smith. She died 16 Jul 1855 (Bible rcds of son, Peter5). She was buried 10 Jul 1856 (sic)(gravestone) in New Hope Cemetery.

The settlement made and recorded in 1878 shows that after debts of $2,719.84, there remained $1,281.32 for 7 heirs: R. M. Luna, B. F. Luna (probably middle initial S or L), David Luna, Parmelia Bryant, P. Luna, T. B. Collins and M. Ledbetter (relative interests not stated).

In the following family of James 4 and Mary (Smith) Luna, the dates of birth appear to be from a Bible record. They were supplied by Wayne T. Dixon of Longview, Texas. They are in good agreement with all available data, including census records of 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860. The arrangement is the one thought to be in agreement with the ideas of Mrs. Evelyn Duran of McAlester, Oklahoma, who has studied this family intensively and extensively.


Harriet 5 Luna b. 19 July 1805. Probably married her first cousin, Robert 5 M.
      Looney (Peter 4). In 1878 Robert M. Luna was an heir of James 4 Luna.
      See Fifth Generation.

John 5 Smith Luna b. 15 Jan 1807. See Fifth Generation.

Lunsford 5 Long Luna b. 25 Sep 1808 (gravestone). See Fifth Generation.

Lurana 5 "Raney" Brown Luna b. 13 Jan 1810, m. Asa Sanders. Went to Illinois in
      1830 and to Van Buren County, Arkansas, in 1840 and died there. Received
      $5.00 only by father's will. See Fifth Generation.

Malinda 5 "Lena" (gravestone) or "Lenah" Luna b. 11 Apr 1813 (1812 on gravestone)
      m. Samuel Sanders. She died in Ozark County, Missouri, 29 Aug 1886
      (gravestone). Received $5.00 only by father's will. See Fifth Generation.

James 5 Kain Luna b. 23 Jan 1815. See Fifth Generation.

Peter 5 S. Luna b. 19 Feb 1817 (Bible). See Fifth Generation.

Elisha 5 Luna b. 19 Mar 1819 (19 May 1819 on gravestone). See Fifth Generation.

Anthony 5 Hogan Luna b. 28 Nov 1821. See Fifth Generation.

Benjamin 5 F. Smith (and/or) Long Luna b. 10 Oct 1823. See Fifth Generation.

Richard Smith (and/or) Mattison Luna b. 3 Mar 1826.

Permelia 5 Mary Luna b. 29 Aug 1828. She was probably the "Molly" Luna who m.
      24 Jul 1847 James L. (probably Layfayette, called "Fate") Bryant b. 25 Mar 1827
      d. 20 Oct 1881. Children at 1860 census: James L. (b. 1848); Thomas
      (b. 1849); Amita S. (b. 1852); Sterling (b. 1854); William C. (b. 1855; and

      Albert (b. 1856). Parmelia Bryant was an heir of James 4 Luna as mentioned
      in 1878 settlement. See Fifth Generation.
NOTE: It has been reported that James 4 Luna used the name Long as a middle name for two of his sons because it was his mother's maiden name. Mrs. Evelyn Duran of McAlester, Oklahoma (1969) states that it was reported to her by Lunsford Long Luna descendants that he was named Lunsford Long for his paternal grandmother's father. A Lunceford Long and brother, Nicholas Long did both inherit property from their father, Nicholas Long, in middle Tennessee. Nicholas Long, Jr. part in Maury County included where town of Columbia, Tennessee, now lies.

  More About James Looney and Polly Smith:
Marriage: 17 Aug 1804, Sumner Co, TN957

  iii.   Peter Grancer Looney III958, born 1785 in Gallatin, Davidson Co, TN; died 10 Jul 1856 in Belfast, Marshall Co, AR; married (1) Polly Mary Bonds 07 Nov 1804 in Sumner Co, TN959; died Unknown; married (2) Betsy Elizabeth Ann Norwood 25 Jan 1855 in Marshall Co, TN; born Abt. 1798 in SC, USA; died Aft. 1860.
  More About Peter Looney and Betsy Norwood:
Marriage: 25 Jan 1855, Marshall Co, TN

  iv.   Peggy Looney960, born 1787 in Davidson or Sumner Co, TN; died 10 Dec 1846 in Giles Co, TN; married Andrew C Hogan961; born 1787 in TN, USA; died Unknown in USA.
  More About Andrew Hogan and Peggy Looney:
Marriage: 961

  511 v.   Jenny Amy Luna, born 1800 in Sumner Co, TN; died Bef. 1851 in Davidson or Sumner Co, TN; married Anthony Hogan in Davidson, TN.
  vi.   John C Luna962, born 1795 in Sumner Co, TN; died Abt. 1847 in Marshall Co, TN; married Mary Ann Unknown963; died Unknown.
  Notes for John C Luna:
John4 C. Looney (Peter3 Luna) was b. ca. 1797 probably in Sumner County, Tennessee. He was called " Old Jack" by some Luna descendants. He is of record as above written in the 1820 census of Lincoln County with one boy and one girl, both under 10, and he was in the age group 18/26 with wife 16/26. At the 1830 census of Lincoln County he was still there as John C. Looney and had ten children. Both John and wife were in the 30/40 age group (but they had an extra female 20/30, too old for a daughter). Thus their marriage can be estimated as about 1816 when John was 19 years old. In 1817 he signed a note payable to Peter3 Luna and same was inventoried in 1852 for Peter's estate.
In the newly created county of Marshall, he is listed in 1840 as John Luna with three additional children but three older children are gone. He was a blacksmith and his shop is mintioned in 1838 and 1839 in the court minutes of Marshall County. (See DAR Marshall Co pp 210, 224, 258.) This man belongs in the family as evidenced by will of Peter3 Luna, and he is placed by J.D. Luna in 1925 as "Old Jack", a son of "Old Gracer", Peter3 Luna.

From threecensus reports it is certain that John C. Looney and wife had at least thirteen children. Thomas5 J. Luna is probably the eldest son, mainly because there seems to be no other suitable vacancy in the three other FOURTH GENERATION families. "Blacksmith Bill" is named by J. D. Looney in 1925 as son of "Old Jack". The Mary Ann Luna b. ca.1831 who m 25 or 26 Jun 1850 John A McCool may be a daughter of John C. Sara Luna b. ca. 1833 may be another daughter. From the 1850 census of Lincoln County, it is known that there was a Joseph Luna b. ca. 1837 living with Martha Tucker b. 1814 in Virginia. In Marshall County, 1850, lived Elizabeth Luna b. 1835 and Madison R. Luna b. 1837 with Nancy Bagley b. 1775 North Carolina.

John4 C. Looney or Luna was still living on 14 Dec 1846 when Peter3 made his will. Therefore, John C. Looney may have had more than the thirteen children indicated by the End Page - 21 - census records. John C. was dead when Peter3 added his codicil on 25 Mar 1848. The writer has no other definate knowledge about the family or the mother of John's thirteen or more children. Almost certainly the family does not appear as a unit in 1850. Presumably some of the older sons had migrated, the girls married, and the younger children scattered among relatives with other than Luna names, for example, the married daughters may have adopted or cared for the children. For instance, one J. J. Looney, age 21, Blacksmith, lived with N. A. Biggers in Marshall County in 1860.

Consequently the reconstructed outline of this family is tentative, indeed, and can only be used when and if "stray" Lunas of suitable age may be found. There are two whole families that are at present unidentified and can be considered as possible descendants of John4 C. Luna.

One appears in Giles County, Tennessee at the 1870 census:


      Looney, John            age 54 for example, b 1816
            Margaret            35
            James                  50 for example, b 1820
            Elizabeth            34
            Sallie
            Joseph P.
            Archie
            Robert

The second appears in Wayne County, Tennessee at the 1850 census:

      Luna, Allen            age 38 for example, b 1812
            Margaret            40
            Sarah                  19
            Lydia                  17
            Elizabeth            16
            America                  14
            Richard                  7

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      Luna, Robert            age 4
            Mary                  2
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  More About John Luna and Mary Unknown:
Marriage: 963

  vii.   Nancy Luna964, born 1793 in Davidson or Sumner Co, TN; died Abt. 1883 in Marshall Co, TN, USA; married Thomas Milan965; died Unknown.
  More About Thomas Milan and Nancy Luna:
Marriage: 965

  viii.   Mary Polly Luna966, born 1796 in Sumner Co, TN967; died Abt. 1865 in Wayne Co, TN; married George Gray Bryant, Sr 1816968; born 1796 in NC, USA; died 1865 in Wayne Co, TN.
  More About George Bryant and Mary Luna:
Marriage: 1816968

  ix.   Mucissa Luna969, born 1805 in TN, USA970; died Aft. 1880 in Talley Station, Marshall Co, TN; married Granville H Hogan 24 Aug 1825971; born Abt. 1800 in Marshall Co, TN; died Aft. 1880.
  More About Granville H Hogan:
Burial: Aug 1825, Marshall Co, New Hope Cem, TN, USA

  More About Granville Hogan and Mucissa Luna:
Marriage: 24 Aug 1825971




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