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Thomas Lucas and Nathan Lucas

I am interested in the Lucas family of Lenoir County, NC. My great grandfather was Thomas Lucas (1848) born in Lenoir County NC. I believe his father was Nathan Lucas (1806) Lenoir County, NC, who I believe was also a Civil War Soldier. His mother was Caroline Carrie Lucas. I believe that Nathan's father was Isham Lucas (1781).

We were told that Thomas and his sister Eunice were Indians and just missed the "Trail of Tears" of Native Americans forced to cross the US and be resettled in Oklahoma. They also had a sister named Gatsy. I have a picture of Eunice, but not of Thomas because his first wife (my great great grandmother) died in childbirth when my great grandfather Daniel Fuller was born and Thomas remarried. I can track Thomas on the census up to his death in 1932, but can not find him on the 1870 Census.

Thomas served in the Civil War in New Bern, NC (I have NARA record). When Thomas filed for his pension in 1894 he was married to Beady Coward and he had changed his last name to "Fuller," I believe after his stepfather Peter Fuller, a blacksmith. Thomas died in Kinston, NC and he had other children, and I would like to meet their descendants.

I have been able to my Lucas family on the Census as Free Persons of Color back to 1850. and we think back to 1810 if Isham Lucas is also our ancestor, the ages and sex of their mother Caroline Lucas and aunt Gatsy matches. They were listed as Mulattoes. I was told that that happened to the Croatan Indians in the area. I am quite sure that they were Croatan indians (Lumbee).

If anyone has any additional information about my family. I would appreciate it. Please send me any information you can to

Thank you,

GiGi Best

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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