Saturday, April 3, 2010

Surname Saturday: Luckhart, Lukehart, Lookhart, Lueckhardt

The German & Swiss surnames in my family tree have been the most difficult to research in that there appears to have been  no consistent spelling of the surnames once the families reached the American colonies in the 1700s.  For example, HUBER can also be found in records as Hoover, Hover, and Hoober;  SCHREIBER can also be found in records as Shriver, Schriever, Schrivenor, Schriver and more. KEFFER can also be found as Keefer, Keifer, Kiefer, etc etc.

The most difficult name in this genre that I've had to trace is LUECKHARDT, which in US records can be found as Luckhart, Lukehart, Lookhart and even Luckett or  Lockhart.

Here is my branch of the Luckhart family (I'll use this spelling). This information is from wills, census and church records, and is what I have found so far, with my ancestors highlighted in Red:

1) CONRAD LUECKHARDT Sr b Feb 12, 1751 Vockerode, Pruessen, Germany;  d 1831 Ross Co OH;  m 1st) Anna Maria unk on Nov 12, 1780 Alsace, Berks Co PA; 2nd) m Margaret unknown.  Migrated before 1790 from Alsace twp, Berks Co PA  to Washington Co MD and can be found in census there. Migrated to Huntingdon Co PA and can be found in census there 1800-1820. Migrated after 1820 to Ross Co OH, with many of his children and their families, and can be found in 1830 census there. 


2) HANNAH LUCKHART b March 29, 1780  PA m Thomas Leasure (not sure about birthdate)
2) EVA LUCKHART b Oct 1, 1781 Berks Co PA m John Cherry; d Ross Co OH
2) CONRAD F LUCKHART Jr b Nov 17, 1782 Berks Co PA m Margaret Reese; d Indiana Co PA
2) VALENTINE LUCKHART b abt 1785 Berks Co PA d Dec 29, 1824 Ross Co OH
2) CATHERINA LUCKHART b Aug 16, 1786 Berks Co PA; m unk
2) JACOB LUCKHART b July 25, 1794 PA or MD; m Rebecca Chambers; d Madison Co Iowa
2) HENRY LUCKHART b abt 1798 MD m Mary Polly unk; d prob Fountain Co IN
2) MARGARET LUCKHART b Feb 27, 1800 Huntingdon Co PA m John Wacht/Waite; d Ross Co OH
2) JOHN LUCKHART b abt 1802 Huntingdon Co PA, d Sept 15, 1881 Ross Co OH  m Rachel Saggety
2) ANNA BARBARA LUCKHART b Sept 22, 1782 Alsace, Berks Co PA m Jacob Wacht/Waite
2) SUSANNAH LUCKHART b abt 1790 Washington Co MD d aft 1840 Hocking Co OH m Lewis Shriver b abt 1790 MD. Husband Lewis Shriver died April 1831  Hocking Co OH, and in 1840 Hocking Co OH census Susannah was head of household, operating a mill, living next to her son Frederick William Shriver. 


3) FREDERICK WILLIAM SHRIVER b 1810 PA; d aft 1880 Cass Co IN;  m Elizabeth Schreckengaust
3) PHILLIP SHRIVER b 1818-1822 OH; d bf 1870 Civil War? m Margaret unk, lived Montgomery Co IN
3) JOHN LUCKHART SHRIVER b 1810-1830 m unk; Civil War?
3) ELIZABETH SHRIVER b 1810-1830 m unk
3) MARGARET SHRIVER b abt 1820 OH, d Oct 15, 1887 Montgomery Co IN m Jacob Huber, Elijah’s brother
3) THOMAS SHRIVER b abt 1830; in household of Jacob Huber 1860; m unk? died Civil War?
3) CATHERINE SHRIVER  b 1812 PA, d May 28, 1888 Montgomery Co IN;  m Elijah Huber, Jacob's brother

As always, your comments appreciated. Have a great day!



Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and making a comment. I appreciate it.

May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

Bill ;-)
Author of "Back to the Homeplace"

Rachel Bayne said...

Hi Betty, I came across a message board post of yours at ancestry and left a comment... here's what I said...

No idea if you're still out there or looking... but I've been searching the other direction for the parents of James Melford Johnson. I found his mother to be Sarah Shriver... she is not listed as one of the kids of Susannah and Lewis, but everything else matches (except my susannah was born in 1786). In 1850 there is a widowed Susan Shriver living in Whetstone, Crawford, Ohio. She is living with three possible children/grandchildren...

In the 1860 census I looked and looked and looked and found another Susannah "Shives" which I figured out is actually "Shriver." She is listed living with two other people... a Mary Shriver and my James M. Johnson.

The Susannah I'm looking for fits everything about Susannah Luckhart... it must be the same woman, but it's always hard to make that final decision that it's her without concrete proof.

I know for a fact (from a death certificate) that my James M. Johnson's mom is Sarah Shriver (born in Ohio) but I know nothing more of her. It's possible that she is a daughter of one of Susannah's older sons.

I hope you're still out there and this info helps!

Betty said...

Thanks very much, Rachel, but the "Susannah Shriver" in the census you posted is not the same person as my ggg grandmother Susannah Luckhart who married Lewis Shriver and ended up in Ross Co OHio.

Since I posted my query, I have located an original copy of the 1830 will of Susannah's husband Lewis Shriver. He lists all their children by name, and they did not have a daughter named Sarah.

Lewis Shriver left his wife the mill that he owned in Ross Co OH. She is present in the 1840 Ross Co OH census, living near her son Frederick William Shriver.

Yours, Betty T

Stace said...

Hi Betty!

I am a desecendent of Hannah Luckhart, Thanks for this blog as it gets very confusing researching with this name.

Stace said...

Hi Betty!

I am a desecendent of Hannan Luckhart and this blog was very helpful!

Nancy Fowler said...

I believe Hannah was born sometime after 1784 and 1790 since the 1850 gives her age as
60 years and the 1860 census gives her age as 71 years.

There is a baptismal record for Vallendin, son of Conrad and Anna Maria Luckart, b. 20 July 1788, bp. 28 Sept. [1788]. Sponsors: Vallendin and Anna Maria Muller at the St. Paul's Union Church. Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, near Clearspring, Washington County, Maryland, 1788-1853.

There is a probate case (4286)file for Valentine Luckhart dated 1825 in Ross County, Ohio where he died intestate with various papers pertaining to the settlement of his estate. One of them is signed by Margaret Luckart dated 29 December 1824 stating that her son, Valentine Luckart, wanted his father to receive what remained after his debts were settled. This is available on Family Search.

This proves that Conrad Luckhart was married to a Margaret sometime after 1788.

I am descended from Conrad Luckhart through his son Conrad.