CHANCELOR “CHAUNCEY” LUSK

Chancler “Chauncey” Lusk gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. June 2, 1828 in Ontario, Wayne County, NY
D. April 8, 1900 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: William I. Lusk born 1788 in Claverack, Columbia County, NY; married Catherine Palmer Pike on March 3, 1778 in Claverack, Columbia, County, NY; William died January 9, 1869 in Fremont Center, Lake County, IL; buried in Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL
  • Mother: Catherine Palmer (Pike) Lusk born May 17, 1784 in Claverack, Columbia County, NY; Catherine died January 1, 1856 in Fremont Center, Lake County, IL; buried in Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL
  • Wife: Adaline Orlana (Bliss) Lusk born October 2, 1825 in Vermont daughter of Ambrose Bliss (1803-1874) and Esther Anna (Varney) Bliss (1807-1887); married Chancelor “Chauncey” Lusk on February 21, 1845 in Lake County, IL; Adeline died June 6, 1893 (See section pertaining to Adaline Orlana (Bliss) Lusk buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Alice E. (Lusk) Thomson born April 4, 1846 in Ivanhoe, Lake County, IL; married William Thomson (1842-1909) on November 9, 1863 in Lake County, IL, son of George Thomson (1807-1884) and Agnes (Langmuir) Thomson (1809-1872); (See section pertaining to George Thomson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)(See section pertaining to Agnes (Langmuir) Thomson buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery); Alice died December 17, 1918 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL; Alice and William are buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL
    2. Cornelia Lusk born February 24, 1849 in Volo, Lake County, IL; Cornelia died February 28, 1851 at the age of 2 years and 5 days in Fremont Center, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Cornelia Lusk buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    3. Catharine Lusk born August 7, 1853; Catharine died March 21, 1856 (See section pertaining to Catharine Lusk buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    4. Charles Ambrose Lusk born April 22, 1856 in Fremont Center, Lake County, IL; married Maude E. Bliss (1869-1947) in 1894 daughter of Thaddeus Madison Bliss (1831-1886) and Ellen August (Watson) Bliss (1829-1901); the child of Charles and Mary was Herbert Chauncey Lusk (1882-1934) buried in Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL; Charles died December 31, 1914 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL; Charles and Maude are buried in Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL
    5. Edward G. Lusk born about March 1861; Edward died November 18, 1862 (See section pertaining to Edward G. Lusk buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Siblings:
    • Jane Elizabeth “Eliza” (Lusk) Sherman born September 13, 1813; married Joel Burnett Sherman (1817-1871) in 1835; Jane died March 2, 1910 in Berkely, Alameda County, CA; Jane and Joel are buried Pacheco Cemetery and Crematory, Pacheco, Contra Costa County, CA (1813-1910); According to the Oakland Tribune (Oakeland CA) Sunday, March 6, 1910, page 33:

“DEATH OF WOMAN
OF ARGONAUT DAYS
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Mrs. Eliza Sherman Passes
Away at the Home of
Her Son.
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   MARTINEZ, March 5, – Mrs. Eliza Sherman, wife of the late Joel B. Sherman, died at the residence of her son, Van R. Sherman, in Berkely, Wednesday, March 2, at the ripe age of 96 years, 5 months and 5 days.
   With her husband she was one of the early pioneers of this state, crossing the plains and mountains by ox team from Illinois in 1860 with their ten children.  They settled in the Ygnacio valley, where they made their home until the death of her husband in 1872, since that time she having resided among her children.
   Deceased leaves eighty living descendants, there being five children, twenty-seven grand children, forty-five great grand children.  Her children who survive her are Mrs. E. O. Perry, Van R. Sherman, Mrs. O. A. Johnson, Mrs. Nancy Young and Mrs. J. B. Greer, and the late Mrs. I. J. Smith, Mrs. J. E. Durham, Mrs. Ann Stone, Geo. and John Sherman.
   The funeral services were held in Berkeley yesterday afternoon and the remains taken to  Concord for interment in Pacheco cemetery.”

    • Angelina (Lusk) Hazen born 1814 in Wayne County, NY; married Van Ranselaer Hazen; Angelina died December 27, 1882; buried in Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL
    • Palmer Lusk born 1820 in Arcadia, Wayne County, NY; married Maria Gordon (or Young); Civil War veteran serving with Company F, 39th Illinois Infantry; Captured February 29, 1864 and became Prisoner of War; Palmer died in the Andersonville Prison on July 15, 1864 in Andersonville, Sumter County, GA; buried in Andersonville National Historic Site, Macon County, GA
    • Edward G. Lusk born April 19, 1821 in Wayne County, NY; married Rachel Ann Winchell (1832-1901) on July 31, 1849 in Scott County, IL, daughter of Hiram Winchell (1800-1873) and Sarah (Bonum) Winchell (1812-1883); Edward died February 27, 1881 in Ivanhoe, Lake County, IL; Edward and Rachel are buried in Ivanhoe Cemetery, Mundelein, Lake County, IL
    • Rachel A. (Lusk) Kapple born April 22, 1830 in Avon, Livingston County, NY; married Durham Kapple (1813-1888); Rachel died June 6, 1922 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; Rachel and Durham are buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Lake County, IL; According to the Lake County Independent (Libertyville IL) Thursday, June 8, 1922, page 1:

“RACHEL KAPPEL,
COUNTY PIONEER
CALLED BY DEATH
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Lived in Vicinity of Grayslake
For 76 Years, Moving to
Waukegan 2 Years Ago
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   Rachel Kapple, 92, died Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock at the home of Mortimer Kapple of County street from complications resulting from advanced age.
   Mrs. Kapple had lived in Lake county since her sixteenth year, coming to live near Grayslake, from Avon, Livingston county, N.Y., where she was born on April 22, 1830.
   She was married to Durham Kapple who died about 33 years ago.
   Surviving her are a sister, Mrs. Marriette Radway, 95, Cleveland, O., and several nieces and nephews, among them being Eugene Hendee of Grayslake.
   Mrs. Kapple was probably the oldest woman in Waukegan.  Growing up in Lake county, while this section of the country was in the embryo, she grew to know hundreds of the present residents.  Up until two years ago she lived in the vicinity of Grayslake and was known by everyone in the region.  Since coming to Waukegan she has bolstered her acquaintance through meeting many of the younger residents of the county.  She lived for 87 years in the county.
   The funeral service will be held at the Grayslake Congregational church at 1 o’clock standard time, Thursday afternoon.  Interment will be in Grayslake cemetery.”

Additional Information:

According to the Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909: Chancy Lusk purchased 80 acres at $1.25 per acre for a total of $100 on July 17, 1844 located in Section 9, Township 44N (Fremont Township), Range 10E.

According to the Illinois, Public Land Purchase Records, 1813-1909: Chauncy Lusk purchased 40 acres at $1.25 per acre for a total of $50 on October 17, 1846 in Section 15, Township 44N (Fremont Township) Range 10E.

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Fremont the household members were: Chancy Lusk, age 30, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Orlana Lusk, age 25, born in Vermont; Alice Lusk, age 4, born in Illinois; Cornelia Lusk, age 1, born in Illinois.

According to the 1860 U.S. Census for the Town of Fremont with a Fremont Center post office the household members were: Chancey Lusk, age 36, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Orlana Lusk, age 32, born in Ohio; Alice Lusk, age 12, born in Illinois; Charles Lusk, age 4, born in Illinois.

According to the U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 for the months of June and July, 1863: Chancey Lusk resident of Fremont, Lake, age 43, farmer, born in New York along with his brother Edward.  Also listed is a John Lusk, age 44, born in New York, carpenter, living in Fremont, Lake may possibly be brother Palmer who died in the Andersonville Prison in 1964.

According to the 1879 Holland’s Muskegon City Directory, Muskegon, MI:

“Lusk Chauncy, butcher, Leonard & Miller”

According to the 1880 U.S. Census for the Township of Lakeside, Muskegan County, MI the household members were: Channesy Lusk, age 60, married, occupation: butcher; born in New York, parents born in New York; Orlena Lusk, age 53, wife, married, born in Vermont, parents born in Vermont; Charles Lusk, age 24, son, married; occupation: grocer, born in Illinois; Mary Lusk, age 21, wife, married, born in Canada, parents born in Canada; George Nelson, age 22, boarder, single, occupation: clerk in store, born in New Hampshire, parents born in New York; Samuel Brace, age 27, boarder, single, occupation: mill dealer, born in Canada, parents born in Canada; John Erwin, age 30, boarder, occupation: talley man, born in New Brunswick, father born in Canada, mother born in N.B.

According to the 1883 Muskegon County Directory, Muskegon, MI:

“Lusk Chancey, lab, Lakeside, Port Sherman”

According to The McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Wednesday, April 7, 1886:

“Mr. and Mrs. C. Lusk Sr., of Muskegon, Michigan, visiting their daughter Mrs. Wm. Thompson.  Mr. Lusk has had a sever attack of lung fever, but is now convalescent.  He has purchased a farm near Ivanhoe, in this county, and is intending to move here in July.  He has leased the farm on shares for the present season’s crop.”

According to the Waukegan Daily Press:

“Died – Chauncey Lusk on April 8, 1900 at Grayslake, Illinois at the home of his daughter Mrs. Alice Thompson of a heart attack.  In 1832 he left New York and moved to Ohio about twenty-five miles from Cleveland.  In 1983 he came to Lake County, Illinois.  He married Orlana Bliss on February 21, 1845 in Lake County, Illinois. She died on June 5, 1894.  In 1850 he traveled to the gold fields of California.  He later lived in Michigan for a short time. He is buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery.”

 According to the Lake County Independent (Libertyville IL), Friday, April 13, 1900, page 5:

   “On last Sunday morning after a very short illness occurred the death of Mr. Chauncey Lusk, a good man and true, one who was well known and much beloved by all for miles around.  Mr. Lusk was born in Wayne County, New York, June 2, 1820 (sic) and at the age of twelve moved to Ohio, twenty five miles from Cleveland.  He lived there eleven years then moved to Illinois, this stae being his home most of the time since.  He went to California overland in 1850 and later lived in Michigan a short time.  In 1840 he married Miss Orlana Bliss, with whom he spent nearly fifty years of wedded happiness, she having died June 5, 1892.  Their union was blessed by the birth of five children, only two of whom live to mourn his death.  Mr.s W. Thomson with whom he has made his home late years and Chas. Who lives near Rockefeller.  Mr. Lusk has enjoyed good health taking into consideration his ripe old age.  A few days before his death he was taken ill, but apparently had regained his usual spirits.  On Sunday morning he was suddenly taken with a severe attack of heart trouble and soon after passed away with his head resting on the arm of his loving daughter.  Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock funeral services were held in the Congregational church, Rev. Stevens officiated.  The text was from James 4th Chapter and part of the 14th verse “For What is  your life” and was very instructively and impressively expounded.  He was laid to rest in the Fort Hill cemetery beside the remains of his loving wife.  Mr. Lusk was very fond of attending church but owing to his increasing deafness he did not go in later years being unable to hear any part of the service.  Had he lived until June 2nd Mr. Lusk would have rounded out his four score years.”