Name: Eliza Holt LUCAS
Given Name: Eliza Holt
Change Date: 2 Jul 2007
Eliza's middle name Holt is her mother's mother's family name.
Birth: 1790 in Hancock Co, Georgia
Death: 26 AUG 1843 in Louisville, Winston Co, Miss 1
Eliza's first husband Samuel Butts was a Captain in General Floyd's army and was killed in battle with the Creek Indians in 1814. Butts County, Georgia was named after him.
The defunct site http://www.hauntedhouses.com/states/al/house2.htm said that the Lucas Tavern in the historic district was haunted by Eliza. But why would a tavernkeeper who died in 1843 appear dressed as a Victorian schoolteacher?
Louisville Messenger (Winston County, MIssissippi) 2 Sept 1843 Page 3
"Died: In this village on Saturday morning, the 26th ult. Mrs. Eliza H., consort of Walter B. Lucas, formerly of Alabama. We learn that the deceased had long suffered under the afflicting hand of disease, previous to her visit to our town, whither she had been brought some few weeks previous to her death by her disconsolate husband, in the hope from our healthy climate, of her being restored to health. But alas! her disease had gone too far. All efforts restorative proved unavailing and she bid adieu to earth, and has gone to that undiscovered country, from whence no traveler has yet returned."
Father: John LUCAS b: 11 JAN 1765 in Surry Co, VA
Mother: Mary SIMMONS b: 6 APR 1770 in Surry Co, VA
Walter Ballard LUCAS b: 10 AUG 1795 in Hancock Co, Georgia
20 JUL 1818
in Hancock Co, Georgia 2
- Eliza Rebecca LUCAS b: 17 DEC 1819 in Montgomery Co, Alabama ?
- Mary Andrews LUCAS b: 27 APR 1821 in Montgomery Co, Alabama
- Walter Ballard II LUCAS b: 10 OCT 1822 in Montgomery Co, Alabama
- Infant LUCAS b: 17 JAN 1830 in Montgomery Co, Alabama
- Infant LUCAS b: 1 NOV 1831 in Montgomery Co, Alabama
Samuel BUTTS b: 18 NOV 1784
- Frances "Fanny" Samuel BUTTS b: 26 AUG 1808 in Sparta, Hancock Co, Georgia
- John Lucas BUTTS b: 19 FEB 1811
- Hull James BUTTS b: 25 FEB 1813
- Abbrev: Lucas/Davies Family History circa 1900
Title: Lucas/Davies Family History circa 1900
Macon, Mississippi library
Macon, Mississippi library
Macon, Mississippi library.
Text: Unpublished manuscript of Lucas and Davies Families in Prominent
Citizens File in Macon, Mississippi Library
[Summary: Family history concentrating on Lucas and Davies Families in Sparta,
Hancock County, Georgia plus births, deaths and marriages from family bibles. Note:
many of the descendants lived in Noxubee County, Mississippi.]
[Editor’s notes in brackets. Original written circa 1900; Photostats circa 1984. The
original abbreviations (Jno=John, Jany=January), style and punctuation are maintained.
All question marks are editor’s except for several instances of William(?). The editor’s
summary of family lineage derived from this information is appended.
Transcribed Nov 2000 by James Eckford McFarlane, 105 Paddock Drive, Greer, SC
29650, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ]
The Lucas Family
The family is na? doubly of English descent. Washington Irving in his “Sketch
Book” mentions two mural tablets in Westminster Abbey, viz:-- 1 to Charles Lucas & the
other to Margaret Lucas! The abbey was at one time the burying place of English kings
& it has become a national honor to be interred within its walls! Charles & Margaret
Lucas to have merited & obtained mural tablet in Westminster, must have been persons of
moment. The family although English have not been able to trace their ancestry or
kinship to the said Charles & Margaret. Nor do they claim to be able to trace kinship to
St. Lucas of Antioch the author of the Gospel according to St. Luke & of the Acts but
they would deem it a higher honor to be like the beloved physician in character than to
count their ancestry from kings.
The first known in this country of that branch of the Lucas family with which is a
connection is that there were 3 brothers of that name who came over from England,
named respectively, William(?), John & Jonathan. William(?) settled in Ohio. The
Robert Lucas, a descendant of Wm Penn (1781-1853) & who was governor of Ohio was
born at Shepherdstown, Va & moved to Ohio in 1800. It is not known whether he is a
relative of the family or not. John Lucas settled in Va and Jonathan Lucas settled in SC.
The Lucas family of SC is numerous, wealthy & rank high socially. They belong
to the Episcopal Church. The Pinckneys of SC trace their ancestry through one Eliza
Lucas. She was a distinguished woman, being the first to introduce indigo into the state
of SC. She probably introduced the silk worms there too. She had the silk spun from
cocoons & woven into a dress which she wore at the Court of St. James, to which
government her husband Thomas Pinckney was sent as a minister. This dress has been
on exhibition at various expositions. A book has recently been published by relatives in
Charleston, SC containing the facts as to the life & character of Eliza Lucas. [probably
Eliza Pinckney, by Mrs. St. Julien Ravenel, 1896. Eliza Lucas was born 1722, in
Antigua, West Indies. While still in her teens, she managed her father's three plantations
in South Carolina when he was called to military duty in Antigua in 1739.]
The foregoing information as to the names of the founders of the family in this
country & their places of settlement was obtained by Miss Frances S. Davies from Walter
B. Lucas, Sr., who was a son of William (?) Lucas of Ga & who married his first cousin
Mrs. Eliza Butts, the grandmother of Miss Davies.
Our branch of the "Lucas" family is descended from the before mentioned Jno
Lucas of Virginia.
There were 3 descendants of said Jno Lucas (not known whether more or not),
who resided in Georgia, viz:—Henry Lucas, William (?) Lucas & John Lucas.
The said Henry Lucas was a wealthy planter at Mt Meigs, Ala near Montgomery,
having emigrated to that state from the state of Ga. He married a lady from Montgomery
whose name is not known to the family. He died without children.
The said William (?) Lucas lived probably near Milledgeville, Ga. He had five
sons & one daughter, viz:--
(1) Walter B. Lucas who married Mrs. Eliza Lucas Butts, his cousin; the only child of
this union who attained maturity being Walter B. Lucas, the husband of Mrs. Eliza
Parke Lucas of Macon, Miss. He, the said Walter B. Lucas Sr. lived in Ga &
probably moved with his wife to what was then the site of what is now known as the
city of Montgomery. When several settlers met together to name the infant city, he
suggested the name Montgomery after Genl. Montgomery of Revolutionary War fame which was
adopted on his suggestion.
(2) Beverly Lucas, (unmarried), who was waylaid, robbed & killed by Indians for his
(3) Wm Lucas, who married and was the father of 3 children, viz:-- Troup?, Jno and
Mary (Bonnert?). Mary was a beautiful & accomplished lady. ????? said of her that
she was the most beautiful woman that he had ever seen except one viz:-- a countess
whom he saw when he was in Europe on the mission of trying to obtain recognition
of the Confederacy.
(4) James Lucas
(5) Jno Lucas
(6) Rebecca (?) Lucas
The remaining descendant of said Jno Lucas of Virginia was named Jno Lucas.
It is known that the last mentioned Jno Lucas emigrated from Virginia with his wife
Mary Simmons Lucas, together with their oldest daughter Maria Lucas (who
afterwards married one Lee and after his death one Dyer), to Sparta, Hancock Co.,
Ga. where he died & was buried. His widow Mary Lucas moved to Mt Meigs, Ala
where other members of the family were living.
The children of said Jno Lucas & his wife Mary are viz:--
1. Maria (Lee) (Dyer)
2. Eliza Holt (Butts) (Lucas)
3. Louisa (Stovall), Augusta, Ga
4. Caroline (Shelman) (Fuller?)
5. Martha (Shelman)
6. Catherine (King)
7. Mary (Chambers) (Andrews)
8. Rebecca Lucas (Died single)
9. Wm Lucas, who had two children viz:-- Alfred Lucas & Ernestine? Lucas
Eliza Holt Lucas (above) 1st married Samuel Butts on Nov 7th 1807 by whom she had
following children, viz:--
1. Jno Butts, who married ??? ????, who had 1 child (a daughter) now living in Atlanta
Ga., Miss.?, named Mary Johnnie H???? (now married but to whom is not known)
living in L?????, Miss
2. Hull Jones Decatur Bainbridge Lawrence Butts who died unmarried & is buried at
Lauderdale Springs, Miss
3. Frances Samuel Butts, who married Jno Davies on Apr.6/26 at Sparta, Ga. Note:--
Butts Co., Ga is named for Samuel Butts. He commanded a company in Genl Floyd’s
army in the war with the Creek Indians & was killed at the Calabee [creek] (near
Eliza Holt Butts after the death of Samuel Butts married Walter B Lucas on July 20,
1818 (see bottom of page 52) [?]
The aforesaid Jno Lucas who emigrated from Virginia to Sparta, Ga was noted for
his piety & hospitality. Bishop W. M. Wightmann said of him that his name
throughout the state of Ga was as precious ointment found? faith? –that he was ??? &
loved by all. One of the yearly Methodist Conferences, says Mrs. Maria Dyer
Wightmann (widow of Bishop W. M. Wightmann), probably in 1806 or 1808 was held in
his house in Sparta, Ga. “Old Doctor” Loviell? Pierce, father of Bishop Pierce & who
lived to see his ????? & who was well known throughout the US as a leading minister,
was ordained elder in his house at said Conference. Most if not all of the Conference was
entertained by this Jno Lucas who was a wealthy man. He was a leading Mason, the
Masonic lodge being held in ??? upper rooms over his store ??? Sparta, Ga.
Memoranda taken from family bible printed at Philadelphia in 1809 - and Butts bible
Saml Butts (son of James Butts) was born on the 18th Nov 1784 & was married to Eliza
Holt Lucas, daughter of Jno and Mary Lucas on the 2nd Nov 1807.
Walter B Lucas was born on the 10th Aug 1795 & was married to Eliza H Butts on the
20th July 1818.
Frances S. Butts & John Davies were married 6th Apr 1826
W B Lucas Jr was married to E. P. Longstreet on 17th Sept 1844
Fanny Butts was born on the 26th Aug 1808
Jno Lucas Butts was born on 17th Feb 1811
Hull Jones Decatur Brainbridge Lawrence Butts was born 25th Feb 1813
Eliza Rebecca Lucas was born 17th Dec 1819
Mary Andrew? Lucas was born Apr 27th 1821
Walter B Lucas Jr was born the 10th Oct 1822
Eliza H Lucas was born 17th Sept 1833
Maria Louisa Lucas was born 17th Apr 1824
Ann Eliza Davis was born the 14th Feby 1827
Mary Barton Davies was born 29th Apr 1829
Eliza P Lucas was born 30th Jany 1828
Eliza Rebecca Lucas Departed this life 10th May 1822
Mary Andrew? Lucas Died 17th Aug 1822
Maria Louisa Lucas departed this life 17th Aug 1822
Infant daughter still born 17th Jany 1830
Infant daughter still born 1st Nov 1831
Eliza H Lucas departed this life on the 14th Nov 1848 at ??????, ??? aged 15 year 1 mo &
Another page from same bible
Samuel Butts departed this life on the 28th Jany 1814 of a wound received the day before
in a battle with the Indians at Defiance age 29 yrs 2 mos & 10 days.
Jno L Butts departed this life on the 19th Aug 1834 aged 23 years & 6 months.
Hull Jones Decatur Bainbridge Lawrence Butts departed this life on the [blank] Feb
Frances S Davies departed this life on the 19th Dec 1843
Jno Davies departed this life on the 18 July 1849
Mary Mason Andrew wife of Moses? Andrew departed this life Aug 28, 1825 aged 27
Eliza Holt Lucas wife of Walter B Lucas died 40 m. after 3 o’ck Aug 26, 1843 at
W. B. Lucas Sr died at Louisville, Miss Oct 26, 1862
The Davies Family see part 2
- Abbrev: History of Hancock County, Ga
Title: History of Hancock County, Georgia, Vol 1
PAGE: pg 189
PAGE: pg 189
PAGE: pg 189.