Early Lusbys of England & America

Emily Lusby Mackebee of Knoxville, TN

The Lusbys came from England. According to the Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, by Bardely, "The name Lusby was given to the people who came from a town, Lusby, in the county of Lincoln, England. The town, in 1833, had 140 inhabitants, and was located 5 miles west northwest of Spilsby. The village of Lusby has always been a predominantly agricultural settlement. There was a rectory, in the arch-deaconry and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king’s book at 8.14 lbs., and in the patronage of R.C. Brackenbury, Esq. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodist."

A letter, dated 28 August 1986, from Dr. G.A. Knight, Principal Archivist, Lincolnshire County Council, stated, "The village of Lusby has always been a predominantly agricultural settlement. It is mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is recorded as having a church, a priest and a mill as well as outlying land in Hagworthingham, a larger village nearby. This would indicate that it was at that time a fairly important settlement. The church is medieval and is described in Pevsner’s The Buildings of England-Lincolnshire. The Doomsday Book is an inventory made in the year 1086 after England was conquered by William I, the Conqueror, in 1066.

The towns and villages in this part of England with the name ending in "by" were founded by the Scandinavian people in about year 868, and was ruled by the Danelaw in the ninth century. Therefore the original people in the village of Lusby were from Denmark, Sweden or Norway. (1)

Many Lusby families can be found in the court records of Lincolnshire County, England between 1500 and 1671. The following is a list of Lusbys that died in England during that period as recorded by the Consistory Court of Lincoln.

Died in Stallingbrough - Robert Lusby 1538; John Lusby 1552; Alan Lusby 1585; Christopher Lusby 1590; Thomas Lusby 1592; Allan Lusby 1592; Thomas Lusby 1593; Brian Lusby 1604; Robert Lusby 1609; William Lusby 1650.

Died in Great Coates - Beatrice Lusby 1582; Thomas Lusby 1592; Eleanor Lusby 1599; John Lusby 1668.

Others who died - Richard Lusby 1541 in Algarkirk; Emet Lusby 1543 in Clee; Thomas Lusby 1545 in Great Grimsby; John Lusby 1551 in Sutterton; George Lusby in Toynton; John Lusby 1601 in Boston; Richard Lusby 1610 in Fulstow; Robert Lusby 1612 in Killingholm; Thomas Lusby 1630 in Humberstone and Edward Lusby 1637 in Tattershall.

Through the years the name Lusby has been spelled many different ways. People tended to spell names the way they sounded to them. Here I have spelled the name as it was found in the records.

There were several people with the name "Lusby" that came to America in the earliest days. The first Lusbys that arrived in America came to Virginia. There is a Robert Lusbie who was a witness on a deed on Lower Norfolk County, Virginia on April 27, 1647; a Robert Lushby who was transported to Virginia on December 1, 1652 by Thomas Cartwright, who received land on the Elizabeth River for transporting Robert and several others; a Robert Lusby was transported on March 11, 1664 to Virginia by Richard Yates, who received 350 acres of land on Deep Creek on the south branch of Elizabeth River for transporting seven people to Virginia. These Lusbys must have died without any male heirs, because there are no other recordings of Lusbys in Virginia for 100 years. People who were transported to America by someone else, served as indentured servants for six or seven years. (2)

The only other record of a Lusby family coming to America was a Robert Lusby, who immigrated to Maryland in 1662 with his wife, Dorothy, and their children, Elizabeth, Jacob, Rebecca, and Sarah. For paying the transportation of his family, he was granted 300 acres of land in Anne Arundel County. This acreage was located between the Severn and Magothy Rivers, near the head of the Mill River and St. Margarte’s Church. (3) It is believed that most of the Lusbys in America today are descendants of this family. There are some records to document these descendants.

Other Lusbys that immigrated to America were as follows: Thomas Lusby, age 16, a laborer from Lincoln, England to Philadelphia on January 9, 1774 as a indentured servant; Robert Lusby, age 21, and Henry Lusby, age 23, clerks from London to Maryland on March 2, 1774 as indentured servants. It looks as if they arrived just in time to be cannon fodder. (4)

During the Revolutionary War there were several Lusbys who either served in the war and/or signed Oaths to their state. In Maryland there was Baldwin, Jacob, John, Robert, and Vincent of Anne Arundel County; Samuel Lusby from Prince George County; Henry Lusby from Baltimore County; and John Lusby from Calvert County. (5) In Virginia a William E. Lusby was in the war, also a William Lusbey in Augusta County, believed to be the same person. (6)

After the Revolutionary War, the people began to move into the new territory that had been acquired. Many of them moved down the Shenandoah Valley into Eastern Tennessee, Western North Carolina and Western South Carolina.

In Virginia, these records are found. William Lushby was delinquent in taxes in Augusta County, William Lusby married Easter Hair May 24, 1784 in Rockingham County, and William Lusby paid taxes in 1787 in Rockbridge County. (7) In North Carolina, Aaron Lisby (Lizby) is found from 1780, when he served on a jury in 1791 when he and his wife, Milly, sold 200 acres of land in Surry County. (8) Although, it appears, that Aaron stayed in North Carolina until 1791, he and William Lisby were given a land grant in North Carolina for 125 and 187 acres of land in Sullivan County, Tennessee in 1784. (The introduction to the references states "This list is an invaluable pointer to the county of residence of Tennessee’s earliest pioneers. However the 1790 census shows that Aaron was in Surry County, NC) In the 1800 census of North Carolina a Henry Lisby is listed in Surry County and a Nathan Lusby is listed in Rutherford County. (9)

The 1850 Tennessee census showed that the following Lusby’s were born in Tennessee. They are Samuel, born 1784, then living in Kentucky; John H. Lusby born in 1788, then living in Kentucky; Solomon Lisby born in 1790 then living in Alabama; James Lusby born in 1797, then in Monroe County, Mississippi. In addition to these, there was a William Lusby, on a jury in Greene County Tennessee in 1792. (12)

(1) 333.322 W 877, Michael Wood, Domesday, A Search for the Roots of England.
(2) 975.5 W 231, Walter, Book B Lower Norfolk County, Virginia from November 1, 1646 to January 15, 1652. 975.5 N, Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, volume 1.
(3) 972.2 M 393, Skordas, The Early Settlers of Maryland, Index of Names, page 297.975.2 Riley, A history of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, page 30. 975.2 S 819, Steen Jr., The Original History of Howard County, Maryland, map on inside cover.
(4) 972 P 287 Tepper, Passengers to America, pages 231, 257.
(5) 975.2 C 293 Carothers, Signers of Oath to Maryland During the Revolution.
(6) 975.5 G 994, Gwathmey, Virginians in the Revolution, page 488.
(7) 975.5 A Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlements in Virginia, vol 37, page 258. 975.5 V 886, Vogt, Virginia Historic Marriage Register, Rockingham County, VA, 1778-1850. 975.5 V 24, The 1787 Census in Virginia, Taxes.
(8) 975.6 N 867 Surry County, NC Deed Abstracts Books, C,D,F. 975.6 N 867 Surry County, NC Court Minutes Vol I & II
(9) 976.8 B, Burgner, North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791.
(10) Ansearchin News, Tnnessee, vol 19.
(11) 976.8 C 913, Creekmore, Early East Tennessee Taxpayers.
(12) 976.8 B 956, Burgner, Greene County, TN: Minutes of the court of Common Pleas, 1783-1795.