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Benjamin Franklin "Frank" LUKER

Male 1848 - 1886  (~ 37 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Franklin "Frank" LUKER 
    Born Sep 1848  Choctaw Co., Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Apr 1886  Comanche Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Luker Cemetery, Proctor, Comanche, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1870 Census: Texas: Cherokee: Rusk P.O. p. 222a:
      Campbell, David M. K., 43, farmer, $950, born in Miss.;
      Emma H., 29, keeping house, born in AL;
      Stewart L., 4, born in Miss.;
      Luker, Benjamin F., 22, works on farm, born in AL;
      James B., 20, works on farm, born in AL.

      1880 Census: Texas: Commanche, 3-pct., p. 98A:
      Luker, F. Benjamin, 32, farmer, born in AL, father born in AL, mother born in SC;
      C. Mary, 29, wife, keeping house, born in AL, father born in TN, mother born in AL.
      (living with brother George W. and John W. and their respective families.)

      Biography for Benjamin Franklin Luker and Mary Catherine "Molly" Ewing Luker, written by Mary L. Ward, GGGrandaughter of Benjamin Franklin and Mollie Ewing Luker, Salida, CO:
      "Benjamin Franklin Luker and Mary Catherine "Molly" Ewing Luker
      The seventh child of James B. Luker (1810-1862) and Elizabeth Edwards (1814-1852), Benjamin Franklin Luker was born in Choctaw County, Alabama in 1848. Frank Luker, as he was known, was only 12 when the Civil War began and did not serve the Confederacy as did his older brothers, Joseph, John Wade and George W. Sometime after the end of the war, Frank and his younger brother James B. Luker, Jr., wound up in Texas. Both are listed on the 1870 Census, Rusk Post Office, Cherokee, Texas.

      Frank spent a few years in East Texas with his brother James B. then, having known Capt. William Ewing in Alabama, he migrated to the community in Comanche County where Capt. Ewing and his family had settled. Frank probably moved to Comanche County before his older brothers arrived from Alabama. According to one account, George W. Luker and his wife moved in with Benjamin Franklin Luker (in 1875) who was then unmarried and living on a rented farm along Sowell’s Creek near Proctor. By 1875, Benjamin Franklin Luker, George W. Luker, John W. Luker, Susie Luker Buckler and Capt. William Ewing were all living in Comanche County near Proctor and the Leon River.

      On January 1, 1880, Benjamin Franklin Luker married Mary Catherine “Mollie” Ewing born January 21, 1848, daughter of Capt. William A. D. Ewing. “Aunt Mollie was a beautiful young lady. Uncle Frank was a handsome young man. Aunt Mollie had had other suitors. One of these former suitors came to the wedding and the reception following. The bride and groom were standing in line to receive congratulations and best wishes from their relatives and friends. This disappointed lover attempted to kiss Aunt Mollie. Uncle Frank was wearing a new pair of boots, bought especially for the wedding. He gave the discourteous fellow a swift kick that sent him reeling, almost to the floor. The suitor made his exit pronto; but not before all those in the room had a good laugh at his fall.” Mollie and Frank Luker are listed on the 1880 US Census for Comanche County. Mollie had moved to Comanche county with her father, mother and sister in 1874 but probably had known Frank in Alabama.

      Children of Benjamin Franklin Luker and Mollie Ewing Luker were: David Luker (1881-1960); John T. Luker (1882-1882 - died as an infant); Mattie Lou Luker (1884-1949) and Benjamin Franklin Luker, Jr. (1886 – 1929).

      After the death in 1875 of Sarah Ewing, Mollie’s sister and John Luker’s wife, Julia and Mack, Sarah’s two youngest children went to live with Mollie and Frank Luker. While they were living with their uncle, Frank Luker developed pneumonia and died at the age of 36, seven months before his son, Benjamin Franklin, Jr. was born. “Mama remembers well when he passed away. Grandpa spent the night with him. He prayed earnestly for his recovery, if it was the Lord’s Will let him be spared. When George returned home he told the family he never did get assurance from the Lord that his brother would recover. Grandpa believed in prayer; but always the answer must come in accordance with the Lord’s Will. Uncle Frank died that day. Mama spent a week with Aunt Mollie soon after Uncle Frank’s death.“ Mollie moved into John W. Luker’s Hill Top farmhouse after Franks death. She made dresses for her niece, Julia and shirts for her nephews. Frank Luker and John Luker married sisters making for a very close family relationship.

      After the death of Benjamin Franklin Luker, Mollie married John O’Quinn Williams (1836-1931) a widower from Louisiana. Mollie and John Williams had one daughter, Mary Catherine (Little Molly). They are listed on the 1900 and 1910 census for Comanche County. Molly died in July 21, 1926 as a result of an accident. She fell and spilled a pot of boiling water all over herself. Molly died just a few days later.
      Both Molly and Frank are buried in the Luker Cemetery, Comanche County.
    Person ID I991  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2020 

    Family Mary Catherine "Mollie” Charity EWING,   b. 21 Jan 1848, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1926, Proctor, Comanche, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1880  Comanche Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. David LUKER,   b. 5 Mar 1881, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1960  (Age 79 years)
     2. John T. LUKER,   b. 10 Nov 1882, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1882, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +3. Mattie Lou LUKER,   b. 27 Mar 1884, Proctor, Comanche, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1949, Anderson Co., Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     4. Benjamin Franklin LUKER, II,   b. 3 Sep 1886, Proctor, Comanche, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1929, Gainesville, Alachua, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F509  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Sep 1848 - Choctaw Co., Alabama, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jan 1880 - Comanche Co., Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Apr 1886 - Comanche Co., Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Luker Cemetery, Proctor, Comanche, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
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