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Capt Salmon Lusk, Sr
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1788
Vermont, USA
Death: Aug. 30, 1869
Parke County
Indiana, USA

Salmon Lusk received a government grant of land in what is now Parke County, Indiana.The land grant was a reward for his service in the army under General William Henry Harrison in the Battle of Tippecanoe of the War of 1812. Lusk built a log cabin at the Narrows along Sugar Creek in 1822, and lived there with his wife and eight children until 1841. The family had outgrown the log cabin. Lusk and his sons made bricks and built a brick house and carved walnut woodwork. He dug a coal mine to heat his house. In 1826, he built a gristmill nearby at the Narrows. A small village grew near the Lusk Mill and prospered until January 1, 1847, when a great flood in Sugar Creek swept away the mill and the buildings of the town. Captain Lusk died in 1869 leaving his homestead and 1000 acres of woodlands to his wife oldest surviving son, John. John Lusk remained with his mother. When she died in 1880 John became a recluse, with an obsession to protect the land and the forest that were his heritage. Living alone in the brick house, he stubbornly resisted every effort made by others to cut down the trees. When John Lusk died in 1915, the Lusk estate was put up at public auction. A group of loyal Hoosiers purchased 288 acres of the estate and presented it to the State of Indiana in November 1916, and that land became what is now Turkey Run State Park. The Lusk's brick house that survived the flood remains today in Turkey Run State Park and is open for tours.

Waveland Newspaper, December 30, 1916 - "Lusk Bodies Removed" "The bodies of the late John Lusk and father (Salmon) and mother (Mary Beard) were removed from the Lusk burying ground near their homestead and buried in Bethany Cemetery last Thursday. A monument will be erected later. The work was done by a Danville, Illinois Monument Firm." According to hte obituary, the funeral was held at Lusk Chapel and interment was in the Lusk Private Cemetery (which is located in the yard at the old brick home on Narrows Road east of Turkey Run State Park). [Thanks to Russ Nixon for this information]
 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Lusk (1751 - 1828)
  Naomi Lusk (1750 - 1827)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Beard Lusk (1798 - 1880)*
 
 Children:
  William Lusk (1824 - 1903)*
  Mary Lusk Clore (1826 - 1861)*
  Elizabeth Lusk Brewer (1835 - 1875)*
  John Lusk (1837 - 1915)*
  Caroline Lusk (1839 - 1842)*
  Salmon Lusk (1843 - 1863)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Lusk (____ - 1870)**
  Samuel Lusk (1776 - 1852)*
  Salmon Lusk (1788 - 1869)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
SALMON LUSK VERMONT CAPT CO I REGT VT MILITIA WAR OF 1812
 
Burial:
Bethany Cemetery
Marshall
Parke County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Rick France
Record added: Aug 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41047369
Capt Salmon Lusk, Sr
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Capt Salmon Lusk, Sr
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Capt Salmon Lusk, Sr
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- Judy Samson-Shealy
 Added: Jul. 7, 2012
 
 
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