Eli Lucas’ Tongs

from the research of Jerry L. Butler

Nashville Daily American, February 13, 1876

Ripley, Tennessee, NEWS. “Mr. Eli Lucas is the owner of a pair of tongs, purchased by his wife’s father, in 1800, from a Revolutionary tory by the name of Black who moved from South Carolina to middle Tennessee. The tongs were purchased by Black in Charleston during the Revolutionary War and although they have been in constant use since purchased by Mr. Lucas, have required repairs but one time.”

Eli Lucas was living in Humpreys Co. TN in the 1830 census.

1 male under 5
1 male 5 to 10
1 male 30 to 40 – Eli

1 female 10 to 15
1 female 20 to 30

Eli’s brother Edmund Hale Lucas lived in Decatur Co. during the 1850s and 1860s.

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