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The Lucas Family Tree DNA project has been initiated since there are several known Lucas family lines in the United States, but individual Lucas members may have doubt or little information as to whether they may be related to specific other Lucas family members.

One of the primary sources for information about the Lucas family in the United States is the LUCAS GENEALOGY published 1964, Bookman Press, Los Angeles, by Annabelle Kemp. This book describes Lucas family lines that can be found in Virginia and South Carolina and New England and the midwest. Many of the members of the Lucas family presently found in the United States descend from the lineage of Thomas Lucas as described by Kemp.

There is another book that has some Lucas genealogy; it is The Dotsons of Southwest Virginia, by Rev.Silas Emmett Lucas, Jr., published 1959, and is available from the Higginson Book Co. Rev. Lucas describes the descendants of Charles Lucas of Robeson County, NC who moved into SC, and other southern states.

DNA studies to date of the Lucas family have clearly identified a kinship among the John Lucas family of Wayne County, NC and the Lewis Lucas family of Sampson County, NC, and the Charles Lucas family of Robeson County, NC (as described by the late Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas).

Descendants of the Charles Lucas family of Robeson County, NC moved into South Carolina and then throughout the south.

You can find some relationships of the Lucas family at:

The John Lucas family of Wayne/Wilson County, NC is described at:

There are two other excellent Lucas web sites:

Go @

1) Eldon Lucas
2) Claudia Sineath

both have excellent Lucas web sites.

There is another Lucas line in the US that descends from Daniel Lucas who arrived in Philadelphia,from the German Palatine area,in 1740 on the Ship Lydia. He settled in the Tulpehocken area of Berks County, and later moved to the area of Schuykill County, PA. The descendants moved into Armstrong County/Clarion County, PA. Some others moved into Augusta County, VA.

Jonathan Lucas of South Carolina settled there in the late 1700's and developed the first rice mill in the U. S. in Georgetown, SC. Jonathan died in Mt. Pleasant in 1824. Descendants of his family still live in Charleston, SC. A DNA sample has been obtained from that family.

There are other Lucas DNA lines that we have results for. Please review the public rsults. These are constantly changing as we add new members.

If you are interested in participating you must be a male member of the Lucas family.This is because our DNA project involves only males as they have the Y chromosome. The Y chromosome is the one that is being analyzed for the DNA markers.

The Y chromosome has been chosen as it is the one which is transmitted from male to male and is the least changed as families intermarry.

You should select at least a 25 or 37 marker panel as the 12 marker panel is not very informative.

For futher information contact
Charles Lucas MD

Enclose your mailing address and include in your email a brief family tree from your earliest known Lucas ancestor to yourself.

We will then get in touch with you regarding the study.

Thanks for your interest.

You can also contact me by telephone at:


William Lucas was recorded as one of the Lost Colony Immigrants of the Ship Rolls.

Is your family part of the Roanoke Lost Colony? It could be! My name is Roberta Estes and I’m the Director for DNA Research for the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research. ( Our goal is to discover the fate of the Roanoke Lost Colonists.

For those of you who don’t know about the mystery of the Lost Colony, here’s a primer. In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh financed a venture in which 116 men, women and children were planning to establish the first permanent colony in the New World. Their goal was to raise tobacco and other supplies that colonists were unable to obtain in England, and to search for precious minerals, like gold.

In the fall of 1587, the colonists finally arrived on Roanoke Island in present day North Carolina, after a very difficult journey in which their food supplies were ruined. They sent John White, whom they had elected governor, back to England to obtain food and supplies and expected his return in the spring of 1588. However, the Spanish attached England and England, having no Navy, impressed all of her fishing vessels and private merchant ships into Naval service. Finally, in 1590, three years after leaving the colonists which included his daughter, son-in-law and infant granddaughter, he returned to Roanoke Island to find it deserted, but not destroyed. It appeared as if the colonists had simply moved. A single word, a clue, Croatan, was carved on a tree. The Croatan were the friendly Indians living nearby. Before John’s departure, he had instructed the colonists to carve crosses if they had to leave in distress. There were no crosses.

John White would spend the rest of his life searching for the Lost Colonists. Many hints and clues indicate that at least some of the Colonists survived and were assimilated into the native tribes. The question is, did they, and if so, who are they today?

In 1993, the original site of the Croatan village was located. Subsequent archaeological and genealogical research suggests that the colonists did survive, and that when the land was granted to settlers, it was granted to some of those survivors who were by that time considered to be Indians. With recent advances in DNA for genealogy, we finally have, today, the ability to solve the mystery. We have created a plan that combines history, genealogy and DNA to solve the mystery. However, we can’t do this alone. We need the help of the families who have been identified as “families of interest”, being either roster members of the Lost Colony of those who obtained land grants on the original Croatan village site. Many of those names are the same.

In order to educate people and work closely with people who are interested, we are sponsoring the Lost Colony Symposium for DNA and Recent Research Sept. 7-9, 2007 at the Lost Colony Center in Williamston, NC. The symposium will be held between the Center and the Holiday Inn, as noted on the flyer at

Given that your surname is one of those on our “Names of Interest” list, I hope that people on the list will join with us in our research. I am hoping from this mailing, aside from encouraging people to attend the Symposium, to achieve the following:

1. To identify a primary research person or persons for your particular surname who would serve as a contact/coordinator for future postings, requests and research.

2. To identify a family archival website(s) if one exists.
3. To identify if there are any families of that surname that are from NC (or early coastal SC or VA), have oral histories of Indian or "mixed" heritage, are involved with any of the tri-racial isolate groups (Melungeons, Red Bones, etc.) and/or have any oral history of the Lost Colonies.

4. To determine if the family group is involved already with DNA testing, and if so, who coordinates that effort.
5. To determine if there is any research occurring or that has occurred for your surname in Great Britain, and if not, if anyone is interested in pursuing that avenue.

To become involved with the Lost Colony project, or to support the project, please attend our Symposium. Our project plan will be announced at the Symposium, and we have a long list of wonderfully educational speakers. Bring your pedigree charts and your genealogy as the right people will be present to help you with your testing plan.

If you can’t attend the conference, you can still join the project. Information will be posted shortly about how to do that on the Lost Colony website. We are in the process of setting us a private newsgroup for project members only which will also be available after the symposium. Furthermore a blog is being created and blog location info will be posted on the Lost Colony website as well.

If you are interested in this project or can be of help in any way, please contact me at