Phil Marincic

The guy who bought Great Grandpa Will Luce’s ranch in Big Piney, Wyoming was Phil Marincic (1899-1969). I haven’t done any research on his family, although I’ve been intending to. It says he was born in Italy. I’m surprised. Somehow I had the idea he was from Croatia, like John Radosevich. I’m also surprised he … Read more

Luce Brands

Cattle branding

My great grandfather Wilford Luce was a rancher near Big Piney, Wyoming. I came across this little clipping I pulled from the local paper back in the days when brands were recorded at the county level and published periodically as an aid to identification and protection. Grandpa Luce worked for A. W. Smith on the … Read more

Good-bye, Mormons

Mission to Maine

When my Mormon ancestors joined the church and moved west their neighbors weren’t sorry to see them go. It was even worth a poem to celebrate them leaving. good bye to Mr. Hale, Good by to Mr. Ball,good bye to Mr. Woodruff, the greatest one of all.good bye to all the Deacons good bye to … Read more

Diary of Wilford Woodruff

Wilford Woodruff

The diaries and other writings of Wilford Woodruff are now online. That might be exciting news for me but as a non-Mormon I’m not sure I’ll be allowed to access them. I’m descended from the Luce family, who were converted by Woodruff on his mission to the Fox Islands. They named a baby for him. … Read more

Grandpa Luce’s 3rd Marriage

I ‘ve always known Wilford Luce, Jr. married three times. He divorced his first wife Dorothy Sharp. His second wife Essie Wilson died. (She was my great grandmother.) And his third wife Amanda Sizemore survived him by many, many years. What I didn’t know until the past few years was that he married his third … Read more

A Phantom Margaret Luce

I don’t know how to understand how these fables have developed. The introductory problem is that some researchers attribute Abraham Luce and Cycely (Darke) Luce with a daughter Margaret. Parish records for Horton, the home of this family, show Abraham and Cycely were married in 1604 and had children Abraham (1605), Israel (1605), and John … Read more

Historical Appellate Review

Craig Manson at GeneaBlogie has a new and interesting project, the Historical Appellate Review Project: You’ve heard the story that Great-Uncle Festus was a no-good horse thief. But was he really? Did he get a fair trial? Did he have a good lawyer or even a lawyer at all? Can his name be cleared all … Read more

Origin of Henry Luce

The English Origin of Henry Luce by Justin Swanström Copyright 1989, 2006 Henry (1) Luce was an early Massachusetts immigrant and progenitor of a large family on Martha’s Vineyard. His origin is unknown, but it has been suggested that he might have come from Horton in Gloucester. I believe there is some reason to believe … Read more

Brigham’s Destroying Angel

Excerpts from William Hickman, Brigham’s Destroying Angel (1904).  CHAPTER II. HICKMAN’S NARRATIVE BIRTH AND EARLY LIFE-FIRST DEED OF DARING-KILLING THE PANTHER-EDUCATION-MARRIAGE-JOINS THE MORMONS-ACQUAINTANCE WITH JOSEPH SMITH -THE TROUBLES AT NAUVOO-HICKMAN IN PRISON- INGENIOUS ESCAPE-FIRST ACT OF VIOLENCE UNDER THE RULE OF BRIGHAM YOUNG-KILLING THE COUNTERFEITER-SHOOTING THE INDIANS-FLIGHT OF HICKMAN-ADVENTURES ON THE PLAINS-ARRIVAL AT SALT LAKE. In the … Read more

Luce

“Ad Lucem” Henry Luce (c1640-1689), a Puritan, came from Wales to Massachusetts about 1666. Attempts to discover his ancestry have been unsuccessful, but I believe he might have belonged to the Lewes family at Chepstow in Monmouth. Henry Luce’s descendants in the male line have tested consistently as belonging to yDNA haplogroup I2b1a. (Luce Surname … Read more