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From European to American : a three generation journey

Author: Lei Lanie Peters
Publisher: 2000.
Dissertation: M.A. Eastern Washington University 2000
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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"My mother's family came from Europe during the eighteenth century before the American Revolution. They came from many European countries: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Germany and France, and all came in search of one thing--land. Land was sought that they themselves could own and administer without interference from landlords and corrupt civil governments. They were hungry for the power and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Genealogy
History
Named Person: Lackey family.; William Lackey; Alexander Lackey; Adam Lackey; Lackey family.
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Lei Lanie Peters
OCLC Number: 44637817
Notes: Typescript.
Abstract.
Vita.
Description: viii, 76 leaves, [5] leaves of plates : facsimiles ; 29 cm
Responsibility: by Lei Lanie Peters.

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"My mother's family came from Europe during the eighteenth century before the American Revolution. They came from many European countries: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Germany and France, and all came in search of one thing--land. Land was sought that they themselves could own and administer without interference from landlords and corrupt civil governments. They were hungry for the power and responsibility that went with land ownership. This paper is the story of one of those land-hungry settlers. My ninth great grandfather, William Lackey, was a Scotch-Irish peasant from Antrim County, Ireland, who traveled to America in 1725 by earning his and his family's passage as indentured servants. This paper will follow his life in America and the lives of his son, Alexander, and his grandson, Adam. These three men, my direct ancestors, lived in America from 1725, when William arrived, until 1836 when Adam Lackey died. Their story is part of the panorama of the significant events of the middle and late eighteenth century in America. They fought in the Indian Wars and were called indian fighters in official papers; they were American Revolutionary soldiers, and were in the first wave of European settlers in the Piedmont sections of North and South Carolina, and in Tennessee, Kentucky and the Ohio Valley. My ancestors participated in the history of America, but they are not mentioned in the history books; they are one of the many thousands of faceless, nameless people who came to America to fulfill their dreams of land and left no mark on popular written history. Even their descendants don't know their names or deeds. They left a mark on their descendants, however, as all of my ancestors have been land hungry. It was land hunger that sent my ancestors westward and it was land hunger that fueled the settlement of America. It is not often that great events can be read in the lives of the common men who lived through them. The Lackey family described in these pages gives a face and a name to the eighteenth century, and points out that history is not made by great men alone"--Document.

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