Was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, June 27th, 1805. He is of German descent. His father was from Hessia, and came over in the British army during the American Revolution. He served about three years, and upon learning that the colonists were not really cannibals, as asserted by the British officers, deserted to the colonial side. At the close of the war he settled in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, where he died at age seventy-three years. Jacob Lucas, his son, immigrated to Perry Township, Wayne County, in 1832, with his family. He served a time at the trade of a tanner, in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in 1821-3, and was among the first of his craft in Perry Township. He carried on business over forty years, and retired in 1872. He is a leading member of the German Baptists or Dunkards. His family consists of four sons, John, Albert, Joseph, and Hiram, and four daughters, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Mary, and Lydia, all married.