Martin Anderson Lucas was born December 08, 1842, in Tyrone County, Ireland. He died August 18, 1934, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Etta Clark, in Canyon City, Oregon, at the advanced age of 91 years, 8 months and 10 days.

Mr. Lucas came to the United States with his mother at the age of ten years, they locating at Boston, Mass. From there they moved to Woodstock, Vermont, where he was educated and learned the carpenter and harness makers trades.

Upon the first call of President Abraham Lincoln for volunteers, he enlisted in Company A 2nd Vermont Infantry, for a period of three months, and later enlisted for the duration of the Civil War. He served for three years and three months, engaging in 13 battles and was wounded in the Seven Days battle under McClellan.

Following the Civil War Mr. Lucas was transferred to the 1st Regulars of the West, who came to San Francisco in 1864. He was later sent to old Camp Watson, in what is now Wheeler county, Oregon, where he served until his disccharge from the Army Sept. 15, 1867. After his discharge, he went to old Fort Harney, in Harney county, which he helped to build.

In 1864 while still in the service, he was married in New York to Miss Anna Walker, and following his transfer to the West, his wife joined him in Oregon, and their first child, Jennie Lucas Fields, had the distinction of being the first white child born in Harney county. Six other children were born to them, five of whom survive.

Mr. Lucas engaged in the stock business in Bear Valley for years, later acquiring property interests in the Mt. Vernon section. In recent years he had lived at Canyon City.

The survivers include one son Thomas W. Lucas of Seneca; four daughters, Mrs. Jennie Fields, of Canyon City, Mrs. Etta Clark, Canyon City, Mrs. Myrtle Dexter of Dayville, and Mrs. Florence Wendler of Anchorage, Alaska; 14 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and innumberable friends and acquaintances throughout Eastern Oregon.

Mr. Lucas was a life member of Elks Lodge No. 338, of the G.A.R., and of the Episcopal church.

Martin Anderson Lucas was born in Dungannon, Tyrone County, Ulster, Ireland on December 08, 1843. He immegrated to the United States with his parents at the age of 12, to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1856. Not much is known about his early life in Boston. In 1860 he is found residing in the family of Morrice C. Fairbanks of Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont. He is listed as an apprentice harness maker. While with this family, he also learned carpentry.

At the beginning of the Civil War, he volunteered for duty on December 18, 1862 and was a member of Company A, Vermont Volunteers. He served through the entire war and was involved in thirteen major battles. On September 30, 1864, he enlisted in Company F, 14th and 23rd United States Infantry. He was sent to Fort Steilacoom and in 1865 to Fort Watson. He mustered out September 18, 1867.

After his military service, he was a carpenter at Fort Watson and Fort Harney. His oldest daughter, Eliza Jane, was reputed to be the first white child born at Fort Harney in 1868. After 1868, he resided in The Dalles for one year and then went to Susanville, Grant County, Oregon. He operated a sawmill in Grant County before moving back to Canyon City where he again took up carpentry and stock raising in the Bear Valley area.

Martin Anderson Lucas married Anna Nancy Walker on October 05, 1864 in the state of New York. She was born on January 15, 1845 in Ireland. To this couple were born the following six children:

Eliza Jane Lucas, born April 10, 1868, at Fort Harney, Oregon. She married Walter Scott Fields of Mt. Vernon, Oregon December 15, 1892 in Canyon City. Walter Fields was the son of Harve and Nancy Jane Casner Fields of Mt. Vernon. Walter and Eliza Fields raised cattle and sheep on their ranch between Dayville and Mt. Vernon, before moving into Canyon City to manage the Elkhorn Hotel. To this couple were born five children. Reta Irene Fields Cresap (Mrs. Henry Cresap); Irma Fields Muldrick-Bartlett (1. Mrs. John Muldrick 2. Mrs. C.J. Bartlett); Gertrude Fields Pugh (Mrs. Mark Pugh) of Baker, Oregon; and Walter Anderson Fields of Baker. Eliza and Walter Fields are buried in the Canyon City Cemetery.

Martin W. Lucas was born in 1874 and died at 15 months of age. He is buried with the family in Canyon City.

Thomas William Lucas was born September 17, 1870, in Susanville, Grant County, Oregon. Tom Lucas lived most of his life in the area. He is best known for being an excellent camp cook and stockman. Tom never married, and died in 1945. He is buried with the family in the Canyon City cemetery.

Annetta Lucas was born June 23, 1878 in Canyon City, Oregon. She and George Clark were married on October 22, 1902 in Canyon City. To them were born four children: Martin Clark, Harold Clark, George Clark and Mary Clark Finlayson (Mrs. Whit Finlayson). Annetta and her husband are buried in Canyon City.

Myrtle Margaret Lucas was born on May 03, 1880 in Canyon City. She married (1) William Donaldson of Dayville. To this marriage were born: William Thomas Donaldson and Florance Evelyn Donaldson (Mrs. John C. Scharff). After Mr. Donald- son's death, Myrtle married (2) Melvin Dexter. To this marriage was born a son, Harlin Dexter. Myrtle and her husband are buried in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Florance Juanita Lucas was born on December 27, 1883 in Canyon City, Oregon. She married Anton (Tony) John Wendler of Canyon City. They moved to Anchorage, Alaska where he was a pioneer and prominant businessman. To them were born two daughters. Myrtle Wenkler Stallnecker of Anchorage, Alaska; and Clarice Wendler Weiss. Florance and Tony Wendler are buried in Anchorage, Alaska.

Martin Anderson Lucas and his wife, Nancy, lived in the Grant County area where he was one of the founders of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and one of its builders. Anna Nancy Walker Lucas died on May 29, 1913, at age 55. Martin lived to be 91 and died in 1934. This couple is buried at the Canyon City cemetery.

The information in the above story was compiled by Liza Tharp Wilson and provided for inclusion herewith by, Ann Clark of the Grant County Historical Museum.

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