Luckey's father, Joseph or "Squire" Luckey, immigrated from Ireland to the United States with his two brothers. Joseph's wife and John's mother was Lanah Wagner, a Dutch woman. John Luckey was born in 1800. His wife wrote of him:
"He left home when a mere boy, lived with his brother Samuel, went to school, and became a teacher. The love of the brothers for each other was like the love of David and Jonathan to the end of their lives."
For twenty years, Luckey ministered to destitute people and criminals in New York City. In 1855, he became the chaplain of Sing Sing Prison. Then, in the decade before his death, he and his wife lived on a farm near Rolla, Missouri.
Luckey died in 1875 in Missouri and was buried in Dale Cemetery in Ossining. After his death, Diana moved back to New York and lived in Haverstraw with their only surviving daughter, Helen Eliza.
This is Luckey's pastoral record:
And this is how the author described him, with the help of Luckey's widow:
And this is how the author described Diana Luckey:
|1850 US Federal Census|
|1880 US Federal Census|
In 1910, Helen had moved in with another cousin, Martin S. Paine, who was a banker in Manhattan. Ten years later, Helen was back with the Felters, now living in New Jersey. She seems to have died before 1930.
In 1888, the Sands Street Methodist Church was sold to developers and the people buried in the cemetery were reburied in Evergreens Cemetery.
*The book about the Old Sands Street Church also includes this picture of "pioneer Methodist preacher in Brooklyn" Captain Thomas Webb and his bangin' eyepatch and sword:
Maybe I will do his genealogy next. He looks like a badass.
- Joseph Luckey (1766-1833) m. Lanah Wagner (1763-1816) in 1787
- Reverend John Luckey (1800-1875) m. Diana Rutherford (1808-before 1900) in 1829
- Helen Eliza Luckey (1833-after 1920)
- Jane Luckey (1836-before 1885)
- Samuel J. Luckey (1838-before 1885)
- Isabella Bird Luckey (1841-1847)
- Emma A. Luckey (1848-before 1885)
- John Luckey (?-before 1885)