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James4 Luna (Peter3) was born 22 Jan 1785 (Bible rcds and New Hope Cemetery gravestone) in Tennessee in the early settlements on the Cumberland River near Nashborough, as Nashville was then called. He was reared in Davidson and Sumner Counties where his father was known as "Big Petter" and then Captain Luna. Peter wrote his name Peter Looney (P) or Peter (Pitman) Looney, and later resorted to an old spelling, Luna, in prevalent use on the Isle of Man, probably in order to distinguish himself from his first cousin, Peter3 Looney (Absalom2), who, with wife, Rachel, also lived in Sumner County, even before it was formed from Davidson in 1786.
James4 was the second-born son of Peter3 Luna. He married Mary "Polly" Thomas Smith in Sumner County on 15 Sep 1804 by one Cryer, J. P. (statement by James in pension application 1871) and a license 17 Aug 1804. Israel Ambers was security (Sumner Co Marr Rcds p 18).
James enlisted 4 Oct 1813 and served as Ensign until discharge 4 Jan 1814 in the company commanded by Captain John Porter, Tennessee Malita, Colonel John K. Winn's Regiment, General Carroll's Brigade. He was in the Battle of Talladega on 9 Nov 1813 and at Forts Strather and Deposit. His application for land bounty was dated 7 Nov 1850. He received 40 acres. His declarations of service in applications for pension (SO 21295, SC 13616) were dated 13 Apr 1855 and 10 Jun 1871 in Marshall County, Tennessee; Post Office: Lewisburg.
James Luna removed from Sumner to Lincoln County before 1820, where he was listed at the 1820 census and also in 1830. He lived south of Lewisburg in that part of Lincoln that was to become Marshall County.
In October 1836, James Luna and others were appointed to review, lay off and mark out a road from Lewisburg to the south boundary line of Marshall County. On 5 Dec following, James Luna and others complained that the road would damage their property. A court order of 6 Feb 1837 concerned work on the same road "from Reeds
Gap to the top of the ridge between A. Biggars and James Luna's." James Luna and family were enumerated in the 1840 census of Marshall County and listed again in 1850, but in 1860 he lived alone. He was executor of the will of his father Peter3 Luna, and a record of his accounting is dated 12 Feb 1853 (Marshall Co Wills Bk B p 109). Not long thereafter, on 9 Aug 1855, James4 and Peter4 made a partition deed of their father's homestead and property in accord with their father's will. This place was located east of the New Hope Cemetery and running from the Fishing Ford to Cane Creek.
James Luna's own will was dated 8 Aug 1868 and proved 7 Jan 1873. James died 28 Dec 1872 (New Hope Cemetery gravestone). Mary, his wife, had died 10 Jul 1856 and was also buried in the New Hope Cemetery.
His son, Peter5 Luna, was named executor and the witnesses were David M. McGahey and James McGahey. All lands were to be sold and the funds divided among his children (or their representatives) in equal shares, except son, Elisha, $5.00; daughter, Lennah, or her heirs, $5.00; and daughter, Raney, or her heirs $5.00; "nor shall they have any more than $5.00 apiece." (Marshall Co Wills Bk B pp 330, 331)
At the April 1875 term of court, Peter5 Luna was appointed "administrator de bonis non," that is, administrator for that part of the estate not covered by the will of James4 Luna. On 28 Feb 1878, Peter reported a settlement (a partial settlement). among those who had owed money to the estate were L. A. Sanders, W. H. Sanders, W. A. Kennedy, M. S. Bills, J. E. Prosser, J. L. Bryant, Jr., B. L. Luna, Peter Luna, M. Ledbetter, Parmelia Bryant and P. Luna ( Marshall Co Settlements Bk E pp 286, 287).
Mary (Smith) Luna, wife of James4 Luna, was born in North Carolina 24 Feb 1788, daughter of John and Mary (Thomas) Smith. She died 16 Jul 1855 (Bible rcds of son, Peter5). She was buried 10 Jul 1856 (sic)(gravestone) in New Hope Cemetery.
The settlement made and recorded in 1878 shows that after debts of $2,719.84, there remained $1,281.32 for 7 heirs: R. M. Luna, B. F. Luna (probably middle initial S or L), David Luna, Parmelia Bryant, P. Luna, T. B. Collins and M. Ledbetter (relative interests not stated).
In the following family of James 4 and Mary (Smith) Luna, the dates of birth appear to be from a Bible record. They were supplied by Wayne T. Dixon of Longview, Texas. They are in good agreement with all available data, including census records of 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860. The arrangement is the one thought to be in agreement with the ideas of Mrs. Evelyn Duran of McAlester, Oklahoma, who has studied this family intensively and extensively.
Harriet 5 Lunab. 19 July 1805.Probably married her first cousin, Robert 5 M.
Looney (Peter 4).In 1878 Robert M. Luna was an heir of James 4 Luna.
See Fifth Generation.
John 5 Smith Lunab. 15 Jan 1807.See Fifth Generation.
Lunsford 5 Long Lunab. 25 Sep 1808 (gravestone).See Fifth Generation.
Lurana 5 "Raney" Brown Lunab. 13 Jan 1810, m. Asa Sanders.Went to Illinois in
1830 and to Van Buren County, Arkansas, in 1840 and died there.Received
$5.00 only by father's will.See Fifth Generation.
Malinda 5 "Lena" (gravestone) or "Lenah" Lunab. 11 Apr 1813 (1812 on gravestone)
m. Samuel Sanders.She died in Ozark County, Missouri, 29 Aug 1886
(gravestone).Received $5.00 only by father's will.See Fifth Generation.
James 5 Kain Lunab. 23 Jan 1815.See Fifth Generation.
Peter 5 S. Lunab. 19 Feb 1817 (Bible).See Fifth Generation.
Elisha 5 Lunab. 19 Mar 1819 (19 May 1819 on gravestone).See Fifth Generation.
Anthony 5 Hogan Lunab. 28 Nov 1821.See Fifth Generation.
Benjamin 5 F. Smith (and/or) Long Lunab. 10 Oct 1823.See Fifth Generation.
Richard Smith (and/or) Mattison Lunab. 3 Mar 1826.
Permelia 5 Mary Luna b. 29 Aug 1828.She was probably the "Molly" Luna who m.
24 Jul 1847 James L. (probably Layfayette, called "Fate") Bryantb. 25 Mar 1827
d. 20 Oct 1881.Children at 1860 census:James L. (b. 1848); Thomas
(b. 1849); Amita S. (b. 1852); Sterling (b. 1854); William C. (b. 1855; and
Albert (b. 1856).Parmelia Bryant was an heir of James 4 Luna as mentioned
in 1878 settlement.See Fifth Generation.
NOTE: It has been reported that James 4 Luna used the name Long as a middle name for two of his sons because it was his mother's maiden name. Mrs. Evelyn Duran of McAlester, Oklahoma (1969) states that it was reported to her by Lunsford Long Luna descendants that he was named Lunsford Long for his paternal grandmother's father. A Lunceford Long and brother, Nicholas Long did both inherit property from their father, Nicholas Long, in middle Tennessee. Nicholas Long, Jr. part in Maury County included where town of Columbia, Tennessee, now lies.