In honor of the release of the final installment of the Star Wars saga, I am breaking my rule about posting data on living people by showing my relationship to George W. Lucas. Having heard for years that I was related to Lucas through my Leedy line, I finally decided to verify that kinship.
Our Leedy ancestors, John and his wife Elizabeth, immigrated to America from Switzerland about 1738, settling in York County, Pennsylvania. The Leedys were German Baptist Brethren, also known as Dunkards, a Plain Anabaptist sect similar to the Amish. George Lucas' third great-grandfather, also named John Leedy, was known as "Big John," weighing well over three hundred pounds. He was one of the earliest settlers of Richland County, Ohio.
Big John's nephew Caleb Leedy, son of Samuel Leedy and Catherine Elizabeth Litt, died in 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh and is buried in the Shiloh National Cemetery, Hardin County, Tennessee. A view of his tombstone was featured in Ken Burns' series The Civil War.
While Lucas' Leedy ancestors moved into Ohio, Illinois, and California, my Leedy ancestor Johanna Jacobina Leedy Binkley moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland, North Carolina, and finally to Tennessee.
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