John W. Luckey was born in Clinton County, Ohio, August 23, 1845, and is the sixth of a family of thirteen children born to William and Marth Luckey, natives of Ohio and Kentucky, respectively. His paternal grandfather, when but seven years of age, was captured by the Indians, and remained with them for a period of nearly eight years. He was finally secured by an English soldier, who traded a keg of rum for him, and immediately released him. He located in Athens County, Ohio, where he reared a large family, and where his death occurred many years ago. William Luckey, father of our subject, was born in Athens County, Ohio, June 2, 1799, and was a farmer by occupation. He remained in his native State until 1853, at which time he immigrated to Huntington County, Ind., and purchased 440 acres of land in Rock Creek Township, 250 acres of which were improved. He was a man of great energy and decision of character, and with his wife, belonged to the Christian Church, in which they were both active workers. He accumulated a valuable property, reared twelve of his children to manhood and womanhood, and departed this life March, 1880. His wife, who was his companion in all his various experiences and vicissitudes of life, is still living, making her home with a son, in the town of Markle. John W. Luckey was brought to Huntington County when but eight years of age, and from that time until the present has been one of its most honorable and trustworthy citizens. He received a common school education, and during the War of the Rebellion, when but nineteen years old, he answered his countryâ€™s call for volunteers, enlisting November 11, 1864, in Company C., Fortieth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered into the service at Kokomo, Ind., and in the Twenty-Third Army Corps, under Gen. Thomas, was first engaged at the battle of Spring Hill and Columbia, Tenn. At the battle of Franklin, Tenn., he with several of his comrades, was taken prisoner, and for a period of four months and eighteen days suffered untold hardships in various prison pens, included the noted one at Andersonville. At the time of his parole, late in March, 1865, he was so nearly starved that he could not walk, and on reaching Jefferson Barracks, he was discharged on account of physical disability. For two years after leaving the army he was an invalid, but at the end of that time he engaged in agricultural pursuits for his father, with whom he remained about two years longer. On the 15th of April, 1869, he was married to Miss Phebe Crandal, and immediately thereafter engaged in farming on the place in where he has ever since resided. Mrs. Luckey is the daughter of Sidney and Emma (Granger) Crandal, natives respectively of Ohio and New York, and was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, on the 11th of March, 1851. The following are the names of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Luckey, who are now living, viz.: Oscar E., born September 26, 1870; Herman S., born May 12, 1875; Freeman A., born December 11, 1881; Orin E., born September 30, 1884. Mr. Luckey is a Republican in politics, and an active member of the G.A.R., belonging to J. R. Slack Post, at Huntington. He and wife are working members of the Disciples Church.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical sketches of Rock Creek Township. Pages 776-777.