Born: 1811-05-11 Fleming County, Kentucky
Flourished: Menard County, Illinois
Lukins resided in the county of his birth until September 1831, when he moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, renting a farm with his brother Peter near what would become the town of Petersburg. In 1832, Lukins met Abraham Lincoln in New Salem, Illinois, and a friendship blossomed between the two that continued until Lincoln's death. In 1834, he married Elizabeth (Betsey) Ritter, with whom he had two children. In 1850, Lukins and his family moved from Petersburg to Sugar Grove, Illinois, where Lukins purchased a 270-acre farm. In 1855, Betsey Ritter died, and soon thereafter, Lukins wed Jane Scott, with whom he had three children. In 1860, Lukins owned real estate valued at $7,600 and had a personal estate of $2,000.
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