1780 - Abt 1837 (56 years)
||Joel Leakey \ Lakey |
||1 Mar 1780
||Surry county, North Carolina, USA [5, 6]
||Austin county, Texas, USA 
LEAKEY, JOEL (1795?-1840?). Joel Leakey (Lakey, Laky), one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was born around 1795. He married Nancy Calloway, with whom he had at least seven children. He came to Texas about 1826, possibly from Louisiana, and claimed a headright of three leagues near Caney Creek. Four of his children came to Texas, and three remained in Louisiana. On May 28, 1827, he received title to a sitio of land in an area that later became part of Washington and Austin counties. Between 1827 and 1832 he was awarded 2½ leagues in the same area. According to the census of 1826 he was a farmer and stock raiser, aged between forty and fifty, and had a wife, four daughters, and one servant. He died around 1840. On September 15, 1844, a J.T. Lakey was enlisted as a private in Capt. Leonard A. Mabbitt's company of three-month volunteers.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]). Virginia H. Taylor, The Spanish Archives of the General Land Office of Texas (Austin: Lone Star, 1955). Villamae Williams, Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families (Nacogdoches, Texas: Ericson, 1984).
from: "LEAKEY, JOEL." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fle06
Robbins Ferry, first known as Paso Tomas (Thomas' Ford) at the crossing of the San Antonio Road and LaBahia Road over the Trinity River, was established about 1821 by Joel Leakey. It was named in honor of Nathaniel Robbins, who operated it for many years, and was acquired about 1852 by Elisha Clapp, whose descendants operated it until 1930 when Clapp's Ferry Bridge was constructed. When Nathaniel Robbins operated the ferry, he built a cedar log two-story tavern-inn on the north side of the highway a short distance from Bucareli. It was located near where the feed barns are on the Hayes land today. Wayfarers who crossed the river coming toward the west could spend the night. Further up the road and same side, was the the Robbins Ferry.
1797 February 11, Joel Leakey purchased land Surry County, N.C. containing 200 acres from Simon Hadley.
1800 Surry County NC Tax list Capt. Burches Dist list
Joel Lakey 200 acres, 1 WP
1800 Surry County NC Federal census taken May 13, 1801 lists Joel Lakey as head of household.
1801 Sold 200 acres of land to Thomas Thorton 21 March 1801
1801 Surry County, N.C. tax list, Capt. Burches Dist.
Joel Lakey, no land 1 WP
1801 July Surry County NC tax list Capt. Dowel's Dist- Joel Lakey, no land 1 WP
1802 Surry County, Thomas Gallyan sold 85 acres of land to Joel Leakey 11 March
1802 Surry County Tax list Capt. Williams Dist,
Joel Lakey 10 ac 1 WP
1803 Surry County, Joel Leakey sold 85 acres of land to George D. Holcomb #1301
1803 Surry County, Tax list; Capt. William Dist. no ac 1 wp
1804 Surry County, tax list Capt. Wilborn Dist, Joel Lacay 130 ac 1 wp
1805 Joel Lakey land grant 100 acres Knox County, Tenn. 7 May.
1810 Federal census Knox County, Tenn.
1 male under 10 3 females under 10
1 male 26-45 1 female 10-16
1 female 26-45
1812 Surry County NC Tax List, Capt. Browns Dist, list John Curstephens for Nancy Lakey, 100 acres no WP
"The Illinois Gazette" Shawneetown, Illinois
Thursday, January 20, 1820
A list of letters remaining in the Post Office at Shawneetown which (if not taken out previous to the 1st of April next) will be sent to the General Post Office as dead letters. Lakey, Joel or Isaac Jones
In the Tellico Grants filed in Kentucky Land Office, the Woods-Creekmore, Lakey land of 100 a. is found. This Lakey was Joel Lakey who married Nancy Calloway. They moved into Knox County, Kentucky with Nancy's brother. Nancy's brother James, moved into the area as his wife-to-be had gone to Kentucky with her family. They soon returned to North Carolina. Joel's tax record was published in Histories of Southeast Kentucky. Joel's daughter Elizabeth was born in this area. (Mrs. W.S.Watters)
The N.C. Calloway cousin wrote that the parents of Nancy Calloway thought Joel Lakey/Leakey was to old for her to marry:" An old man who was disapproved by Nancy's parents, and Nancy's part of the Calloway estate was money for her own pleasure as her father had wrote in his will"
Joel Lakey was born approximately 1795 in North Carolina. and died in Texas. He served the Republic of Texas in the capacity of colonist. His place of residence during the Republic of Texas was Austin and Washington Counties. Records in the General Land Office, Austin, Texas prove that Joel Lakey received a Spanish Grant of one League of land which was located in Washington and Austin Counties and was titled May 28, 1827, he being a member of Austin"s first colony. He also received 2 additional grants, one League which was titled April 2, 1831 and 1/2 League which was titled April 23, 1831. These tracts were also located in Washington and Austin
Counties. (Dates were obtained from family bible, Doris L. Spahn)
1837 Will: Joel Lakey, wife Nancy Lakey
Children Nancy Lakey married Miller Francis
Ruth Lakey married John Hall
Mary Asenith Lakey
Lydia Lakey married Amos Gates
Elizabeth Lakey married Gibson Kuykendall
Leny Lakey married Daniel Flanagen
Nancy Lakey wife of Joel Lakey deceased
Lydia Lakey wife of Amos Gates
Ruth Hall wife of John Hall
Nancy Frances, wife of Miller Frances
Elizabeth Kuykendall, wife of Gibson Kuykendall
Anne Gray, wife of Thomas Gray
Leny Flannigan, wife of Daniel Flannigan
Mary McKey, wife of ________
Joel Lakey age in February 1837 was 70, according to court proceedings where Miller Francis and Dr. J.B. Miller testified to this.
Joel Leakey's 1837 Austin County, Texas will was contested as all the living heirs were not satisfied with the division of his large estate. One of the witnesses gave Joel's age as 70 yrs. at the time the will was drawn in February 1837 at the home of his daughter who joined the heirs in the contested lawsuit.
His son living in Louisiana at this time joined in the suit also. This son was married three times, his will named his step children residing nearby.
Information: Gilbert M. Lakey, Mrs. Doris Lakey Spahn, Mr. LeRoy Ford, Mr. T.W. Hobbs, Mrs. W.S. Waters
||Jul 18, 2013 |
||Thomas Lakey, b. 16 Jun 1751, Orange county, North Carolina, USA , d. Bef 1808, Surry county, North Carolina, USA (Age < 56 years) |
||Anna Hadley, b. 26 Mar 1754, Wilmington, New Castle county, Delaware, USA , d. 6 Oct 1841, McMinnville, Warren county, Tennessee, USA (Age 87 years) |
||7 Jan 1777
||Surry county, North Carolina, USA
||Nancy Calloway, b. Abt 1780, North Carolina, USA , d. |
||Bef 1805 
|+||1. Anna Lakey, b. Abt 1802, d. |
| ||2. Thomas Calloway Lakey, b. 1804, d. Walker, Texas, USA |
| ||3. Mary Asenith Lakey, b. Abt 1805, d. |
| ||4. Elizabeth Lakey, b. Abt 1806, d. Bef Oct 1837 (Age ~ 31 years)|
|+||5. Lydia Lakey, b. 1807, Knox county, Kentucky, USA , d. Jan 1863, Washington county, Texas, USA (Age 56 years)|
| ||6. Ruth Lakey, b. Abt 1810, Knox county, Tennessee, USA , d. |
| ||7. Thomas Lakey, b. Abt 1810, d. Aft 1837, Walker county, Texas, USA (Age ~ 28 years)|
|+||8. Nancy Frances Lakey, b. 10 Feb 1816, Fayetteville, Tennessee, USA , d. 5 May 1893, Buckhorn, Austin county, Texas, USA (Age 77 years)|
| ||9. Asenith Lenny Lakey, b. Abt 1817, Knox county, Tennessee, USA , d. |