Lusk Family History

Tidbits from the Brighton Pittsford Post (ca 1930 's)

In 1791, William Hincher and his son came to the Genesee country from Massachusetts with ox-team and sleds, by way of Seneca lake and Catherinestown to Irondequoit. The following year, he built the first log cabin on the west side of the river and here he lived for many years with his family; wife Mehitable, son William Jr. and seven daughters.

One of these daughters, Sarah, (pictured right) married Stephen Lusk (pictured left) who came to western New York with his parents, John and Elizabeth, when only 12 years of age in 1788.

The Lusks are often thought of as the first settlers in Pittsford. John purchased over 1,000 acres of land and built a stately home on the property. Father and son cleared the land and Stephen also worked as a tanner. The large farm was located at the crossroads of three main arteries of travel and across from the District #1 schoolhouse.

The farm remained in the family for nearly 200 years. They raised cash crops originally but Stephen's great grandson, Harry, transitioned it to a dairy farm, raising cows and selling milk. Although the farmland was sold to and divided by a developer in 1992, the homestead house remains.