The Edward and Cora Brantley Locus family.

This portrait of family members gathered for the funeral of Edward Locus (also known as Edward Lucas) was taken in 1947 in Taylor township, Wilson County.

Front: Edward Locus’s grandson L.J. Lucas First row: children Quentin Lucas (1920-??), Lottie Lucas McKinnon (1925-1978), Kennie Lucas (1924-??), Winnie Locus Rankin (1915-1961), John Edd Locus (1918-??), Nancy Locus Farmer (1930-1973), and Frank Locus (1928-2001). Back row: daughters Redelphia Locus Pone (1916-2000), Ella Lucas (1916-??), Maggie Lucas Dew (1914-1992), widow Cora Brantley Locus (circa 1892-1962), and sister Dora Locus Battle (1872-1960).


On 19 July 1906, Ed Lucas, 21, of Wilson County, son of John and Delphy Lucas, married Cora Brantley, 18, of Nash County, daughter of Margaret Lucas, in Nash County.

In the 1920 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer Edward Locus, 37; wife Cora, 27; and children Linwood, 10, Maggie, 9, Beulah, 8, Winnie, 6, Chicken, 4, Delphy, 3, John Ed., 1, and Quinton, 6 months.

In the 1930 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farmer Ed Locus, 47; wife Cora, 35; and children Linward, 20, Maggie, 19, Ula, 18, Winnie, 17, Alma, 16, Redelpha, 13, John E., 11, Clinton, 10, Kenny, 9, Josephine, 7, Easter, 5, Louise, 4, Frank, 3, and Nancy, an infant.

In the 1940 census of Taylor township, Wilson County: farm laborer Ed Locus, 55; wife Clara, 45; and children Ella, 26, Redelphine, 23, Jhonnie Ed, 21, Qunnion, 19, Kenney, 18, Jasperine, 17, Lottie and Louise, 15, Frank, 12, and Nancy, 10.

Eddie Lucas died 14 June 1947 in Taylor township, Wilson County. Per his death certificate, he was born 17 October 1883 in Wilson County to John Locus and Louise Howard; was married to Cora Lucas; worked as a farmer; and was buried in the Lucas family cemetery, Wilson County.

Photograph courtesy of Locus/Lucas family historian Europe A. Farmer.


  1. they are cherokee even this site did say that but they took that part down I’m not a racist but cherokee is not Caucasians to be indenial is ashame and insult on identity those people are not Africans nor African American to blot out who one is and told another is a prejudices that need to stop

    1. The Locus family is not Cherokee. I have never made such an assertion on this blog or taken “that part down.” Like many eastern North Carolina free families of color, evidence demonstrates that the Locuses are of African, European, and Native descent.

      1. you are a lier I am a member of this family and they are cherokee bitch get it right we are not African decent bitch ass fucking lier my ancestors are not European nor African but cherokee they are not Caucasian I’m not a bastard I met my and know my family no have mentioned anything bout bien European nor African you bitch you are a lier you don’t even know us bitch and you did have something that had stated that they are eastern band cherokee and now you don’t however there is a ongoing law suit of that discrimination and denial you don’t know wat the fuck you talking bout bitch none of my family have African descent or even came from African you fucked up bitch I have no respect for a lier of incriminating people who they are my family are not Caucasians neither is the rest of the cherokees my family know who they are and there is a damn thing that you have to say other wise no needs for the argument nor lies wat you have identified us as wat the fuck you saying ain’t worth a fuck …fuckery don’t know us period I repeat there is a ongoing lawsuit for those who are giving false information your sory ass need to stop

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