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The goal of this project is to build a single validated and documented shared family tree for the descendants of Henry Luce, early immigrant to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Historical Summary

Henry Luce, the immigrant, was first recorded in America on 13 November 1666 when he was mentioned as a juror in Scituate. In 1668 Henry owned lands at Rehoboth. He moved to Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard, then a part of the Colony of New York, before 1 February 1671, when he is recorded as having a home lot on the west side of Old Mill River, about 40 rods north of Scotchman's Bridge Road. In 1900 the Luce family was the largest on the Vineyard.

Notable Luces

  • Albert Luce, American industrialist
  • Claire Luce (1903-1989), American actress and dancer
  • Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), American playwright and politician, wife of Henry Luce
  • Cyrus G. Luce (1824-1905), former governor of the U.S. state of Michigan
  • David Luce (1906-1971), British Admiral and First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy.
  • Derrel Luce (1952- ), American football linebacker
  • Don Luce (1948- ), Canadian hockey player
  • R. Duncan Luce (1925- ), American mathematician and psychologist
  • Henry Robinson Luce (1898-1967), co-founder of Time-Life Publications, editor of Time magazine, philanthropist
  • Lew Luce (1938- ), American football running back
  • Mike Luce, American drummer
  • Moses Augustine Luce (1842-1933), American Sergeant in the Union Army, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Nancy Luce (1811-1890), American poet & eccentric
  • Richard Napier Luce, Baron Luce (1936- ), British politician
  • Richard Luce, American artist
  • Robert Luce (1862-1946), American politician
  • Ronald Allen Luce, American evangelist
  • Stephen Bleecker Luce (1827-1917), U.S. Navy Admiral


Charles Edward Banks, History of Martha's Vineyard.