Luke Hemenway was born in Boylston, Massachusetts in December of 1803 and died at Aston House in 1870.

In 1821 he started business in Uncle Luke's West Indies Import goods firm in Boston. In 1836 he went to New York and shrewdly engaged in shipping, stock, and real estate there as well as in New Jersey, Illinois and Texas. He owned the site of Grand Central Station. In 1835 Luke contributed several ships to the TEXAS WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE. In return, Governor Lamar gave Luke 1,450 acres in Harris City in 1840, which stayed in the family until 1912.

He was known as a "complete gentleman" and traveled often to Italy. He entertained Garibaldi at his magnificent mansion, Edgehill, on the Hudson River.