Joseph Tucker was the son of John Tucker & Sarah (not Sarah Old based on Email dated 3 Oct 2000 from DeRoy Beale) and the grandson of Capt Robert Tucker, Sr. and Martha of Amelia County, Virginia. He was born about 1733 in Amelia or Prince George County.
He was still living in 1768 when he was named in his father’s will. Joseph would have been 35 years old then.
John Tucker’s will listed 4 sons in this order: Joseph Tucker, John Tucker, William Tucker, and Lewis Tucker. In the will Joseph was listed first but received only one cow. The next son listed, John Tucker, received “200 acres where he now lives and negro woman Jane and negro boy Ned after my wife’s death or marriage.”
• Joseph Tucker was born about 1733
• John Tucker was born about 1735
• William Tucker was born about 1737
• Lewis Tucker was born about 1740
Source: Tucker Trails through Southside Virginia by B. DeRoy Beale, pgs 200-210.
I wonder why Joseph, the first son, got a cow and his younger brother John inherited the most valuable property? I thought the eldest son typically inherited most of the property if he was still living. Perhaps Joseph did something to displease his father like married the wrong woman, moved away, changed religion, etc.
None of the other Joseph Tuckers in the Beale Book are plausible matches for Old Joseph Tucker of Perry County, Missouri
This may be the Joseph Tucker who migrated to Perry County, Missouri.
There is a Joseph Tucker and a Mary Tucker listed in the 1768 and 1769 censuses of St. Inigoes, St. Mary’s County, Maryland.
1768 was the same year that the Joseph Tucker listed above was given a cow in his father’s will.
There was a Joseph Tucker who was a subscriber to the required Oaths of Allegiance from St. Mary's County, Maryland in 1778.
From Maryland Catholics on the Frontier:
Joseph Tucker's wife, Frances Drury, was a native of St. Mary's County, Maryland, but a search of available records turned up very few references to Tuckers. A Mary Tucker was a member of the congregation at St. Inigoes, Maryland about 1769, but nothing more is known about her.
Inasmuch as one or two of the children of Joseph Tucker were born in Virginia, it may well be that he was a native of that colony. Further, his extreme fervor for religion has been interpreted by some as the sign of a convert. He was referred to as “Old Joseph Tucker.”
Old Joseph Tucker’s first known son, Peter Tucker was born about 1769 in Virginia. That means that Old Joseph would have to have been born no later than 1753 – the information from Virginia shows Joseph Tucker born 1733.
If this is the same Joseph Tucker as the one originally from Amelia County, Virginia, then Peter Tucker would have been born when Old Joseph was about 33 years old. Peter would have been about 12 years old when Old Joseph was named in his father’s will.
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