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TUCKER RESOURCES PAGE

The Tuckers of Bermuda can trace their first roots on the island to Captain Daniel Tucker, Governor of Bermuda who came from Virginia. The Tuckers originated from the West Country, England.

This page includes information about the ancestors and descendants of Henry Tucker born in 1649 just 34 years after the 1615 charter was granted to 117 British noblemen who founded the Bermuda Company and took over the administration of the island. We believe Henry was a descendent of Captain Daniel Tucker who was appointed Governor. It was said of him that he was a harsh man who enforced labour and paid with the "hog pennies", brass coins stamped on one side with the symbol of the Bermuda hog.

SOME TUCKER ANCESTORS    WHERE DID THEY LIVE?   WHAT DID THEY DO?    WHAT DID THEY LOOK LIKE?    WHO DID THEY KNOW?     WHAT WERE THEIR ORIGINS?

David O'Carroll
[updated February 2010]

TUCKERS IN BERMUDA

Here are a number of Tuckers who were connected with Bermuda or who were born, lived part of their lives, or died in Bermuda. It is still unclear to me whether they all have a common lineage.

Captain Daniel Tucker

Daniel Tucker born about 1560, died 10 February 1625. A planter in Virginia when called to be Governor of Bermuda, May 1616. He came to Bermuda aboard the ship George. He succeeded the first Governor of Bermuda, Richard Moore. He was Governor until 1619.

Captain William Tucker

In May1623 in Jamestown Captain William Tucker concluded peace negotiations with a Powhatan village by proposing a toast with a drink laced with poison prepared by Dr. John Potts. 200 Powhatan Indians died instantly and another 50 were slaughtered. [source: [1] Keith Archibald Forbes  - www.bermuda-online.org/history.htm

Captain John Tucker

Born about 1645, died about 1715. Styled as "Captain" in deposition of his sister Mary, in John Tucker vs Paul Turner.

Known as "John the Elder", succeeded his father as secretary of the Bermuda Company. 1681 held office till disolution of the company in 1684. Will dated 30 August 1715, proved November 4. Mentions by name John, known as "John the Younger" & Henry.  Source [2]

Major Henry Tucker (1652 - 1728)

picture Major Henry Tucker]

Henry Tucker 1649 - 1714

Henry Tucker was born in 1649. Family tradition is that he married Jehoiddea Seymour, the daughter of the Governor, Florentius Seymour.  Seymour was governor from1663 to 1668, and 1681.

Other sources say that
Henry Tucker was born 12 March 1658, married about 1681 to Jehrida Seymour daughter of Florentius Seymore, Governor of the Bermuda Company.    Henry was brought from England as a child in 1662. Source [2]

Henry Tucker (of The Grove 1713- 1787)

picture

Source [3]

Henry Tucker - acting Governor

Henry Tucker born in 1742, died 1800, married Frances Bruere daughter of Governor Bruere.
There is a tablet to Henry's memory in St. Peter's Church.
Source [2]

In the Bermuda Gazette of 12 November 1796, he called for privateering against Spain and its allies, and with advertisements for crew for two privateer vessels.
He acted as governor on four occasions between 1797 and 1806

GeorgeTucker

George Tucker was born in 1739. Family tradition is that the son of Henry and Jehoiddea. He married Mary Auchinleck. [Was he the brother of Henry 1742-1800?]

St.George Tucker

St. George Tucker was born near Port Royal, Bermuda, in 1752, the son of Colonel Henry Tucker, a trader and owner of the Grove plantation. His christening name, St. George, had been in the family since about 1600, when Frances St. George married George Tucker of Kent, England. Link   source [5]

Where did they live?

The Grange

In 1617 Daniel began to build The Grange for himself at public expence, in Southampton (on a part of what is now the Port Royal Golf Course). It was built on an especially luscious 200 acres vale between Southampton and Sandys which Tucker had claimed as his bonus. Public feelings ran high and the Rev Lewis Hughes denounced him bitterly as building a ‘flauntinge’ cedar mansion for himself while leaving ‘Gods house...but a thacht hovell.’ Even the Somers Island Company in London seemed likely to deprive the retiring Governor of the overplus and the house built at their expense. But in his last term of office he managed to send a huge consignment of tobacco from Bermuda, and appeared himself in London to state his own case. The result was that he retained the by then famous house (on the property later designated The Grove) and a little less than half the overplus property – a large and beautiful slice of land.

[source: Keith Archibald Forbes  - www.bermuda-online.org/history.htm]


Tucker House

Tucker House, located on Water Street in the heart of St. George’s, was built in the 1750s and Tucker housecelebrates its most
 famous inhabitants, the Tuckers. Henry Tucker, President of the Governor’s Council, moved into the house in 1775; his family remained there until 1809. A magnificent collection of Tucker family silver, china and crystal, antique English mahogany and Bermuda cedar furniture, portraits by Blackburn, and exquisite hand-sewn quilts are just some of the treasures on view. The house is now a museum run by the Bermudian National Trust.


What did they do?

From the above it can be seen that the Tuckers were often involved in the government of the Bahamas in its early days.

What did they look like?

There are a number of portraits of the Tuckers on the Bermudian  Genealogy  & History website.

Who did they know? Who did they marry?

Governor George James Bruere, Lieutenant Colonel in His Majesty's Service, had arrived in Bermuda with his wife and nine children on the Prince of Wales in August 1764, and remained in office for the next sixteen years, until his untimely demise, probably from the scourge of yellow fever. One daughter, Frances, married into the Tucker family, descendants of the former Governor Daniel Tucker (1616-19). 

[source: [1] Keith Archibald Forbes]

Where did they come from?

John Tucker came to England with the Conqueror in 1066, granted arms by him in 1079; assigned estate of South Tavistock, County Devon, married the widow of Trecareth who was supposed to have been the proprietor before the conquest (Domesday).

Stephen Tucker in 1100 permitted to wear his hat in the presence of Henry I; received estate of Lamertin, near Tavistock.

Tucker family historians have traced the family back to William Tucker born about 1495 in Throwleigh, Dartmoor not far from Oakhampton.There is a hiatus of several generations, from 1100 to 1492, within which period no Tucker has been able to trace their exact ancestry. However, the arms on the memorial of Henry Tucker, in St. Peter's Church, Bermuda, are the same as those granted John Tucker, thus confirming a claimed descent.

[source: [2]  http://mydruthers.com/Geneology/Hibbert/Tucker/Tucker.html]

William Tucker's descendents moved to Kent and then Middlesex before going to Bermuda.

Contact Information and other sources

My electronic mail address
 

Sources

[1]
www.bermuda-online.org/history.htm
[2] http://mydruthers.com/Geneology/Hibbert/Tucker/Tucker.html
[3] http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/gallery.htm
[4] 
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bmuwgw/tuckergen.htm
[5] http://www.history.org/almanack/people/bios/biotuck.cfm


Other websites

Bermudian National Trust.