Catherine (Welker) Tucker was born on May 30, 1809 in Southampton Township, Somerset County, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Gaumer) Welker Sr. Her birth occurred after her parents relocated to Ohio, so it's possible her birthplace actually was in Knox County.
At the age of 17, on July 27 or Aug. 2, 1826, she was joined in holy wedlock with 20-year-old Jones Tucker (1806-1870), also spelled "Jonas." He was a native of Somerset County and the son of William and Rachel (Jones) Tucker and grandson of William and Margery Tucker. Justice of the peace Benjamin Butler officiated at the wedding ceremony.
Jones is profiled in the 1881 book compiled by N.N. Hill entitled History of Knox County, Ohio: Its Past and Present. The entry reads that he:
... was brought to Knox county, Ohio, by his parents ... in 1811, who settled in Union township near Mt. Holly or Gann station. William Tucker erected a log cabin which served his family as an abode for a number of years. He followed clearing, farming, hunting, and fishing as his vocation. There were but few settlers in the neighborhood, and they were far apart at the time of Mr. Tucker's settlement in the township.
The couple produced these seven known children, and perhaps others -- Elizabeth Tinker, Barnett Tucker, William Tucker, John Tucker, Wilson Tucker, Mary Frances Tucker and James Tucker.
After 13 years in Knox County, the family relocated to Fayette County, IL in 1839. Reported the Vandalia (IL) Leader many years later:
Jonas and his family migrated further west on the newly constructed National Road to its termination in Vandalia where they settled in about 1839. The National Road was no 'ribbon of concrete'. Specifications for the Road required a cleared thirty foot wide route, but allowed large stumps to remain in the Road to a height up to fifteen inches. No doubt the emigrant family of Tuckers traveled the Road at a crawling pace in a canvas covered wagon in which the mother Katherine and the smallest children rode by day and slept by night...
Sadly, Catherine met her demise there on Nov. 18, 1845, at the age of 36, about three months after the birth of her youngest child. The grieving widower returned to Knox County with his eldest four sons, and left three behind in Illinois -- Mary Frances in the care of her 16-year-old sister Elizabeth, and baby James with the family of James Suber.
He then departed Ohio after enlisting with the U.S. Army in the Mexican War, serving with the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Foot Soldiers.
Jones went on to marry two more times. His second marriage was on Nov. 10, 1853 to Jane "Ginny" Woolsley ( ? - ? ), in Fayette County, IL. They later divorced.
During the Civil War, Jones was required to register for the Union Army draft. At the time, he was farming in Laclede Township, Fayette County, and was marked as age 28, married and a farmer. If he eventually was indeed drafted, the identity of the regiment is unknown, and no record has been found for Jones in databases of Civil War soldiers from both armies.
On Feb. 15, 1866, he married for the third time, to Anna Haney (1824- ? ), an immigrant from Prussia.
A son was born to the third marriage, Benjamin Obadiah "Ben" Tucker, in 1868.
Further tragedy decimated the family on March 2, 1870, when Jones was "run over by one or more of three wagons whose 'drivers were drunken Germans racing their teams'," reported the Leader. He "died within nine hours of broken legs, broken ribs and spinal injuries." The month of his death also has been given as August. Unable to support herself, Anna and her three-year-old son went to live in the household of George and Hettie Werts in Otego, Fayette County.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1870, Anna and son Ben dwelled together in Otego, Fayette County.
Anna and her son are known to have migrated to Pleasant Valley, Cowley County, KS and resided in 1880.
As an 86-year-old, Anna made her home with her son in Pleasant Valley in 1910.
~ Daughter Elizabeth (Tucker) Tinker ~
Daughter Elizabeth Tucker (1829-1925) was born on Nov. 22, 1829 in Union Township, Knox County. When she was age 10, her family left Ohio and migrated to Fayette County, IL.
There, at the age of 17, on April 23, 1846, she was united in marriage with Missouri native John Jacob Tinker (1817-1881). The ceremony took place in Fayette County, where the newlyweds put down roots.
When Elizabeth's mother died in 1845, they took in Elizabeth's two-year-old sister Mary Frances to raise. In 1860, federal census records show that their home was in Hickory Creek, Cumberland Township, Fayette County.
The couple produced 10 children, but Elizabeth is believed to have outlived all but four. The known offspring are Benjamin "Wilson" Tinker, George W. Tinker, Laura J. Tinker, William M. Tinker, Jacob M. Tinker, Sina Catherine "Kate" Tinker, Cary May Tinker and Celura "Lou" Stapp.
Sadly, John Jacob died in 1881 and was laid to rest in Haley Chapel Cemetery in Bluff City, IL.
Elizabeth lived as a widow for her remaining 44 years. She passed into eternity on July 8, 1925 in Fayette County.
Son Benjamin "Wilson" Tinker (1850-1925) was born in about 1850 in Fayette County. He married Ann Akeman ( ? - ? ). Wilson was a house carpenter and is known to have charged $25 to construct entire dwellings. He also served as a justice of the peace. Their children were Grace McMillan and William "Poke" Tinker.
Son George W. Tinker was born in 1852 in Fayette County.
Daughter Laura J. Tinker (1854- ? ) was born in 1854 in Fayette County.
Son William M. Tinker (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857 in Fayette County.
Son Jacob M. Tinker (1859- ? ) was born in about 1859 in Fayette County.
Daughter Sina Catherine "Kate" Tinker (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865.
Daughter Cary May Tinker (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868.
Daughter Celura "Lou" Tinker (1870- ? ) was born in about 1870. She wed John Logan Stapp ( ? - ? ). Their only known daughter was Rachel Stapp, who, in 1975, was a school teacher living in Bluff City, IL.
~ Son Barnett "Barney" Tucker ~
Son Barnett "Barney" Tucker (1831-1917) was born on Feb. 9, 1831 in Union Township, Knox County. He too is profiled in the 1881 book compiled by N.N. Hill entitled History of Knox County, Ohio: Its Past and Present.
He went to work at age 16 in the cabinet shop of his uncle John W. Moffitt, circa 1847, and did not move with his parents to Illinois. Later, he acquired the Moffitts farm in Union Township.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, the 18-year-old and his 14-year-old brother John were in Millwood, Knox County, in the household of their Welker grandparents.
At the age of 22, on Nov. 17 or 27, 1853, he was united in wedlock with his 17-year-old first cousin Margaret Marilla Meredith (1836-1915), daughter of Benjamin and Delilah (Welker) Meredith. The nuptials took place in Buckeye City, Knox County.
Federal census records show the family residing in 1880 and 1900 in Union Township.
Their two daughters were Hallie E. Tucker and Lura B. Tucker.
Margaret endured heart valve problems and, at age 79 died from their effects a week before Christmas in 1915.
Barnett outlived her by two years. At the age of 86, he was failing in health, having become senile, stricken with gangrene and vomiting blood. He died on Dec. 30, 1917 in Union Township. Burial followed beside his wife in the Workman Cemetery.
Daughter Hallie E. Tucker (1860-1937) was born on July 1, 1860 in Ohio. In January 1918, when she signed her father's death certificate, she was unmarried and lived in Buckeye City, Knox County. She spent her life as a housekeeper. Suffering from arthritis and hardening of the arteries, she suffered a stroke and died two weeks later at the age of 76 on April 17, 1937 in Union Township. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Workman Cemetery. Her sister Lura Watson of Danville, OH was the informant for her Ohio death certificate.
Daughter Lura B. Tucker (1864-1951) was born on Oct. 27, 1864 in Ohio. She married Grant Watson ( ? - ? ). In 1937, she dwelled in Danville, Knox County, where she had spent her entire life. As she aged, following the same health pattern as her sister, she was stricken with chronic arthritis and hardening of the arteries. At the age of 86, she was felled by a stroke and three days later died on May 15, 1951. Interment was in Workman Cemetery. Robert Watson signed her death certificate.
~ Son William Tucker ~
Son William Tucker (1834-1916) was born on Dec. 14, 1834. He was 11 years of age when his mother died. He was sent to dwell with his uncle Daniel Welker in Howard Township, OH and remained there until reaching the age of 18. He then was employed by Joseph Martin in cabinet-making and eventually migrated to Paris, IL, where he worked for four or five years.
Continuing to feel restless, he relocated again to Vandalia, IL, but moved frequently after that. He is said to have patented several of his inventions, among them a middling purifier, clothespins and a window stop.
On April 26, 1858, in Vandalia, Fayette County, he was united in marriage with Caroline Gerich (1849-1890).
Their two children were Grace Covert and William Tucker Jr.
Sadly, Caroline passed away on May 19, 1890 a few months shy of her 41st birthday.
William outlived his bride by more than a quarter of a century. He died in Vandalia on May 11, 1916. Burial was in South Hill Cemetery in Vandalia. [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Grace Louise Tucker (1867-1918) was born in 1867 in Vandalia, IL. She was united in marriage with Charles Grant Covert (1863-1953), son of Jacob and Maria Catherine (Gooldy) Covert. Their known children were Alan Tucker Covert and Jeannette Nolan. They made their home in Evansville, Vanderburg County, IN where he was an attorney, newspaper editor and possibly also sheriff. In early life, said the 1908 book Who's Who & Why, Charles "learned the trade of printer and became a compositor on the old Evansville Journal, where he remained several years, until called to take the city editorship of the Evansville Tribune, an evening paper which his father founded many years before. His newspaper work brought him in close touch with local politics, and it was not long until Mr. Covert was taking an active part in shaping the destiny of the Republican party of Vanderburgh County." From 1899 to 1904, he was mayor of Evansville. On Nov. 12-13, 1903, he attended the fifth annual meeting of the Ohio Valley Medical Association and gave an address of welcome to the attendees. He was named postmaster of Evansville in 1906. In 1912, he entered into a law partnership with James Frederick Ensle. He was a director of the Mercantile Trust & Savings Co. and belonged to the Masons, Knights of Pythias, Elks, Red Men, Royal Arcanum, Buffaloes and Foresters. Sadly, Grace died in Evansville at the age of 51 on Oct. 14, 1918. Charles outlived her by 35 years. He passed into eternity on Nov. 11, 1953, with burial beside his wife in Oak Hill Cemetery. Charles is pictured and/or mentioned in several books, among them An Evansville Album: Perspectives on a River City, 1812-1988 by Daniel E. Bigham (Indiana University Press, 1988); The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (J.T. White, 1943); Murder & Mayhem in Indiana by Keven McQueen; The History of Evansville Blacks by Dallas W. Sprinkles (Mid-America Enterprises, 1973); We Ask Only a Fair Trial: A History of the Black Community of Evansville, Indiana by Darrel E. Bigham (Indiana University Press, 1987); and Old Tales Retold: An Ohio Valley Decameron - by Kenneth P. McCutchan, 1997.
Son William Tucker ( ? - ? ). For two decades, he manufactured and sold mill machinery. In 1919, he was employed by Sinkler Davis Manufacturing Co. as a pattern maker.
~ Son John Tucker ~
Son John Tucker (1837- ? ) was born on Jan. 15, 1837 in Gann, Union Township, Knox County. At the age of three, he migrated with his parents to Vandalia, IL but returned to Ohio after his mother died and made a home in Holmes County.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, the 14-year-old and his 18-year-old brother Barnett were in Millwood, Knox County, in the farm household of their Welker grandparents.
A brief story of his life is told in the 1881 book compiled by N.N. Hill entitled History of Knox County, Ohio: Its Past and Present. The motherless boy was taken into the residence of his uncle Thomas (?) near the town of Jimtown, OH. Said a family manuscript:
He was small of stature and very active. His uncle used him as a jockey for racing horses. Not liking that, John went to live with his grandfather John Welker in Millwood, OH, where he helped on the farm until 1855. He accompanied his Uncle Obadiah, going west in wagons as far as Keokuk, Iowa. There he left his uncle and took odd jobs, traveling around Iowa. When he'd saved $200 he returned to Millwood to learn the cabinet trade with his brother Barnett. He lived in Gambier, OH for about a year with his wife's family, then returned to Millwood and work as a cabinet maker and undertaker. He also bought a hotel and ran a store.
John was married at the age of 24 to 21-year-old Rose B. Welker (1840-1888), daughter of Paul and Rose Welker of Gambier. The ceremony took place in Knox County on Aug. 25, 1861. They settled in Millwood, Knox County and had at least one son, Judge Robert Tucker.
Said the History of Knox County, "In 1871 he purchased the hotel stand in which they are now living, and entertain the travelling community. Good accommodations given to travellers, and all who wish to stop by them. The place is known as the Tucker house. His cabinet rooms are in the same building, and prompt attention is given to all work in his line. He has filled the office of justice of the peace two terms, and postmaster of Millwood five years, and also held various township offices."
Son Judge Robert Tucker (1866-1944) was born on Sept. 5, 1866 in Millwood, Knox County. He became a lawyer and went on to a distinguished career as a lawyer and judge in Portland, OR, where he was dubbed "the Dean of Multnomah county judges." Robert was married and the father of one son, Harland Wynn Tucker. Robert received a doctor of philosophy degree from a university in Akron, OH in 1891 and two years later a law degree from the University of Cincinnati. From 1909 to 1917, he was assistant United States District Attorney and at one time was president of the Oregon State Bar Association. Circa 1917, he resided in Portland, OR and was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge. In his free time, he held high office in the local Masons lodge. He was admitted to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution in recognition of the service of his great-great-grandfather Corporal William Tucker (1747-1780). [National membership #30155 - State #455] The ancestor was an immigrant from Scotland and was a member of the First Maryland Regiment, commanded by Col. John H. Stone and Capt. Edward Pratt. He loved to golf at the Portland Golf Club and often told friends that "when his time came he could think of no better way to go than sitting on one of the tees on the course." His wish became prophetic. After playing several holes on May 2, 1944, at the age of 77, and as he sat at the 10th tee, he suffered a massive heart attack and died. The news made headlines all over the state. Funeral services were led by Rev. William G. Eliot Jr., of the First Unitarian Church, held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
Tragically, said to have been despondent over declining health, Marie made the choice to die by suicide at the age of 42 on Nov. 17, 1936. News stories were reported coast to coast. One report said that she had turned on the gas in their home and was found dead by her husband once returning from a business trip. Other sources say she took her life by an overdose of medication. Her brother Harry is known to have traveled from Dennison to California for the funeral service. The following January, in a syndicated "Hollywood" column, Robbin Coons wrote the following:
Marie Walcamp is dead, victim they said, of worry over poor health. The new generation of film fans would not remember the name. Once upon a time kids stomped and whistled and cheered when it flashed on the screen, usually on Saturday marinees, which was serial pictures. Marie, with her blonde curls streaming, dared death week after week with the brawly little Eddie Polo... When Marie went abroad the natives cheered as loudly as for Mary Pickford, then the queen of screen drama. They mobbed her and fought for her autograph. And when she died she rated a couple of sticks of type. Hollywood has no serial queens today to compare with those of the Marie Walcamp era. There were Helen Holmes in those railroad thrillers, and Pearl White, and Grace Cunard, and Ruth Roland.
Harland outlived Marie by a baker's dozen years. He was stricken by a heart attack at home and died in Los Angeles on March 22, 1949. His remains were placed in the Great Mausoleum of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.
~ Son Wilson Tucker ~
Son Wilson Tucker (1840-1863) was born on March 11, 1840 in Fayette County, IL. At the age of five, he was rendered motherless upon his mother's death. He grew up and worked in horse shipments in Vandalia during the early years of the Civil War.
On March 12, 1860, he married Isabella George ( ? -1863).
Tragically, at the age of 22, he caught an incurable fever and died on Jan. 26, 1863. Burial was in Haley Chapel Cemetery in Bluff City/Vandalia.
Compounding the heartache, Isabella joined him in death six months later. [Find-a-Grave]
~ Daughter Mary Frances (Tucker) Slother ~
Daughter Mary Frances Tucker (1842- ? ) was born in about 1842 in Fayette County. Her mother died when Mary Frances was only two years old. She was sent to dwell with an aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and John Jacob Tinker in Hickory Creek, Cumberland Township, Fayette County.
On July 21, 1865, when Mary Frances was age 23, she married widower Henry Stephen Slother ( ? - ? ).
They dwelled in Delphos, OH and had three children: Allie Echroth, Uriah Slother and James Slother.
More will be added here when discovered.
Daughter Allie Slother married (?) Echroth and lived in Lincoln, NE.
Son Uriah Slother ( ? - ? ).
Son James Slother ( ? - ? ) is said to have died at the age of five.
~ Son James Tucker ~
Son James Tucker (1845-1926) was born on Oct. 18, 1845 in Fayette County, IL and was but a newborn when his mother died. He then was taken into the home of James Suber, apparently in or near Vandalia, Fayette County.
James was age 16 when the Civil War broke out and at the time worked as a farmer. He waited several years to enlist, and in adulthood stood 5 feet tall, with light hair, blue eyes and fair complexion.
On March 25, 1864, while in Louden, TN, he joined the Union Army. He was placed within the 35th Illinois Infantry, Company H.
Later, he was transferred to the 59th Illinois Infantry, Companies C and I. He served in the army throughout the duration of the conflict.
On Nov. 19, 1868 in Fayette County, the 23-year-old James married 19-year-old Mary Fannie Peyton (1849-1917). She was the daughter of John W. and Maria Frances (Miller) Peyton.
The Tuckers had four children -- John "Robert" Tucker, Rose M. Hix, Lila "Maude" Miller and Grace Tucker.
They resided in Wilberton Township, Fayette County and Ross Township, Edgar County, IL.
In January 1890, James was awarded a military pension as compensation for wartime disabilities. He would have received checks every month thereafter for the balance of his life. [Invalid App. #750.033 - Cert. #559.936]
The couple may have separated, as James resided in 1900 with his married sister Elizabeth Tinker in Hickory Creek, Cumberland Township, Fayette County.
Mary Fannie passed away in Martinsville, Clark County, IL on April 8, 1917.
James lived for another nine years. As his health failed, he was admitted to the Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia. There, he succumbed one day before his 81st birthday on Oct. 17, 1926. Said the Decatur Daily Review, he was "a veteran of the Civil war .... The body was taken to Martinsville, for interment." [Find-a-Grave]
Son John "Robert" Tucker (1869-1940) was born in October 1869 in Wilberton Township, Fayette County. He is said to have been a telegraph operator and railroad dispatcher, working in Chicago, St. Louis and other cities. He died in 1940.
Daughter Rose M. Tucker (1871-1938) was born on Oct. 17, 1871 in Wilberton Township, Fayette County. On Feb. 22, 1891, she married Henry V. Hix in Clark County, IL. They resided in Martinsville, IL. Rose died on April 26, 1838. She and Henry are believed to be buried in Island Grove Cemetery in Martinsville, IL.
Daughter Lila "Maude" Tucker was born in 1878 in Ross Township, Edgar County, IL. She was wedded to Guy Miller, a merchant of Martinsville, IL. Maude died in 1961 with interment in Ridgelawn Cemetery.
Daughter Grace Tucker (1888-1949) was born in 1888 in Ross Township, Edgar County, IL. She never married but devoted her life to teaching in Charleston, IL. She died in 1949.
~ Jones' Son Benjamin "Obadiah" Tucker ~
Jones' son Benjamin Obadiah "Ben" Tucker (1867-1955) was born on Dec. 6, 1868 in or around Otego, Fayette County, IL. As a boy, he migrated with his widowed mother to Pleasant Valley Township, Cowley County, KS.
In about 1894, when he would have been about 27 years of age, Obadiah wedded Sarrah Rebecca Miller (Feb. 8, 1875-1959), nicknamed "Rebecky."
The offspring produced by this marriage were Stephen A. Tucker, Forrest Obadiah Tucker, Della Fae Tucker, Joseph S. Tucker and Blanche M. Eastman.
The couple put down roots in the Winfield section of Cowley County and staked a claim for property within the Osage Indian Lands. On June 3, 1893, he filed his intention to fully secure the tract, located in the northeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 19, Township 33, South Range 5 East. He stated that M.L. Devore, Simon Scott, John Campbell and S.W. Stout, all of Winfield, could provde the he had continuously resided on and cultivated the acreage. News of his claim was printed in the Winfield (KS) Industrial Free Press.
Federal census records for 1900 show the Tuckers on a farm in Pleasant Valley. Elmer P. Knight boarded in their home and was a farm hand.
In addition to farming, Obadiah generated income as a local auctioneer, typically handling farm sales. He also enjoyed attending auctions as a prospective buyer.
Circa 1910, their household included the five children in addition to Obadiah's 86-year-old mother and Sarrah's presumed brother, 53-year-old William R. Haney.
They remained in Cowley during the 1910s and 1920s. The Tuckers kept a lodger in 1930, 57-year-old divorcee and Canadian native William Faulkingham.
On Oct. 19, 1955, Obadiah passed into eternity.
Sarrah outlived him by four years. She was carried away by the Angel of Death on Nov. 15, 1959.
They rest for eternity in Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Cowley County. [Find-a-Grave]
Son Stephen A. "Steve" Tucker (1894-1929) was born on Sept. 21, 1894 in Pleasant Valley, Cowley County, KS. As a teenager, he provided labor on the family farm in Pleasant Valley. The Grim Reaper cut him away at the age of 35 on Oct. 12, 1929. The cause of his untimely death is not yet known. He rests for all time in Highland Cemetery.
Son Forrest Obadiah Tucker (1896-1983) was born in June 1896 in Pleasant Valley, Cowley County, KS. He is known to have registered for the military draft in June 1918 during World War I. He was joined in wedlock with Metta May Byers (1899-1969). They produced three known children, Lola Cales, Nelda Irene Yohn and Thelma May Tucker. Forrest passed away in 1983. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
Daughter Della Fae Tucker (1899- ? ) was born in Aug. 1899 in Pleasant Valley, Cowley County, KS.
Son Joseph S. Tucker (1907- ? ) was born in about 1907 in Pleasant Valley, Cowley County, KS.
Daughter Blanche Tucker (1908-1993) was born on Jan. 14, 1908 in Pleasant Valley, Cowley County, KS. She had no occupation and lived at home at age 22 in 1930. At the age of 35, on Feb. 21, 1943, she was united in holy matrimony with Thomas Arthur Eastman (Jan. 6, 1902-1983), a native of Wilmot, Cowley County and the son of Thomas Reuben and Margaret Louise (Bowen) Eastman. Their nuptials were held in Newkirk, OK. The couple bore one son, Dale Eastman. During World War II, she worked for Boeing Aircraft. Later, she was employed at Winfield Laundry. Thomas worked for a quarter of a century as a toolmaker for Boeing Aircraft, retiring in 1977. He died on July 3, 1983, at the age of 81, cleaving apart their marriage which had endured for four decades. Blanche outlived her spouse by a decade. As her health declined, she was admitted to the Walnut Hill Nursing Center in Winfield. She died there at the age of 85 on Feb. 5, 1993. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.
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Many years later, Gertrude (Tucker) Fitzpatrick prepared a Tucker family history about this branch which was forwarded to Gilbert Gaumer and thence to the Moffitt family.