Martha Tucker Affidavit for Revolutionary War Widow’s Pension
Transciption from the original image film M804, National Archive
The State of Alabama, Marion County, Alabama, on the 26th
day of Sept AD 1856
(there follows the legal paragraph stating that Martha Tucker is duly sworn and then her statements below).
… she is the widow of George Tucker, deceased, who was a private in the war of the revolution as will appear by the pension rolls of said department and who received the annuity of forty-three dollars per annum, and who received the same from the pension agent at Tuncoloosa in the State of Alabama. She further states that she was married to the said George Tucker on the 29th day of December 1821 in the state of Georgia, that she does not know of any record of their marriage. She further states that her said husband George Tucker departed this life in the county of Marion in the state of Alabama on the 16...
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Will of George Tucker, Sr. 1847
The State of Alabama, Marion County
I, GEORGE TUCKER, now of sound mind and disposing memory, make and publish this my last Will and Testament. I now command my sold to the kind and merciful protection of Almighty God, and when he pleases to call me away, then my body to the ground.
My earthly estate I dispose of as follows. I wish and desire that all my debts be fully and honestly paid off. I now give and bequeath unto my beloved wife MARTHA TUCKER for and during her natural life the following property that is one negro boy named James. On forty-acre tract of land being the land lying directly west of said dwelling. I also give to my said wife what is called the big bed stead, and furniture, one bureau and furniture, one trunk, and a sufficient quantity of other household and kitchen furniture as she may reasonably kneed, and one good horse, two cows and two calves, pork hogs for one year next to come after my death, two saws and pig...
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When Hopewell Cemetery and Missionary Baptist Church was established, it fell in Marion County. In 1867, the county line was changed and the church and cemetery then fell in Fayette County. It is two miles east of today’s Glen Allen. and is located on land Uriah Taylor entered in 1836. He was a son-in-law of Rev. War Soldier, George Tucker, Sr. The earliest known burial in Hopewell was George Tucker, Jr., who died December 15, 1840. On June 9, 1885 Oliver and Sarah Matthews deeded three acres of land to Hopewell Church. The deed was attested to by J.E. Mills and Thomas Franklin Tucker. J.P. Whitehead, an acting Justice of the Peace, certified the Matthews’ signatures. It is assumed that this land was for additional space for the cemetery.
Georgia Revolutionary War soldier George TUCKER, Sr., lived to be over 106 years old. He was born December 13, 1745, in Amelia Co., VA. He died January 16, 1852, in Marion Co., AL. George was buried in Hopewell Cemetery, two miles east of today's Glen Allen, AL. It is not known when or where George's wife, Rebecca LEVERETT, died. It now seems reasonable that she may have died in Alabama.
George Tucker's Revolutionary War Service Pension Application:
"The State of Alabama, Fayette County (County Court in Vacation), December 3rd 1833"
On the 3rd day of December 1833 personally appeared in Vacation before the Hon. Walter Harkins, Judge of the County court of Fayette County, Alabama, George Tucker, a resident of Marion County, Alabama, aged near 88 years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
That he was born on the 13th day of December 1745 in Amelia County, State of Virginia. My father moved from Virginia when I was a small boy and settled in Onslow County, North Carolina, where he lived 12 or 15 years, at which time I left there and went with an elder brother to Wilkes County, Georgia and improved a piece of land in that county.
And in the fall thereafter (I) assisted in moving my father and family ...
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Remarkably, George, his brother, Thomas, Jr., and their father, Thomas, Sr., served together in the Revolution in Col. Elijah CLARK's Wilkes County Militia Unit. An unidentified Robert TUCKER, who may be related, served in the same unit. Robert's land joined that of Thomas, Sr. In his 1832 pension application, George named battles and sieges he participated in. Historically, George's most notable battle was Cowpens in South Carolina, January 17, 1781. His militia unit fought with the regulars. The militia played a critical role in defeating the British regulars. The victory at Cowpens is credited by historians as having turned the tide in the South against the British. George continued to serve on the frontier against the Indians until about the time he was married to Rebecca LEVERETT.
George's grave in Hopewell Cemetery is marked with large, flat, creek stones stacked about three feet high and about four feet wide by eight feet long. In 1981, under the sponsorship of the Daughters of the American Revolution, an inscribed marker was placed at the foot of Lt. George TUCKER's grave. He was commissioned by Georgia Governor HABERSHAM before Independence was declared in 1776. In the Revolution, George served under Col. Elijah CLARK as a private. By family tradition, George's wife, Martha NICHOLS is buried by George, Sr., on the south side, and grandson Moses TUCKER is buried by him on the north side. Milly TUCKER, is buried at the head of George's grave. Milly's husband, George, Jr., is buried by her on the north side. It is hoped that the "Tucker area" around George's gra...
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find this picture at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alfayett/Hopewell_Cemetery.html