Fayette County, Alabama
~ George Tucker ~
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 married again to Martha NICHOLS December 30, 1821, in
Jasper Co., GA. It is believed that George returned from Alabama
to marry Martha. Thomas TUCKER,
Sr., the father of George, and most of the other family members
had removed from Wilkes Co., GA, to Baldwin Co., GA, later Jasper Co.,
by 1805. It is believed that George was in Alabama before 1820,
perhaps in both Clark and Tuscaloosa Counties. The Jasper Co.,
GA, 1820 census records list only George's son, Daniel, and the families of
daughters Jincy and Margaret. There is a letter
from Allen TUCKER, son of
George, Sr., dated January 20, 1820, Tuscaloosa Co., AL. It was
sent to Mr. William RHEW,
Jasper Co., GA. It is known that George's son Simeon was in Bibb Co., AL, in
1818. Also, George TUCKER, Jr.,
who later removed to Marion Co., was married in Tuscaloosa Co. July 16,
1820, to Milly ROBERTS.
By 1826, George, Sr., had patented 160 acres of Sipsey River land in
Marion Co. His land now falls in today's Bazemore Community of
Fayette Co., AL.
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 grave will be preserved for future generations to
view. The appearance today is near the same as it was in the
1800s. Most of today's Fayette and Marion County TUCKERs, and
those residents who have TUCKER ancestors, are descendants of Old
George and his wife, Rebecca LEVERETT.
The 1981 DAR dedication of George,
Sr.'s marker was organized by Anna
Margaret Mitchell MOSS of Texas, now deceased. The
dedication was the beginning of an annual reunion, third Saturday in
May, at Hopewell. In 1992, the George Tucker, Patriot,
Descendants Association (GTPDA) was formed. Over two-hundred
persons have paid annual dues, of which half is used for Hopewell
maintenance. Attendance at the reunion usually exceeds
one-hundred people. Many come from distant states.
Sanders "Bill" Tucker [3605
Bear Cove, Benton, AR 72015] and Ina Morris,
"George Tucker," Heritage of Fayette
(Heritage Publishing Consultants).
Article submitted by Barbara Pruitt
and posted here
with the author's permission.
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