Sunday, July 11, 2004

Rev. Richard Murphy Tucker

Well it's time again for my weekly celebration of one of my ancestors.  As a young boy I would look at this painting of my ancestor.  He looked mean to me when I was young.  But life was not easy in those days and hardships they did have to endure.  There's a show that comes on PBS where people of today relive the colonial time period, It's called "Colonial House", even Oprah made an appearance on it.  Can you imagine living in those day?

Rev. Richard Murphy Tucker of Georgia was a minister, a farmer, and a soldier.  He lived in Laurens Co., GA and moved after 1827 to Irwin Co. He drew land in the 1827 land lottery. He lived in the 5th district. In 1856 Irwin Co was split and their home area became part of the new Berrien Co. He had a home near the community of Gladys in North Berrien Co. He was licensed to preach 27 Jan 1838, fully ordained 22 May 1841. Preached at Young's Meeting House (Brushy Creek Church) 1847-1870. 1850 census Irwin Co. shows land value of $1000 with sons Jacob, Elisha, Elijah and John A. helping farm the home place.

Birth: 18 Mar 1801 in Montgomery Co, GA.
Death: 6 Oct 1874 in Berrien Co, GA.
Burial: Oct 1874 Tucker-Purvis Cemetery, Gladys, Berrien Co, GA.

Married Mary "Mollie" Vernell Paulk in Wilkinson County, Georgia in 1820, she was the daughter of Micajah Paulk and Mary Catherine Young.

Richard Murphy Tucker is the son of Henry Crawford Tucker and grandson of Henry Tucker b: 14 Sep 1652 in Port Royal, Bermuda.


gbgoglo said...

He does look rather strict and righteous.  Good entry, D.  I enjoy hearing about your ancestors...thank you for sharing...gloria

robinngabster said...

He does look mean. I had an Uncle named Richard Murphy, my maiden name is Murphy.

stacy1tbkl said...

Everyone always looked so serious in those old photos.  No one ever smiled.   It seemed like no one was ever happy.  I think you were right when you said it was the "time" they lived in.  Life was hard and a struggle.  They probably had to save alot of money to get portraits like that one taken.    I am glad you take time to learn about your ancestors.   Do youhave anyone FAMOUS you are related to?  My mother in a geneology fanatic.  We have BOOKS of facts and figures and pictures.   Of course, thats how we keep history, by keeping a tab of our everyday life.   Maybe someday, these journals will be passed on to OUR ancestors.....(((( Chills  )))))   Isn't THAT a scary thought?

barbpinion said...

I love this photo. He doesn 't look mean to me at all. He looks determined and strong, as if he had a lot on his mind. I like the expression in his eyes. *Barb*