Name: Capt William Tucker165
Born: 7 Jan 1589
Place: Cornwall, England
Chris'd: 6 Apr 1589
Place: St Nicholas Acons, London, Eng
Place: at sea
According to the Virginia Muster Rolls of 1624/5, Captain Tucker arrived
at Elizabeth Cittie in 1610 on the Mary and James. He was 36 years
It seems Tucker wasn't a pleasant man. This entry is found at
virtualjamestown.org for Mary 1623:
Captain William Tucker concludes peace negotiations with a Powhatan village
by proposing a toast with a drink laced with poison prepared by Dr. John
Potts; 200 Powhatans die instantly and another 50 are slaughtered.
This was probably in response to an attack by the
Powhatan Confederacy in 1622, which left 347 colonists dead, about a
quarter of Virginia's population at the time.
See this excellent timeline, posted by Thomas Clark in 2006, at genforum:
The following, regarding William Tucker's parentage, was posted to
genforum in January 2006.
Re: John Tucker Jr and Alice Pelham
Posted by: Doug Tucker (ID *****7884) Date: January 16, 2006 at 12:50:56
In Reply to: Re: John Tucker Jr and Alice Pelham by Eileen Taft
Though "hard proof" is lacking, there is substantial evidence that Capt.
William Tucker of Virginia was the son of John Tucker Jr. and Alice Pelham
of London. Capt. William Tucker was born 6 Apr 1589 and baptised at St.
Nicholas Acons Parish, London. His parents were John Tucker Jr. and Alice
Pelham who were married at St. Clement Eastcheap, London on 8 Mar 1580.
William was their fourth child and third son. The other children were Ann,
John, Thomas, (Capt. William), Alice, Robert, and Susanna.
John Tucker Jr. was a prominent member of the Merchant Taylors' Company and
was an early investor in The Virginia Company. John's half-brother(by his
mother Jane's second husband) was Ralph Hamor (the elder) who also sent a
son, Ralph Hamor (the younger) to Virginia. Hamor the younger wrote the first
book on the Jamestown Colony and published it in London in 1615.
John Tucker Sr. (c1520-1547) was originally from Moretonhamstead, Devon but
died in London in 1547. He and wife Jane had three sons - Richard, John and
William, at the time of John Sr.'s death. All three were raised in the
Harmor family and are documented.
John Tucker Sr. "appears" to have been the son of a Richard Tucker of
Moretonhamstead. Whether this Richard Tucker of Moretonhamstead was the same
Richard Tucker who was a son of John Tucker and Dorothy Trecarell of
Tavistock, Devon is unclear, but the known dates are compatible with the
John Tucker of Tavistock line.
As to the incorrect reportage that John Tucker, father of Capt. William
Tucker of Virginia, was the son of William Tucker and Honora Erisye, Devon
church and land records clearly show that William and Honora Tucker's son
John was the John Baptist Tucker (1553-1632) who married Elizabeth Derforde
and settled in Bideford, Devon. Unfortunately, the incorrect parentage for
Capt. William Tucker has been widely reported and has gained unfortunate
The following, as transcribed at virtualjamestown.org, mustered at
Elizabeth Cittie under Captain Tucker on 7 February 1624/5:
|Mathewe Robinsonn||24||greate hopewell||1623||
|John Morris||24||Bona Nova||1619||
|William Crawshaw||"an Indean Baptised"
|William ||"theire [Antoney and Isabell] Child Baptised"
|William Tucker||head||36||Mary and James||1610||
|Mary Mrs Tucker||26||George||1623||
|Elizabeth Tucker||"borne in Virginia in August"
We can gather from this that William's wife didn't arrive until 1623,
that the Tomsons, who arrived with her, might have been her siblings under
Tucker's charge, and that their first child was Elizabeth who was born since
Tucker recorded a will in London on 12 October 1642. This trancscription
appeared in "Virginia Gleanings in England" from The Virginia Magazine of
History and Biography Volume 22, page 267. It's notable that a
daughter, Memory, is not listed as an heir and that he's specific about
having one daughter.
William Tucker, of the Cittie of London (endorsed St. Dunstans in the East)
Esq. now bound for the Kingdom of Ireland. Will 12 October 1642; proved 17
February 1643/4. To wife Frances Tucker £1000 p. Remainder of estate in
three parts to three children viz: my sonne William Tucker, sonne Thomas
Tucker, and daughter Mary Tucker (together with a Cabbinet of Mother of
Pearle embossed with silver gilt knobbes and one Standing Cupp with Cover of
ditto with a siluer guilt handle and Couer to her owne use), but if daughter
decease before 21 or marriage then her third the Cabbinett etc to sonnes
William and Thomas. If sons or daughter die before 21 then to others etc
etc. If all die to children of Brother Thomas Tucker then living. If wife
die before my returne from Ireland then whole estate to my three children if
alive etc etc. Overseers: Brother Edmund Smythe Esq., Brother Maurice
Thomson, Merchant, Brother Elias Robertes, Merchant, and Cozen Mr. Thomas
Dawney, Cittizen and Mercer of London. "For my Lande in Virginia I
bequeathe unto my sonne William Tucker to enjoy to him and his his(sic)
heiresforever, wch is for my Adventure of Fiftie Poundes as p billes of
Adventure may appeare. I have transported divers servantes thither wch for
every servant I am to have Fiftie Acres of land, for my first Dividend, wch
will amount vnto 3000 acres for the first dividend, 3000 for the second
dividend & 3000 acres for the third, wch land may proue beneficiall in time
to my heire the record bookes in Virginia will produce the number of men I
have transported thither." Witnesses: John Bodington, Letitia Atkinson (Seal
a griffin sejent) (Proved by oath of relict, no mention of executor or
Peculiar of the Arches
[Captain William Tucker was born in 1589 (Hotten) and came to Virginia in
1610. He was a member of the House of Burgesses 1623-4, appointed to the
Council March 4, 1626, and was first justice in Elizabeth City in 1632. He
was one of the greatest Merchants of his time in Virginia. In the census of
1625 his wife is given as Mary (born 1599) who came to Virginia in 1623 and
they then had one child, Elizabeth, born in Virginia. Maurice, George,
Paul and Wm. Thompson were brothers of his wife Mary. He had evidently
married a second time, Frances. For notes of Wm. Tucker and the Thompsons
see this Maganize I, 188-190, 193.]
Tucker was one of a commision sent to Ireland. It's believed he died at
sea in 1644.
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