|Hester & Elizabeth Hibbert with their grandmother, Eliza Wambsgans|
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Descendants appears in the Wambsgans
1840 - Queen Victoria of Great Britain marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
The following is taken from the Dawson County Historical Society Newsletter dated June 1986.
"Often referred to in the history of Plum Creek, the Philadelphia Colony is significant because it amounted to the first major influx of settlers since the founding of the settlement in connection with the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad in the Fall of 1866. Many local residents can trace their ancestry back to a family that came with the Philadelphia Colony. The area is indebted to the hardy souls that made the long trip to the prairie of central Nebraska with the intention of establishing a home and a new life.
During the Winter of 1871-1872, Daniel Freeman, then Dawson County Clerk, went to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York to form a colony of settlers. One was organized in Philadelphia in response to an advertisement in the Philadelphia Ledger seeking 'adventurous souls' in the West. William H. Kennedy of Philadelphia and Edward S. Blackburn, of Bedford County, came to Plum Creek to scout around for the colony. Under the leadership of Captain Frederick James Pearson, the Philadelphia Colony, as it has come to be known in Dawson County history, left there on April 2, 1872, with some people from New Jersey. On their way west, they picked up a delegation from Bedford County at Johnstown and later a few people from Ohio joined the group. Some of the men brought their families and others came alone, intending to send for their families once they had established a home.
The next place we find the Philadelphia Colony is at Omaha. They stopped there for two days to rest and gather supplies before proceeding directly on to their destination. One account states the colony was met at Omaha by three men who had come ahead. Mrs. C.W. Krier mentioned in a letter dated April 7, 1872, that the colony was staying at the Howard House in Omaha where cheap arrangements had been made by the agent sponsoring the colony. She stated "the name of the place we are headed for is Plum Creek".
The Philadelphia Colony, numbering about sixty-five souls arrived by train at Plum Creek on Sunday, April 9, 1872 (actually Dawson Post Office until April 20). There they lived for several days in the four freight cars in which they had come. The cars were switched onto a siding where they remained until temporary residences could be erected for the colonists. Upon their arrival, the members of the colony drew lots for filing on land, either city lots, homesteads, or pre-emption claims. A committee of colony members was elected and sent east for teams and farm implements. Jess Bender was sent to Iowa to buy a carload of oxen. One Sunday, church services were being held in the shack used by the Freeman and Delahunty children for a school. In the midst of a long prayer, one of the Lamma boys stuck his head in the window and excitedly announnced, 'The oxen have come!' The congregation rushed out and as the man who was leading in prayer also had a team coming, he was one of the first to leave. That ended church services for the day."
Among those listed in the Philadelphia Colony were Reginald and William T.H. Tucker.
"The South Loup was one of the first two areas settled in Custer County, Nebraska. Tuckerville Post Office was establishsed 18 April 1877. It was named for Reginald Tucker who had interest in a ranch in that locality. The Postmasters were William T.H. Tucker-18 April 1877 and Reginald H. Tucker 26 June 1877."
14. William Tudor Tucker born 12 February 1808, died 18 June 1890, married 12 January 1832. William was the Counsel for the United States in Bermuda. The family lived in a lovely home with many servants. After the death of the mother, William and his daughter Eliza left Bermuda and moved to Nebraska. A welcoming party was held for them in a railroad box car. William dressed in his evening clothes with tails brought from Bermuda. The food that was served was fried mush! William also married Rosalie Masters, sister to Cecilia Anne Masters, his son, William Tudor Henry's wife.
From book, Bermuda, Today and Yesterday, by Terry Tucker.
William Tudor Tucker of Bermuda. Ad interim in charge from 26th July 1832; appointed Consular Commercial Agent, 5th September 1832; commissioned Consul 5th July 1838; retired February 1846.
William Tudor Tucker of Bermuda. Commissioned Consul 19th June 1850; assumed charge 11th July 1850' retired 23rd August 1853.
William Tudor Tucker of Bermuda. Ad interium in charge 11th September 1853-December 1854.
15. Elizabeth Prudden Higinbothom born 12 February 1815, died 8 September 1851 at St. Georges, Bermuda. No further information.
1889 - Plum Creek changed its name to Lexington, Nebraska
14E. Anna Tudor Tucker born 30 October 1840, died 19 June 1912, married 29 June 1865 to Andrew Greig.
1865 - Mark Twain wrote "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Clavaras County," a short story
14E2. Herbert Stanley Greig born 3 December 1871.
14E3. Louisa Maude Greig born 10 May 1873, died 25 July 1932, married in 1900 to W.D. Lent.
14F. Herbert William Tucker born 3 November 1842, died 13 May 1844, married 22 November 1883 to Jane Susan Higinbothom.
William Tudor Henry Tucker & his sisters children |
Harry, Lena and Wilheminia Wambsgans
14G. William Tudor Henry Tucker born 11 October 1844 in Bermuda, died 29 August 1930 in Dayton, Oregon, married 6 July 1878 to Cecilia Anne Masters. The legend of Cecilia's death was that she died after childbirth when the sheets on her bed had been changed but were not completely dry. She died of pneumonia.
From newspaper clipping, "The Clipper",
Lexington, Nebraska, Thursday, 18 June 1964
...through the untiring efforts of W. Tudor
Tucker & his family in April 1875, a neat Episcopal edifice,
the FIRST church building in the county, was completed and consecrated
St. Peter's Church..."
1848 - Gold discoveries in California lead to first gold rush
14I2. (A Son) born 3 April 1880, died 18 April 1880.
14I3. Elizabeth (Bessy) born 12 October 1881.
From book, Settling the Seven Valley, 1872-1982, page 138; Tuckerville Post Office was established 18 April 1877. It was named for Reginald Tucker who had interest in a ranch in that locality. Postmasters: Wm T.H. Tucker 18 April 1877, Reginald H. Tucker - 26 June 1877. Reginald Tucker, Sheriff, - Custer County, Nebraska
1849 - Edgar Allan Poe, American poet - died
14J. Ruth Yeaton Tucker born 2 October 1849, died 11 January 1913, married 29 October 1868 to Jos Mallaby Higgs.
Children of Ruth and J. M. Higgs:
14Jb. Ruth Elinora Mary Tudor Higgs born 24 September 1870, died 22 December 1944, married 22 December 1888 to John Crosley, married also _____ Beals.
14Jc. Mary Higgs born 1 March 1873, died 1 May 1873.
14Jd. Fannie (Nan) Tudor Higgs born 22 November 1875 at Plumb Creek, Nebraska, died 13 April 1956, married Dave Van Cleave.<
14Je. William Tudor Mallaby Higgs born 23 August 1877, died 26 December 1967, married Ruby Corbin. This couple had six children, no details.
14Jf. Herbert Mallaby Tudor Higgs born 13 May 1879, died 20 November 1958, married Emma Vodicka. This couple had eleven children, no details.
14Jg. Hetty Louisa Tudor Higgs born 3 June 1880, died 7 January 1958, married ______ Lingle, also married L.F. Griffith.
14Jh. Beatrice Mercedes Higgs born 30 September 1882 in Omaha, Nebraska, died 25 July 1971, married Graham Tudor Tucker.
14Ji. Florence Lakota Higgs born 8 June 1884 in Pineridge, South Dakota, died 9 November 1957, married Frank Reinoehl, married also Mason McNutt.
14Jj. Edith Yeaton Higgs born 11 October 1885 in Pineridge, South Dakota, died 17 August 1945, married ______ Lingle, married also Mert Baalke.
Ruth Yeaton Tucker married second to ______ Wheeler. (Family legend is that after having ten children, she ran away with a sheepherder)
14K. Fanny Far Tucker born 2 September 1851, died 11 September 1851.
1799 - George Washington died, born 1732
28. William Tucker born March 1781 at St. Eustatius, died 12 February 1870, married 11 June 1803.
1634 - Curacao and St. Eustatius in the West Indies are seized by Dutch forces
1781 - French and Spanish naval forces take Tobago, St. Eustatius, Demerara, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Monserrat, but the British will restore their supremacy in the Caribbean next year.
29. Hester Louisa Tucker (Nea is the name she is called in the poem) born 20 August 1782, died 2 December 1817.
From book, "Tom Moore's Bermuda Poems" by William Zuill, page 16; "We come now to the romantic episode which has given Bermuda Tom Moore and Nea, names which to us come together as readily as, say Romeo and Juliet...
...met Mr. William Tucker and his charming young wife Hester who lived next door... It is this Hester Tucker who became the Nea of Moore's dreams and to whom he wrote thirteen Odes during his short winter at St George's."
ODES TO NEA
Written at Bermuda
"Nay, Tempt me not to love again,
There was a time when love was sweet;
Dear Nea! had I known thee then,
Our souls had not been slow to meet!
But oh! this weary heart hath run,
So many a time, the rounds of pain,
Not ev'n for thee, thou lovely one!
Would I endure such pangs again."
1804- Napolean, proclaimed emperor by Senate and Tribunate is crowned in the presence of Pope Pius VII in Paris.
Children of Territt & Susan Sears:
28I. Mary Tudor Tucker born 6 October 1815, married to General Wild who was Commander of the British Army during the Crimean War in Malta. He was stationed in Colombo, Ceylon in 1862.
Demerara is in the Caribbean, (as found under 1781)
William Tucker also married to Anna Eliza Trott.
1759 - Voltaire wrote "Candide", a philosophical novel
56. Dr. Richard Tucker died about 1780 at St. Eustatius, married 20 December 1759. Richard lived at Reevecourt, then known as "Mrs. Foote's House". He studied under Dr. Henry Watson in London; Physcian and trader at St. Eustatius; died there before Rodney sacked it.
57. Mary Foote daughter of Lt. John Foote.
56B. Elizabeth Tucker born about 1761, died 27 December 1844 at Rosehill, married 6 February 1781 to Thomas Reeve.
56C. (William 5) Tucker born in March 1781 at St. Eustatius, died 12 February 1870. William married Hester Louisa "Nea" Tucker, daughter of Captain Tudor Tucker.
56D. Mary Tucker born 1762, married 29 March 1783 to Dr. Francis Forbes.
56E. Jehoaddan Tucker baptized 13 October 1773, died 1833, married 30 September 1794 to Lt. Andrew Fitz Herbert Evans.
113. Elizabeth (step-sister of husband) born about 1700. No further information.
1694 - Queen Mary II of England, wife of William III died
224. John (the younger) Tucker born about 1670, died in August 1715, married about 1693. He died intestate; spoken of as lately deceased in his father's will, which bequeaths land and cash to John the Younger's son John and daughter Frances.
225. Honora Burton born about 1675, died after 1741. No further information.
Known as "John the Elder", succeeded his father as secretary of the Bermuda Company. 1681 held office till disolution of the company in 1684. Will dated 30 August 1715, proved November 4. Mentions by name John, known as "John the Younger" & Henry.
1684 - Bermudas become crown colony
449. No information.
1870 - Charles Dickens dies
1658 - Oliver Cromwell died - succeeded as Lord Protector by his son Richard
896B. Mary Tucker born about 1657. In 1720, being 63, under oath, married John Darrell of Devon.
896C. Henry Tucker born 12 March 1658, married about 1681 to Jehrida Seymour daughter of Florentius Seymore, Governor of the Bermuda Company. Henry was brought from England as a child in 1662.
1612 - A Bermuda colony is established by a shipload of men, women, and sailors who arrive on the islands that were claimed for England 3 years ago by the late Sir George Sommers, who died in 1610. The colony will have 600 settlers by 1614.
896D. Daniel Tucker born 11/9/54, married Anna Jenour.
896E. George Tucker baptized 28 September 1656.
896F. Jonathan Tucker died before 1699, married about 1699 to Edith Jennings.
1559 - Coronation fo Queen Elizabeth I
1792. George Tucker born about 1558, died about 1625, married first to Elizabeth Staughton of Clayford, Kent, daughter of Francis Staughton. George was of Gravesend-Milton.
One child was born to George and Elizabeth Staughton;
Children of St. George and Hester:
1803 - Robert Fulton propels a boat by steam power
1b. St. George Tucker born 1788, married _____Jacobs.
1c. Frances (Fanny) Tucker.
1d. James Crawford Tucker born 1795.
1e. Elizabeth Bridger Tucker born 1796, died 1796.
1742 - Handel's "Messiah" first preformed in Dublin
d3. Frances Tucker born 1745, died 1825, married John Tucker, also married
his brother Henry Tucker.
d4. Elizabeth Tucker born 1747, died 1826.
d5. ______ Tucker.
d6. _______ Tucker.
1750 - J.S. Bach died
d8. St. George Tucker was a soldier, author, poet, lawyer and statesman; known as "American Blackstone". He was a professor of law at William & Mary College and a Lt. Col. at Yorktown.
From, "THE BERMUDA HISTORICAL QUARTERLY", Volumn 15, page 155-
"THE ENGLISH BRANCH OF THE TUCKER FAMILY" by Harold Eeman
...sons of George Tucker, of Milton Manor in Kent, and his wife Mary Darrell, presently followed by their eldest brother, came to Bermuda to claim their inheritance in the islands, of which their uncle Daniel had been Governor. They settled there, and their descendants, as well as those of other Tucker and Darrell relatives, never ceased to play a prominent part in the history of the islands."
1549 - Only the new Book of Prayer may be used in England (from May 20)
3584. George Tucker born about 1514, married about 1550, merchant-adventurer; a manor granted him by Queen Elizabeth in1572.
3585. Maria Hunter daughter of John Hunter of Ghent, Belgium, originally owner of lands near Gravesennd. The tyranny of Alva in Flanders drove the Hunters back to England.
1567 - Spain's Phillip II sends 20,000 troops under the duke of Alva to the Lowlands where they capture Antwerp as the Lowlanders prepare for an 80-year struggle to gain independence from the Spanish.
3584B. Daniel Tucker born about 1560, died 10 February 1625. A planter in
Virginia when called to be Governor of Bermuda, May 1616.
3584C. Tobias Tucker born 1567, married Maria Fisher.
3584D. Nocholas Tucker born 1566, died 1603, married Anne Powell.
3584E. Hester Tucker born 1574, died 1612, married Richard Codwell.
3584F. Mansfield Tucker married Elizabeth __________.
3584G. Martha Tucker married Chas Freeman.
3584H. Ellizabeth Tucker born 1568, married Paula Stroud.
1501 - Henry VII of England declines the pope's request to lead crusade against the Turks
7168. William Tucker born about 1492, married about 1516, of Thornley, Devon; Merchant-Adventurer, Tempus Henry VII.
7169. Isota Ashe daughter of William Ashe, also of Devon.
1533 - Henry VII secretly marries Anne Boleyn
There is a hiatus of several generations that is, from 1100 to 1492, within which period no Tucker has been able to trace their exact ancestry. However, the arms on the memorial of Henry Tucker, in St. Peter's Church, Bermuda, are the same as those granted John Tucker, thus confirming the descent.
1100 - England's William II Rufus dies August 2 at
age 44 after being struck by an arrow while hunting
in the New Forest. Sir Walter Tyrel is accused of
having shot the arrow but flees the country to avoid
a trial and then protests his innocence (Ralph of Aix
is also accused). Also in the royal hunting train is
William's 32-year-old brother who assumes the throne
as Henry I to begin a 35-year reign.
Stephen Tucker in 1100 permitted to wear his hat in the presence of Henry I; received estate of Lamertin, near Tavistock.
John Tucker came to England with the Conquqeor in 1066, granted arms by him in 1079; assigned estate of South Tavistock, County Devon, married the widow of Trecareth who was supposed to have been the proprietor before the conquest (Domesday).
1086 - THE DOMESDAY BOOK compiled on orders from England's
William I lists the assets of landowners to provide a basis
for taxation and administration. The royal commissioners
oblige the landowners to give information under oath as to
the size of every piece of land, its resources, and its
ownership-past and present.