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England, was a man of note in that ancient
place. Queen Elizabeth conveyed the man-
or to him in 1572. Of the twelve principal
iidiabitants of Gravesend and Milton in
I "2, George Tucker is mentioned as the
third. Hcnrv Tucker was mayor of Graves-
end and Milton in 1637. Soon after this



the Tucker family disappeared and no
further trace of it is found in the records
of Gravesend and Milton, confirming the
generally accepted tradition that about this
time the younger members of the family
emigrated to America.

(I) Henry Tucker, a member of the So-
ciety of Friends, came from England, about
1627, probably from Kent, and settled in
the vicinity of Dartmouth, Massachusetts,
where he died April 2, 1694. Because of
the fact that the Puritan authorities in New
England misjudged and ignored largely
the Quakers among them, it has been diffi-
cult to find records concerning this family,
and but for the private records preserved
by descendants probably this line could
never have been traced. Henry Tucker
was married in January, 1653, to Martha,
whose surname is unrecorded. She died
November g, 1697. Children: Abraham,
born 1654; John, of whom further; Martha,
July 14, 1659; Hannah, July 25, 1662; James,
March 16, 1665 ; Margaret, August 16, 1668.
(H) John, second son . of Henry and
Martha Tucker, was born August 28, 1656,
in Massachusetts. He resided in Connecti-
cut, probably in New London county,
where he was a farmer. He married, in
i6go, Ruth, surname tinknown. Children:
James, of whom further : John, born Octo-
ber 2^. 1693; Joseph, November 7, 1696.

(HI) James, eldest son of John and Ruth
Tucker, was born August 27, 1691, in New
London, or Norwich, died November 29,
1776, in Deal, Monmouth county. New Jer-
sey. About 1718 he settled at Deal, being
one of the first settlers of the town, where
he purchased two hundred acres of land.
The next year he built a house which is
still standing and must have been a grand
mansion in its day. It is two and a half
stories in height, and entirely covered with
shingles. He married, October 3, 1717,
Leah, surname unknown, who died April
18, 1767, at Deal, at the age of seventy-
three vears. Children: John, born July 26,
1718: Ruth. April 16, 1722; Elizabeth, July
2q, 1726; James, October 30, 1727; Hannah,
March 9, 1731 ; Samuel, mentioned below.

(lY) Samuel, youngest child of James
and Leah Tucker, was born October 8. 1735,
in Deal, and inherited the family home-
stead, where he died November 2, 1818. Tn

his last years he was a great sufiferer from
asthma. During the revolution he sufYered
great losses from the depredations of
Tories and other irresponsible marauders,
who infested that section of New Jersey.
As a Quaker he refused to bear arms in
defense of his home, but cheerfully paid the
large taxes necessary in supporting the col-
onial acts. He was a man of medium sta-
ture, robust body, very hospitable and high-
ly esteemed. He married, March 22, 1761,
Elizabeth, born about 1744, died at Deal,
March 3, 1819, daughter of Brittain and
Dinah White, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Children: James, born December 16, 1761 ;
Brittain, October 30, 1763; John, of whom
further; Elizabeth, March 22, 1767; Han-
nah, died young; Samuel, died young;
Phebe, March 13, 1773; Deborah, January
25, 1775; Samuel, January 2, 1776; Hannah.
Mav 6, 1777; Ebenezer Allen, May 5, 1783.

(V) John (2), third son of Samuel and
Elizabeth (White) Tucker, was born Au-
gust 16, 1765, at Deal. He was reared on
the paternal farm. Mtich of his life was
spent on the sea, and he resided at Eaton-
town, New Jersey, until 1797. when he re-
moved to Brooklyn. New York. Two years
later he returned to New Jersey, taking up
his residence at Long Branch. About 1805
he settled on a farm of some two hundred
acres on Shark river, where he died in No-
vember, 1821, of palsy. He married, in
1785, Ann. daughter of Samuel and Rachel
Talman, of Eatontown, who died July 5,
T826, at the age of fifty-seven years. Chil.-
dren : James, born August 18, 1786; Joseph,
of whom further; Lvdia, July 4, 1791 ; John,
October 10, 1793; Leah. March 29, 1796;
Curtis, September 8. 1798; Rachel, Septem-
ber 5, 1802: Martha, Octol)er 6, 1805: Mar-
garet Ann, May 22, 1808; Hannah, died in

(Vl) Joseph, second son of John (2)
and Ann CTalman) Tucker, was born April
26, 1788. in Eatontown, New Jersey. He
remained with his parents until seventeen
vears old. In 1805 he went to New York
Citv. where he became a master mason and
builder, and was an active and well known
citizen of the eighth ward which he repre-
sented in the board of aldermen in 1831-32.
and again in 1834-35. In 1842 he was a
member of the state assembly. He mar-


ried (first) in New York, April 22, 1816,
Mary, born March 12, 1794, in Closter, New
Jersey, died in New York, October 8, 1831,
daughter of John P. and Maria Bogert. He
married (second), January 17, 1833, Isa-
bella, born May 14, 1805, daughter of John
and Isabella Wiley. The only child of the
first wife was Ann Maria. Those of the
second wife were: Isabella, born July 15,
1836; Joseph, September 17, 1838; Winfield,
August 6, 1841 ; Adeline, September 28,


(VII) Ann Maria, eldest daughter of
Joseph Tucker and only child of his first
wife, Mary (Bogert) Tucker, was born
February 16, 1817, in New York, and mar-
ried, November 15. 1836. George Washing-
ton Tucker, whose ancestry is traced be-

(T) The first of this line of Tucker of
whom definite knowledge can now be ob-
tained was Charles Tucker, an early set-
tler of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, locating
there about 1665. He was one of the orig-
inal associates, or proprietors, of that town,
and is shown by the records to have been
possessed of considerable property. He is
supposed to have been a brother of John
Tooker, who resided in Southold, Long
Island, as early as 1655. having come there
from Boston. Charles Tucker had a house
lot of eight acres, and twenty-one acres of
Meadow on Thompson's creek, adjoining
the Great Island at Elizabethtown. He
also had eighty-six acres of upland and
sixty-nine acres on Two Mile brook. He
also hpd eighty-six acres on Peach Garden
hill. He was among the signers of the
"Oath of A Leagance and Fidelity, taken
by the inhabitants of Elizabeth Town and
the Jurisdiction thereof beginning the iqth
February, 1665." He again appears as sub-
scriliing to the nath of allegiance, Septem-
ber Ti, if)73. This may have been the date
of his original signature as it appears that
the list was bccun in i66s and nothing
shows the time of its completion. As he was
a Quaker the same difficulty is found in
tracing his family. The records show the
presence of Charles and Warren Tucker,
who were no doubt his sons, in Elizabeth-

(II) Charles (2), son of Charles (i)
Tucker, appears in i(i04 as subscribing one

shilling for the support of a Presbyterian
minister. In 1697 he sold a negro boy
Toney to the pastor. Rev. John Harriman.
No record of his wife or children appears.
He resided in the west field of Elizabeth-
town, which subsequently became the town
of Westfield, and it is probable that the next
mentioned was his son, as family tradition
states that the latter came from the Middle-
sex county family.

(III) James Tucker, born about 1700, set-
tled in New York City, where he first ap-
pears of record on the occasion of his mar-
riage, July 31, 1728, in the First Dutch
Church of New York, to Mary Elizabeth,
daughter of Cornelius and Jenneke (Paers)
Woertendyke. Cornelius Woertendyke was
a son of Jacob Woertendyke from the bow-
cry (country), as shown by the records of
the Dutch Church, and married, March 13,
1709. Jenneke Paers from New York.
James Tucker resided on a part of the
Woertendyke estate near the present Eliz-
abeth street named in honor of his wife.
They had sons: James, Thomas and Rob-
ert. The first died unmarried, and no rec-
ord is found of the second.

(IV) Robert, son of James Tucker, grad-
uated at King's College (now Columbia)
in 1769, and became a physician. He re-
sided near the Bowery in the vicinity of
Spring street which led to a spring on
his estate. Mulberry street also received
its name from the mulberries which he cul-
tivated. He was very active in ministering
to .\merican prisoners held by the English
in the notorious sugar house prison in New
York City. Soon after the revolution he
removed to New Jersey, where he married,
and died, leaving a good estate.

(V) Henry, son of Robert Tucker, re-
sided in Orange county. New York, where
he was a farmer. He was a friend of Aaron
Burr, and served as a member of the New
York legislature. He returned to New Jer-
sev where he died. His wife, whose name
is not preserved, was a native of that state.
Thev had sons, Gideon and John. The lat-
ter died unmarried.

(VI) Gideon, son of Henry Tucker, was
born March 23. 1773. died April 23, 1845,
in New York City, where he was a prom-
inent business man. He served as alderman
and was a member of the state legislature


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in 1830. He was a "Tammany sachem"
and became the possessor of a large prop-
erty. He married (first), January 7, 1797,
Sarah, born June 28, 1777, died November
8, 1802, daughter of Charles Clark, of
Westfield, New Jersey. Children: Moses,
born November 6, 1799; John Clark, June
27, 1801. He married (second), March 23,
1804, in New York, Jemima Brevoort, born
November 21, 1785, died July 5, 1866. Chil-
dren : Henry, of whom further; William,
April 15, 1807; George W., of whom fur-
ther; Mary, April 12, 1811; Charles, De-
cember 16, 1813, died in third year; Sarah,
January 26, 1817; Charles, February 17,

(VH) Henry (2), third son of Gideon
Tucker and eldest child of his second wife,
Jemima (Brevoort) Tucker, was born Au-
gust 6, 1805, died January 17, 1872, in
Rockland county. New York. His wife,
Maria, was born September, 1806, died in
February, 1864. Children : Jemima, WiJ-
liam, Edward, Richard.

(VIII) Jemima, eldest child of Henry
{2) and Maria Tucker, was born in 1830,
and married John Chappell, of Rockland
county, New York. Children : John, Wal-
ter. Florence, Gideon Tucker and Es-
telle C.

(IX) F.stelle C, youngest child of John
and Jemima (Tucker) Chappell, was born
July 8, 1839, in Rockland county, New
York, died April 26, 1003. She married,
April t6, 1884, Arthur C. Tucker, of whom

(VII) George Washington, fourth son of
Gideon Tucker and third child of his second
wife, Jemima (Brevoort) Tucker, was born
January 23, 1809. in New York City, died
there June ig. 1881. For a few years in
early life he was engaged in the hardware
husiness in New York, but the care of a
large estate soon took him away from other
"business. He was for some time a member
of the volunteer fire department. He was
a Democrat in political principle until the
issues which brought on the civil war alien-
ated him from this party and he was hence-
forward a steadfast Republican. He mar-
ried. November 15. 1836. in New York, Ann
Maria, daughter of Joseph and Mary CBo-
gert) Tucker, as previously noted. Chil-
dren: T. Joseph, born December 23. 1837,

died in Eatontown, August 3, 183S. 2.
William Gideon, May 26, 1839, died at the
age of twenty-one years. 3. George Wash-
ington, died young. 4. George Washington,
born November 15, 1842. 5. Mary Bre-
voort, born February 12, 1845, died Septem-
ber 2, 1870, in New York City; married
Francis Marion Meyers, June i, 1869; they
had one child, Gertrude V., born June 11,
1870, died December 23, 1871. 6. Clarence,
born February 2, 1847; resides at Mama-
roneck. New York ; he was a member of
the Seventh Regiment National Guard of
State of New York from 1866 to 1874; mar-
ried, October 6, 1869, Mary Elizabeth
Woodworth and has children: Alice Wood-
worth and Helen Louise. 7. Charles Au-
gustus, born May 24, 1854; resides at Bal-
timore, Maryland ; married, September 13.
1S76, Annie Cunningham, died March 4,
1897, and has daughters: Bertha Cunning-
ham, born May 15, 1878, died July 21, 1878.
and Winifred Cunningham, born March.
1888. 8. Arthur Currie, of whom further.

(VIII) Arthur Currie, youngest child of
George Washington and Ann Maria (Tuck-
er) Tucker, was born September 25, 1859.
in New York City. He there grew up and
received his education in private schools.
He was early employed in the management
of the Tucker estate in New York and re-
sided in that city until 1882, when he re-
moved to Upper Nyack, New York, where
he built a handsome house and has ever
since maintained his residence there. He is
an Episcopalian, and in politics supports
Republican principles. While not a seeker
of political honors he consented to serve as
president of the village of Upper Nyack. in
which position he was continued for more
than fifteen years. From 1879 to 1884 he
served as a private in Company H, Seventh
Regiment National Guard of State of New
York. Mr. Tucker married. April 16. 1884,
in Nyack. New York. Estelle C, daughter
of John and Jemima (Tucker) Chappell. a
native of Rockland county. Children: Ger-
trude Estelle, born May 10. 1885; Mar-
garet Brevoort. born January 15. 1887, died
June 20, 1887: Edith Frances, born Septem-
ber 22, 1888; Kate Marion, born August 30.
1800; Arthur Currie, born February to.
1893; George Clarence, born February 28,



The Worcesters are of
WORCESTER English descent and
were early settlers in
New Hampshire. They were civilizers and
patriots, and their name appears in the mus-
ter rolls of French, Indian and revolution-
ary wars. The various town records show
conclusively that citizenship and duty have
always been synonymous terms with this
family, and that they have borne their part
each in their generation in the public af-
fairs of the community in which they lived.
The long list of clergymen, the graduates of
Harvard and Yale Colleges, and other insti-
tutions of learning, are evidences of their
.scholarly attainments, and the muster rolls
of the army and navy from the earliest set-
tlement of the country to the present time
prove their patriotism to have been of the
order that counted not the cost when their
country's flag was assailed.

(I) Rev. William Worcester, with bis
wife Sarah and four children, Samuel, Wil-
liam, Sarah and Susannah, came from Eng-
land betw^ecn 1638 and 1640, and became the
settled pastor of the church first gathered
in Salisbury, Massachusetts. No produc-
tion of his pen has been transmitted to pos-
terity to indicate the character and extent
of his intellectual attainments, but Cotton
Mather in the Magnalia enrolls bis name in
the list of the "Reverend, learned and holy
divines, arriving such from Europe to
America, by whose evangelical ministry the
church in America have been illuminated."
-Sarah, wife of the Rev. William Worcester,
died at Salisbur3% April 23, 1650. He mar-
ried (second) Mrs. Rebecca Hall, by whom
he had six children. His children were:
Samuel, born in England; William, born in
England; Sarah, born in England; Susan-
nah, liorn in England ; Sarah, born in Salis-
bury, Massachusetts, died young; Timothy,
born in Salisbury; Moses, born in Salis-
bury; Sarah, born in Salisbury; Elizabeth,
born in Salisbury, died j'oung; Elizabeth,
born in Salisbury.

(H) Samuel, eldest son of the Rev. Wil-
liam and Sarah Worcester, was born in
England. He accompanied his father in his
journey to .'\merica, .settling with him at
Salisbury, Massachusetts, where he was
operating a saw mill as earl)' as T65R. At
the first recorded meeting of the Merrimack

people he was chosen overseer, and he was
the first representative of Bradford to the
general court, taking his seat January 16,
1679-80. He was re-elected the ensuing
3'ear, but died while on his way to Boston
to resume his seat. He married Elizabeth
Parrott. Children: William, mentioned be-
low ; Samuel, Francis, Joseph, Timothy,
Moses, Elizabeth, Dorothy, John, Ebenezer,

(HI) William (2), eldest son of Samuel
and Elizabeth (Parrott) Worcester, was
born in Salisbury, Massachusetts, July 21,
1661, died at Bradford, Massachusetts, April
23, 1706. He removed in 1662 with his fa-
ther to Rowley, Massachusetts, was a farm-
er and is described in the documents of the
time as a yeoman. He married, January 29,
1690 or 1691. Martha, daughter of Peter and
Hannah (Noyes) Cheney, of Newbury,
Massachusetts. This marriage has a cer-
tain fame in Massachusetts annals. On the
same day and at the same place as those on
which William Worcester married Martha
Cheney, his two brothers Francis and Timo-
thy married her sisters. Mary and Huldah,
respectively. His children, born at Brad-
ford, were: Moses, mentioned below; Wil-
liam. October 3, 1693; Benjamin, June 8,
1695-96; Sarah, February 11, 1697-98; Na-
thaniel, October 31, 1700; Mehitable, Janu-
ary 16, 1702-03; Abigail, May 8, 1705. '

(IV) Moses, eldest son of William (2)
and Martha (Cheney) Worcester, was born
at Bradford. Massachusetts, December 13,
1691. He lived there until 1748 when he
removed to Tewkslniry and settled on a
farm which he purchased from Samuel
Hunt. This property is still in part owned
by his descendants. His name appears
among those of the original members of the
church organized in the east precinct of
Bradford in June, 1727. He married a lady
of the bapti.smal name of Mercie or Mercv.
His children were : Moses, born at Brad-
ford, 19, 1720; Martha, born at
Bradford, baptized August 26. 1723; Sarah,
born February 15, 1726-27; William, born
February 4, 1728-29; Eldad. mentioned be-
low; Mercy, born July, 1734.

(V) Eldad. third son of Moses and Mercie
or Mercy Worcester, was born at Bradford,
Massachusetts, and baptized February 20,
1731-32. He removed to Tcwksburv with




his father and succeeded him in possession
(if the homestead. He was admitted to the
church, November 8, 1761, and was subse-
(|uently chosen deacon. He was elected
May 25, 1778, a member of the committee
"to examine the constitution or form of gov-
ernment" under the state organization. He
married, February 24, 1761, Rebecca, daugh-
ter of Stephen Osgood. Children : Eldad,
mentioned below ; Rhoda, born March 19,
1766; Lydia, born February 19, 1768. mar-
ried Joseph Bradley ; Samuel, born Febru-
ary 10, 1770. died at sea, unmarried: Os-
good, born February 16, 1772; John, born
April 1;. 1774; Rebecca, born March 12,
1776: Philip.

(VI) Eldad (2), eldest son of Eldad (i)
and Rebecca (Osgood) Worcester, was born
at Tewksbury, Massachusetts, June 22,
1763, died May 5, 1853. Inheriting the pa-
ternal homestead he was there throughout
his life of nearly ninety years. He served
in the war of the revolution, held offices of
trust in the town and was active in the
cause of education. He married, February
2, 1793, Esther Brown, born December 23,
1771, died October 3, 1818, daughter of Tim-
othy Brown, of Tewksbury. Children :
Eldad, mentioned below; Horatio, born De-
cember 8, 1795: Alfred, October 4, 1797;
John. August 28, 1700, died July 17, 1847;
Caroline, June 16, 1802, died August, 1831,
married Charles Worcester, of Tewksburv;
Horatio, July 9, 1804, married Susan Pink-
ham : Rebecca, August 21, 1806: Henry Ed-
win, July 17, 1808; George P.; Mary; Adol-
phus; Annie R.

(VH) Eldad (3), eldest son of Eldad (2)
and Esther (Brown) Worcester, was born
at Tewksbury. Massachusetts. Februarv 4,
1794, died in 1847. He was educated at the
Andover (Massachusetts) Academy, stud-
ied law, and was admitted to the bar of
Massachusetts. About 1826 he removed to
Albany, New York, where he successfully
practised his profession until 1842. He mar-
вЦ† ried, July 6, 1818, Sarah Chickering. born at
Andover, A-Tassachusetts, June, 1795, died at
Goshen, Indiana, April 3, 1869, daughter of
Dean and Sarah (Farnham) Chickering.
Their children were: i. Sarah Brown, born
at Andover, Massachusetts. September 26,
t8t9, died at Schenectady, New York. Octo-
ber 19, 1859; married (first) Nicholas Bouck,

(second) John C. Wright. 2. George Wash-
ington, born at Andover, March 20, 1821,
died of ship fever on Staten Island, New
York, September 28, 1849. 3. Caroline Au-
gusta, born at Andover, December 30, 1822,
died October 18, 1897; married Thomas
Harbison. 4. Mary Louise, born October
ID, 1826, died September 15, 1827. 5. Edwin
Dean, mentioned below. 6. Harriet Louisa,
born in Albany, New York, January 19,
1 837, died December 3, 1868; married as
third wife William Morgan Deeson. 7.
Mary Elizabeth, born in Albany, July 29,
1834; married Charles Perkins. 8. Franklin
Eldad, born in Albany, May 28, 1837, died
August 26, 1897 ; married Emma A. Warner.
9. Maria Jane, born August 28, 1840, died
June 20, 1841.

(\^III) Edwin Dean, second son of El-
dad (3) and Sarah (Chickering) Worcester,
was born in Albany, New York, November
19, 1828, died in New York. June 13, 1904.
During his early schooldays lie spent much
time in his father's law office, assisting in
various technical duties, and thus acquiring
a general knowledge of legal principles and
forms. He completed his studies under
private instruction, and then engaged in
clerical work in the office at Albany of one
of his uncles. He was a student in the of-
fice of Rufus W. Peckham, studying law,
but he again turned to business. After two
years in a machine shop he was placed in
charge of the mechanical department of the
Ransom Stove Works in Albany in 1848.
He continued there until 1852 when he en-
tered the office of the comptroller of the
state of New York, his brother-in-law, John
C. Wright, having been elected to that po-
sition. Afterwards he was employed with
the Albany City Bank and the Commercial
Bank of Albany. The consolidation of sev-
eral of the great railways into one system,
under the name of the New York Central
Railroad Company, afforded him an oppor-
tunity for devising a complete system for
the accounting departments of the new or-
ganization so that ultimately he was made
treasurer of the new company and with
such men as Erastus Corning and Henry
Keep directed its afifairs until the fiirthcr
reorganization of Commodore Vanderhilt
came into effect. He went abroad in 1869
for rest and after his return a plan for the



underground railway in New York was in-
augurated by Commodore Vanderbilt and
he was placed in charge of it until it was
abandoned. In 1873 he was made chairman
and treasurer of the Lake Shore and Michi-
gan Southern Railway Company, which un-
der his supervision was partially organized
in its financial arrangements. Mr. Worces-
ter was a principal representative of the
various interests with which he was con-
nected before the Windom committee of the
United States senate, which inquired into
the various railroad systems of the country.
He negotiated a considerable part of the
bonds of the forty million dollar mortgage
of the New York Central & Hudson River
Railroad Company in 1873. Two years later
he was elected director of the Western
Union Telegraph Company. For many
years the friend and confidant of Commo-
dore Vanderbilt Mr. Worcester was pres-
ent at his death and was a witness to his
will. He was appointed secretary of the
Michigan Central upon its incorporation
with the New York Central system in 1878,
and in 1883 became vice-president of the
Lake Shore and Michigan Southern com-
panies. In December, 1903, he completed
his fiftieth year of continuous service in the
great svstem of railroads which develoj^ed
out of ihe original New York Central, and
lived to the following year. His remains
were interred in the Albany Rural cemetery.

He married, April 30. 1855. in Albany,
New York, Mary Abigail, daughter of War-
ren S. Low, of that city ("see Low VIII).
His children were: i. Edwin Dean, men-
tioned below. 2. George Henry, born June
6. 1857; married, October 17, 1888. Lydia
Dearborn Kimball, who died June 16, IQ05.
3. Charles Frederick, born April 16. 1859,
died August 18, i860. 4. Franklin Eldred.
born September 12, i860, died March 3,
1891. =;. Harry Augustus, born in Albanv.
New York, November 18, 1862; married.
October 20. T905, Elizabeth Howard Whit-
ing. 6. Wilfred James, born in Albany,
Julv 28, i86i; married, July 17, 1897, Susan
Baldwin Kirkham. 7. Margaret Dows, born
in Albany. .August 12. 1872: married. Febru-
ary 2=;. IQOS. Dr. Charles Mallory Williams.

(IX) Edwin Dean (2). eldest son of Ed-

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