Richard Watson Tuck1,2,3

ID# 1688, (1840 - 1908)
FatherDr. Davis Green Tuck4,5,6 (30 Dec 1793 - 3 Feb 1863)
MotherElizabeth M. Toot5,6,7 (26 Nov 1800 - 29 Dec 1873)

Key Events:

Birth: 18 Jan 1840, Kentucky8,9,10,11
Marriage: 3 Oct 1864, Christian Co., Kentucky, Eliza J. Hester (16 Dec 1843 - 22 Oct 1897)12,13,14
Marriage: 30 May 1901, Davidson Co., Tennessee, Mattie Long15
Death: 1 Jul 1908, 153 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee16,17,18
Burial: 12 Jul 1908, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee19,20
ChartsDescendants of Dr. Davis Green Tuck
Descendants of David Dutt/Toot
AncestryThe Tuck Family
The Dutt/Toot Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Richard Watson Tuck was born on 18 Jan 1840 in Kentucky.8,9,10,11 He was probably one of the two males under age 5 listed in the household of his father, Dr. Davis Green Tuck, in the 1840 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky.21
     He appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of his parents, Dr. Davis Green Tuck and Elizabeth M. Toot.22,23 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of his parents, Dr. Davis Green Tuck and Elizabeth M. Toot.24,25
     Richard was named executor and an heir in the will of Dr. Davis Green Tuck, his father, dated 25 Mar 1861. He was to receive $6,000.26
     Richard married first Eliza J. Hester, daughter of William Hester, on 3 Oct 1864 in Christian Co., Kentucky.12,13,14
     Richard and his bride apparently took a bridal party to Louisville to celebrate their marriage. His sister Martha was among the members of the party.27
     He was a farmer as a young man.28 In 1865 and 1866 Richard and his brother Paul, with J. G. Davis, operated a business at 322 Main in Louisville, as wholesale grocers and commission merchants under the name of Tuck, Davis & Co. Richard was in Christian Co. and Paul in Louisville. Advertisements soliciting consignments ran in a number of newspapers, including the Macon, Georgia, Weekly Telegraph in Sep and Oct 1865 and Brownlow's Knoxville Whig in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the spring of 1866 in 322 Main, Louisville, Kentucky.29,30,31 In the 1880 census Richard's occupation was listed as "cooperer," the meaning of which is unknown.32
     Richard, his wife Eliza, and their children, Lulie and Walter appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of his father-in-law, William Hester.33
     In Dec 1881, when he was about to lose his home in Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky, his sister Sarah sent money to purchase the property at the foreclosure sale, and gave it to his wife and daughter.34 After her death, he joined with a number of his siblings, their spouses, and the children of their deceased sister Rebecca, in filing on 20 Oct 1883 contesting his sister Sarah's will.35
     Richard and Eliza moved to Memphis, Tennessee, by 1891, as we find him listed in the city directory that year, residing on Poplar Blvd. They apparently lived in a number of places in the few years they lived there, including on Cox Ave., at 151 Third, and back on Poplar.36,37,38
     Richard was a clerk at Tennessee Wire and Iron works in Memphis by 1891. By the next year he had become a collector, working for Peter F. Collier, a publisher, at 67½ Jefferson.39,40
     Richard and Eliza moved to Nashville, Tennessee, by 1894, when they lived at 625 Fern. They lived on Stainback Ave. near Vaughn by 1896, and then at 502 Meridian.41
     After his first wife died Richard lived at 316½ Cedar.42 He appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, at 316 Cedar, enumerated in Jun 1900.43
     In Nashville he operated the National Education & Employment Bureau, at 11 Twin Building. In 1896 he was listed as the manager, and after that as the proprietor. By 1898 he had moved the business to his home, first on Cedar and about 1903 on Cherry. From about 1900 to 1902 he also operated a business under the name of R. W. Tuck & Co. from his home, but the nature of the business is unknown.44,45 He seems to have discontinued use of the name of business after 1904, but continued to operate as an employment agent out of his home, which by this time was on 5th Ave. The business seems to have not been doing well, or perhaps he was reducing his participation in a partial retirement. In 1907 his occupation was listed as "furnished rooms," and in 1908 as employment agent and boarding house.46,47
     Richard married Mattie Long on 30 May 1901 in Davidson Co., Tennessee, with Micah S Combs Jr. officiating.15
     After their marriage, Richard and Mattie lived at 325 N Summer, then at 141 N Cherry by 1903. About 1905 they moved to 141 N 4th Ave.48 By 1908 they had moved to 153 Fifth Ave. N.49
     Richard died on 1 Jul 1908 in 153 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, at age 68, at his home.16,17,18 He was buried on 12 Jul 1908 in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee, with his first wife in the lot owned by his sister, Sarah, and her husband.19,20

Children:
     Children with Eliza J. Hester:

Children:
     There were no children with Mattie Long

Citations

  1. [S4115] Richard Watson Tuck, Standard Certificate of Death.
  2. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, shows name as Richard W Tuck.
  3. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Richd W. Tuck.
  4. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, shows the boy as his son.
  5. [S1285] Wills, Shelby Co., Tennessee, 8:289-92, Sarah E. Atkinson, 1882, shows Richard as her brother.
  6. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them in the same household, appearing to be parent and child.
  7. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, Petition filed 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, shows him as Sarah's sister.
  8. [S4115] Richard Watson Tuck, Standard Certificate of Death, shows date with year as 1841, and state.
  9. [S1682] Richard W. Tuck household, 1900 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee, shows month, year as 1840, age 60, and state.
  10. [S633] Davis G. Tuck household, 1840 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows one white male age 5 - 10 (Henry, born 1835), and two under age 5 (Adam, born 1842, and apparently Richard) as the only male children in the household.
  11. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 10 and state.
  12. [S893] "Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900," Ancestry.com, record for Richard W. Tuck and E. J. Hester, shows date, county, and state.
  13. [S1895] William Hester household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows both as married, and him as son-in-law and her as daughter of the head of household.
  14. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 29, shows married.
  15. [S4113] Richard W. Tuck and Mattie Long, marriage license and return.
  16. [S4115] Richard Watson Tuck, Standard Certificate of Death, shows date, as 1 Jul 1908, address, and formant's address as same.
  17. [S4114] R. W. Tuck, Register of Deaths, shows date of death as 30 Jul 1908, city, and state.
  18. [S4124] Nashville City Directory, 1909 pg 1201, shows date, as 1 Jul 1908.
  19. [S4112] Elmwood Cemetery, burial records, 1908 pg 14, shows interred as Mrs. R. W. Tuck, date, lot 299, grave 13.
  20. [S4115] Richard Watson Tuck, Standard Certificate of Death, shows date as 1 Jul 1908, place as Memphis, Tenn.
  21. [S633] Davis G. Tuck household, 1840 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  22. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  23. [S659] Doct. Davis G. Tuck, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  24. [S632] D. G. Tuck household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  25. [S644] D. G. Tuck, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  26. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6.
  27. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 155-6, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon.
  28. [S632] D. G. Tuck household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as farmer.
  29. [S4127] Edwards' Annual Director, City of Louisville, 1865-6 pg 571; 1866-7 pg409.
  30. [S2018] Advertisement, The Macon Daily Telegraph, 10 Sep 1865, same advertisement appeared in 12 Sep, 23 Sep, and 22 Oct editions.
  31. [S4128] Advertisement, Tuck, Davis & Co, Brownlow's Knoxville Wig, 14 Mar 1866, same advertisement appeared in 28 Feb, 7 Mar, and 14 Mar and other editions.
  32. [S1895] William Hester household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows occupation as cooperer.
  33. [S1895] William Hester household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  34. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 221-3, deposition of Mrs. Martha Bacon, shows she said Sarah relieved Richard of a debt in Fayette, Kentucky, at her "earnest persuation," and pg 488-90, cross-examination of Richard Tuck, shows he said his homestead was to be sold in Dec 1881, and Sarah sent money to their brother-in-law, T. H. Elliott, who bought the place for a good deal more than the mortgage, and gave it to Richard's wife and child.
  35. [S1351] Atkinson, Shelby Co. Tennessee loose probate records, bond 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, for $250, lists all the petitioners; bond same date for $500, lists petitioners but omits name of Rivers McNeill, apparently in error; Petition filed 20 Oct 1883 by Malcom McNeill, et at, list petitioners and give relationship to Sarah, as well as stating cause of action; response of executors 6 Nov 1883 and 24 Jan 1884 claims no evidence was provided in support and does not provide sufficient grounds; and order of Probate Court 9 Feb 1884 transferring case to Circuit Court to try the validity of the will.
  36. [S4123] Dow's City Directory of Memphis, 1891, pg 935, shows residence as Poplar Boul; 1892, show residence as e x Cox av 2 s of Union av.
  37. [S1222] Walter H. Tuck, Register of Deaths, shows residence as 151 Third at his death, 29 Oct 1892.
  38. [S4122] R. L. Polk & Co.'s Memphis Directory, 1893 pg 950, shows residence as 219 Poplar.
  39. [S4123] Dow's City Directory of Memphis, 1891 pg 935; 1892 pg 982.
  40. [S4122] R. L. Polk & Co.'s Memphis Directory, 1893 pp 250, 950.
  41. [S4124] Nashville City Directory, 1894 pg 921; 1896 pg 939; and 1897 pg 1020.
  42. [S4124] Nashville City Directory, 1897 pg 1041; 1899 pg 1132; and 1900 pg 1175.
  43. [S1682] Richard W. Tuck household, 1900 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee.
  44. [S4124] Nashville City Directory, 1896, pg 709; 1897 pg 772; 1898 pp 776, 1041; 1899 pg 846; 1900 pg 878; 1902 pg 1065; 1903 pg 733; 1904 pg 868;.
  45. [S1682] Richard W. Tuck household, 1900 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as employment bureau.
  46. [S4124] Nashville City Directory, 1905 pg 1128; 1906 pg 1324; 1907 pg 1328; and 1908 pg 1129.
  47. [S4115] Richard Watson Tuck, Standard Certificate of Death, shows occupation as employment agent.
  48. [S4124] Nashville City Directory, 1902 pg 1443; 1903 pg 983; 1904 pg 1160; 1905 pg 1128; 1906 pg 1324; and 1907 pg 1328.
  49. [S4124] Nashville City Directory, 1908 pg 1129.
  50. [S1285] Wills, Shelby Co., Tennessee, 8:289-92, Sarah E. Atkinson, 1882.
  51. [S1895] William Hester household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Lulu as granddaughter and Dick as son-in-law of head of household.
  52. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 29.
  53. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 81, deposition of Mrs. Emma W. Tuck.
  54. [S1895] William Hester household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Walter as grandson and Dick as son-in-law of head of household.