Thomas Tuck1

ID# 1889, (abt 1763 - a 1841)
FatherThomas Tuck1,2 ( - bt 25 Apr 1786 - 22 Sep 1788)
MotherSarah [surname unknown]2,3 ( - bef Jun 1792)

Key Events:

Birth: about 1763, Caroline Co., Virginia4,5,6
Death: after Sep 1841, Halifax Co., Virginia7,8
AncestryThe Tuck Family

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Narrative:

     Thomas Tuck was born about 1763 in Caroline Co., Virginia.4,5,6
     Thomas was a volunteer in a company commanded by Capt. John Thompson in the Revolutionary War, entering service in Feb 1781. The company joined Gen. Greene at Halifax Old Court House and marched into North Carolina, crossing the Dan River at Irvine's Ferry. There they "marched in various directions, not being stationed long at any one place." When they reached Reedy Creek Thomas became sick "from the excessive marches." He was put on a baggage wagon and sent back over the Dan River. After the battle of Guilford the wagons continued to Troublesome Iron Works. There he was still unable to serve, so was discharged after six weeks service.9,8
     Thomas entered the service a second time about 1 May 1781 as a substitute for Thomas Pass in a company of drafted militia commanded by Capt. Parham Brooks. The company marched to Prince Edward Courthouse where they joined Gen. Lawson's army. After marching through Cumberland Co. to the James River he was transferred to Capt. William Clark's company. That unit marched to Morben Hill, about 18 miles below Richmond, where they were stationed "for some time." They marched to Jamestown, near the site of the battle of Green Spring (it does not appear that the unit actually was involved in that battle). Afterwards they returned to Morben Hill and he was discharged in Aug 1781 having completed his term of service, a total of three months 15 days including travel home.10
     Soon afterwards Thomas was drafted for the Halifax Co. militia. He was detailed with several others to procure feed and drive cattle for the use of the army. He was discharged after two months.11
     Thomas was named an heir in the will of Thomas Tuck, his father, dated 25 Apr 1786, in which he was to receive, after the death of his mother, the 150-acre tract where his father lived, together with the slaves.12
     A warrant for the arrest of Thomas was issued 18 Dec 1794 by Thomas Watkins, justice of the peace, for the murder of Thomas Daniel. A coroner's jury found that Thomas had stabbed the victim with a knife at the house of John Nash in Halifax Co. on 13 Nov 1794. According to the warrant, Thomas had "fled from justice." The resolution of that matter has not been learned.13
     Thomas applied for a pension based on his Revolutionary War service on 29 Nov 1832. His application was based on his own statement and those of his brother William and John Arrington, and the opinion of the County Court. His pension was approved 10 May 1833, for $21.33 annually, to be paid from 4 Mar 1831.14
     Thomas appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Halifax Co., Virginia, listed as a veteran of the Revolutionary War, age 77, apparently in the household of Beverly Boram, who appears to have been his son-in-law. Beverly Borum married Martha C. Tucker 3 Dec 1828 in Halifax Co. It seems likely she was actually the daughter of Thomas.15,16
     Thomas was living in Halifax Co., Virginia, in 1840.8
     On 12 Aug 1840 Thomas submitted an affidavit in support the application of the widow of his brother John for a pension based on his Revolutionary War service, and another on 10 Sep 1841.17
     Thomas died after Sep 1841 in Halifax Co., Virginia.7,8
     
Research Note, 18 Nov 2008:

It has been proposed that Dr. Davis Green Tuck was descended from Thomas Tuck, the father of Thomas Tuck. But Thomas had three sons, Thomas, John and William, and no evidence has been found to establish which of them might have been Davis' father.18,19

Citations

  1. [S4477] Will Books, Halifax Co., Virginia, 2:291, Thomas Tuck will, 22 Sep 1788, shows Thomas as his son.
  2. [S4481] Eady Tuck widow's pension file, W. 6314, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavit of Thomas Tuck, 12 Aug 1840, shows John was his brother.
  3. [S4481] Eady Tuck widow's pension file, W. 6314, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavit Thomas Tuck, 12 Aug 1840, shows John was his brother.
  4. [S4480] Thomas Tuck pension file, S. 7761, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavit of applicant, 29 Nov 1832, pg 3, shows county and "I suppose in the year 1763"; statement of William Tuck and John Arrington that they believe his age to be 69.
  5. [S2071] Unidentified household, 1840 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows Thomas Tuck, age 77 as pensioner.
  6. [S6483] Beverly Boram household, 1840 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows Thomas Tuck as veteran, age 77.
  7. [S4481] Eady Tuck widow's pension file, W. 6314, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavit Thomas Tuck 10 Sep 1841.
  8. [S2071] Unidentified household, 1840 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows Thomas Tuck, age 77 as pensioner but does not indicate which household. Two households on the page include males aged 70 to 80; Beverly Boram and Thomas Buntin.
  9. [S4480] Thomas Tuck pension file, S. 7761, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavit of applicant, 29 Nov 1832, details service.
  10. [S4480] Thomas Tuck pension file, S. 7761, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavit of applicant, 29 Nov 1832, pp 2-3.
  11. [S4480] Thomas Tuck pension file, S. 7761, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavit of applicant, 29 Nov 1832, pg 3.
  12. [S4477] Will Books, Halifax Co., Virginia, 2:291, Thomas Tuck will, 22 Sep 1788.
  13. [S4435] McRae and Colston, Calendar of Virginia State Papers, pg 405.
  14. [S4480] Thomas Tuck pension file, S. 7761, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavits of applicant, William Tuck, John Arrington 29 Nov 1832; folder jacket summary.
  15. [S6483] Beverly Boram household, 1840 U.S. Census, Halifax Co., Virginia, shows Thomas Tuck as veteran, on first line, as is done for all other veterans enumberated in this district, rather than on the line with the household they lived in. Only two households include a male age 70 to 80, those of Beverly Boram and Thomas Buntin. Online trees show that Buntin was himself in that age range, while Boram was about 40.
  16. [S887] "Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850," Ancestry.com, record for Beverly Borum and Martha C. Tucker.
  17. [S4481] Eady Tuck widow's pension file, W. 6314, Revolutionary War Pension Files, affidavits of applicant, 23 Jun 1840, Thomas Tuck, 12 Aug 1840, same 10 Sep 1841, and John Bain 11 Apr 1843.
  18. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 28, states that Davis' parents are not known, but he is believed by some to be descended from Thomas Tuck who died in 1788. Notes that Davis' plantation was in the section in with Thomas took up land in the 1750's, and was bisected the the Cowford Road which Thomas opened in 1756.
  19. [S4575] Halifax Co. Deeds, Halifax Co., Virginia, 34:90-2, 8 Aug 1826, Adam Toot and wife Sarah, 280 acres to Davis G. Tuck and wife Elizabeth for "love and affection"; 38:136-8, 13 Nov 1830, , same parcel to Daniel L. Dunscomb.