Martha Washington Tuck1,2,3

ID# 704, (1845 - 1928)
FatherDr. Davis Green Tuck4,5,6 (30 Dec 1793 - 3 Feb 1863)
MotherElizabeth M. Toot7,6,8 (26 Nov 1800 - 29 Dec 1873)

Key Events:

Birth: 20 Dec 1845, Christian Co., Kentucky9,10,11,12,13
Marriage: 5 Oct 1865, Shelby Co., Tennessee, Matthew Lyddall Bacon (24 Jan 1834 - 5 Sep 1898)14,15,16
Death: 4 May 1928, 1637 Eastmoreland, Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee17,18
Burial: 5 May 1928, Elmwood Cemetery19,20,21
ChartsDescendants of Dr. Davis Green Tuck
Descendants of David Dutt/Toot
AncestryThe Tuck Family
The Dutt/Toot Family

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     
Martha and Lyddall Bacon inscriptions on Bacon family monument, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis
She was known to family as Mattie.22,23 Martha Washington Tuck was born on 20 Dec 1845 in Christian Co., Kentucky.9,10,11,12,13
     She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of her parents, Dr. Davis Green Tuck and Elizabeth M. Toot.24,25 She appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of her parents.26,27
     Martha was named an heir in the will of Dr. Davis Green Tuck, her father, dated 25 Mar 1861, to receive $8,000.28
     Her father died on 3 Feb 1863, when Martha was 17 years old.29,30,31
     In Oct 1864 Martha joined in a bridal trip to Louisville for the marriage of her brother, Richard. While there, she encountered her sister, Sarah, and her husband, who were on their way to Montreal, Canada. They persuaded her to join them. They reached Chicago, where Quintus became ill, developing into pneumonia.32
     After spending six weeks with their mother, Martha and Sarah returned to Sarah's home in Memphis, accompanied by their brother Paul. He stayed only a few weeks before leaving, over their objections, moving to Louisville, leaving them "without a protector." They had intended to stay in Memphis only long enough for Sarah to "dispose of her property advantageously," but with the extent of her late husband's estate, and no doubt complicated by the War and subsequent occupation, settling her affairs would take years.33
     Martha and Matthew had been engaged to marry before she had accompanied her sister to Memphis. They had not expected to marry until she became of age, but Sarah was anxious to have someone to manage her business affairs, and urged them to marry and live with her. He was then in business in Evansville, Indiana, and was not anxious to move to Memphis, and neither of them "desired to live south." Nevertheless, after Martha had been living in Memphis from Jan to Oct 1865, in what she later described as "a life of much sacrifice and loneliness, as we were cut off from both the city and neighbors by military lines established near the gate," they did marry and agreed to live with Sarah.34
     Martha married Matthew Lyddall Bacon, son of Charles A. Bacon and Susan Rowlette, on 5 Oct 1865 in Shelby Co., Tennessee, at the home of her eldest sister Sarah, with Rev. I. O. Steadman officiating.14,15,16
     Martha Washington Tuck and husband, Matthew Lyddall Bacon appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, in the household of her sister Sarah.35 She appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Shelby Co., Tennessee, in the household of her sister, Sarah Elizabeth Tuck.36
     Martha's sister, Sarah, transferred to her a part of the home property she and her late husband had owned. The transfer was made in three parts, with Martha eventually owning a parcel next to and about one quarter the size of the one on which Sarah's home stood. On 1 Nov 1881, Sarah gave Martha a parcel of about 1.4 acres, fronting on Poplar St. Boulevard, for "love and affection" and a nominal $10. On 6 Mar 1882 Sarah sold Martha a parcel to the rear of the previous gift, of just under one acre, for $350. Finally, on 28 Aug 1882, Sarah gave Martha a thirteen-foot wide strip of land lying between the parcel originally given and Sarah's home, which Martha had wanted so she could place some shade trees there.37,38
     In the first week of Sep 1882, Martha and her brother Paul each received ten shares each Bank of Commerce stock from their sister Sarah.39
     It appears that Matthew and Martha lived with her sister Sarah until about 1883, when they apparently built their own home on the property next door that Martha had obtained from her.40
     Martha appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, on Poplar, enumerated 1 Jun 1900. Her daughter Elizabeth was listed as living with her, as was her husband, Cooper Turner, and Chris Huedaw, age 33, a servant, and Kitty Flint, age 55, a cook.41
     Martha appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, in the household of Cooper Turner and Elizabeth Tuck Bacon, her daughter and her husband.42 She appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, in the household of her daughter and her husband.43
     Martha died on 4 May 1928 in 1637 Eastmoreland, Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, at age 82, the home of her daughter and son-in-law.17,18 She was buried on 5 May 1928 in Elmwood Cemetery, with her husband, in their lot in the Miller Circle section, following services at the residence of her daughter by Rev. Dr. Girard Lowe.19,20,21

Children:
     Child with Matthew Lyddall Bacon:

Citations

  1. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 139 pp 191-2 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (1 Nov 1881), shows name as Martha Washington Bacon, sister to Sarah.
  2. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, shows name as Martha W Tuck.
  3. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Martha Washington Tuck.
  4. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, shows her as his daughter.
  5. [S1215] Martha W. Bacon, Certificate of Death, shows her father as Dr. Tuck.
  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. [S393] Sarah E. Atkinson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows Mattie as sister of Sarah.
  8. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 139 pp 191-2 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (1 Nov 1881), shows Martha Washington Bacon as Sarah's sister.
  9. [S1215] Martha W. Bacon, Certificate of Death, shows date, with year as 1845, and state.
  10. [S1284] Matthew Lyddall & Martha W. Bacon family monument, Elmwood Cemetery, shows date, with year as 1846, county, and state.
  11. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 5 and state.
  12. [S1212] Mrs. M Bacon household, 1900 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows month, year as 1845, age 55 and state.
  13. [S225] The death certificate date in 1845 is consistent with age 5 shown in the 1850 census, and agrees with the year shown in the 1900 census, so I conclude that the gravestone inscription showing the year as 1846 is in error.
  14. [S1216] M. L. Bacon and Mattie W. Tuck, marriage license, shows date and minister.
  15. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 159, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon, shows date and at Sarah's house.
  16. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 139 pp 191-2 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (1 Nov 1881); bk 141 pp 244-6 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha W. Bacon (13 Mar 1882); and bk 143 pp 518-9 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (30 Aug 1882), all show Martha as the wife of M. L. Bacon.
  17. [S1215] Martha W. Bacon, Certificate of Death, shows date, as the 4th, and address, with the informant being Mr. Cooper Turner, her son-in-law, with the same address.
  18. [S1284] Matthew Lyddall & Martha W. Bacon family monument, Elmwood Cemetery, shows date, as the 6th. The date of the 4th from her death certificate seems more compelling, particularly with the cemetery records showing interment on the 5th.
  19. [S1215] Martha W. Bacon, Certificate of Death, shows date and cemetery.
  20. [S1279] "Died - Bacon," The Commercial Appeal, 6 May 1928, shows funeral arrangements and cemetery.
  21. [S1284] Matthew Lyddall & Martha W. Bacon family monument, Elmwood Cemetery.
  22. [S632] D. G. Tuck household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Masttie W. Tuck.
  23. [S393] Sarah E. Atkinson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows name as Mattie W. Bacon.
  24. [S631] Dr. Davis G. Tuck household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  25. [S659] Doct. Davis G. Tuck, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  26. [S632] D. G. Tuck household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  27. [S644] D. G. Tuck, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  28. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6.
  29. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows date.
  30. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 210, shows month and year.
  31. [S2014] Christian Co. Wills S:105-6, will dated 25 Mar 1861, proved Feb 1863.
  32. [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.
  33. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 156-60, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon.
  34. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 157-9, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon.
  35. [S605] Sarah Atkinson household, 1870 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee.
  36. [S393] Sarah E. Atkinson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee.
  37. [S1227] Deed Books, Shelby Co., Tennessee, , bk 139 pp 191-2 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (1 Nov 1881); bk 141 pp 244-6 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha W. Bacon (13 Mar 1882); and bk 143 pp 518-9 Sarah E. Atkinson to Martha Washington Bacon (30 Aug 1882).
  38. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 202-5, deposition of Mrs. M. W. Bacon, describes the three transfers.
  39. [S2111] McNeil et al v. Mills and Young, transcript of proceedings of Circuit Court of Shelby Co., 12 Aug 1885, pg 208-9.
  40. [S4125] Sholes' City Directory of the City of Memphis, 1881 pg 154 and 1882 pg 176 both show residence as "n s Poplar, e of Rope Walk"; 1883 pg 159, 1884 pg 159 and 1885 pg 210 all show residence as "n s Poplar, 2d e of Rope Walk."
  41. [S1212] Mrs. M Bacon household, 1900 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee.
  42. [S1210] Cooper Turner household, 1910 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee.
  43. [S1211] Cooper Turner household, 1920 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee.
  44. [S393] Sarah E. Atkinson household, 1880 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows Lizzie as niece of Sarah.
  45. [S1210] Cooper Turner household, 1910 U.S. Census, Shelby Co., Tennessee, shows Martha as the mother-in-law of Elizabeth's husband.
  46. [S1279] "Died - Bacon," The Commercial Appeal, 6 May 1928, shows Mrs. Cooper Turner as her daughter.