William Nelson Tucker

One of my Great,Great,Great Grandfathers was William Nelson Tucker. His son was Harvey Nelson Tucker,whose daughter was Elsie Magdalene Tucker. Below is his obituary, along with a note from his diary:

WILLIAM N. TUCKER: Mr. Tucker had been in failing health for several months but his good constitution and wonderful tenacity on life kept him among the living until 10 o'clock on the morning of April 23, 1912, ages 80 years, five months and seven days, his wife and four surviving children and six grandchildren giving him devoted care and attention until the end came peacefully as stated above. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church at 10 o'clock this (Friday) morning, Rev. Griffin conducting the services. The members of Capt. Knight Post attending in a body, thus paying the last sad tribute of respect to their beloved comrade. Commitment to earth will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery .

The following brief extract from the diary of the late Wm. N. Tucker was handed us by a member of his family for publication, and although it leaves out all his traits of character, such as honesty, strict integrity, loyalty, charity for the faults of others, loving fondness for his family and friends, yet they will go down in history and not soon will this kindly old gentleman be forgotten.

"I was born in Richland County, Ohio, Nov. 16, 1831. My father's name was Hosea Tucker, a Virginian by birth; his father being one of the first settlers. My mother's maiden name was Catharine Garrison, born in the state of New York; my parents were married in Ohio on Nov. 16, 1830, and one year from that date I was born. was raised on a farm and attended school in a log school house until I was 20 years of age. "In the spring of 1850, we changed our location from Ohio to Whitley County, Ind., at that time a new country. September 27, 1858 occured my marriage to Rachel Windell who died in December of the next year. "On the breaking out of the civil war of the Rebellion I enlisted on Aug. 5, 1862 as a musician in Co. B. 74th Inc. Vol. Infantry for the term of three years and served to the close of the war in the army of the Cumberland. I was mustered out at Indianapolis, Ind. on the 9th day of July 1865, and reached home on the 12th, after serving two years, 11 months and seven days. "After arriving home I went to work in a steam saw mill as engineer. In Nove,ber of '68 I located in Whiteside County in Fenton township, became acquainted with Miss Mary J. Montague to whom I was united in marriage on Sept. 1, 1869, and farmed three years in Fenton, four years in Garden plain, nine years in Newton. In March of 1881, I with my family located in Albany which has since been our home. "Five children were given to us, namely: Harvey N., Henry S., Etha B., George M. and Hattie E. "With my wife I united with the U.B. Church at Fenton in April of 1869."

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