Morgan Pioneer History book
James Tucker, son of John Tucker and Susan
Blackmore Tucker, was born July 22, 1836, and
Eastdown, Devonshire, England. He passed most of
his early life in his father's tailor shop where he
learned the art of tailoring. He received only four
months schooling. While a young man he learned
the shoe making trade, and when only twenty years
of age he started business for himself as a shoemaker.
He was baptized into the L.D.S. Church in October
1859, and soon began to make preparations to
emigrate to America.
Previous to this he had formed a very friendly
acquaintance with Miss Betsy Lerwill, who had also
joined the Mormon Church. They, together with their
esteemed friend, Mr. Richard Fry, and about five
hundred others, sailed on the ship Underwriter, and
landed in New York about five weeks later. From
there they journeyed by boat and railroad to the outfitting
post at Florence, Nebraska, where they made
preparations to continue the journey across the great
plains to the valleys beyond the Rocky Mountains.
In the month of June 1860, he married Betsy Lerwill
with Elder J.D. Ross performing the ceremony.
They arrived in Salt Lake City in September 1860
and Mr. Tucker located in the Tenth Ward, where he
resumed his former occupation as a shoemaker.
In the spring of 1862 the moved to Morgan where
they spent the remainder of their lives. He followed
general farming and raising of livestock. In 1888 the
firm of Tucker and Tonks opened up a real shoe store
which was quite successful.
In August 1892 Mr. Tucker and three members
of his family were afflicted with typhoid fever. He
was very sick for some time.
In April 1894 Mr. Tucker responded to a call to
perform a mission in England. He served in various
positions being water master for many years, school
trustee for twelve years; member of the city council;
city treasurer; county treasurer for two terms and
county commissioner for two terms.
He did a great deal of genealogical research work
and labored in the temple for many years performing
ordinances for his and his wife's ancestors.
Mrs. Tucker was a very faithful helpmate. In the
year 1863 after her second child was born, she was
very sick, and lay for thirteen weeks confined to her
bed. At one time her spirit left her body for thirtysix
hours. During that time her husband heard her
sing twice. Her burial clothes were being prepared,
but through faith she was restored and lived to bear
ten more children.
Mrs. Tucker died June 29, 1909, at the age of
seventy years and eleven months. Mr. Tucker died
June 19,1925, being almost eighty-nine years of age.
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