Moultrie Observer

Local News

April 15, 2011

Saving the Tucker house

Group hopes to rehabilitate pioneer's home

MOULTRIE — “How important is saving our local history? Would you make a contribution or volunteer your labor to save one of our area’s historical pioneers’ home,” asked Faye Bridwell, co-director of The Museum of Colquitt County History.

Henry Crawford Tucker Jr. was among this area’s earliest settlers and participated in numerous major parts of the county’s history. He served as captain in Browning’s 2nd Regiment during the Indian War and was later ordained as an elder with Sardis Church, helping to organize some 27 Primitive Baptist churches in Colquitt, Brooks, Thomas and Berrien counties. He served as a pastor for some 40 years while farming his land.

Tucker seemed to lean on his strong faith in the loss of two wives, Nancy Sapp who died in 1841, and his second wife, Margaret Watson, who died in 1856, leaving behind 19 children. After his third marriage to Rebecca Bryant, in 1857, 13 additional children were born, making the total of 32.

In 1861, Tucker was elected as one of two delegates to represent Colquitt County at Georgia’s Secession Convention and signed the Ordinance of Secession 150 years ago. Five of his oldest sons served in the war.

He died from injuries suffered in a horse and buggy accident on Feb. 2, 1883.

Information from a great-granddaughter, Nadine Edwards, who died in 2009, said that Tucker’s home was built from hand-hewn logs interlaced with half-dovetail notching. The exterior is flat instead of round, which was very premier in its day due to all the extra work needed to flatten the logs. The original cedar shingles have been covered by tin to protect them.

Descendants and others interested in preserving this visible piece of history may mail contributions to purchase repair materials, payable to The Tucker Restoration, P. O. Box 86, Moultrie, Ga., 31776; or call 229-890-1626, The Museum of Colquitt County History, a friend of this preservation project; or make a direct donation at any Ameris Bank to the Tucker Restoration Fund. Please give information to be contacted for work days at a later time, once sufficient funds are adequate to begin this project.

“It’s the home place of a man often referred to as ‘the father of our county’ — someone known for doing so much for so many. Now, it’s our turn to give back to save his home,” said Bridwell.

 

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