MAXINE; Tucker Cemetery holds area founders

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By Rebecca Roscoe

Tucked away near Tucker Creek lies Tucker Cemetery.

Established in the 1850s, the cemetery is located on the west side of highway 357 between Maxine and Tanner; however, it is no longer visible from the road due to surrounding foliage.

The cemetery, although unknown to passers by, contains the graves of a one-time prominent family of LaRue County – the Tuckers.

Anderson Tucker and Nancy Hawkins Tucker married in 1820 in Stokes County, N.C., before making the trek to Kentucky in 1842.

The family settled in LaRue County (then Hart County) and raised their family of 11 children, five of whom are known.  

The five known children of the Tuckers include Aaron Moses Tucker, Nancy F. Tucker Gaddie, Rawleigh “Rolley” Tucker, Amanda Tucker Meers and William Burr Tucker.

Only two of Anderson and Nancy’s children are buried in the cemetery while the other children may be buried among the Oak Hill, Barren Run and Hammonsville cemeteries.  

There were also a couple of records that indicated a few of Anderson and Nancy’s children were buried in Texas, as a couple of Tuckers resettled there in the late 1800s.

Those buried within the Tucker Cemetery include Rawleigh “Rolley” Tucker and William Burr Tucker. William was named after Nancy Hawkins Tucker’s father.

The Bright family now owns the land surrounding Tucker Cemetery.

Revolutionary bloodline
Nancy Hawkins Tucker’s father was a Revolutionary War hero, General William Hawkins, who received one pound of silver and two land grants totaling 203 acres for his service.

General Hawkins joined the North Carolina Militia troops during the Revolutionary War with the Upper Salisbury District.

The District was originally one of six colonial judicial districts established in 1766 prior to the start of the war.

At the start of the war the six regions were deemed “de facto”, or unofficially established, militia districts, housing troops and their families for war preparations.

The Salisbury District was based in the village of Salisbury, N.C., in what is today Rowan County.

Oak Hill Church
Both Anderson and Nancy Tucker were among the founding members of Oak Hill Baptist Church, along with several other Tucker family relatives.
A written statement from 1856 notes their names in a list of those who chartered the church.

Oak Hill, April the 30th, 1856:
Dear Brethren in whose names are
(undersigned) having been for some time concerned that the Constitution of a United Baptist Church at Oak Hill, LaRue Co., KY and enjoying the presence of Elders, John W. Wright & Brown have answer (or entered) in a Church Covenant and are regularly Constitute into an independent church organization ____ to the order of Bacon Creek Church until dismiss by you we ______ therefore request you to dismiss by general order and find a copy of
the record.

Thomas Hornback, William Steele and wife, Lydia Hornback, Charles Brooks and America Brooks, Paul Tucker, James M. ____ and wife, Mary Tucker, Dudley Brooks, _____ Tucker, Elizabeth Brooks, Anderson Tucker, Nancy Tucker, Nancy B. Brooks, Sally Kincade, H.T. Brooks, Mary Brooks, William Brooks Sr., Nancy Tucker, James Brooks, Bob Hodge and wife, Samuel Tucker and Milly Tucker.

Among the charter members are two other common LaRue County family names: Hornback and Brooks.

All three families were connected through marriages. Tucker was the most prominent in the Maxine, Oak Hill and Tanner areas.

Oak Hill School deed
The Tucker family remained active within Oak Hill Church and owned the land that Oak Hill Church and Oak Hill School were built upon.

R.O. Tucker, his wife, Mary M. Tucker and relative Mary N. Tucker, Anderson and Nancy’s descendants, were trustees of Oak Hill School.

They donated the land to Oak Hill Church in an 1896 deed.

“To have and to hold the same as long as it shall be used for school purposes and in case the patrons of said school district for the period of 12 months shall cease to use said lands for school purposes as a site for school houses to remain on said tract then this deed to be void and of no effect and the lands herein described revert to the original owners.”