By SALLY SEXTON
It began with a little rebellion and dreams of starting over for twin brothers in 1853, and ended with a celebration of history in the form of a Texas Historical Marker ceremony.
The presentation Sunday at the Tucker House, located off Tucker Drive in Weatherford, was a celebration of more than 150 years of family history on the property.
“It all started with Moses and Aaron Tucker, twin brothers, who moved here in 1853 at the age of 20,” Ann Tucker Moody said. “As family lore goes, the brothers were in charge of the corn crop on the family farm back in Kentucky.
“That particular year, the crop didn’t turn out so good and, because the brothers didn’t get compensated, they decided to get on their horses and ride out.”
The Tucker brothers settled on the Weatherford property in 1853, which was part of Tarrant County and surrounded by Indian territory.
In 1861, Moses Tucker went back to Kentucky and spent four years with the Confederate Army, leaving wife Martha and the children in a log cabin, located about a mile away from the current Tucker House.
“Moses and Martha had eight kids,” Moody said. “One of them was my grandfather, Virgil Tucker. After Virgil married, his brother Jerry either gave him or sold to him at a minimum price, his share as sort of a wedding present to Virgil and Emma.”
Virgil Tucker went on to get involved in numerous activities around the area, including time serving as a commissioner as well as on the Veal Station and Slover school boards.
“The fact that [the Tucker family] stayed and settled and became involved in the community is why we thought this property was worthy of submitting to get a historical marker,” Moody said.
“My dad and my brother were born in this house and I remember playing with my grandfather, Virgil, when he came to live with us as his health was declining.