— 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.
“He was a big man and he loved good food so he was a heavy man. He was always very jovial and loved to laugh.”
Moody’s dad, Guy Tucker, inherited his part of the property in 1946 and purchased the remaining land shares, 648 acres in total, from his siblings.
Tucker, who lived in a stone house with his wife Julia and children, continued running the land’s dairy farm, renting out the Tucker House to different families including the Wrights and Trichells.
Tucker divided the property up amongst his kids, giving Moody’s brother the old stone house and giving Moody the Tucker House.
In 1999, she donated the 1-acre segment, which also includes a dairy barn, chicken coop and small chapel, to the Silver Creek Heritage Society.
“This community is so tight-knit and a lot of people where families had settled here still reside in the community,” Norlene Wright Carter, a cousin of Moody’s, said. “I remember coming out here when I was a little girl. We wanted to save this house for further use [by the Silver Creek community] and help preserve its history.”
“Our family had to have had a sense of adventure and courage, because they came out here with nothing, a strong work ethic and a sense of humor,” Moody added.