Tucker House receives special recognition from THC

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The Tucker House History Moses Tucker settled in Parker County on Silver Creek before Parker County was carved from the existing Tarrant and Johnson Counties. He came to Parker County territory with his twin brother, Aaron, in 1853 at the age of 20. The Tuckers homesteader on Silver Creek in 1855. Moses married Martha Elizabeth Cockburn, whose family had settled near the community of Veal Station, about 1858. Young Moses settled and farmed in this Indian ravaged territory only to be called off for the Civil War. Martha, who stayed in their cabin during the war, was only 22 years of age and had two very small children, Aaron Anderson and Jerry Jasper. She encountered many hardships alone in the cabin, including raiding parties of Comanche and Kiowa, rattlesnake nests under the floor of the cabin, the 'screams of panthers and cougars,' and scarcity of meat for meals, as she was not an experienced hunter. When Moses returned, he continued farming, and they had six additional children. Moses died in 1890. His wife Martha kept the farm until her death 25 years later. Meanwhile sons Alie, Jerry and Virgil Jasper continued farming the family home site and adjacent properties. Virgil and Jerry built a house on a nearby property in about 1889, and it was on this land that they farmed jointly, raising cotton, grain and row crops. They were recognized by Herbert Hoover's United States Food Administration for their compliance with modern agricultural methods in grain production. When Virgil and Emma Allen married in 1896, Jerry deeded his interest in the property over to them. Virgil turned to dairy farming after losing his crops to a hailstorm in the 1920's. He and Emma lived in the house now known as Tucker House until "Uncle Virg's" death in 1946. Upon his father's death, Guy Tucker bought out the interest of his siblings and took control of the farm. He married a Parker County woman, Julia Sharpe, and they started a family in a stone house that they built in 1936. Guy continued running the dairy, renting the old house to a number of different families, and expanded his farming operations into raising cattle and goats as well. Among the families that lived and ran dairies on this farm over the years are the Cleo Wright, Clark Trichell, Denzil Wright, Virgil Wright and Harold Ray Wright families. In 1999 Ann Tucker Moody (Guy's daughter and Virgil's granddaughter) donated one acre of the homestead with the family home, a chicken coop, windmill and original dairy barn to the Silver Creek Heritage Society for the use and employment of the Silver Creek Community. This Texas Historical Commission Landmark designation is for the recognition of those who came to Texas as settlers who stayed for generations, raised their families ( despite the hardships), and contributed to the character of all that is Texas. This information presented by the Tucker family.

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The Silver Creek Heritage Society (SCHS) recently celebrated a special designation courtesy of the Texas State Historical Commission (THC).

On Sunday, the Tucker House, built around 1889 by brothers Virgil Jasper and Jerry Tucker, received an Official Texas Historical Marker being recognized as a “significant part of Texas history,” Ann Tucker-Moody, granddaughter and previous owner of the house said.

“This house was my grandfather’s house,” Tucker-Moody said.

She said she and members of the SCHS, comprised primarily of family members got the idea for a historical marker about three years ago.

“This started as a labor of intense emotion,” Tucker-Moody said. “We knew these people who lived here and built this; they were our grandparents and in some cases our great-grandparents, we remembered them and loved them tremendously.”

She said it started out as a “very personal thing” but that the more they worked on it, the more they learned.

“It wasn’t just personal anymore - it was part of Texas history,” she said.

Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC, agreed and in a statement said he Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation.

“Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history,” he said. “This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources.”

Tucker-Moody told those attending that the story of Moses and Martha Tucker settlement on the banks of Silver Creek, a tributary of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, is representative of many families that settled in the area decades prior to and after the Civil War.

“Just as there was a migration to the new world from Europe and other places in the 1600-1700’s later came another migration that pushed further and further into the unsettled West,” she said. “The families in Silver Creek are deeply connected to those bold, hard working adventurers - our ancestors - of whom we are very proud.”

Dr. Harold Lawrence, President of the Parker County Historical Society, said that Tucker-Moody showed up one day at his business in Weatherford and inquired about a historical marker for the Tucker House.

“She had a story about her grandparents and her parents and she just thought it was fitting that this place be dedicated,” Lawrence said. “We worked with it and she expanded the family history and put it in a context as it related to Texas history.”

He said they sent the application to the THC and thought at best they would receive a historical subject marker - but not quiet.

“The state historical commission decided that the house was worth a lot more recognition than what we had applied for, “Lawrence added. “They sent it back and I turned it over to Ann and she got after it and you now have a landmark here at the Tucker House.”

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