AUTHOR: Jim Tucker; Edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter
James [Jim] Milas Tucker, Jr. was a wagon maker & farmer in Montgomery County, North Carolina. It is thought that he was very prosperous for his time and that he & his wife, Martha Jane Morgan Tucker, were involved in gold mining in Montgomery County. The couple had eight children: seven boys and one girl. Jim had an interesting way of keeping up with their children’s births: He recorded them on a board, which he kept nailed over a door of their home place. That board remains in the family today.
On March 1, 1862, at the age of thirty, Tucker enlisted in the Confederate Army, serving in Company F of the 44th N.C. Regiment. At some point during the war, he was captured because records verify that he was paroled at Lynchburg, Virginia on April 13, 1865.
Jim & Martha lived on and farmed land near what is now Hwy 109, about 2 miles north of Eldorado. Jim was a Primitive Baptist & did some preaching at times, too. Both Jim and Martha were buried at the Henderson Cemetery, near Eldorado, in the same row as N. B. (Dink) Tucker & his wife, Cassie.
Sources: Pattern of Timeless Moments, Montgomery County Heritage, N.C. Vol. ll, assorted deed books, cemetery grave inscriptions, and Allene Hamilton (personal knowledge – the board remains in her possession today). After being in the family for over 150 years, the Tucker place was bought in 8/2007 by the Land Trust For Central N.C.