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Rachel Dowdy Tucker
Birth: unknown
Chatham County
North Carolina, USA
Death: 1833
Williamson County
Tennessee, USA

Rachel Dowdy was the wife of William Tucker. Her actual birth year, year of marriage, and parentage remain uncertain.

Like William Tucker, a William Dowdy, born between 1745 and 1750, resided in Chatham County, North Carolina. Two of William Dowdy's sons, John and William, migrated to Williamson County, Tennessee, as did Rachael Dowdy and William Tucker. A Thomas Dowdy, born 1750, also resided in Chatham, North Carolina. However, his children did not appear to migrate to Williamson County, Tennessee like those of William Dowdy - but could have been cousins.

Though many trees have John Tucker listed as the father of Rachel, there is a much greater likelihood that John was her brother or cousin as he was born around 1780 and enumerated living near William Tucker in census records. An Alfred Dowdy also lived nearby. Though only speculation, this could explain the varying years noted and generational misalignment for Rachel's year of birth.

In addition to Rachel's unclear lineage; her first two children being born in 1814 and 1816; the average age of marriage having been 20-22 years of age in 1800; and the birth year of William being 1787, her estimated year of birth has some probability for being between 1790 and 1796, including a margin for error. Unfortunately, Rachel died before census records began noting the names and specific ages of those in the household other than head.

At the 1810 census, William Tucker was enumerated in Chatham, North Carolina. It is unknown if he was married to Rachel at the time of this census or if others comprised the household. There is no record or mention of him having a wife before Rachel. It is also improbable that the older children in the household could have been his.

1810 Census - Chatham, NC

Head/Name: William Tucker
Home in 1810: Chatham, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 5
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 7

From North Carolina, Rachel and William Tucker migrated to Tennessee where they resided in Bedford County before finally settling in Flat Creek in Williamson County. Bedford County was founded on December 7, 1807 from Rutherford County. Areas bordering Williamson County was Davidson County (north), and Rutherford County.

1820 Census - Bedford, TN

Head/Name: William Tucker
Home in 1820: Bedford, Tennessee
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 3
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Slaves - Males - Under 14: 4
Slaves - Males - 45 and over: 1
Slaves - Females - Under 14: 3
Slaves - Females - 14 thru 25: 2
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44: 2
Slaves - Females - 45 and over: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 4
Free White Persons - Under 16: 5
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total Slaves: 13
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 20

According to historical records, Rachel and William Tucker were among the early settlers of Middle Tennessee and owned 300 acres in Williamson County. They were of Scotch-Irish descent. At that time, Williamson County was the third wealthiest county in the state of Tennessee. Established in 1799, the area was settled primarily by individuals making claims on land grants awarded for service in the Revolutionary War.

1830 Census - Williamson, TN

Head/Name: William Tucker
Home in 1830: Williamson, Tennessee
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1
Slaves - Males - Under 10: 1
Slaves - Males - 36 thru 54: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 8
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 11
Total Slaves: 2
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 13

Seven children were born from their marriage: Annis, Julia, Rebecca, Allen C., Matilda B., Emmaline, and George Robert Tucker.

A Tucker related biography states that Rachel and William's land had a family cemetery. When a a death occurred in the family, the remains were deposited there. As a result, it is presumed that Rachel is buried in the old family plot in Tucker Cemetery.

Rachel passed in 1833 leaving William with their seven children to raise. As was the usual custom, soon after the death of a first wife, on November 11, 1833, William Tucker married Mrs. Patsy W. Lanier Bugg, widow of Ephraim Bugg.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  William Tucker (1787 - 1861)
 
 Children:
  Annis Tucker Bugg (1814 - 1861)*
  Julia Ann Tucker Weaver (1816 - ____)*
  Rebecca Tucker Duncan (1818 - 1899)*
  Allen C. Tucker (1819 - 1856)*
  Matilda B. Tucker Tanner (1822 - 1900)*
  Tennessee Tucker Andrews (1827 - 1909)*
  George Robert Tucker (1830 - 1895)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tucker Cemetery
Williamson County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Gina Caperton Ervin
Record added: May 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52042734
Rachel <i>Dowdy</i> Tucker
Added by: Gina Caperton Ervin
 
 
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