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 Sterling Stephen Tucker Foley

Sterling Stephen Tucker Foley

Birth
North Carolina, USA
Death 5 Aug 1840 (aged 28)
Lavaca County, Texas, USA
Burial Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 14035841 · View Source
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Sterling (Stephen) Tucker Foley came to Texas with his brother Mason Beaty Foley, in 1834 from Alabama. Both brothers received land grants and made their home in Lavaca County, Texas. They were followed in 1838 by their Father and Mother, WGL and Sarah Foley and brothers James Rainey, Hiram Stewart, Arthur G and sister Sophia Foley. Later, sister Elizabeth Foley Woods arrived from Louisiana, with her husband and children.

Tucker or S T Foley served in Company F of Captain William J. E. Heard's Company of Citizen Soldiers at the Battle of San Jacinto. Tucker is listed as Stephen Tucker, but his land grant for his service in the Battle of San Jacinto give his correct name as Sterling Tucker Foley, a name which has been passed down through the generations.

On August 5, 1840 Dr. Joel Ponton and Tucker Foley were attacked by twenty seven mounted Commanche Indians. Joel Ponton hid in Ponton Creek, after being shot several times by arrows. The band pursued Tucker Foley, caught him, cut off the soles of his feet, then forced him to walk back to the location where they lost Joel Ponton. Tucker was speared, scalped and hung from a tree by his hamstrings, and left to die. On August 6th, Tucker's naked mutilated body was found by a search party of thirty six Texans, including his brother Mason Beaty. He was buried two miles from the town of Moulton in Lavaca County, where Mr. John McKinney dug a grave with his butcher knife. He wrapped Tucker's body with a cotton horse blanket, and buried him near a Live Oak Tree.
In 1953 a shallow grave was unearthed, near a large live oak tree on property owned by Raymond Fishbeck, the grave of Tucker Foley was found. On November 8, 1957 the Hallettsville Historical Society, had a ceremony to commemorate the Republic of Texas heroes of Lavaca County. With great honor and respect, Tucker's remains were moved to his final resting place in the Hallettsville Memorial Garden.

Tucker was one of many heroes, that fought in the Texian army for the independence of the Republic of Texas.




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  • Created by: Bobbie Carson Wilson
  • Added: 22 Apr 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14035841
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sterling Stephen Tucker Foley (7 Sep 1811–5 Aug 1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14035841, citing Hallettsville Memorial Park, Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Bobbie Carson Wilson (contributor 46830615) .