Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah J. ( ?) Tucker, Durham Center Cemetery, Durham, CT

   From her tombstone, Sarah J. Tucker's life is somewhat of a mystery. She died February 14, 1869 at the age of 19. She was married to Charles G. Tucker. Other than that, we know we little.
    The census fills in a few gaps. There's an 1850 census enumeration for a Henry Tucker, a Durham farmer, which includes a 3 year old Charles. In 1860, Charles still lives with Henry Tucker although he's now aged 16. By 1870, he's married to a woman named Eliza and a little girl named Sarah B. The name hints at something that I can't prove without looking at local vital records (the Barbour Collection doesn't cover this time period). Chances are high that Sarah B. was Sarah's daughter - and that Sarah died in childbirth.
  There's still some hunting to do. We don't know where Sarah came from. Yet, it seems that Sarah's daughter survived well beyond her life.

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