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William Tucker, Esq.

Also Known As: "William Tucker of London merchant"
Birthplace: Egloshayle, Cornwall , England
Death: Died in at sea off the coast of Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Tucker and Alice Tucker
Husband of Mary Tucker and Frances Tucker
Father of William Tucker, Jr.; Elizabeth Lloyd; Mary Evans and Thomas Tucker
Brother of Thomas Tucker, Sr.,; Robert Tucker; John Tucker; Alice Tucker and Susan Tucker

Occupation: Colonist, trading merchant, Captain General
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About Capt. William Tucker, of Kiccowtan

Capt. William Tucker

  • Birth: 7 Jan 1589 in Cornwall, Engl
  • Christening: 6 Apr 1589 St Nicholas Acons, London, Engl
  • Death: Feb 1643/1644 in Engl
  • Burial: Feb 1643/1644 Engl
  • Father: John Tucker
  • Mother: Alice Pelham

Capt. William Tucker died at sea off the coast of Ireland. He had prepared a will before he left Virginia.


  1. Mary Thompson b: ABT 1597 in Walton, Hertford, Engl
  2. Frances Smythe

Children (all by first wife)

  1. Elizabeth Tucker b: Aug 1623 in Elizabeth City, VA
  2. William Tucker b: ABT 1625 in Elizabeth City, VA
  3. Thomas Tucker
  4. Mary Tucker


from Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 19 edited by Sir Leslie Stephen, Sir Sidney Lee. Page 1212

TUCKER, WILLIAM (1589P-1640P), colonist, born in England about 1589, seems to have gone out to Virginia in 1610 in the Mary and James (see Neill, op. cit.) He was one of the first subscribers to the Virginia Company, and in 1617 sent over two men in his service to the colony, liimself following in 1618. He apparently devoted himself to trading voyages as well as to planting, and probably from this obtained the title' Captain' by which reference is generally made to him. To judge from instructions which he left on one of his visits to England, he was a shrewd and hard man of business (Cal. State Papers, Colonial, 1574-1660, p. 151). Here resided at Kiccowtan (afterwards Elizabeth City), where he had an estate of eight hundred acres and a large establishment, and on 30 July 1619 he was elected member for that city to the first assembly of Virginia. He toon a leading part in the fighting arising out of the massacre in the colony by the Indians in 1622. Before 1623 he had become a member of the council of Virginia, and apparently was reappointed in subsequent years till his | death. In 1630, and again in 1632 and 1633, he made voyages to England. On the last of these occasions he made an application to the privy council for a renewal of the ancient charter of Virginia, and for restraint of the Dutch from the trade. He seems to have died in England, probably before 1640. He married, before 1618, Mary, daughter of Robert (SIC: Ralph)Thompson of Watton, Hertfordshire, who was aunt to the first Baron Haversham.

From "Virginia Gleanings in England" Virginia Historical Magazine, Volume 22, page 267.

[Captain William Tucker was born in 1589 (Hotten) and came to Virginia in 1610. He was a member of the House of Burgesses 1623-4, appointed to the Council March 4, 1626, and was first justice in Elizabeth City in 1632. He was one of the greatest Merchants of his time in Virginia. In the census of 1625 his wife is given as Mary (born 1599) who came to Virginia in 1623 and they then had one child, Elizabeth, bor n in Virginia. Maurice, George, Paul and Wm. Thompson were brothers of his wife Mary. He had evidently married a second time, Frances. For notes of Wm. Tucker and the Thompsons see this Maganize I, 188-190, 193.]


From Passengers of the George

The following entiries were obtained from my Hotten book 8a from the Musters of the Inhabitants in Virginia 1624/1625 chapters, pages 201 thru 265, which lists the muster captain, and what ship the individual arrived on.

  • Tucker, Mary, 1623 voyage, wife of Capt. William, muster at Elizabeth City.
  • Thompson, William, 1623 voyage, aged 17 at muster at Elizabeth City under Capt William Tucker.
  • Tompson, George, 1623 voyage, aged 17 at muster at Elizabeth City under Capt William Tucker.
  • Tompson, Paule, 1623 voyage, aged 14 at muster at Elizabeth City under Capt William Tucker.

From FindAGrave Flowers

"He and another of my directs traded food with Portugese Pirates in abt 1619 for some slaves who had been stolen from a Spanish ship probably headed to the silver mines in Central America. These individuals became indentured servants and eventually earned their freedom, apparently working in the tobacco fields."

Capt William Tucker was NOT the son of William and Honor (Erisye)Tucker of Exeter Devon despite what has been frequently published on the Web and in other places. There are many sources that establish beyond doubt that Capt. William Tucker was the son of John Tucker and Alice Pelham, including the records of The Virginia Company of London. However, you might like to know that the son of William Tucker and Honor Erisye was far more famous and documented than was Capt. William Tucker of Virginia. Their son, William, was born in 1554 and died in 1620, He was a clergyman and served as Chaplin to Queen Elizabeth and later (1605) was named Dean of Litchfield Cathederal.

Some good history Colonial Virginians and Their Maryland Relatives: A Genealogy of the Tucker ...  By Norma Tucker.

Capt. William Tucker, b. Jan 7, 1589 Cornwall England d. 1642, Devonshire -married ~1621 to Mary Elizabeth Thompson, b.1599

-Virginia land patents and grants 1623-1666 indicate William bought approximately 50 acres near Elizabeth City, VA Sept 20, 1624 Member of the Virginia House of Burgess. Captain of the “Mary and James” Brought indentured servants Antonie and Isabell to Jamestown. They have a son and name him after the Captain “William Tucker” The child is baptized. It is believed that the child and Captain Tucker are both berried in the same cemetery “Tucker Cemetery” near Hampton Virginia. Living descendent is Thelma Williams. Many articles written a prove this. There were also bad things done by him. 1622 March 22: The Powhatan Indian Attack kills 347 colonists, setting off a war that lasted a decade. December 20: The Abigail arrives with no food and an infectious load of passengers (?); plague and starvation reduce the colony to 500 persons; the colonists hold out hope for the arrival of the Seaflower. 1623 May: Captain William Tucker concludes peace negotiations with a Powhatan village by proposing a toast with a drink laced with poison prepared by Dr. John Potts; 200 Powhatans die nstantly and another 50 are slaughtered.

The Will of Capt. Tucker

From "Virginia Gleanings in England" Virginia Historical Magazine, Volume 22, page 267.

Will of William Tucker, Member of the House of Burgesses from Elizabeth City County, 1619-1625.

William Tucker of the City of London (endorsed St. Dunstans in the East) Esq. now bound for the Kingdom of Ireland. October 12, 1642. Proved February 17, 1743/44. To wife Frances. Remainder of my estate in these parts to my three children, viz., soone William; sonne Thomas and daughter Mary Tucker. If daughter deceased before she is twenty-one or married reversion to my sonnes William and Thomas Tucker. If all of my children die to the children of brother Thomas Tucker then living. If wife die before my return from Ireland, then whole estate to my three children. Overseers: brother Edmund Smythe, Esq.; brother Maurice Thompson, Merchant; brother Elias Roberts, Merchant and cousin Mr. Thomas Dwaney, Citizen and Merchant of London. For my land in Virginia, I bequeath unto my son William Tucker to enjoy to him and his heirs forever, which is for my adventure of Fiftie pounds as per letters of Adventure may appear. I have transported divers servants thither which for every servant I am to have fifty acres of land, for my first dividend, which will amount unto 3000 acres, 3000 acres for the second dividend and 3000 acres for the third, which land may prove beneficial in time to my heire.

The record books in Virginia will produce the number of men I have tansported thirther. Witnesses were John Bodington, and Letitia Atkinson. Seal, a griffin sejent. Proved by oath of the relict. Virginia Historical agazine, Volume 22, page 267.


  1. William Tucker Jr., b. 1618
  2. Thomas Tucker, b. 1614/20
  3. Elizabeth Tucker, b. 1624, Virginia
  4. Mary Tucker, b. 1626

Famous First

The first black american born into indentured servitude is owned by Captain William Tucker. Capt. Tucker is born in England and is the son of John Tucker Sr.and Alice Pelharm. Member of the VIRGINIA HOUSE of BURGESS. First arriived in Jamestowne with his wife mary Thompson around 1620. Captain of the ship "MARY and JAMES" Brought indentured servants Antonie and Isabell with him. They have a son and name him William Tucker after the Captain William Tucker Small William is the FIRST NON-SLAVE but indentured servant born in the NEW WORLD later to become the United States..

Tuckers Cemetery 1619 first black family


  • On March 22 1622 The Powhatan Indian Attack kills 347 colonists, in and around the Jamestowne settlement setting off a war that lasted a decade.
  • By 1623 May 20 in retalliation, the Jamestowne residents have Captain William Tucker conclude a peace negotiation with a Powhatan Indian village by proposing a toast with a drink laced with poison prepared by Jamestowne resident Dr. John Potts; 200 Powhatans die instantly and another 50 are slaughtered. The Indian threat is over.
  • Captain Tucker was elected to the House of Burgesses at its first meeting on July 30, 1619.

Possible decendents living in Virginia, New York and North Carolina.

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Capt. William Tucker, of Kiccowtan's Timeline

January 7, 1589
Egloshayle, Cornwall , England
April 6, 1589
London, Middlesex , England
Age 28
(Present Elizabeth City County), Virginia Colony
Age 28
Elizabeth City Co. VA
April 2, 1624
Age 35
Elizabeth City, Virginia, USA
Age 34
Elizabeth City County, VA
Age 38
Age 38
Virginia, USA
Age 53
February 16, 1644
Age 55
at sea off the coast of Ireland