Historical records matching Rev. Daniel Tucker
About Rev. Daniel Tucker
A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA with the rank of ENSIGN. DAR Ancestor #: A116608
Daniel appeared on the Virginia Regiments company pay and muster rolls from August 1777 through December 1782, beginning in Capt. JOHN SNEED's Company of the 4th Virginia Regiment of Foot. He was an ensign in Capt. MUMFORD's Company, Amelia Co, VA Militia.
Farming the rich land along the Savannah River, Daniel became a capable farmer. Records show that at least one man was "bound" to him to learn how to farm.
He also ferried people back and forth across the Savannah River between Georgia and South Carolina. Elbert County Records show in 1798, Daniel bought the "Cook's Ferry Tract" with a ferry and all the items that went with it. The ferry was well situated and continued to serve the travelling public until bridges were built with the coming of the automobile.
He was best known for his role as a Methodist/Episcopalian Minister who cared deeply for the slave population. He is reported to have spent much of his time teaching and praying with them. The slaves showed their appreciation by writing verses of song about him. They sang "Old Dan Tucker, Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man, washed his face in a frying pan, combed his hair with a wagon wheel, died with a toothache in his heel." has become part of American Folk Music. It must be pointed out that many people believe this a folk lore myth because the song was copyrighted by DANIEL EMMETT in 1843. Mr. Emmett was a Northerner who also wrote the song "Dixie" that would later become the Confederacy's unofficial anthem.
Daniel Tucker was buried near his home. His grave overlooks Lake Russell.
Inscription: CAPTAIN VA MILITIA REVOLUTIONARY WAR REVEREND
American Folk Figure. He was the "Old Dan Tucker" of the United States folk song by Daniel Decatur Emmett. The most memorial lines of the song goes, "Now old Dan Tucker was a fine old man, Washed his face in a frying pan, Combed his hair with a wagon wheel, died with a toothache in his heel..."
Rev. Daniel Tucker's Timeline
February 14, 1740
Amelia County, Province of Virginia
Dinwiddie Co, VA
March 17, 1778
Dinwiddie, Virginia, USA
April 7, 1818
Elberton, Elbert County, Georgia, United States
Middleton, Elbert, Georgia, United States