A brief history of the family - written for a Tucker family reunion in 1961
North Hill Local History Group - very informative website about the North Hill area
Descendants of Edward Tucker and Jane Kittow/ Kitto. The first of our Tucker's to emigrate to New Zealand
1. EDWARD TUCKER was born about 1790 in North Hill, Cornwall, England. He died 25 September 1855 in Freemans Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. He was buried 27th September at Symonds Street cemetery in Auckland, New Zealand.
He was the son of James Tucker (1752- 1809) and Elizabeth Symons (1762- ). They married on 30 December 1788 in North Hill, Cornwall, England. More on this generation at the bottom of the page.
Edward married JANE KITTOW or KITTO on 19 December 1818 in Calstock, Cornwall, England, she was the daughter of WILLLIAM KITTOW and TEMPERANCE CORNELIUS. She was born About1793, St Andrews, Calstock, Cornwall, England. And she died on 7th January 1883 in Arch Hill, Auckland, New Zealand,
From Edwards Death certificate (NZ):
Death certificate: died 25th Sept 1855; address, Freemans Bay, Auckland; age at death: 65 years; cause of death influenza; informant: Richard Tucker, son, sawyer, Freemans Bay.
From Jane's Death certificate (NZ):
died 7th Jan 1883, Arch Hill, Auckland; died aged 89 years; buried 9th Jan 1883 at Symonds Street Cemetery, Auckland; church and minister: Rev. Haseldon, Church of England; born Cornwall England, lived in New Zealand for 46 years, married age 25 to Edward Tucker. living children 3 males, 1 female; informants name is Thomas, the rest of his name and description is unreadable.
The family emigrated to New Zealand via the William Bryan
The William Bryan
The barque William Bryan, of 312 tons, was built at Southhampton in 1816. Originally owned by Messers Domett & England she was sold to Tullock & Company in 1844 and subsequently to Frampton & Company. She made various voyages to the Black Sea and West Indies and was finally wrecked in 1859.
In October 1840 William Bryan was contracted to the Plymouth Company to transport prospective settlers to New Zealand. She sailed from Plymouth in 19 November 1840 and arrived off the newly selected site of New Plymouth, Taranaki on March 31st 1841 with the first 148 Company settlers.
In the passenger list the family were shown as:
Edward 50 Ag lab
Edward Jnr 17 Ag Lab
boy 7-14 (John aged abt 11)
boy 7-14 (unknown son)
girl 7-14 (Eliza aged abt 8)
girl 1-7 (Jane Kitto aged about 7-8)
boy 1-7 (Richard aged abt 6)
boy 1-7 (William Henry aged 1 yr 7 mos)
It seems the elder two sons did not emigrate with the family.
Painting of the William Bryan
JAMES TUCKER, Baptised 14 Feb 1819 Calstock, Cornwall, England. Residence at baptism: Harrowbarrow
MARY ANN (or MARYANN) TUCKER, Baptised 8 May 1825, Calstock, England. Residence at baptism: Metherell. d. North Hill 1826
JOHN TUCKER, Baptised 8 Nov 1829, residence at baptism: Treveniel Mills, North Hill, Cornwall, Eng; d. 19 Dec 1903, Auckland New Zealand.
The LDS Church batch numbers for North Hill are: C052951,CO23492, EO52951, CO23491 and MO52951, to view, please click HERE
Other source: the Online Parish Clerk who recently added North Hill to their database (2011)
Children of James Tucker and Elizabeth Symons.
Edward Tucker was born in 1790 to James and Elizabeth (nee Symons) Tucker of North Hill link
and his possible siblings were:
John - baptised 1789 North Hill
Edward - baptised 1790 North Hill
Jennifer - baptised 1793 North Hill. Residence Bowhayland
James - baptised 1795 North Hill. Residence Bowhayland
Jane - baptised 1798 North Hill. Residence Treveniel
Mary - baptised 1799 North Hill. Residence Treveniel Mill
Grace - baptised 1802 North Hill. Residence Treveniel
Jenny Simmons - baptised 1805 North Hill. Residence Treveniel. Married Philip Cocks (Jenny Symons Tucker) in Calstock.
William - baptised 1808 North Hill. Residence Treveniel