Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fearless Females - Marth Burch Heard Tucker

March 11 - Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances?  Describe and how did this affect the family?

Martha Burch Heard was the daughter of Stephen Heard, an early Georgia governor and Revolutionary War hero.  Martha, my third great-grandmother, was his eldest daughter, born in December of 1788 in Elbert, Georgia.  The Heard family were prominent citizens of Elbert County, building a home there called Heardmont.  Her father served briefly as governor during the Revolution, maintaining the state in spite of the fact that it was largely controlled by the British, and later was a state representative.  In 1806, Martha married Bartlett Tucker, the son of another war hero, Godfrey Tucker, and they had nine children.  In 1823-24, a scarlet fever epidemic broke out along the Savannah River Valley, and Martha and four of her children became ill.  They all died within a few months of each other and are buried side by side in the family cemetery, on the site where Heardmont once stood.  Martha was 36 at the time of her death.  Unfortunately, we don't really know how her death affected the family.  Her husband and five surviving children moved to Abbeville, South Carolina, and Bartlett remarried in 1830, to Nancy Boles, and had five more children with her.  He owned a farm in Abbeville, where he died in 1861.  Bartlett and Martha's youngest daughter, Sarah, was my great-great grandmother.

Martha B. Tucker

George Tucker, age 14

John Tucker, age 12
John Tucker, age 9

Biddie Tucker, age 6

In honor of Women's History month, blogging prompts from Lisa Alzo at

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