Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday's Child

The Children of Martha Burch Heard and Bartlett Tucker

Martha Burch Heard was my 3rd great-grandmother and the daughter of one of Georgia's early governors.  She died in December of 1824 during a scarlet fever epidemic.  Before her death, she lost four of her nine children in the epidemic that lasted from 1823 - 1824.   Martha and her children are buried in the family cemetery in Elbert County, Georgia.

Martha Heard Tucker, age 35
George Tucker, age 14
John Tucker, age 12

Richard Tucker, age 9
Biddie Tucker, age 7


  1. How sad to lose so many family members to an epidemic. What a tremendous loss it was for Martha's husband and surviving children.

  2. Epidemics are so devastating. It must have been difficult for the husband and the children. Gone but never forgotten.