I think that my great-great-grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Lucinda P. Tucker Lightner (1815 GA-1880 Chattahoochee or Muscogee Co., GA)was probably a sister or cousin of Joseph Tarpley Tucker and Mrs. Gilly Ann Tucker Cooksey.There are some known family connections:Gilly Ann's son, John D. Cooksey, was the first husband of Fannie Lightner (1851 GA-193_ Atlanta, GA), daughter of Eli and Lucinda Tucker Lightner (Fannie md. 2nd her widowed 1st cousin, William Lightner).Clark B. Lightner (1888 Chattahoochee Co., GA-1916 GA), a son of James Marion Lightner (son of Eli and Lucinda Tucker Lightner)was the first husband of Fannie Alberta Cowart, a daughter of Jesse Cowart and his wife, Mary "Mollie" Francis Cooksey.Mrs. Mollie Cooksey Cowart was a daughter of William T. Cooksey and a granddaughter of Duncan Cooksey and Gilly Ann Tucker.
The USGenweb Archives site for Jones County, Georgia shows the following children and their ages in the Poor School List(s) for 1829-30:Tucker, Tapley 9, Tucker, Mary 16, Tucker, Lucinda 14, Tucker, Martha 10.Then the name changes to Tuckner:Tuckner, Lucy E. 14, Tuckner, Joseph H. 9.
I found Timothy Tucker listed on the Tax Digest for Jackson Co., GA for 1809 (Georgia Archives, Virtual Vault).Someone gave me information that he was on that county's 1810 list.I don't know about other years. The Nov. 28, 1820 Southern Recorder newspaper (Digital Library of Georgia)shows Timothy Tucker listed as one of the "Fortunate Drawers in the Land Lottery" in the section under Hancock County.He was also on a list of Hancock County jurors for June 1823.The following, from "Georgia:Hancock County:14th Regimental Court of Enquiry Militia Minutes 1804 - 1862, pages 82 - 101, was probably found at the USGenweb Archives site for Hancock Co.:(Page 83)"Ordered that Timothy Tucker be and he is hereby discharged from doing military duty he having arrived to the age of forty-five years."The 1830 census shows Timothy Tucker, age 40 to 50, residing in Jones County, GA with a household consisting of 1 female, age 40 to 50, 3 females, age 15 to 20, 1 female, age 10 to 15, 1 male, age 5 to 10, and 1 female, age 5 to 10 (all were free whites). The Georgia Telegraph newspaper shows H. Tucker and Timothy Tucker as among the Jones County, Georgia Drawers of "Prizes Drawn in the Gold Lottery, October 31, 1832 - April 10, 1833 (found online). Based on the census, I think it is likely that Timothy Tucker was the father of many, if not all, of the following children (not listed in any particular order):
- Mary J. Tucker, b. bet 1808-1814 GA or SC (see censuses of Muscogee Co., GA, 1840 & 1850 and Autauga Co., AL, 1870 & 1880)married Jeremiah Culpepper in Jones Co., GA in 1831.The Culpepper Connections Family Tree (online) gives much information on Jeremiah, including a Muscogee Co. deed of Henry Culpepper (Jeremiah's brother)"..adj. David Culpepper and the place where Jerry Culpepper now lives...Wit:J. T. Tucker.On the 1880 census, Mary Culpepper (or someone) gave the birthplace of both of her parents as North Carolina.Among the children of Mrs. Mary Tucker Culpepper:Clark, Martha Ann & Lucinda.
- Martha/Temperance "Tempie" Tucker?, wife of Henry Culpepper (shown in above Culpepper site as Martha Temperance Wall, also known as Matilda Bonner.However, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974" at FamilySearch.org gives Death Certificate information for Mary Culpepper (c. 1839-1923 Girard, Russell Co., AL) giving Mary's parents as Henry Culpepper and Tampie Tucker and information for Emmaline Culpepper (c.1849-1930 Opelika, Lee Co., AL) giving Emmaline's parents as Henry Culpepper and Tempie Tucker.
Henry Culpepper and his wife had several other children, including a daughter, Lucy.
- Amanda Lucinda P. Tucker (1815 GA - Aug. 1880 Chattahoochee or Muscogee Co., GA), married Eli Lightner in Jones Co., GA Dec. 1835.They lived in Harris Co. Ga for a while before moving, before 1850, to the part of Muscogee Co. that became Chattahoochee Co. in the 1850's.They are buried in the Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery/Old Jamestown Cemetery in the part of Chattahoochee Co. that is now on the Ft. Benning Military Reservation.That couple's children were:James Marion Lightner, Catherine Camilla Lightner Albrecht, John Mitchell Lightner, Martha Amanda "Mandy" Lightner Smith, Fannie Lightner Cooksey Lightner, and Lucinda "Lucy" Harriet Lightner Williams.
- Joseph Tarpley Tucker (1820 Hancock Co., GA - 1883 Seale, Russell Co., AL) married (1844 Russell Co., AL) Jane Cooksey.
- Gilly Ann Tucker (abt. 1822 GA - bet. 1860-1871 Russell Co., AL) married (1841 Muscogee Co., AL) Duncan Cooksey.
In addition, my grandmother and one of her sisters (granddaughters of Mrs. Lucinda Tucker Lightner) are said to have told certain descendants that Lucinda was an Indian.
One or more online postings of a descendant of their brother, Clark Lightner and his wife Alberta show that the tradition of Indian ancestry was passed down on that side as well.