Re: Joseph TUCKER 1788 Scotch Plains NJ
I finally got into NYC, but couldn't find the plaque that you saw.I obtained Mary [Bogert] Tucker and Joseph Tucker's death records from the NYC Municipal Archives.Mary Tucker died 5 October 1831 at age 37 years and 7 months of gastritis.Her residence was Broome St.Joseph died 7 September 1867 at age 79 years, 4 months and 11 days of apoplexy.He was born in NJ, was married, and had lived in NYC for 62 years.Both Mary and Joseph were interred in the vault of St. Luke's church according to these records.
I visited St. Luke's church in lower Manhatten (Hudson St.) and found the burial records of Mary Tucker. They stated that Mary, age "about 40", had been buried in the "St. Luke's Ch. Vault - Mr. Tucker's" on 6 October 1831.In the remarks column was the following:"Wife of Mr.____Tucker, not a communicant.Formerly connected with Dr. Brodhead's congregation."There was no graveyard associated with the church, there were no plaques in the churchyard and I couldn't get into the church, so I wrote to the church archivist and got this reply:
"St. Luke's burial vault was abandoned in 1891 when the parish moved... As for the graves of the old St. Luke's down here in Greenwich Village, any bodies not claimed by 1891 were buried in Woodlawn and Mount Hope Cemeteries. We have no remains nor grave markers now at St Luke-in-the-Fields. We had a devastating fire in 1981; the restored and
rebuilt church has but one memorial, to Anthony Bleecker MacDonald, a long-time warden who died in 1879. "
According to the records of Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY both Mary and Joseph Tucker were reinterred in the Tucker Vault there on 12 November 1868. I had visited that site previously and there was no memorial to Joseph.