Rev. John Tucke – general history and his son’s career

Yesterday I had some museum visitors who were interested in Rev. John Tucke, who is buried on Star Island under the huge obelisk built for him in 1914 to replace his earlier, smaller gravestone.  He was a minister, judge, educator and physician on Star Island for 42 years-  from 1731 until his death in 1773. He was well-respected by the villagers. The Shoalers paid him in dried cod, Isles of Shoals ‘dunfish’ which made him one of the best paid ministers in New England.  The visitors are members of a church in Epsom, NH that was founded by his son and wanted to learn more about Rev. Tucke.

Here is some of the information I found and promised to scan and send to them.  (Which I am sending now).

From Rev. John Tucke’s handwritten records of the Town of Gosport, this is a page recording the baptism of his own son, John on August 10, 1740:

Bottom part of same page:

From the Dismissions page of the Town of Gosport records, showing his son going to Epsom, NH to be ordained on September 13, 1761:

From Lyman V. Rutledge’s 6 Volume Omnibus Edition of Isles of Shoals In Lore and Legend, the chapter The Era of John Tucke:

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4 thoughts on “Rev. John Tucke – general history and his son’s career

  1. Where might I be able to get a copy of that which you scanned from Lyman V. Rutledge’s 6 Volume Omnibus Edition of Isles of Shoals In Lore and Legend, the chapter The Era of John Tucke?
    Thank you in advance for your assistance!
    Kathleen Tuck Fontaine

    • You can print them from this page if you would like. We don’t have a physical copy other than the original book. The published, shorter version of Isles of Shoals in Lore and Legend is available, though the p.43-45 chapter on John Tucke is much less in depth. Thanks for reading!

    • Hi Kathleen, I’ve done considerable research on Rev. Tucke, and have been actively seeking his descendents, and personal materials that may be in his hands. Where do you fit in the Tucke lineup? I have a copy of the complete church record book, and have a statistical summary of baptisms, admissions, confessions, dismissals, etc. He was truly a “shepherd on a rock in the sea”. Laurence Bussey, York, Maine. skipper@neyachts.com – 603 433-3222.

      • Rev. Tucke is my…great, great, great, great, great grandfather’s brother, or my Great (x5) Uncle.

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