This entry is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. This week’s prompt is FIRST. To see other posts in this series, view my 52 Ancestors in 2019 index.
I grew up in the small community of Liddieville in rural Franklin Parish, Louisiana. My father bought a little wood-frame house on an acre of land in 1969. He and my mother married the next year, and they worked throughout their marriage remodeling, adding on, and improving the property to make it their home. They purchased the adjoining three acres in 1978, and started a Christmas tree farm. My dad eventually replaced the Christmas trees with a pecan orchard, and we now enjoy the fruits of his labor with pecan pies every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
As my childhood home, this property is tied to all my important memories, but our family wasn’t the first to live there. I searched for the property in the First Landowners Project database at HistoryGeo when it was a new offering at my local genealogy library. I learned a man named Owen Tucker was the original patent holder, so I took a screenshot, emailed it to my dad, and filed it away as an interesting tidbit.
About two years later, I stumbled across the name Owen Tucker again — this time in my maternal line research. Owen Tucker is actually my 4x-great-grandfather, an ancestor of my grandmother Dorothy Hendry. I lived on his property the first 22 years of my life and didn’t even realize it! Any stories of Owen Tucker have faded from our family’s collective memory, but I have managed to learn a few things about Owen’s life from records. Continue reading Owen Tucker: First Landowner of My Childhood Home