Before the Silver Creek school was built in 1888, John hired a live-in tutor as was English custom to teach his children. John's son George Henry Tucker became a teacher, superintendent of schools and a state senator. Three of his son James' daughters became teachers who taught a total of 93 years between them. Several other family members also became teachers.
One of the Tucker cousins had the original letters from John's family in England from 1854 to 1910 and Hardesty letters from Nevada and California from 1869, and 1906-1914. There were also letters from 1855 to 1859 from John Tucker's brother Henry who followed him to America in 1855 but settled in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina because he could not afford the trip across the plains to the West coast. Between 1999 and 2001 three of us (my first cousin Chris and my second cousin once removed Carole) transcribed the letters and followed up on the genealogy leads that they contained. I then made copies of the originals and transcriptions and had them bound into books about 2 inches thick for about 40 Tucker cousins interested in a copy. My cousin Carole compiled the genealogy information we had at the time on the Tucker, Hardesty and Dingle families and printed copies of that for the cousins.
January 29, 1828 to August 14, 1904