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John Foote of Bermuda
And his Descendants

Lt. John Foote was an officer of the Independent Company of Foot which was a company of British Army soldiers sent to Bermuda, probably around 1701.   (Bermuda Historical Quarterly Volume 28, 1971) (Darrell, 1957) (Bermuda Militia 1687-1813). His date of birth or place of birth is unknown. He died 28 May 1754 in Bermuda. (Hallett, 1991)

Lt. John Foote or Foot had one son, Lt. William Foote and a daughter Mary Foot or Foote. Wife is unknown.

Lt. William Foote's date or place of birth is unknown. He married Jehoaddan Tucker on 27 February 1762 (Hallett, 1991). He died between 1797 and 1812.

He is called "lawyer Foote" in an article in the Bermuda Historical Quarterly describing the case of the "negro woman, Phillipa", in 1797. (Bermuda Historical Quarterly Vol-ume 17, 1960) He was also an Assemblyman in St. George's.

Jehoadan Tucker was born in 1734 in Bermuda, and died 18 December 1812 (Hallett, 1991) . She was the daughter of Henry Tucker and Jehoidden Seymour. Lt. William Foote and Jehoaddan had one daughter, Jehoadden (nicknamed Louise).

Jehoadden Foote's date of birth is unknown, and presumed born in Bermuda. She married 26 August 1784, to Dennis La Gorgne or Lagourgne of Hispaniola or San Domingo. (Bermuda Historical Quarterly Volume 28, 1971)

According to a series of articles written by Sister Jean de Chantal, and other sources, she had at least 3 children and lived with her husband for a time on his sugar plantation in San Domingo after sailing first to Charleston, South Carolina (Forbes Letters, 1952).

Starting during the time of the French Revolution, there arose a slave revolt in His-paniola (present-day Haiti) (the plantation was near Cap Hatien and the Grande Anse). Ultimately, many white plantation owners were killed and the plantations burned. Jehoadden managed to escape with two of her children to Bermuda, and was granted a small annuity by the Bermuda Government.

Mary Foote was born probably in 1739 in Bermuda. She married Dr. Richard Tucker in 1759 and lived at Tucker House. Her portrait hangs in the Bermuda His-torical Society Building in St. Georges, Bermuda. (Cox, 2014)

Dr . Richard Tucker was born before 1745 in Bermuda. He was the son of John Tucker and Elizabeth Tucker. (Cox, 2014) He moved with his family to Sint Eustatius in 1773. (Jarvis) According to Jarvis, M., In the Eye of All Trade, Dr. Richard Tucker arrived in St. Eustatius in 1773 to practice medicine (p. 355) Dr. Tucker survived the smallpox epidemic of 1776 in St. Eustatius and died around the time of the sacking of St. Eustatius by the British in 1780. His wife Mary and the children moved back to Bermuda.

The children of Dr. Richard Tucker and Mary Foote were:

Mary Tucker, b. Abt. 1754, Somerset, Bermuda

Elizabeth Tucker, b. 1761, d. 27 Dec 1844, Rosehill, Bermuda

Jehoiden Tucker, b. 1773, Bermuda, d. 1833, Knightsbridge, Middlesex, England

William Tucker, b. 1781, St. Eustatius, West Indies, d. Aft. 1817, St. Georges, Bermuda

Their children had many descendants

As to why the Bermuda Foote's should be of interest to the Foote Family Association of America, I could offer a few reasons: Bermuda is aligned geographically and economically closely with North America

There are close historical ties between Bermuda and the British colonies of North America and later the United States. Many famous families in the U.S. (such as the Tuckers) are originally from Bermuda or are related to Bermuda families.

Bermuda played a very important role in both the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. As an example:
(In the Revoltionary War - the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot)
(in The Civil War - Bermudian blockade runners)


Sorces:
1. (1960). Bermuda Historical Quarterly Volume 17, p. 60.

2. (1971, Spring). Bermuda Historical Quarterly Volume 28, p. 16.

3. Bermuda Militia 1687-1813. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Militia_1687%E2%80% 931813

4. Cox, J. W. (2014). Highlights from the Bermuda Genealogical Collection. Orange Valley, Bermuda.

5. Darrell, O. H. (1957). The British Garrison and the Imperial Connection. Bermuda Historical Quarterly Volume 14, pp. 94- 97.

6. Forbes Letters. (1952). The Bermuda Historical Quarterly Volume 9, p. 295.

7. Hallett, A. (1991). Early Bermuda Records 1619-1826. Juniper Press, .

8. Jarvis, M. (2010). In the Eye of All Trade, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill



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