Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Martha Eppes Tucker and Thomas Jefferson

Martha Eppes (Epps), the second wife of our 5 times great-grandfather Robert Tucker Jr., was related to the Jefferson family and President Thomas Jefferson. Martha and Robert Tucker married around 1719 in Virginia.
Martha's parents were Francis Littleberry Eppes III and Anne Isham. Both the Eppes and Isham families were of English heritage.

Her paternal great-grandfather Col. Francis Eppes I was born in May 1597 in Ashford, Kent, England. Another date of his birthday which I have come across is 15 May 1588.

13th century St. Mary's Church, Ashford 

Francis Eppes I emigrated to Virginia around 1620, he died in Charles City.

Martha's maternal grandfather was Henry Isham I, born around 1627 in Northamptonshire, England. In the year 1656, he came to America and started his new life in Bermuda Hundred, Henrico County, Virginia Colony.

In 1688, Martha's great-grandfather Francis and her uncle (by marriage with Mary Isham, Martha's mother's sister) William Randolph set out the Bermuda Hundred town in Virginia.

Martha Eppes was also related to President Thomas Jefferson in two ways:

T. Jefferson - 3rd US President

1. Her brother's great-grandson John Wayles Eppes married Thomas Jefferson's daughter Miss Maria Jefferson.

Martha's brother Francis Eppes IV (b. 10 Oct. 1686, Bermuda Hundred, Chesterfield County, Virginia, Colonial America / d. Dec. 1734, Dales Parish, Henrico County, Virginia )  
his son Richard Isham Eppes (b. 1724, Bermuda Hundred / d. 2 August 1765, Bermuda Hundred)
his son Francis Eppes VI (b. 1747, Bermuda Hundred / d. 4 July 1808, Sweet Springs, Bath County, Virginia) 
his son John Wayles Eppes (b. 19 April, 1773, Eppington, Chesterfield County, Province of Virginia / d. 13 Sept. 1823, Millbrook, Buckingham County, Virginia).

2. Her brother's granddaughter Martha Wayles married Thomas Jefferson.

Francis Eppes IV
his daughter Martha Wayles (b. 10 April 1712, Bermuda Hundred / d.  5 Nov. 1748, Virginia)
her daughter Martha Wayles Jefferson (b. 30 Oct. 1748, Charles City / d. 6 Sept. 1782, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA).

Monticello, Virginia

There was another family connection between the Epps and the Jeffersons - Francis Eppes VI's wife Mrs. Elizabeth Eppes nee Wayles (b. 24 Feb. 1752, VA / d. 10 June 1810, Eppington Plantation, Chesterfield, Virginia) was a half-sister of Martha Jefferson nee Wayles (b. 30 Oct. 1748, Charles City, VA / d. 6 Sept. 1782, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA), wife of Thomas Jefferson.


  • St. Mary's Church Ashford: By John Salmon, CC BY-SA 2.0,
  • Map of Virginia: By Unknown cartographer for author Thomas J. Wertenbaker - Page 20 from Thomas J. Wertenbaker's Virginia Under the StuartsPrinceton: Princeton University Press, 1914. Digital scan at, Public Domain,
  • Thomas Jefferson: By,
    Public Domain,
  • Monticello: By Martin Falbisoner - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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