Mr John Tucker, Parish Clerk and Schoolmaster of Cornworthy for forty years. Died December 1860 aged 74 years. He was correspondent for many years to the Sherborne Mercury and widely respected as the 'maker of wills' for those in his locality. He is best remembered as an antiquary and local historian of some note, with a particular interest in Cornworthy Priory, founded in the 13th century by the powerful Zouch family. The paper, despite its title and introduction is essentially a history of the author's family. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the University of Michigan Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.