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Emma Booth


EMMA MOSS [b: 08 January 1860 d: 28 October 1903]


Emma Booth

Emma blossomed under the early confidence placed in her by her parents, and while in her teens became the beloved "mother" of the first training school for women. On 10 April 1888 she married Major Frederick Tucker [b: 21 Mar 1853 d: 17 Jul 1929] a gently-born convert who had led the opening party in India. India's climate proved too much for Emma, however. In 1896 they were assigned to leadership in the United States, with a special title of "Consul" for her, replacing the departing Ballington and Maud. They threw themselves into the work, continuing prison visitation and carrying out the farm colony experiment for urban poor devised by William Booth in his book, Darkest England and the Way Out.

It was while retuning from a trip to Amity Colony, in Colorado, that Emma died in a train accident at the age of 43, leaving a distraught husband and six children. Booth-Tucker departed the next year for England, and continued his work as Secretary for India.


The carriage of the train in which Emma Booth-Tucker was travelling is marked with a small 'X' (right of centre)

Children: Frederick, Catherine Motee, Lucy, Tancred, Herbert, John, Muriel (William & Evangeline died in infancy)

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