The Journey Of Two Gold Rings and the Legend of Tall Tree

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New book tells a fascinating historical fiction that will rivet readers

Jacob Harris left England in 1770 with a ten-thousand-acre land grant in Virginia and gold, given to him by the king. Seeing the virgin trees, he fell to his knees and named the place Tall Tree. In that place, he forged a new life and a legend was born. Readers can witness the intriguing events unfold in Two Gold Rings and the Legend of Tall Tree, a novel by Thomas D. ''Tuck'' Payne Sr.

In the year 1770, twenty-year-old Jacob Harris was called before the king, who knew of his great desire to go to the New World across the ocean. In respect for the dedicated service of Jacob’s father and grandfather to the Crown, the king presented him with a land grant of ten thousand acres, boat passage, and enough gold coins to start a new life in the new land. Jacob named the vast acreage of magnificent virgin trees Tall Tree. He spent twenty years clearing the land and building a brick house before taking a bride, Ruth, and having one son, William.

Jacob, even though he purchased slaves to help him and three other white men to clear the land, never treated them as slaves, taking time to educate them to do things and think on their own. The Civil War took its toll on the family, causing the disappearance of two special wedding rings for eighty-one years before making their return to add to the legend of the beautiful plantation of Tall Tree.

A fascinating historical fiction, Two Gold Rings and the Legend of Tall Tree will keep readers riveted from the first page until the last. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Thomas Daniel Payne, a.k.a. Tuck, is eighty-seven years old, was born in 1924 in Charlottesville, Virginia, lived in the Depression years, and was a high school graduate in 1942. He is a veteran of the Army Air Force in World War II, honorably discharged on February 1946. He married Ella, his only love, from Buckingham County, Virginia, on January 1945. As Tuck said, she spoiled him for fifty-nine years before passing away. Together they shared their love with three boys and two girls. He worked as a master plumber, retiring in 1989. In 1968, they built a five-room cottage on the Chickahominy River for boating and fly-fishing for bass. He woke up one night in 2007 having a great urge to write. He is trying to fill that urge with one finger and a laptop.

Two Gold Rings and the Legend of Tall Tree * by Thomas D. ''Tuck'' Payne Sr.
Publication Date: February 26, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 164 pages; 978-1-4568-7825-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 164 pages; 978-1-4568-7826-9
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-7827-6

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