About John Rucker, Jr.
According to Edyth Rucker Whitley's History of the Rucker Family (p. 11), John Rucker wrote a will dated Dec. 1, 1779. He was then commissioned as an Ensign in the Revolutionary War, in 1780, and he was killed in 1781, prior to September when his will was probated.
However, these dates are a bit off. Here are some transcribed documents pertaining to John Rucker and his wife Eleanor Warren Rucker [thanks to http://hatcherfamilyassn.com/getperson.php?personID=I16639&tree=WmtheIm]:
The Deeds of Amherst County Virginia 1761-1807 and Albemarle Co VA 1748-1763, The Rev. Bailey Fulton Davis.
25 Mar 1748 JNO. WARREN to JAMES WARREN; JAMES WARREN the younger, Lunenburg; BETTY WHITTLE, wife of Matt. Whittle, SARAH COFFREY, wife of Charles Coffrey, ELEANOR RUCKER, wife of Jno. Rucker, GRACE WARREN. Last 4 of Albemarle. For 100,000 pds to be paid in equal proportions-one eighth to each; minerals that may be discovered on 276 acres of JNO. WARREN's on N side Buffalo Ridge (this is now Amherst) 200 pds excepted as working costs-1000 years. To pay on feast day of St. Michael from sums earned. Wit: Jno Harvie, Joshua Fry, Jno. Coffrey.
"National Genealogical Society Library, The Wills of Amherst County, Virginia, 1761-1865", by Reverend Bailly Fulton Davis:
John Rucker, Book 1, Page 529- December 1, 1779, September 4, 1780
- Witnesses: Ambrose Rucker, William Whitten, Reuben Rucker, Planter
- wife, Eleanor - one-half of where I live
- son William - Bedford land on Elk Crrek
- son, George - one-half of Bedford land
- daughter, Nelly Rucker,
- daughter, Betty Rucker;
- colt got by Miller's horse; daughter, Sukey Coward;
- sons, John, Isaac, James,
- daughter, Sarah Pendleton.
- Executors: wife, son, James; son, John; brother, Isaac
Book 2 Page 1 Inventory - of Bedford estate: L78, 407 -6-3. November 6, 1780. George McDaniel, David Tinsley, John McDaniel.; 12 inventory by same men, May 7, 1781; L95-18-8. Book 3, Page 436 - Administrators Account - from 1780 - nine legatees- - -
The will of John Rucker of Lexington Parish, Amherst County, dated Dec. 1, 1779, probated Sept. 4, 1780 ( W.B. 1, p 529):
- To wife Eleanor, 4 negroes, one-half the bedding, and all the rest of the household furniture plantations tools, and one-half of the land.
- To my son, William, one horse, new saddle feather bed, and furniture, rifle gun, , one half my tract of land on Elk Creek, Bedford County.
- To son, George, the other half of land on Elk Creek
- To daughter, Nelly, one slave, etc.
- To daughter, Betty, one slave, etc.
- To daughter, Suckey Coward, a tolerable cow.
- Son Isaac, one-half the tract I live on and all at his mother's death
- James and John each have had a horse
- also George, William, and Isaac, one each.
- To each of the children; James, Sarah Pendleton, John, Sucky Coward, George, William, Nelly, Betty, and Isaac nine slaves and residue of estate to be divided among them.
- Executrix; wife Eleanor, sons; James and John; brother, Isaac.
- Witness: Ambrose Rucker, Reuben Rucker, William Whitten
Applications to the SAR based upon his service were filed by Dana Henry Rucker on Feb. 11, 1930 and Benjamin Wallace Rucker in Nov. 1942 (these are available on Ancestry.com).
Sources given were Hardesty's Historical and Genealogical Encyclopedia of Amherst County, Virginia and Alexander Brown's list of Revolutionary Soldiers published in the Lynchburg newspaper May 20, 1884.\
The B.W. Rucker application states that p. 23 of Sudie Rucker Wood's Rucker Family Genealogy reports that "Amherst Court settled Revolutionary claims 1781 and paid John Rucker for driving public beeves on July 30 1780, Nov. 3 1780 and July 2, 1781. References also found in Bailey's History of Woodford County, Kentucky." In this application there appears to be some confusion about which records belong to which generation of men named John Rucker. There is mention of John Rucker No. 4 and John Rucker no. 5.
John Rucker, Jr.'s Timeline
Orange, Virginia, United States
October 26, 1745
Amherst, Virginia, United States
July 25, 1750
Amherst, Virginia, United States
Amherst, Amherst, Virginia, United States
Amherst County, VA