My family is from Shelby County Kentucky and originated in Virginia. My oldest traceable Rucker is Anderson Rucker born around 1850 in Benson, Kentucky. His father is from Virginia and mother from Kentucky. He married Jane ?? of Shelbyville, Kentucky. Jane was born around 1847. They had sons named Chester (1881), Richard (1884), William (18??) and Alonzo (18??). There may have been one or two others not identified. Chester married Roberta Dorsey (1895)and had one son, Cornelius Rucker (1915). Richard married Sadie ?? (1892) and had Louis A. Rucker and Luella Rucker. I am still searching my ancestry so there are many holes to be filled in. I know we have relatives in Shelbyville, Kentucky; Louisville, Kentucky; Middletown, Ohio, Shelby County, Ohio, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
There is also lines of the family that come from a Native American people (possibly Cherokee). Check for entries by Erica Rucker in this data base, in Africgenesis, and Ancestry.com. Also check on David Rucker who lived in Kentucky and migrated to Texas.