Thanks for the information. Geo W. and Lida Mark's Rukes marriage license is in Book 6, page 67 in the Parke County, Indiana Recorders Office. I didn't know the Marks went back into Maryland too. We have traced the Rukes back through the Rooks/Ruarks in Worcester Co, Maryland to James Ruark and his father in Ireland in abt 1645/55.
We lost track of Newton Rukes, b 1871. I was just back in Vigo/Vermillion counties in Indiana on March 20, 2001 and there was no record of his marriage, death or military service in any Indiana records. Like Anne Chesney thought, he appears to be one of those persons that "vanish into history" as we will probably never know what happened to him.Jim Pugh