Subject: Rucker Family Tree
This was written From Stephen to Cindy....
As we discussed, I have completed putting together a diagram of the Rucker Family Tree for your son and his class. I will mail it to your Dad, Hal, since I think that he will enjoy refreshing some of his memories. What I am sending, the Rucker portion of your son's project, will be about one quarter of the total tree that he will need to put together if his teacher wants them to go back to the great, great, great Grandparent level.
Following is some addition background information that augments the diagram. The diagram helped me clarify things, but the following information will enable some one to redraw my diagram if they wanted to. Since I wound up putting a fair amount of time into this, and it hasn't been done before, I am also sending the following text to several other members of the Rucker family.
On the Rucker side, your son will have 4 sets of Great, Great, Great Grandparents. I talked to my Dad (Herbert Rucker) and to my Uncle (Irbe McCormack) who are the only surviving family members who have any recollection of people going back that far. In most cases, they don't remember first names of the great, great, great Grandparent, and they can only give approximate years of birth or death. They also don't remember too much about their own Uncles and Aunts.
Great, Great, Great Grandpa and Grandma Rucker were both second generation Texans. He was born in about 1860 and lived until about 1937. She was born in about 1862 and live until 1958. My father does not remember her maiden name or either of their first names. They had 3 children including Great, Great Grandpa Hudson Rucker who lived from 1898 until 1975. My guess is that the parents of the Great Great Great Grandparents migrated to Texas from Virginia sometime after the Texas Revolution against Mexico in 1836. It isn't known if the family had any members who participated in the American Civil War in the 1860's. Texas was a member of the Confederacy, but most of the fighting took place back in the Eastern States. The family owned a full "Section" of land near the small town of Santos located to the East of Mineral Wells Texas. A "Section" was the size of plots that were given to early settlers after the Texas Revolution, and was approximately a square mile. This isn't too long after the Comanche Indians had stopped raiding homesteads in that area. Even in the 1950's the practice of keeping a loaded rifle behind the front door was still evident. It was a great place for your father (Hal), Your uncle Jim, Jo Ann and I to spend summer vacations back in the 1950's. Great, Great, Great Grandma Rucker was still alive and lived quietly in a small house on the Ranch. The family raised cattle, pigs, corn, cotton and oats. My father Herbert remembers that his grandparents preferred to travel by Horse and Buggy even after automobiles were starting to become commonplace. By the time that we kids visited, they were only raising cattle and growing oats.
Great, Great, Great Grandpa Riggs and Grandma Riggs were also second generation Texans whose parents had probably migrated to Texas sometime after the Texas Revolution. He lived from about 1860 to about 1925, she lived from about 1865 until 1930. They both seemed to have lived and died in Central Texas somewhat further south than Mineral Wells. They had three children: John Riggs and Jim Riggs, both of whom fought in World War I, and Great, Great Grandma Josie Riggs who lived from 1900 until 1977. After the marriage of Josie Riggs to Hudson Rucker, John Riggs lived on the ranch near Santos with them helping raise cattle and crops. The ranch was sold in 1977 a few months before Josie Rucker (Riggs) died.
Great, Great, Great Grandpa McCormack appears to have been a second generation Irishman whose parents may have immigrated during one of the potato famines that struck Ireland in the 1800's.