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Rucker, Colonel Ambrose

Rucker, Colonel Ambrose

Male 1724 - 1807  (83 years)

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  • Name Rucker, Ambrose  [1
    Title Colonel 
    Born 13 Apr 1724  King and Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 3808 
    Died 14 Dec 1807  Amherst County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3763  Caswell County
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2022 

    Father Rucker, John,   b. 3 Jan 1680, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1742, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother [Rucker], Susannah Unknown,   b. 1684,   d. 1742  (Age 58 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F49148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Tinsley, Mary,   b. Abt 1735,   d. 1818, Amherst County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1755  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 28838 
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    +10. Rucker, Reuben,   b. 26 Dec 1755, Albemarle County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1782  (Age 26 years)  [natural]
     11. Rucker, Winifred,   b. Abt 1757, Amherst County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     12. Rucker, Molly,   b. 1758, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     13. Rucker, Ambrose,   b. 6 Dec 1763, Amherst County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    +14. Rucker, Frances,   b. Abt 1768, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1847, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)  [natural]
    +15. Rucker, Isaac,   b. Abt 1770, Amherst County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     16. Rucker, Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1772  [natural]
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F1999  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Apr 1724 - King and Queen County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Jan 1755 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Dec 1807 - Amherst County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ambrose Rucker in Southside Virginia
    Ambrose Rucker and Mary Tinsley Rucker Children

  • Notes 
    • Ambrose Rucker (1724-1807)

      Children of Ambrose and Mary Tinsley Rucker in Southside Virginia Genealogies

      Ambrose Rucker in Southside Virginia Genealogies

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      From Amherst County, Virginia. Rank also seen as Lieutenant Colonel.
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      Revolutionary War Participation

      Amherest County, Virginia, Militia; member of Revolutionary Committee; Justice of the Peace; rendered aid to the revolution.

      Sources:

      Abercrombie, Janice L., and Slatten, Richard. Virginia Revolutionary "Publick" Claims, Volume I. Iberian Publishing Co.: Athens (Georgia), 1992, pages 75, 80, and 86.

      Sweeny, Lenora Higginbotham. Amherst County, Virginia, in the Revolution: Including Extracts From the Lost Order Book, 1773-1782. Mrs. William Montgomery Sweeny: Lynchburg (Virginia), 1951; pages 2, 3, 35, 36, 59, 69, 71, 72, and 75.
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      Ambrose Rucker is the son of John Rucker (1680-1742) [s/o Peter Rucker and Elizabeth Rucker] and Susannah Phillips (1684-1742) [d/o William Phillips and Susannah Williams Phillips]

      NOTE A--Alternate birth places (1) Norfolk City, Virginia, USA); (2) Orange County, Virginia, USA (per Craig Kilby via findagrave suggestion made 13 MAR 2014)
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      Ambrose Rucker was husband of-
      Mary Tinsley Rucker (1738 - 1806)
      {d/o of --
      Edward Tinsley (1700-1782)
      [s/o Thomas Tinsley and Sarah Jackson Tinsley]
      and
      Margaret Tinsley (1705-1782)}
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      Children of Colonel Ambrose Rucker and Mary Tinsley Rucker (list is work in progress)-
      (all children born in Amherst County, Virginia)

      Reuben Rucker (m. Margaret McDaniel)
      Margaret "Peggy" Rucker (m. John McDaniel)
      Mary Tinsley "Molly" Rucker (m. James Burford)
      Charlotte Rucker
      Frances "Frankey" Rucker (m. John Lee)
      Ambrose Rucker Jr.
      (m. Margaret McDaniel)
      (m. Elizabeth Lucas)
      Winifred Rucker (M. Benjamin Plunkett)
      Isaac Rucker
      (m. Mary Higinbotham)
      (m. Mary Ann Christian)
      (m. Mary Wingfield)
      Elizabeth "Betty" Rucker (m. James Marr)
      Sophia Rucker (m. Robert Paschal Jennings)
      Caroline Rucker (m. John Hansford)
      Matilda Rucker (m. Alexander Marr)
      Sarah Sally Rucker (m. John Marr)
      Benjamin Rucker (m. Sally Harris)
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      By 1751, Cololnel Ambrose Rucker founded Rucker's Chapel in Amherst County, Virigina. It was one of the first Anglican (present-day Episcopal) churches in Amherst County. It was also known as Harris Creek Church and later known as Saint Matthew's Church. It stood on a part of a 5850 acre tract his father John Rucker, patented in 1745. The Church served its congregation until 1817, when the members moved to Ascension Church in Amherst.

      By 1781, he owned (patented) thousands of acres of land in Virginia and Kentucky.

      Colonel Ambrose Rucker and his Family were close friends with Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson (later President of the USA).

      In 1821, (after the death of Colonel Ambrose Rucker), Patrick Henry represented Rucker Family's interests in a legal dispute with the Rucker's neighbor, and Thomas Jefferson testified in the suit to prove the legal dispute in favor of the Rucker Family.
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      Military and Public Service--

      He served as a Captain in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War.
      In 1766, he received a commission as Lieutenant in Amherst County Militia Company.
      In 1766, he was appointed and served as Justice of the Peace in Amherst County, Virginia.
      In 1778, he was appointed and served as Sheriff of Amherst County.
      In 1781 - 1782, he served in the Virginia Legislature House of Delegates during the Revolutionary War representing Amherst County.

      In 1791, he was active in the process to establish the Warminster Academy in Amherst County, Virginia. Colonel Ambrose Rucker was appointed one of the first trustees of this Academy. (Source: "The Beginnings of Public Education in Virginia", 1776-1860: Study of Secondary Schools in Relation to the State Literary Fund, Volume 187, page 123)
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      Last Will and Testament--

      The Will of Col Ambrose Rucker was written, signed, and sealed on 3 Dec 1803; and after his death it was probated on 21 Dec 1807. His personal and real wealth was considerable. The Will left proportions to his wife, children, grandchildren, other family members, and their heirs forever. Some of the property included: money (in British pounds and shillings), furniture, livestock, buildings, farm equipment, land, and negro slaves.

      The Will allocated some of his land for a family cemetery--
      "It is to be observed that I reserve half an acre for a grave yard is now fixed to belong to my Family forever..."

      (Source: Amherst County, Virginia, Will Book 4, pg 479)
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      Death and Burial--

      Colonel Ambrose passed away after reaching age 84 years. He was about 6 feet 6 inches in height and his weight was about 300 pounds. He was a pioneer in Virginia who left a legacy to his Family and descendants and blazed a path in the History of the USA.
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      Sources

      "The Rucker Family Genealogy with their ancestors, descendants, and connections", compiled by Sudie Rucker Wood from original records, letters, and other material collected over a period of thirty years.", published 1932 by Old Dominion Press, Inc., in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: 1850 US Federal Census.