Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.
WILLIAM PARKS RUCKER – attorney and farmer, has been a resident in Greenbrier
County since 1869. He was born in Lynchburg, Campbell County, Virginia, November
9, 1831, son of Clifton Hedley RUCKER and Mary Jane Stark (STAPLES) RUCKER, now
both deceased. His father, born in Amherst County, Virginia, died in that county,
and his mother, born in Appomattox County, Virginia, died in Lynchburg. In Campbell
County, Virginia, October 28, 1852, were recorded the marriage vows of William Parks
RUCKER and Margaret Ann SCOTT, and the children of their union are recorded;
Hedley Scott, born September 13, 1853, lives in Huntersville, West Virginia;
W. W., February 1, 1855, lives in Keytesville, Missouri, as does James S.,
born November 23, 1856; Mary Clifton, born July 22, 1858, died September 28, 1861;
Edgar Parks, born December 23, 1861, lives in Rothville, Missouri. Thomas Hazlewood
SCOTT, born in Campbell County, Virginia, and Margaret Parks (BURKS) SCOTT, born in
Amherst County, Virginia, were the parents of Margret A., born in Campbell County,
January 31, 1832. Her parents both died in the county of her birth. In 1867-8, in
Nicholas county, West Virginia, William P. RUCKER filled the office of justice of
peace: in 1865-7 he was a notary public in and for the same county. In the years
1870-2 he was prosecuting attorney for Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties. He was
major of the 13th West Virginia Infantry (Federal), but never served with the
regiment, being assigned alternately aid-de-camp with Generals Seigel and Crook.
His residence and post office address are Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
Transcribed and submitted by Valerie Crook,