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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Wiley Rucker (deceased), a successful farmer, was cut down in the prime of life, May 8, 1867, at the age of forty-two years, his birth having occurred in Georgia, on October 14, 1825. He was reared in the State of Alabama, whither he was taken when a boy by his parents, and there he also received his education. He was married on August 18, 1848, to Miss Mary J. Cammack, who was born in Alabama, October 10, 1831, and after living in Alabama, until a short time prior to his death, he moved to Arkansas, and passed his last days in Bradley County. He was a Master Mason, and at the time of his death left an estate of 1,700 acres. His widow has retained 280 acres for herself, and has forty acres of open land in Ashley County, the rest being divided among her children, whose names are as follows: Augustus B. (now living in Texas), Rhoda E. (wife of William H. Barringer), Mattie A. (wife of R. L. Haristan), Wiley B. (wife of J. W. Richardson), and the following children who are deceased: Lewis B. (who died August 26, 1857), and Margaret L. (whose death occurred in September, 1874.) Mr. Rucker was a son of Burdan Rucker. His widow is ably conducting her farm, and has shown herself to be a lady of sound judgment and of progressive views. She is a daughter of Lewis Cammack, who was born in Kentucky, about 1810, and died in Ashley County, Ark., about 1868. He was married in Alabama, to Miss Rhoda Coleman, whose birth occurred in 1814. In 1847 they removed to Arkansas, and in the early part of 1848, found themselves in Union County, where Mrs. Cammack died the following year. She left three sons and five daughters, all of whom lived to be grown, one son and two daughters only being now alive. Mrs. Rucker was the second of the family, and was reared in Alabama. She is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, as are her daughters, Mrs. Barringer and Mrs. Haristan, and is a lady whom all delight to honor, for she is intelligent, an excellent business woman, and a true Christian in every respect.

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This family biography is one of 64 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Bradley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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