Year of death for Elizabeth Fielding Rucker is 1762 here,1752 Rucker

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My name is Constance Wehner and I am new to Wikitree.  I've had tremendous fun researching famous ancestors, and finding that 10 of the Magna Carta sureties are my grandfathers, from 23rd GG-grandfather to 25th, which brings up a couple of questions.  Elizabeth Fielding Rucker appears to be my gateway ancestor, born in England in 1660, and died in Orange County or Essex, Virginia in either 1762 or 1752. (Either age is quite remarkable.) On Wikitree it's 1762, but on the Rucker family tree page on Genie, it's 1752.  Graves registry shows remains lost or destroyed, with her burial "somewhere on the Rucker plantation."

The Rucker also insist that her maiden name was not Fielding because there was no record of Fieldings in the area.

The treatment of female lines is especially frustrating.  We see men's wills and stories but very little about the women.

edit - replaced tags e and project with southern_colonies, virginia, euroaristo

WikiTree profile: Elizabeth Rucker
in The Tree House by Constance Wehner G2G Crew (970 points)
edited by Liz Shifflett

Hi! I thought I might be able to help, but a search of Douglas Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry comes up with nothing on Rucker and a search on Fielding didn't find her either. Sorry!

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We do not know the maiden name of Elizabeth, Peter's wife.

The name Fielding was created by Edythe Whitley in her book Rucker Kinsmen written in 1926. Once it's in print -- it's gospel! I have been doing research for forty years on the Ruckers and there is no evidence of a Fielding. In fact, Edythe said she wrote it by mistake and apologized. No one knows where Elizabeth came from or who she was. It wasn't important, back in those days, to keep your maiden name. The only evidence of a woman would be her father's Will mentioning her by name or a family Bible.

The following deed proves Elizabeth died by the 21 Feb 1752 Settlement of the estate of Peter Rucker -- Deed Book A, p.411 - 412, Culpeper Co., VA.  (Elizabeth was given a life time use of his property, so when she died, his estate was divided.)

Therefore we say Elizabeth Rucker died circa 1752 (it may have been 1751). She died in Orange Co., VA, which became Culpeper and is now Madison Co., VA.
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