Martha Jane Horton

26 December 1835–2 July 1892 (Age 56)
Wayne, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Horton was born on 26 December 1835, in Wayne, Tennessee, United States, her father, Jesse Mullens Horton, was 35 and her mother, Anna Dykes, was 33. She married Nathaniel Witt Rucker on 25 September 1856, in Macon, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in McMinn, Tennessee, United States in 1850. She died on 2 July 1892, in Long Creek, Macon, Illinois, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in North Fork Cemetery, Long Creek Township, Macon, Illinois, United States.

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Nathaniel Witt Rucker
Martha Jane Horton
Marriage: 25 September 1856
Ann Elizabeth Rucker
James Allison Rucker
Maryetta Matilda Rucker
Ella M Rucker
William H Rucker
Nancy Catherine Rucker
Sarah Lenora Rucker
Joseph Nathaniel Rucker
Jesse Franklin Rucker
Adda Mae Rucker
Edwin Wendling Rucker

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  • Marriage
    25 September 1856Macon, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 1
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
    Age 11
    Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 21
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    Name Meaning

    English (Staffordshire and Warwickshire): habitational name from one or other of the many places so called, such as those in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, and Yorkshire. Most of the placenames derive from Old English horh or horu ‘dirt, filth’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’, though some may have different origins, including Horton in Gloucestershire, which may derive from Old English heorot ‘hart, stag’ + tūn.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (29)

    • Martha J. Horton Rucker in entry for Rucker, "Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940"
    • Martha Rucker in household of James Rucker, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Jane Harlow in entry for Benjamin F Andrews and Lizzie Rucker, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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