How it began:
Imagine reading a newspaper and finding an ad for a performance celebrating your grandmother's life. This is a woman you have only heard of in passing. My brother Rod discovered our grandmother in just such a way. He reached out to the show's creator, and got an invitation to the show. After an amazing evening Rod learned that we have family in Everett Washington and our Great Great Grandfathers are considered the unofficial fathers of Everett Washington.
After two years of planning, my brother and I finally arranged to head up to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to get lost in family history. Bill Rucker and Janice (Bill's new bride) took us on a whirl wind tour of the Cascades and the Rucker Family. While Jason Webly (the show's creator) took us around Everett Washington.
There are so many amazing points of discovery from our family discovery trip. Here are just a few highlights.
1) We have a waterfall named after our great great grandfathers - Rucker Falls. The falls feed the ice caves which are made our of hard packed snow.
Also buried here: My uncle, John Wyatt Armstrong (a day old), my grandfather, Justus, and supposedly Margaret, my grandmother. However the urn was last seen in the tomb in 1994 by Everett's historian David. We couldn't find it on Friday, August 5, 2016.
Bill's side of the family is also buried here. His father, mother, and second wife.
The Rucker Mansion was built by Bethel Rucker for his new bride Ruby Brown (and unknown to Ruby his mother Mary). This is truly the only piece of family history I knew about thanks to a newspaper clipping in my father's personal files.