Colby Rucker was born on October 10, 1760, in Culpeper County, Virginia to Peter and Sarah (Wisdom) Rucker. Soon after his birth, his father moved the family to Natchez, Mississippi. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Colby and his father had several arguments over whether or not they should be involved in the War. At this time Mississippi was actually part of Florida and the British had taken this land from the French. At the age of 17, Colby left home with his friend Henry Pumphrey and they joined the fight. The British had taken Fort Panmure at Natchez and they helped to take it back. Because of this, he had difficulty with his father so he and Henry left Mississippi to join William Blount in North Carolina. On their way to North Carolina Colby and Henry were captured by the British. They were held in prison for several months under extreme hardship. Colby devised a plan to escape. Every day the women in the town would bring the prisoners food. Colby had some of the women from the town smuggle in some women’s clothing. So, dressed as women, Colby and Henry walked out of prison along with all the other women. They immediately joined the North Carolina militia and fought with them until the end of the war.
Colby never returned to Mississippi. He met and married Sarah Roberts in 1784 in Wilkes County North Carolina. They had eight children. In 1810 he moved his family to Grainger County, Tennessee. He died on January 20, 1852 at the age of 91.