Fayette County Genealogy Project
[Source: Nelson's Biographical Dictionary and Historical Reference Book
of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.; Uniontown, Pa.: S. B. Nelson, 1900; page
"WILLIAM G. ROTRUCK, of Menallen township, was born July 23, 1825, in Fayette county, PA. He is a son of John and Rhoda (Griffin) Rotruck. His grandparents came from Virginia to this county in the year 1810, and were of German and French origin. Mr. Rotruck was one of a family of four sons and three daughters, five of whom are still living each at a ripe old age: Phineas L., Rebecca (Rotruck) Cooper, John lives in Nebraska; Rhoda in West Va.; Henry in Redstone township, Pa. and Elizabeth in Uniontown, Pa. Mr. Rotruck was married in 1877 to Miss Hannah Hill, daughter of Richard Hill, of Menallen township. She died February 23, 1899. Mr. Rotruck is a Democrat; and in religious belief a Baptist. While still a young man he chose farming as an occupation and still pursues it, in addition to stock raising. He started in life as a poor boy, but by hard work and economy has succeeded in obtaining a fine farm of one hundred acres and recently sold his coal land for one hundred and twenty-five dollars per acre. Mr. Rotruck is known throughout the community in which he resides as an honest and conscientious man, and one of his chief pleasures is in looking back upon his happy childhood days."