30. Documentation for Jacob Ricketts
(22 Feb 1826 to 03 May 1910)
father of Elizabeth Jane Ricketts
(18 Nov 1861 to 27 Feb 1922)


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Jacob Ricketts was born February 22, 1826, in Dearborn County, Indiana.(1) He was the son of John Ricketts and Mary Goodner.(2) John Ricketts was born February 1, 1787, in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.(3) He married Mary Goodner, in Dearborn County, Indiana, about 1817.(4)
John Ricketts died February 23, 1843, in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, and is buried at the
Ricketts and/or Mitchell Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana. His tombstone indicates, "Aged 56 years 22 days". John Ricketts probably settled in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, about 1830.(5)
Mary Goodner was the daughter of Jacob Goodner and Ester (or Hester) White. She was born March 20, 1802, in Guilford County, North Carolina. She died September 8, 1866, "aged 64 y, ? m, 12 d" and was buried at the Ricketts and/or Mitchell Cemetery beside her husband.(6) The 1850 Indiana Federal Census for Vermillion County, Highland Township lists the birthplace of Mary (Goodner) Ricketts as North Carolina. She could not read or write and her age was given as 47.(7) The 1860 Indiana Federal Census for Vermillion County, Highland Township, lists the birthplace of Mary (Goodner) Ricketts as Indiana, her age as 59. She was listed as the head of household and she was literate.(8)
Jacob Ricketts was the sixth child born to John and Mary Ricketts.(9) Jacob was 5 feet, 10 inches, in 1864 according to his military/pension records.(10)
Jacob Ricketts married Rachel Guise on August 29, 1844 according to an Ohio County, Indiana, marriage certificate.(10A)
Jacob married Nancy Jane Scott on May 18, 1847.(11)
The children of Jacob Ricketts and Nancy Jane Scott were:
1.
William J. Ricketts was born in 1848.
2.
Benjamin James Wilson Ricketts was born December 1850. He married Emma Florence Miller in 1858. He died in 1927 and is buried at Upper Mound Cemetery, Kent Township, Warren County, Indiana.
3.
John Harvey Ricketts was born June 5, 1853, in Vermillion county, Indiana. He married Margaret Persilla Fox. He died October 25, 1921. Both are buried at Hopewell Cemetery, Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana.
4.
Foster W. Ricketts was born in 1856.
5.
Mary J. Ricketts was born in 1859.
6.
David Ricketts was born in June of 1859 or 1860 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Mary Josephine Dixon.
Nancy Jane (Scott) Ricketts died about 1860.(12A) Jacob Ricketts then married Melissa Jane Barnard on March 21, 1861, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.(12) They were married by Justice of the Peace A. E. Howe. Melissa J. Barnard was born December 11, 1841, in Vermillion County, Indiana.(13 were the parents of eight children.(14)
1. Elizabeth Jane Ricketts was born November 18, 1861, in Vermillion County, Indiana. She is a twin of Abraham Lincoln Ricketts. She married Daniel Alexander Fox on April 1, 1880. She died February 27, 1922, in Gessie, Indiana, from a home fire. She was buried at Hopewell Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana.
2.
Abraham Lincoln Ricketts was born November 18, 1861, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He died in 1939. He is buried at the Zaphyers Hill Cemetery, Florida. He was a twin of Elizabeth Jane Ricketts.
3.
Joseph Ricketts was born in July 1864, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He was married in 1864 to a Nancy E. ___________. Joseph died in 1935 and is buried in the Lower Mound Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana.
4.
Nancy Ricketts was born in July 1864, in Vermillion County, Indiana. She married John Henry Dixon. Nancy died on March 6, 1937, and is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Fountain County, Indiana.(15)
5.
Hiram "High" Ricketts was born in 1871 or 1872 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Gabrielle Talbert. Hiram died in 1930. He is buried at Lower Mound Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana.
6.
Fredrick Ricketts was born April 30, 1874, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Myrtle E. Gaskin on March 29, 1899, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He died August 24, 1934.
7.
Daniel Ricketts was born in 1878 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He died in 1922 and is buried at the Lower Mound Cemetery. His name appears on the same tombstone as that of his parents.
8.
Jacob Ricketts (Junior) was born in 1880.
Jacob Ricketts served in Company D, 57th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry from about August 1864 to June 1865.(16) He was in the Battles of Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee. He was drafted in September 1864, and was discharged on July 5, 1865, at New Orleans, Louisiana. His rank was that of a private. At the time of his entry into the military, he was listed as 5 feet 10 inches, complexion was dark, color of eyes was blue, and color of hair was dark. His occupation was listed as a farmer.(17)
At the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, Jacob was in a far advanced position with about 1,000 US troops. He was part of the unit of John Q. Lane? The general in charge of these troops, ? ? ?, was kicked out of the army as a result of this fiasco. U. S. Gov: Extensive, 100 pages or so, medical records related to a pension claim for illness contracted during the Civil War.(18)
Jacob Ricketts died May 3, 1910, at his home in Foster, Warren County, Indiana.(19) He was buried in Lower Mound Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana.(20) Melissa J. (Barnard) Ricketts died January 23, 1924 in Foster, Mound Township, Warren County, Indiana, and was buried in Lower Mound Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana.(21)
The 1850 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated October 23, 1850, lists Jacob Ricketts age 24, farmer, born in Indiana, Nancy Ricketts age 24, born in Ohio, William Rickets age 1, born in Indiana, Jesse Barnett, age 43, laborer, born in Virginia, Elizabeth Barnett, age 15, born in Indiana, William Barnett, age 14, born in Indiana, John Barnett age 9, born in Iowa, Eliza Jane Barnett age 7, born in Iowa, and George Little age 8, born in Indiana.(22) A John Ricketts and his wife Anna are listed next on the census page.
The 1860 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office Perrysville, enumerated July 7, 1880, by A. J. Adams lists Jacob Ricketts, age 34, farmer, born in Indiana, Nancy Ricketts, age 34, born in Ohio, William D. Ricketts, age 12, born in Indiana, Benjamin W. Ricketts, age 9, born in Indiana, John H. Ricketts, age 7, born in Indiana, Foster W. Ricketts, age 4, born in Indiana, and Mary J. Ricketts, age 1, born in Indiana.(23)
The 1870 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office - Perrysville, enumerated June 24, 1870, lists Jacob Ricketts age 44, farmer, and Melissa Ricketts, age 29. The census lists William D. age 22, Ben W. age 19, John H. age 17, David age 10, Lincoln age 8, Elizabeth age 8, Joseph age 5, and Nancy age 3. The 1870 census record indicates that Elizabeth and Lincoln Ricketts were twins.
(24)
The 1880 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 11, 1880, by George W. Main, lists Jacob Ricketts age 54, farmer, Melissa age 37, wife, David age 21, Lincoln age 19, Lizzie age 19, Joseph age 16, Nanny (Nancy) age 13, Hiram age 8, Fred age 7, and Daniel age 2.(25)
The 1900 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 14, 1900, by Clinto G. Beckett, lists Jacob Ricketts Sr., head, born in February 1826, age 74, Malisse J. Ricketts, wife, born in December 1841, age 58, Abraham L. Ricketts, son, born in 1861, age 39, Daniel Ricketts age 21, and Jacob Ricketts Jr., son, born in November 1883, age 16..(26)
The 1910 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated April 15, 1910, by Louise Boughner lists Jacob Ricketts age 84, Malisia age 68, Lincoln age 48, Daniel age 30, and Jacob Jr. age 25 living in the household.
(27)
The 1920 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, lists Malissa Ricketts, age 78, as head of household. Daniel Ricketts, age 41, son, is the only other person listed as living in the household.(28)

Children (Ricketts) born to Jacob Ricketts and Nancy Jane Scott:
i. William J. Ricketts was born in 1848.
ii.
Benjamin James Wilson Ricketts was born in December 1850.
iii.
John Harvey Ricketts was born June 5, 1853, in Vermillion County, Indiana.
iv.
Foster W. Ricketts was born in 1856.
v.
Mary J. Ricketts was born in 1859.
vi.
David Ricketts probably was born in June 1860 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Children
(Ricketts) born to Jacob Ricketts and Melissa Jane Barnard:
i. Elizabeth Jane Ricketts was born November 18, 1861, in Vermillion
County, Indiana. She was a twin of Abraham Lincoln Ricketts.
ii.
Abraham Lincoln Ricketts was born November 18, 1861, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He was a twin of Elizabeth Jane Ricketts.
iii.
Joseph Ricketts was born in July 1864, in Vermillion County, Indiana.
iv.
Nancy Ricketts was born in July 1864, in Vermillion County, Indiana.
v.
Hiram "High" Ricketts was born in 1871 or 1872 in Vermillion County, Indiana.
vi.
Fredrick Ricketts was born April 30, 1874, in Vermillion County, Indiana.
vii.
Daniel Ricketts was born in 1878 in Vermillion County, Indiana.
viii. Jacob Ricketts (Junior) was born in 1880.

REFERENCES

1. Declaration for Pension dated February 25, 1907, in Fountain County, Indiana. Act of February 6, 1907. "that he was born Feb 22, 1826, at Dearborn County, Ind." Also see Death Certificate of Jacob Ricketts that gives his birthdate on the back side as February 22, 1826. Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910.

2. Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910, Mound Township, Boord Funeral Home in Covington, Indiana. The back side of the death certificate names Jacob's parents as John Ricketts and Mary Goodin (i.e., Goodner). It states his wife's name was Malissa and gives his date of birth as February 22, 1826. Also see Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. The Family Data Collection is a secondary data source.

3. Tombstone of John Ricketts at the Ricketts and/or Mitchell Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana. Date of death on tombstone given as February 23, 1843. Tombstone inscription indicates, "Aged 56 years 22 days". Tombstone photograph made by Curtis Lynn Older.

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5. See History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois.

6. Tombstone of Mary Goodner at the Ricketts and/or Mitchell Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana. Date of death on tombstone given as September 8, 1866. Tombstone inscription indicates, "aged 64 y, (?)m, 12 d".

7. 1850 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated October 25, 1850. Mary Ricketts, age 47, female, value of real estate $1,390, born in North Carolina. There were seven younger males and females living in the household of which she appears to have been the head.

8. 1860 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated July 1, 1860. Mary Ricketts, age 59, female, value of real estate $960, value of personal estate $250, born in Indiana. A Nancy G. Cheezem(?) age 10 and William Ricketts, age 26, also were living in the household.

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10. Declaration for Pension dated February 25, 1907, in Fountain County, Indiana. Act of February 6, 1907. "That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion Dark; color of eyes Blue; color of hair Dark; that his occupation was Farmer; that he was born Feb 22, 1826."

10A. A record in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, lists a marriage for a Jacob Richetts and a Rachel Guise but the date given is September 1, 1844, in Ohio County, Indiana. Microfilm 1311849.


Name:

Jacob Richetts

Spouse:

Rachel Guise

Date:

1 Sep 1844

County:

Ohio

State:

Indiana

Source:

Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT

Microfilm:

1311849

Also see


Name:

Rachel Guin

Spouse Name:

Jacob Ricketts

Marriage Date:

6 Sep 1844

Marriage County:

Ohio

Source Title 1:

Ohio County, Indiana

Source Title 2:

Marriages Book I 1844 - 1881

Source Title 3:

Part I Grooms Part II Brides Compiled by Ruth M Sl

OS Page:

2



Indiana Marriages to 1850 about Guise, Rachel

Spouse 1:

Guise, Rachel

Spouse 2:

Richetts, Jacob

Marriage Date:

01 Sep 1844

Marriage Location:

Indiana
Ohio County

Dodd, Jordan. Indiana Marriages to 1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997. Original data: Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Indiana.

11. Jacob Ricketts and Nancy Scott, Marriage Records, Book 3, page 90, Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana.

12A. The first wife of Jacob Ricketts, Nancy Jane Scott, probably died in 1860. The Department of the Interior Pension Circular in question number four asks the applicant if they were previously married and the date of death of their previous spouse. Jacob Ricketts answers, "Yes, to Nancy Scott who died in 1850." Jacob probably meant 1860, not 1850.

12. Jacob Ricketts and Melissa Barnard marriage record at Vermillion County, Illinois, March 21, 1861.

13. Tombstone for Melissa Ricketts indicates year of birth as 1841.

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15. Obituary Notice for Nancy Ricketts from the Crawfordsville Journal-Review of Monday, March 8, 1937, page eight, column 7.

16. Report of the Adjutant General, Vol. 5, 973.727r Indiana, pages 634-635.

17. National Archives: Certificate No. 703568, Pensioner - Melissa J. Ricketts, CAN No. 561621, Bundle No. 3, Claim under veteran: Jacob Ricketts; Report of the Adjutant General, Vol. 5, 973.727 r Indiana, page 634-635.

18. Report of the Adjutant General, Vol. 5, 973.727r Indiana, pages 634-635.

19. Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910, Mound Township, Boord Funeral Home in Covington, Indiana. The back side of the death certificate names Jacob's parents as John Ricketts and Mary Goodin (i.e., Goodner). It states his wife's name was Malissa and gives his date of birth as February 22, 1826.

20.
See photos of tombstones taken by Curtis Lynn Older.

21. Warren County, Indiana, File No. 1391, Abraham L. Ricketts, Administrator of Estate of Melissa J. Ricketts. Filed January 29, 1924, FD6, page 152, B54.

22. 1850 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated October 23, 1850.

23. 1860 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office Perrysville, enumerated July 7, 1880, by A. J. Adams.

24. 1870 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office - Perrysville, enumerated June 24, 1870.

25. 1880 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 11, 1880, by George W. Main.

26. 1900 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 14, 1900, by Clinto G. Beckett.

27. 1910 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated April 15, 1910, by Louise Boughner.

28. 1920 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township.

Our Maryland Heritage, Book 25: Ricketts Families, Primarily of Montgomery & Frederick Counties
- William N. Hurley, Jr. Most of the individuals recorded are presumed to descend from Thomas Ricketts, Jr. (born c.1685 in Anne Arundel Co.) Chapters are also included on the descendants of Jeremiah and Verlinda, through whom the Ricketts are connected to the Trail families of Montgomery Co. 2001, 51⁄2x81⁄2, paper, index, 179 pp.
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Jacob Ricketts sources

3. "The Ricketts Family" by Charles D. Ricketts-3665, Morton, IL, 1979
4. IGI, Batch #7718217, Sheet #46 - LDS - Library, Salt Lake City, UT