An American Family History

Benjamin Ricketts, Jr.

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Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.
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Benjamin Ricketts, Jr. was born about 1724 in Maryland. He was the son of Benjamin Ricketts.

Benjamin Sr. patented (certificate 1728) Green Marsh, a plantation of 78 acres, on September 7, 1750. It was on the south side of a long marsh that "falleth" into the west fork of Rock Creek. He was living in Prince George's County then. It had been owned by John Banks.

On December 13, 1756, John Banks of Frederick County, Maryland sold Benjamin Ricketts of Prince George County for 3£, 10s, a tract called Banks Venture in Frederick County on the branches of Rock Creek. John's wife Martha gave consent.

Elinor died on December 16, 1756 in Harford County, Maryland.

Some genealogists believe that his second wife was Mary Cutchin who was born on October 14, 1735. Her father was Robert Cutchin. They married June 2, 1755. [This is before Elinor's death.]

Starting on September 30, 1775, a Benjamin Ricketts served in Captain William Bradford's Company #13, in Harford County, Maryland Militia.

When his father died in 1788, he inherited the plantations Banker’s Venture and Green Marsh. He also inherited an enslaved person.

It is my desire that my son Benjamin Ricketts should have a negro fellow named Lindy given him by me appraised with the rest of my personal estate and shall discount the value of him as grant of his grant of my personal estate.

In the 1783 Assessment of Montgomery County, Maryland, Benjamin Ricketts, Jr. had Banks Venture, 46 acres in the Seneca Hundred, Green Marsh, 72 ½ acres.

About 1715 English, Scottish and German settlers found their way to the Montgomery County, Maryland area. It was officially established from Charles, Prince George's, and Frederick counties in 1776.

Ricketts is also spelled Rickeots, Rickeotts, Rickett, Rickets, Ricket, Rickel, Rickle, Rickels, and Rickles.




From St. John's & St. George's Parish Registers 1696-1851 by Henry C. Peden, Jr.:

Pg 151: Benjamin Rickets and Eliner Maxwell [sic] married October 18, 1746


Assessment of 1783 Montgomery County, Maryland Maryland State Archives S 1161-8-5    1/4/5/51

Benjamin Ricketts, Jr. Banks Venture, 46 acres. Upper Newfoundland and Seneca Hundred, p. 2.

Benjamin Ricketts, Jr. Green Marsh, 72 ½ acres. Upper Newfoundland and Seneca Hundred, p. 5.

Benjamin Ricketts, Jr. Upper Newfoundland and Seneca Hundred, p. 22.

Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

from Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759

Cutchin/Gudgeon, Robert , m. by 11 Oct. 1702 Dorothy, wid. of Moses Groome, whose est. they admin. on that date;
admin. est. of Ralph Eaves in Dec. 1706;
in April 1709 wit. the will of John Ewings who left personalty to Robert Cutchin of Robert;
in Nov. 1702 bought 158 a. Sickelmore's Dock from Samuel and Sarah Sickelmore;
in Nov. 1705 purch. 200 a. Holland's Adventure from Fancis Watkins;
in March 1716 was reimbursed for caring for Charles Hewitt, during the latter's illness,
in Aug. 1719 Dorothy was ordered to examine Kate Kerevan, servant of John Roberts, for signs of pregnancy;
Robert d. 30 March 1718;
6 March 1728 the est. of Robert was inv. by William Low and Archibald and val. at £114.11.6 1/2 and signed by Robert and Elizabeth;
had iss.:
Robert of age in 1728;
Elizabeth of age in 1728. prob. the Elizabeth who m. Richard Perkins, Jr. on 5 Jan. 1735.

Cutchin, Robert s. of Robert, of age in 1728 d. by 1740;
m. Winiford Brevington on 20 April 1731 (poss. she was the Winifred "Cutalerin" named as sis. in the 1743 will of Richard Bereton of Som. Co.;
Brereton is also named Bigging Cutchin;
est. of Robert admin. by Winifred on 2 April 1740 and 14 Oct. 1744
had iss.:
Begging, b. 22 Jan. 1732;
Greenbury, b. 9 April 1734. d. Oct. 1734;
Mary, b. 14 Oct. 1735 (may be the Mary who m. Benjamin Ricketts on 2 June 1755);
Providence, b. 19 Feb. 1736.

Holland's Adventure - in part of Baltimore County, Maryland that became Harford County.
1676 - surveyed for John Holland who assigned it to Francis Watkins who sold it to
Robert Cutchin in 1705.
Robert sold 20 acres to James Maxwell.
Ashael Maxwell inherited those acres and his widow, Hannah, married John Hall who renamed it Hall's Pasture.

Personal property can be called personalty (personality), goods, chattels, articles, or movable property. It includes both animate or inanimate property.


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