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An American Family History

Sarah Jane Ricketts Fox

 

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

 

In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.

The Civil War had more casualties than any other American war. Disease and infection were the biggest killers.

Sarah Jane Ricketts Fox was born May 2, 1844 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. Her parents were Isaac and Catherine Ricketts.

She married John Newton Fox on January 6, 1863 in the middle of the Civil War when she was about nineteen. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on John and Sarah Fox.

Sarah died November 18, 1885 at age 41. At first she was buried in New York Cemetery in Wayne County and later moved to the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa by her daughter Mae McKelvey.

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Children of Isaac and Catherine Ricketts:
  • Eliza Ann Ricketts Baker Clark
  • William H. Ricketts
  • Sarah Jane Ricketts Fox
  • James M. Ricketts
  • Caroline Tilena Ricketts Cole
  • Catherine Paulina Ricketts King
  • Clara M. Ricketts Cavallin
  • Children of:
    John Newton Fox and
    Sarah Jane Ricketts
  • Clara Fox Wood
  • Eliza Fox Smith
  • Bonham Fox
  • Merrit Fox
  • Orpha Fox
  • Etta Fox O'Dea
  • Mae Fox McKelvey

    Isabelle Solinger
    and R. Groves
  • Edward Groves
  • Isabelle Solinger
    and John Shelton
  • Clyde D. Sheldon
  • Leonard William Shelton
  • Maud May Shelton Netherow
  • Thomas Del Shelton
    John Fox and
    Isabelle Solinger
  • Earl Fox
  • Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.

    Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.

     

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