In 1880, 62 year old Harriet was living with her son Garrett and his two year old son, Charles L. in Clayton, Woodford County, Illinois.
At the time of the 1900, census she was living in Eureka with her son, Samuel Ricketts, and daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Hardin Edwards. She had given birth to 10 children, 6 of whom were alive.
Grandma Ricketts was 87 years old Wednesday and her children and friends were invited in to partake of a birthday dinner. An enjoyable day was spent by all who were present, and hoping for many more such events before this venerable old lady lays down her daily toils. Those from abroad who were present were Will Kent and family of Chillicothe, Jack Ricketts of Peoria, Sam Ricketts of Benson and others whose names failed to get. (Woodford County Journal, June 28, 1900)
She died on September 28, 1900 in Metamora, Woodford County, Illinois.
Mrs. Harriett Ricketts died at her home in this city, Friday, September 28, after a long illness. She was born June 27, 1813, and had lived a life of great usefulness. The funeral services were held at the house Sunday morning at 10 o'clock and were conducted by Elder Haynes, the interment being in the cemetery north of Washington.
Mrs. Harriott Ricketts, died at her residence in this city on the early morning of the 28 ult., at the advanced age of 87 years,
This long life began June 27, 1813, near Aberdeen, Ohio. Her father's family moved to Indiana in the early days of the state.
Here, near Rising Sun, on February 27 1833, Harriett Dean became the wife of William Ricketts. Ten children were born to them. Those that survive are G. L. and G. W. Ricketts, of Eureka; S. L. Ricketts, of Benson; A.J. Ricketts, of Peoria; Mrs. Amanda Kent, of Chillicothe, Ill, and Mrs, Sarah Edwards, of Toronto, Mo.
Mr. William Ricketts and family came to Illinois in 1839, They thus belonged to the pioneers, For 21 years their home was on a farm about 7 miles from Metamora. In 1800 they moved to a farm near Alton, Ill. In 1807 they returned to Woodford county and occupied a farm near Versailles.
There Mr, Ricketts died in 1874 at the age 82 years. Shortly thereafter the other members of the family came to Eureka which has since been their home.
In the later years of her life Mrs. Ricketts became a Christian. Her faith grew and her hope became brighter with her advancing years. She selected Revelation 21:1-4 as the scripture for her own funeral service. The obsequies were held at her late residence on East Third street Sunday at 10 o'clock, and were conducted by Rev. N. S. Haynes.
The burial was at Washington, where she was laid beside her husband. A long life, a quiet usefullness and patient industry was thus ended. (Woodford County Journal, October 4, 1900)
She was buried with William at Old Washington Cemetery in Tazewell County, Illinois also called Old Glendale Cemetery. It is at the southern end of Market Street.
Woodford County, Illinois was formed in 1841 from parts of Tazewell and McLean Counties. Metamora (Hanover before 1845) was the county seat from 1843-1894.
Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.
Tazewell County, Illinois was formed out of Peoria County in 1827.
Minonk News Dispatch 4 October 1900
Mrs Harriet (Dean) Ricketts died at her home in Eureka, Sept 28, 1900. The deceased, whose maiden name was Dean, was born near Aberdeen, Ohio, June 27, 1813. She removed with her parents to Dearborn Co, Indiana. On Feb. 27, 1831, she was united in marriage with Wm. Ricketts. They came to Woodford county in [illegible] and lived here until 1866 when they moved to Madison Co., Ill., remaining there until 1876, then came back to Woodford county.
There were ten children born to them, six of whom are living—Garret and George, in Eureka;
Jack, in Peoria;
Samuel. In Benson;
Sarah Edwards, in Toronto, Mo;
Amanda Kent, in Chillicothe, Ill.
Mrs Ricketts has lived in Eureka for over 25 years. The funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 30, and the remains laid to rest by the side of her husband in Washington, Illinois.