An American Family History

Andrew Jackson Ricketts


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


The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) is a charitable, fraternal organization that started in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819 when members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1.

Andrew Jackson Ricketts was born on November 18, 1853 in Cazenovia, Woodford County, Illinois. His parents were William Ricketts and Harriet Dean.

He died on February 13, 1917 in Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois. 

Short funeral services for Andrew J. Rickets, who died in the I.O.O.F home at Mattoon on Saturday were held at the home of his brother, S. L. Ricketts Monday afternoon. Prof. Roy L. Moore having charge of the service.

He was born in Cazenovia township, near Lowpoint in November 1853. About 1865 the family moved near Versailles, later coming to Eureka. For a time he lived in Peoria and for the last four years he has lived at the I.O.O.F. home. 

He is survived by three brothers and one sister George of Colorado; Garrett, of Washburn: S. L. Ricketts of Eureka. and Mrs. Edwards of Kansas. The Eureka I.O.O.F. lodge attended the funeral in a body and conducted the exercises at the grave.

Andrew is buried in the Olio Township. Cemetery, in Eureka, Woodford County, Illinois.

Children of William Ricketts
and Elizabeth Oxley

  • Celia Ricketts Holmes
  • John Ricketts
  • Eli Ricketts
  • Mary Ann Ricketts Planck Clutter
  • Isaac Ricketts
  • William Ricketts
  • Prior Ricketts
  • Eliza Ricketts
  • James Ricketts
  • Elizabeth Ricketts
  • William Ricketts
    and Harriet Dean

  • Garrett Larew Ricketts
  • Robert L. Ricketts
  • Sarah L. Ricketts Edwards
  • Isabella Ricketts King
  • Samuel Lowe Ricketts
  • Susanna Ricketts
  • Marian Amanda Ricketts Kent
  • George Washington Ricketts
  • Andrew Jackson Ricketts
  • Noah J. Ricketts
  • Tazewell County, Illinois was formed out of Peoria County in 1827.

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



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