An American Family History

Caroline Tilina Ricketts Cole


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


Chariton is the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa and is in Lincoln Township.

Lettie Cole's Tombstone

Caroline Tilina Ricketts Cole was born on February 20, 1852 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. Her parents were Isaac and Catherine Ricketts.

When she was 18, she married John H. Cole on September 20, 1870 in Lucas County, Iowa. Caroline's name on the marriage record was Thelma Ricketts.

John was born in March, 1851 in Iowa. He was the son of George Frank Cole, a Baptist cabinetmaker, and Nancy R. Cole.

Caroline and John's children included:
Lettie M. Cole (1872),
Lola M. Cole Rademaker (1874),
Hally Hardin Cole (1875, married Mary Walton),
Clarence William Cole (1878, married Mollie Elizabeth Tedford), and
Martha G. Cole Scott (1890, married Charles Scott).

Lettie died as an infant and was laid to rest at Chariton Cemetery very near her grandparents, Isaac and Catherine Ricketts.

At the time of the 1880 census they were living in Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa. The household consisted of John H. age 29, Telina C. age 28, Lola M. age 6, Hally H. age 5, and Clarence age 3.  John was the city marshal.

By 1900 they were in Orange County, California. In the 1910 census they were in Westminster Township, Orange County, California. The household consisted of John H. age 59, and Caroline. They lived on Connley Road.

Caroline died at age 64 on April 7, 1916 in Orange County, California.

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

    The 1890 census materials was lost in a 1921 fire.