An American Family History

Catherine Pauline Ricketts King


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

Baptist churches were found in early colonial settlements and grew out of the English Separatist movement and the doctrine of John Smyth who rejected infant baptism.

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

The 1890 census materials was lost in a 1921 fire.

Catherine Pauline Ricketts King was born about was born on February 20, 1852 in Henry, Marshall County, Illinois. Her parents were Isaac and Catherine Ricketts.

Catherine married Samuel Marion King on February 22, 1874 when she was 22 years old in Lucas County, Iowa. Samuel was born on April 09, 1850 in Putnam County, Indiana. His parents were Thomas William King and Marilda Jane Eshom. Samuel was a Baptist minister.

Samuel King Family
Back Row: Everett, Warren, and Leonard
Front Row: Minnie, Samuel, Fred, Pauline, and Nellie

Catherine and Samuel's children were:
Charles Warren King (January 8, 1875, married Florence June Wyman),
Connie Lorrisa King (December 9, 1877, died age 2),
Everett Manson King (January 28, 1881, married Annie Grant Smart),
Fred Eugene King (April 14, 1883, married Carrie Maud Witt),
Nellie May King Sanders (November 11, 1885, married Richard V. Sanders),
William Leonard King (April 17, 1888), and
Minnie Winona King Wisley (July 1, 1890, Rufus C Wisley).

At the time of the 1880, census they were living in Washington Township, Lucas County, Iowa. The household consisted of Samuel age 38, Catherine C. age 27, Charles W. King, age 5, and Canna L. King age 3. Samuel was a farmer.

They moved to Kansas about 1887. In 1900, Catherine was working as a hotel cook  in Meade Center, Kansas. She was living with Nellie who was 11 and a dishwasher in the hotel and Minnie who was 10 and was also listed as a servant and was at school.

Catherine died when she was 73 on August 22, 1925 and Samuel died on August 24, 1930 in Arlington, Reno County, Kansas. They are buried together in Arlington Cemetery.
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
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    February, 1881

    Lucas County is in south central Iowa. It was founded in 1846 and the county seat is Chariton.

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



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