An American Family History

Eli Ricketts


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


Ohio County, Indiana was first created in 1844 from Dearborn County. The county seat is Rising Sun which is in Randolph Township. Ohio County is in southeast Indiana on the Kentucky border. In 1826, the Dearborn County Courthouse burned containing all records.

Eli Ricketts was born on December 22, 1815 in Dearborn (now Ohio) County, Indiana. His parents were William Ricketts and Elizabeth Oxley. He was named for his mother's father, Eli Oxley.

Eli married Lavinia Anderson on September 29, 1839 in Tazewell County, Illinois. She was born about 1820 in Indiana. Her father was Thomas Anderson.

Eli and Lavinia's children included:
Uriah Calvin Ricketts (1841) and
Anne E. Ricketts Brady (1846, married Clarkson E. Brady).

Eli died when he was only 34 years old in July, 1850 in Peoria County, Illinois of Typhus F.

His family appeared in the 1850 census in Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois. The household consisted of Lovina age 30, Uriah C. age 9, Anne E. age 4, Thomas Anderson age 56, and Thomas H. Anderson age 19.

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
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