An American Family History

Garrett Larew Ricketts

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

In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.

Garrett Larew Ricketts was born on December 28, 1832 in Dearborn (now Ohio) County, Indiana. He was the oldest son of William Ricketts and Harriet Dean. He was named for his aunt Elizabeth Rickett Larew's husband, Garrett.

His first wife was Julia Mahala Owen. They married on October 14, 1855 in Woodford County, Illinois. Julia was born November 20, 1839 in Illinois. Her parents were the Reverend James Owen and Candace Francis King.

Garrett and Julia's daughter was Luella Ricketts Davis (1859).

Julia died on August 4, 1859.

At the time of the 1860 census, Garret age 25 and Luella age 11 months were living with the James Owen family in Cazenovia Township, Woodford County, Illinois. 

Garret's second wife was Margaret C. Holder. He married her on January 28, 1866 in Woodford County, Illinois. She born about 1846 in Indiana was the daughter of Thomas Holder and Willa Witt Carmichael and the sister of Mary Lavina Holder, the wife of Garrett's brother, Samuel Lowe Ricketts.

His third wife was Anna E. Pedrick. He married her on July 3, 1873 in McLean County, Illinois. Ann was born in 1835 in McLean, Illinois. Their son, Charles L. Ricketts was born in 1877.

In 1880 Garret was living his mother and two year old son, Charles L. in Clayton, Woodford County, Illinois. He was a laborer.

Garrett died January 29, 1919. He is buried with Anna 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
  • 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.




    Funeral of Garrett Ricketts
    Funeral services over the body of Garrett Ricketts were held at the Olio cemetery in Eureka Friday, the remains being brought from Chilicothe for interment. 

    He was born on December 28, 1832 and Eureka was the family home for many years. Mr. Ricketts was a member of the Christian church and the I.O.O.F. lodge. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Luella Davis of Washburn and one son Charles of Columbus, S.D.; also by one sister, Mrs. Sarah Edwards of Kyser Mo., and two brothers George of Ft. Collins, Col., and S.L. Ricketts of Eureka.

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