An American Family History

Hezekiah Ricketts


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

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania was established on September 20, 1787 as a large region of Central Pennsylvania. It was previously part of Bedford County and the earlier Cumberland Region.

Hezekiah, Ricketts was born February 22, 1754 in Maryland. He may have been the son of Edward Ricketts.

He was a farmer and lived on the homestead in Hill Valley, Shirley Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania where he seems to have lived as early as 1784.

He married Hannah Wilcox. She was born February 3, 1754.

Hannah and Hezekiah's children included:
Sarah Ricketts (1776, married James Brady),
Mary Ricketts (1777, married Joseph Rachold or Rockhold),
Joseph Ricketts (1780),
Lydia Ricketts (1781, married Samuel Irwin),
Rachel Ricketts (1783), married Leonard Shaver),
Hannah Ricketts (1785, married William Sinkey),
Jemima Ricketts (1788. married Charles Green son of Elisha Green),
Grace Ricketts (1790, married John Patterson),
Hezekiah Ricketts (1792, married Elizabeth Clark),
Elizabeth Ricketts (1792, married William Clark), and
David Ricketts (1796).

Hezekiah was supervisor of Shirley Township in 1799.

Hezekiah died September 16, 1816. Hannah died on September 16, 1818. They are buried in Hill Valley, Shirley Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original states and was originally founded in 1681 as a result of a royal land grant to William Penn, the son of the state's namesake.



Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

from Genealogy of Johnnes Baer, 1749 - 1910 pages 229-230.

Hezekiah Ricketts, Jr., was a son of Hezekiah, Sr., who was born February 22nd, 1754, and died September 16th, 1816. He was a farmer and lived on the homestead in Hill Valley, where he seems to have lived as early as 1784. His wife's name was Hanna Wilcox. She was born February 3rd, 1754, and died in Hill Valley, September 16th, 1818.

They had eleven children.
Mary, married Joseph Rachold;
Lydia, married Samuel Irwin;
Rachel, married Leonard Shaver (son of Nicholas, of Aughwick);
Hannah, married William Sinkey;
Jemima, married Charles Green;
Sarah, married James Brady;
Elizabeth, married William Clark;
Grace, married John Patterson;
Joseph, married,(had 8 boys and 1 girl);
David, single;
Hezekiah, married Elizabeth Clark.

The Ricketts had a grave-yard on the homestead, where a number are buried. It is fenced and in good condition, located on the part of the farm now owned by Millard F. Swope, four miles south of Mount Union.

Hezekiah Ricketts, Sr., lived in Hill Valley, prior to 1784. His father, William, and grandfather, Zachariah, both lived in Rockbridge County, Va., in 1784.

They were of English descent. From Heads of Families, Census of 1790, pp. 124 and 125, we learn the few families by name of Ricketts, Rickets, living in Huntingdon County, were the only ones in the State of Pennsylvania. Hezekiah (Esika), Joanna, Reason, Edward, Chaney, (these last three adjoining each other). Edward, Nathan and Richard.

American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.
orphan's court

from History of Mount Union, Shirleysburg & Shirley Township

. . .Hezekiah Ricketts, Jr. He was born in Hill Valley, Jan. 22, 1792, and died there Feb. 16, 1853. He lived all his life on the old homestead of his father, Hezekiah, Sr. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. Ammember of Captain William Morris' Company in 1813. His wife’s name was Elizabeth Clark, daughter of James and Elizabeth.

The children of Hezekiah Ricketts, Jr., were
Mary Ann,
James D.,
Aaron Lafayette,
Eliza Jane (wife of John Booker),
Samuel C, (married Mary Beers),
Catharine J., (wife of Emanuel B. Harencame).

Hezekiah Ricketts, Sr., was born Feb. 22, 1754, died in Hill Valley, Sept. 16, 1816. He married Hannah Willcox. She was born Feb. 3, 1754, and died Sept. 16, 1818.

Their children:
Mary, (wife of Joseph Rachhold),
Lydia, (wife of Samuel Irwin) ,
Rachel (wife of Leonard Shaver, son of Nicholas),
Hannah, (wife of William Sinkey),
Jemimia, (wife of Charles Green).
Sarah, (wife of James Brady),
Elizabeth, (wife of William Clark),
Grace, (wife of John Patterson),
Joseph, (had eight boys and one girl),
Hezekiah, Jr., married Elizabeth Clark.

The father of Hezekiah, Sr„ came from Rockingham County, Va.. and took out a warrant Nov. 25, 1766, for land in Hill Valley occupied by his son and grandson.

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