An American Family History

Isabella Ricketts King


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


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.

Isabella (Belle) Ricketts King was born on May 3, 1840 in Woodford County, Illinois. Her parents were William Ricketts and Harriet Dean.

When she was 20, she married John W. King on April 11, 1860 in Woodford County. John was born about 1840 in Illinois. He was the son of Enoch King and Celia Ann Owen.

John and Isabella's children included:
Capitolia King (1861) and
Elmer King (1863).

John was a member of company D of the 8th Illinois .

At the time of the 1880 census they were living in Olio, Woodford County, Illinois.

When she was 48, she died on March 28, 1889 of consumption. John died in September, 1898 in La Salle, Illinois. He was hacked to death with a corn knife.

King--Died, Thursday, March 28 at her late home in Eureka of consumption. Mrs. Isabelle King, wife of J. W. King.

Mrs. King has been afflicted for a number of years with that dread disease and her death has been daily expected for weeks. The funeral will be held at the house to-morrow at 11 o'clock and the remains will be laid to rest in the Eureka cemetery. She leaves a husband and two children, a son and daughter, both grown, to mourn her loss. Sheriff Owen and wife came from there this morning but will return again to attend the funeral.

John died in September, 1898 in La Salle, Illinois

The National Tribune 
03 Jul 1902, Thu  • Page 6

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
  • Woodford County, Illinois was formed in 1841 from parts of Tazewell and McLean Counties. Metamora (Hanover before 1845) was the county seat from 1843-1894.

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease. It was called consumption. It usually attacks the lungs and the symptoms are coughing blood, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.



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