An American Family History

Prior Ricketts


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

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Prior Ricketts was born on January 8, 1824 in Dearborn (now Ohio) County, Indiana. His parents were William Ricketts and Elizabeth Oxley

He married Mary Jane Saltsgaver on June 24, 1849 in Vermillion County, Illinois. She was born in October, 1826 in Indiana. She was the daughter of Jacob Saltsgaver and Margaret Horn.

Prior and Mary's children included:
Martha E. Ricketts (1850),
William H. Ricketts (1852),
Sarah Rebecca Ricketts (1853, married Willis N. Wright)
James David Ricketts (1855, married Nancy Elizabeth Ditto), and
and John Melvin Ricketts (1859, married Lauretta Ellen Davis).

At the time of the 1860 census, the household was in Perrysville, Vermillion County, Indiana. It consisted of Prior age 35, Mary J. age 30, Martha E. age 10, William age 8, Rebecca age 7, David age 5, and John age 1.

Prior died about 1861.

After he died, Mary Jane married John Orr. John was born in 1804 in Kentucky. John organized the Oakwood Stoney Creek Primitive Baptist Church in 1858 and later was an elder of the Hopewell Baptist Church. He had been married before to Parthena Smith and already had a large family of children.

Mary Jane and John's children included:
Sarah R. Orr (1863), and
Margaret E. Orr (1865).

Mary Jane appeared in the 1880 Indiana census in Highland, Vermillion County, Indiana. The household consisted of Jane age 51, William H age 28, John age 20, Sarah R. age 17, and Margaret age 15. They were all listed as Ricketts. William H was a farmer.

In 1900, Mary Jane was 71 and living in Highland with her son William H. and Margaret.

In 1910 William and Margaret were still living in Highland. When William died in 1916, he left all of his property to his sister, Margaret.

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



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