An American Family History

Rebecca Ricketts Winings

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.

Kentucky was originally a Virginia county and included the lands west of the Appalachians. In 1780, it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties. Kentucky officially became a state on June 1, 1792.

Rebecca Ricketts Winings was born on January 3, 1803 in Mason County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Robert Ricketts and Susannah Wilson. Rebecca moved to Indiana with her parents when she was about two years old.

When she was 18, Rebecca married Daniel Winings on January 13, 1821 (maybe June 13, 1821) in Rising Sun, Dearborn (now Ohio) County, Indiana. He was the son of John Wining and Elizabeth Grider. He was born May 13, 1798 in Pennsylvania. His brother, Abraham Winings married Rebecca's sister, Sarah Ricketts.

Rebecca and Daniel's children included:
John Winings
Abram Winings (1824, married Emily Courtney),
Mary Jane Winings (1825),
Mahala Winings (1827),
Garrett Winings (1828),
Sarah Winings (1830), and
Robert Winings (1831).

At the time of the 1850 census the household consisted of Daniel, Rebecca, Mary Ann, Sarah, Robert and their grandson, James K. Winings (1845-1925). James K. was Mary Jane's son.

At the time of the 1860 census the household consisted of Daniel, Rebecca, Abraham and James. At the time of the 1870 and 1880 censuses the household was Daniel, Rebecca and Abraham. There is a notation that Abram was “deaf and dumb."

Rebecca and Daniel settled on a farm half a mile south of Rising Sun, Indiana where they lived until they died. They farmed in the summer and engaged in flatboating and coastal trade in the winter.

Daniel died November 20, 1881 and she died on December 23, 1885 and was buried in Cedar Hedge Cemetery near Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana.

Rebecca died on December 23, 1885 when she was 82 in Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana. she was buried with her husband at Cedar Hedge.
riding saw
February, 1881

Children of Robert Ricketts
and Susannah Wilson
  • John Ricketts
  • Phoebe Ricketts Sheridan
  • Hannah Ricketts Buchanan
  • William Ricketts
  • Susannah Ricketts Moulton
  • Robert Ricketts
  • Isaac Ricketts
  • Edward M. Ricketts
  • Elizabeth Ricketts Larew Blankenship
  • Rebecca Ricketts Winings
  • Margaret Ricketts Kelso
  • Sarah Ricketts Winings
  • Vienna Louise Ricketts Moulton
  • Ricketts is also spelled Rickeots, Rickeotts, Rickett, Rickets, Ricket, Rickel, Rickle, Rickels, and Rickles.

    Mason County, Kentucky was established by the Virginia legislature in 1788 from Bourbon County. Nineteen Kentucky counties were formed from the original Mason County.




    from Combined History of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois (1881) Source and comments provided by John Winings.

    William and John Winings, William Brooks, Frederick Eichinger, J.J. Nicholson, John Nicholson, John Odor, David Stapp and Elijah Logan settled in the northern part of Dora [Township] before 1860. [Moultrie County formed 1843 from parts of Shelby and Macon Counties, townships formed 1866. William and John Winings were cousins, sons of Sarah Ricketts-Abraham Winings and Rebecca Ricketts-Daniel Winings.] 

    Lake City sprang into existence on the building of the Paris and Decatur Railroad . . .The first building was a small grain office erected by a grain firm at Arcola, Ill. This is still used for the same purpose, and is [now] owned by William Winings [since 1880].

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