An American Family History

Sarah L. Ricketts Edwards

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

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

Sarah L. Ricketts Edwards was born on October 29, 1837 in Dearborn (now Ohio) County, Indiana. His parents were William Ricketts and Harriet Dean.

She married Hardin Edwards on October 14, 1855 in Woodford County, Illinois. He was born on May 14,1834 in Greene County, Indiana and was the son of James Edwards and Susanna Fletcher.

Sarah and Hardin's children included:
Angeletha Edwards (1857),
unnamed (1859),
Ophelia C. Edwards (1860),
Nidrah Belle Edwards Headrick (1862, married John Wesley Headrick),
Harriet L. Edwards Degraffenreid (1866, married William Lenox Beauregard Degraffenreid),
Willie Jackson Edwards (1869, married Nora Bell Snyder),
Otis A. Edwards (1871, maried Lucy Harriet Degraffenreid),
Mary P. Edwards 1873), and
Mandelia Rebecca Edwards (1876).

At the time of the 1900 census they were living with Sarah's brother, Samuel Ricketts, and mother in Eureka, Woodford County, Illinois. Sarah had given birth to 9 children, 7 of whom were living.

Hardin died on November 27, 1910 in Nickerson, Reno County, Kansas.

In 1919, when her brother Garrett Ricketts died, Sarah was living in Kyser, Missouri.

Sarah died on July 5, 1933 in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.

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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    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.

    The first U.S. railroad opened in the 1830s. In 1869 the first transcontinental railway was completed.



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