An American Family History

Susannah Ricketts Moulton


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


In the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic of 1793, 5000 or more people died between August 1 and November 9.

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.

Susannah Ricketts Moulton was born on February 21, 1794 (or January 31, 1794) in Nicholas (or Mason) County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Robert Rickets and Susannah Wilson.

She married John S. Moulton in Nicholas County, Kentucky. John was born in Pennsylvania on March 24, 1793. His father was John Moulton. John's brother Jeremiah Moulton married, Susannah's sister, Vienna Louise Ricketts. John was a soldier in the War of 1812.

Susannah and John's children included:
Elizabeth Moulton Bailey (1816, married Parkinson Barkley),
Deliah Moulton Roszell (1818, married Greenberry Roszell),
Nancy Moulton Paramore (1819, Edward Paramore),
Thomas Moulton (1822, married Nancy Ann McCoy),
Martha Ann Moulton (1827),
Mary Jane Moulton (1829, died age 20),
John S. Moulton, Jr. (1831, married Sarah Morrow), and
Margaret F. Moulton (1834, died age 15).

They settled in Decatur County in 1824 and lived four miles east of Greensburg. John was a noted hunter and helped cut the Brookville road from Greensburg to Franklin County.

She was left a widow when John was killed by a horse on May 08, 1844 in Decatur, Indiana.

Mary Jane died of tuberculosis in August 18, 1849 and Margaret F. died on August 12, 1850.

At the time of the 1850 census she was living in Washington Township, Decatur County, Indiana.

She died on December 10, 1861 (maybe October 12, 1861) and is buried in Springer Cemetery, Decatur County, Indiana with her husband John and two of their daughters who died young.
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
  • In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.

    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.




    History of Decatur County, Indiana by Lewis Albert Harding

    John Moulton was a soldier of the War of 1812. The most of his time while in the service was spent in a block house at the mouth of Laughery creek, on the Ohio river, in this state, for the defense of the few settlers in that vicinity. He was born in Pennsylvania, March 24, 1793. His parents came to Kentucky and located in Nicolas county.

    He was married to Susannah Ricketts in 1814, and came to Decatur county in 1824, locating four miles east of Greensburg. He was killed by a horse, on May 8, 1844. and was buried in the Ross graveyard, three miles east of Greensburg. [This is incorrect.]The headstone and grave are in good condition. John Moulton was a noted hunter in his day. He and two others cut out the Brookville road from near Greensburg to the Franklin county line. He has descendants living in Decatur county. He was probably not a pensioner, but it is possible that his wife was.

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