An American Family History

Vienna Louise Ricketts Moulton


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


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.

Vienna Louise Ricketts Moulton was born about 1809 in Dearborn County, Indiana. She was the daughter of Robert Ricketts and Susannah Wilson.

She married Jeremiah Moulton when she was 21 in 1830. He was born on March 15, 1800 or 1803 in Kentucky and was the son of John Moulton. He was the younger brother of Vienna's sister, Susannah Ricketts', husband, John Moulton.

Vienna and Jeremiah's children included:
Isaac Moulton (1825, married Mary Ann Hattan),
Susannah Moulton (1827),
Emily Jane Moulton (1829),
John Moulton (1831),
Eleanor Moulton (1834),
Delilah Moulton Hatten (1837, married John M. Hattan),
Matilda Moulton Young (1839, married William C. Young),
William Moulton (1840, married Huldah Ann Kenyon), and
Vienna Moulton (1844).

They moved to Woodford County Illinois before 1832. Isaac was seven years old at the time and remembered hearing

his mother tell of an Indian battle that happened near where the Richland school house now stands; he remembers seeing the troops as they passed through Pleasant Grove. 

At the time of the 1860 census they were in Woodford County, Illinois. The household consisted of Jerre Molton, Vina, Ellinor, Delia, Matilda, William and Vienna.

At the time of the 1860 census the family was living in Minonk, Illinois. The household consisted of Jeremiah age 60, a gentleman, Luvina age 40, William age 20 and Vienna age 16.

Jeremiah died on January 8, 1861 and Vienna died when she was 51 on on January 21, 1861 in Minonk, Woodford County, Illinois.

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

    Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.



    Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman, 1774 – 1845) was a pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia.

    From History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas

    John M. Hattan - The subject of this brief review was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, in 1835 and at thirty-six years of age came to Wilson county, Kansas, and entered a tract of land in Duck Creek township, which he deeded, improved and still owns. He is a son of Mark and Martha Hattan who, when our subject was three months old, emigrated to Brown county, Ohio, and in 1845 came on west and settled in Marshall county, Illinois. In the latter state they purchased land and engaged in farming and made them a permanent home.

    John M. Hattan was one of a family of seven children. He secured a good education in the schools common to his day and on the 8th of February, 1857, married Delilah Moulton who has borne him the following children, namely, Robert, who is sheriff of Columb1a county, Oregon; Lizzie, wife of J . W. Miller, of Wilson county, and Mary, wife of John Koger, of the same county. Mr.

    Hattan was a tiller of the soil in Illinois till his departure for Kansas. His home in this state is the product of his and his wife’s own carving and indicates to the passer-by that the thirty-one years they have passed in Kansas have been years of industry and perseverance and, at last, success.

    Mr. Hattan has identified himself with the politics of his township and county. He has been elected trustee of the township several times and has served twenty-one years as justice of the peace; and as justice has united many couples in the bonds of matrimony. He takes a lively interest in the education of the youth and in the intellectual development and culture of the adult. He encourages literary societies and especially debate, which latter teaches one to think while talking and to express one’s self, without embarrassment, in a mixed company. Mr. Hattan is himself known throughout his locality as a shrewd and able debater and as a conversationalist he is most pleasing and interesting.



    When Kansas was officially opened to settlement in 1854, both abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers rushed to the territory to determine whether it would become a free or a slave state. It was admitted to the union as a slave-free state on January 29, 1861.
    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.

    from Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois 1878, pg 640-41, transcribed by Dena Whitesell

    Tax-Payers of Woodford County: Cazenovia Township
    Isaac Moulton Farmer; P.O. Washburn; Liberal; Democrat; owns 120 acres of land, valued at $3,000; born June 26, 1825, in Indiana, near Rising Sun; married Mary J. Hattan Aug. 20, 1849; she was born April 11, 1829; had eleven children, two of whom have died -
    Elizabeth, born June 29, 1850, died in six weeks after birth by a stroke of lightening;
    Sophia, born Aug. 6, 1851;
    Mary Ellen, born Nov. 27, 1853;
    William, born March 30, 1856;
    Vienna, born Jan. 27, 1858, died when 9 months old;
    Jeremiah, born Sept. 13, 1859;
    John, born April 1, 1862;
    Anna, born May 5, 1864. 

    Mr M. came here before the Black Hawk war; he was 7 years old at the time of that event; he has heard his mother tell of an Indian battle that happened near where the Richland school house now stands; he remembers seeing the troops as they passed through Pleasant Grove. 

    Mr. M. has been a great hunter, and generally killed from twenty-five to forty deer every Winter until about fifteen years ago; he says that the last deer that he killed was eight years ago, in Isaiah Jones' field.

    The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict in 1832 between the United States and Native Americans led by Sauk leader, Black Hawk

    European and indiginous American fought fierce battles as the Europeans expanded their territory.
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