An American Family History

William Ricketts and Elizabeth Oxley

Randolph Township, Dearborn (now Ohio) County, Indiana
Cazenovia Township, Woodford County, Illinois

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


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.

Indiana became a state in 1819. The north was settled by people from New England and New York, the center by people from the Mid-Atlantic states and Ohio, and the south by people from Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.

William Ricketts married Elizabeth Oxley about 1812. 

Celia Ricketts Holmes was born on March 30, 1813. John Ricketts was born on September 12, 1814. Eli Ricketts was born on December 22, 1815. Mary Ricketts Planck Clutter was born on September 28, 1817. Isaac Ricketts was born on November 10, 1819. William Ricketts was born on August 29, 1822. Prior Ricketts was born on January 8, 1824. Eliza Ricketts was born on July 4, 1826. James Ricketts was born on January 19, 1828. Elizabeth Ricketts was born on December 27, 1830.

Elizabeth died about 1831.

William married Harriet Dean on February 7, 1832 in Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana. Garrett Larew Ricketts was born on December 28, 1832. Robert L. Ricketts was born on February 8, 1835. Sarah L. Ricketts Edwards was born on October 29, 1837.

The family relocated to Woodford County, Illinois between 1837 and 1840. Isabella Ricketts King was born on May 3, 1840. Samuel Lowe Ricketts was born on January 19, 1843. Susanna Ricketts was born on November 7, 1846. Marian Amanda Ricketts was born on June 19, 1848.

At the time of the 1850 census, the family was living in District 56, Woodford County, Illinois. The household consisted of William age 56, Harriet age 37, Garret age 17, Robert age 14, Sarah age 12, Isabel age 10, Samuel age 7, Susanna age 4, and Maria A. age 2.  William was a farmer. The Holmes family (Celia) also lived in District 56 as did the Clutter family (Mary). John lived in Sugar Creek, Clinton County, Indiana. William, Jr. was in Tazewell County, Illinois.

George Washington Ricketts was born on February 22, 1851. Andrew Jackson Ricketts was born on November 18, 1853. Noah J. Ricketts was born on April 22, 1856 in Illinois.

At the time of the 1860 census, the household was living in Cazenovia Township, Woodford County, Illinois. The household consisted of William age 70, Harriet age 45, Robert age 25, Samuel age 17, Susannah age 14, Amanda age 11, George age 10, Jackson age 8, and Noah age 5. Garrett and his daughter Luella were living nearby with the Owens family. Their son, Noah, died when he was only 5 on February 9, 1862.

In 1865 the family moved near Versailles and later moved to Eureka. Their daughter, Susanna, died April 9, 1867 when she was only 20.

When the 1870 census was taken the family was living in Olio, Woodford County, Illinois. The household consisted of William age 78, Hariet age 58, Amanda age 21, George age 18, Jackson age 10, and Henry age 5.

William died on April 1, 1874 in Washington, Tazewell County, Illinois.

In 1880 62 year old Harriet was living with her son Garrett and his two year old son, Charles L. in Clayton, Woodford County, Illinois.

In 1900, Harriet was in Eureka, Woodford County, Illinois. She was living with her son, Samuel age 67, and Hayden and Sarah Edwards who were 66 and 62. Harriet had given birth to 10 children, 6 of whom were living.

Harriet died on September 28, 1900. She was buried with William at Old Washington Cemetery in Tazewell County, Illinois also called Old Glendale Cemetery. It is at the southern end of Market Street.


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.

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.

  Rickett's Tombstone
William and Harriet
Rickett's tombstone


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