30. Documentation for Jacob Ricketts
(22 Feb 1826 to 03 May 1910)
father of Elizabeth Jane Ricketts
(18 Oct 1861 to 27 Feb 1922)


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Jacob Ricketts was born February 22, 1826, in Dearborn County, Indiana.(1) He was the son of John Ricketts and Mary Goodner.(2) John Ricketts was born February 1, 1787, in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.(3) John married Mary Goodner, in Fairfield County, Ohio, on 9 January 1817.(4)

John Ricketts died February 23, 1843, in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, and is buried at the
Ricketts and/or Mitchell Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana. His tombstone indicates, "Aged 56 years 22 days". John Ricketts probably settled in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, about 1830.(5)

Mary Goodner was the daughter of Jacob Goodner and Ester (or Hester) White. She was born March 20, 1802, in Guilford County, North Carolina. She
died September 8, 1866, "aged 64 y, ? m, 12 d" and was buried at the Ricketts and/or Mitchell Cemetery beside her husband.(6) The 1850 Indiana Federal Census for Vermillion County, Highland Township lists the birthplace of Mary (Goodner) Ricketts as North Carolina. She could not read or write and her age was given as 47.(7) The 1860 Indiana Federal Census for Vermillion County, Highland Township, lists the birthplace of Mary (Goodner) Ricketts as Indiana, her age as 59. She was listed as the head of household and she was literate.(8)

Jacob Ricketts was one of perhaps fourteen children born to John and Mary Ricketts.
(9) Jacob was 5 feet, 10 inches, in 1864 according to his military/pension records.(10)

Jacob first married Nancy Jane Scott on May 18, 1847.(11)

The children of Jacob Ricketts and Nancy Jane Scott were:

1.
William J. Ricketts was born in 1848.

2.
Benjamin James Wilson Ricketts was born December 1850. He married Emma Florence Miller in 1858. He died in 1927 and is buried at Upper Mound Cemetery, Kent Township, Warren County, Indiana.

3.
John Harvey Ricketts was born June 5, 1853, in Vermillion county, Indiana. He married Margaret Persilla Fox. He died October 25, 1921. Both are buried at Hopewell Cemetery, Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana.

4.
Foster W. Ricketts was born in 1856.

5.
Mary J. Ricketts was born in 1859.

6.
David Ricketts was born in June of 1859 or 1860 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Mary Josephine Dixon.

Nancy Jane (Scott) Ricketts died about 1860.
(12A) Jacob Ricketts then married Melissa Jane Barnard on March 21, 1861, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.(12) They were married by Justice of the Peace A. E. Howe. Melissa J. Barnard was born December 11, 1841, in Vermillion County, Indiana.(13)

Jacob and Melissa were the parents of eight children:
(14)

1.
Elizabeth Jane Ricketts was born October 18, 1861, in Vermillion County, Indiana. She is a twin of Abraham Lincoln Ricketts. She married Daniel Alexander Fox on April 1, 1880. She died February 27, 1922, in Gessie, Indiana, from a home fire. She was buried at Hopewell Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana.

2.
Abraham Lincoln Ricketts was born October 18, 1861, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He died on June 26, 1943 and is buried at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, Florida, Section 8, Row 3, Site 11. His tombstone indicates, “PVT 158 IND INF”. He was in the Spanish American War. He was a twin of Elizabeth Jane Ricketts.

3.
Joseph Ricketts was born in July 1864, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He was married in 1864 to a Nancy E. ___________. Joseph died in 1935 and is buried in the Lower Mound Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana.

4.
Nancy Ricketts was born in July 1864, in Vermillion County, Indiana. She married John Henry Dixon. Nancy died on March 6, 1937, and is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Fountain County, Indiana.(15)

5.
Hiram "High" Ricketts was born in 1871 or 1872 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Gabrielle Talbert. Hiram died in 1930. He is buried at Lower Mound Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana.

6.
Fredrick Ricketts was born April 30, 1874, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Myrtle E. Gaskin on March 29, 1899, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He died August 24, 1934.

7.
Daniel Ricketts was born in 1878 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He died in 1922 and is buried at the Lower Mound Cemetery. His name appears on the same tombstone as that of his parents.

8.
Jacob Ricketts (Junior) was born in 1880.

Jacob Ricketts served in Company D, 57th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry from about August 1864 to June 1865.
(16) He was in the Battles of Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee. He was drafted in September 1864, and was discharged on July 5, 1865, at New Orleans, Louisiana. His rank was that of a private. At the time of his entry into the military, he was listed as 5 feet 10 inches, complexion was dark, color of eyes was blue, and color of hair was dark. His occupation was listed as a farmer.(17)

At the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, Jacob was in a far advanced position with probably 1,000 or more US troops commanded by General Wagner. Jacob and his 57th Indiana unit was commanded by John Q. Lane. Wagner disobeyed orders of General Cox and nearly 700 Union troops were taken prisoner. General Wagner, was kicked out of the army as a result of this fiasco. Jacob's medical records consist of perhaps 100 pages or so, related to a pension claim for illness contracted during the Civil War.(18)

Jacob Ricketts
died May 3, 1910, at his home in Foster, Warren County, Indiana.(19) He was buried in Lower Mound Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana.(20) Melissa J. (Barnard) Ricketts died January 23, 1924 in Foster, Mound Township, Warren County, Indiana, and was buried in Lower Mound Cemetery west of Covington, Indiana.(21)

The 1850 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated October 23, 1850, lists Jacob Ricketts age 24, farmer, born in Indiana, Nancy Ricketts age 24, born in Ohio, William Rickets age 1, born in Indiana, Jesse Barnett, age 43, laborer, born in Virginia, Elizabeth Barnett, age 15, born in Indiana, William Barnett, age 14, born in Indiana, John Barnett age 9, born in Iowa, Eliza Jane Barnett age 7, born in Iowa, and George Little age 8, born in Indiana.
(22) A John Ricketts and his wife Anna are listed next on the census page.

The 1860 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office Perrysville, enumerated July 7, 1880, by A. J. Adams lists Jacob Ricketts, age 34, farmer, born in Indiana, Nancy Ricketts, age 34, born in Ohio, William D. Ricketts, age 12, born in Indiana, Benjamin W. Ricketts, age 9, born in Indiana, John H. Ricketts, age 7, born in Indiana, Foster W. Ricketts, age 4, born in Indiana, and Mary J. Ricketts, age 1, born in Indiana.
(23)

The 1870 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office - Perrysville, enumerated June 24, 1870, lists Jacob Ricketts age 44, farmer, and Melissa Ricketts, age 29. The census lists William D. age 22, Ben W. age 19, John H. age 17, David age 10, Lincoln age 8, Elizabeth age 8, Joseph age 5, and Nancy age 3. The 1870 census record indicates that Elizabeth and Lincoln Ricketts were twins.
(24)

The 1880 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 11, 1880, by George W. Main, lists Jacob Ricketts age 54, farmer, Melissa age 37, wife, David age 21, Lincoln age 19, Lizzie age 19, Joseph age 16, Nanny (Nancy) age 13, Hiram age 8, Fred age 7, and Daniel age 2.
(25)

The 1900 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 14, 1900, by Clinto G. Beckett, lists Jacob Ricketts Sr., head, born in February 1826, age 74, Malisse J. Ricketts, wife, born in December 1841, age 58, Abraham L. Ricketts, son, born in 1861, age 39, Daniel Ricketts age 21, and Jacob Ricketts Jr., son, born in November 1883, age 16..
(26)

The 1910 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated April 15, 1910, by Louise Boughner lists Jacob Ricketts age 84, Malisia age 68, Lincoln age 48, Daniel age 30, and Jacob Jr. age 25 living in the household.
(27)

The 1920 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, lists Malissa Ricketts, age 78, as head of household. Daniel Ricketts, age 41, son, is the only other person listed as living in the household.
(28)

Children (Ricketts) born to Jacob Ricketts and Nancy Jane Scott:
i. William J. Ricketts was born in 1848.
ii.
Benjamin James Wilson Ricketts was born in December 1850.
iii.
John Harvey Ricketts was born June 5, 1853, in Vermillion County, Indiana.
iv.
Foster W. Ricketts was born in 1856.
v.
Mary J. Ricketts was born in 1859.
vi.
David Ricketts probably was born in June 1860 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Children
(Ricketts) born to Jacob Ricketts and Melissa Jane Barnard:
i. Elizabeth Jane Ricketts was born November 18, 1861, in Vermillion County, Indiana. She was a twin of Abraham Lincoln Ricketts.
ii.
Abraham Lincoln Ricketts was born November 18, 1861, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He was a twin of Elizabeth Jane Ricketts.
iii.
Joseph Ricketts was born in July 1864, in Vermillion County, Indiana.
iv.
Nancy Ricketts was born in July 1864, in Vermillion County, Indiana.
v.
Hiram "High" Ricketts was born in 1871 or 1872 in Vermillion County, Indiana.
vi.
Fredrick Ricketts was born April 30, 1874, in Vermillion County, Indiana.
vii.
Daniel Ricketts was born in 1878 in Vermillion County, Indiana.
viii. Jacob Ricketts (Junior) was born in 1880.

ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
JACOB RICKETTS and his daughter ELIZABETH JANE RICKETTS


1) Jacob Ricketts and Melissa Barnard marriage record at Danville, Vermillion County, Illinois, March 21, 1861. They were married by Justice of the Peace A. E. Howe.

2) Elizabeth Jane Ricketts and her twin brother, Abraham Lincoln Ricketts, were born 18 October 1861 according to the Ethel Belle Fox Gouty family Bible which is in the possession of Curtis Lynn Older.

3) 1870 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office - Perrysville, enumerated June 24, 1870, lists Lincoln age 8, Elizabeth age 8 (twins), Joseph age 5, and Nancy age 3. Jacob Ricketts age 44 and Melissa age 29.

4) 1880 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 11, 1880, by George W. Main lists Jacob age 54, Melissa age 37, Lincoln age 19, Lizzie age 19.

5) Marriage records, Fountain County Court House, Covington, Indiana, Book 8, #350, April 1, 1881, Daniel Alexander Fox and Elizabeth Jane Ricketts. Fountain County, Indiana, Index to Marriage Record 1848 - 1920 Inclusive Volume I Letters A - G Inclusive, W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerks Office Covington Compiled by Indiana Works Projects Administration 1941, County: Fountain, Name: Daniel A Fox, Spouse: Lizzie J Ricketts, Marriage Date: 01 Apr 1881, Book: 8, Original Source Page: 350.

6) Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910, Mound Township.

7) Warren County, Indiana, File No. 1391, Abraham L. Ricketts, Administrator of Estate of Melissa J. Ricketts. Filed January 29, 1924, FD6, page 152, B54. Application for Letters of Administration lists Kenneth Fox, Ernest Fox, William Fox, Ethel Fox Gouty, and Ruby Fox Hinds (Hines) as grandsons and granddaughters of Melissa Jane Barnard. Elizabeth Jane Ricketts Fox burned to death in 1922 and thus was deceased at the time of her mother's death. Abraham Lincoln Ricketts, twin brother of Elizabeth Jane Ricketts, was listed as a son of Melissa Jane Barnard.

8) National Archives: Certificate No. 703568, Pensioner - Melissa J. Ricketts, CAN No. 561621, Bundle No. 3, Claim under veteran: Jacob Ricketts; Report of the Adjutant General, Vol. 5, 973.727 r Indiana, page 634-635. Melissa Jane (Barnard) Ricketts signed a US Pension form related to the service of Jacob Ricketts as a private in Company D, 57th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the War of the Rebellion. Melissa indicates that her only marriage during her lifetime was to Jacob Ricketts whom she married on March 21, 1861, by A. E. Howe, J. P. Melissa also states that Jacob Ricketts previously was married to Nancy Scott, who died about 1858. Melissa indicates that Jacob Ricketts died at his home in Warren County, Indiana, on the 3rd day of May 1910.

9) Tombstone of Jacob, Melissa, and Daniel Ricketts, Lower Mound Cemetery, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Indiana.

10) Indiana State Board of Health, Certificate of Death, Jacob Ricketts, May 3, 1910. This document lists the place of death as Mound Township in Warren County, Indiana. The document lists his father as John Ricketts and his mother as Mary Goodner. The informant was Melissa Ricketts, Jacob's wife. His date of birth was given as February 22, 1826 and his occupation was that of a farmer.

11) There may be an Indiana State Board of Health Certificate of Death for Elizabeth Jane Ricketts Fox, date of death February 28, 1922, that lists her parents names. The Vermillion County, Indiana, Board of Health Certificate of Death does not list her parents. It indicates she died February 28, 1922, and was buried at Hopewell Cemetery.

12) There is a Jacob and Melissa Ricketts family photo taken about 1905 to 1910 that shows the seven of the eight children of Jacob and Melissa. Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Jane Ricketts are shown in the photo along with Daniel, Frederick, Hiram, Joseph, David, Jake, Abraham Lincoln, and Elizabeth Jane Ricketts. Abraham and Elizabeth were twins. David is shown in the picture but was a son of Jacob and Nancy Scott. Nancy, a daughter of Jacob and Melissa, is absent from the picture.


REFERENCES

1. Declaration for Pension dated February 25, 1907, in Fountain County, Indiana. Act of February 6, 1907. "that he was born Feb 22, 1826, at Dearborn County, Ind." Also see Death Certificate of Jacob Ricketts that gives his birthdate on the back side as February 22, 1826. Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910.

2. Indiana State Board of Health, Certificate of Death, Jacob Ricketts, May 3, 1910. This document lists the place of death as Mound Township in Warren County, Indiana. The document lists his father as John Ricketts and his mother as Mary Goodner. The informant was Melissa Ricketts. His date of birth was given as February 22, 1826 and his occupation was that of a farmer; also see Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910, Mound Township, Boord Funeral Home in Covington, Indiana. The back side of the death certificate names Jacob's parents as John Ricketts and Mary Goodin (i.e., Goodner). It states his wife's name was Malissa and gives his date of birth as February 22, 1826. Also see Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. The Family Data Collection is a secondary data source.

3. Tombstone of John Ricketts at the Ricketts and/or Mitchell Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana. Date of death on tombstone given as February 23, 1843. Tombstone inscription indicates, "Aged 56 years 22 days". Tombstone photograph made by Curtis Lynn Older.

4. Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993, Fairfield County, John Rickets, Mary Rickets, Film Number 000295268. Fairfield County is near Columbus, Ohio. Original data: Marriage Records. Ohio Marriages. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, UT.


5. See History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois.

6. Tombstone of Mary Goodner at the Ricketts and/or Mitchell Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana. Date of death on tombstone given as September 8, 1866. Tombstone inscription indicates, "aged 64 y, (?)m, 12 d".

7. 1850 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated October 25, 1850. Mary Ricketts, age 47, female, value of real estate $1,390, born in North Carolina. There were seven younger males and females living in the household of which she appears to have been the head.

8. 1860 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated July 1, 1860. Mary Ricketts, age 59, female, value of real estate $960, value of personal estate $250, born in Indiana. A Nancy G. Cheezem(?) age 10 and William Ricketts, age 26, also were living in the household.

9. Oates/Richards/Wilkerson Family Tree, Ancestry.com, 23 May 2017.

10. Declaration for Pension dated February 25, 1907, in Fountain County, Indiana. Act of February 6, 1907. "That his personal description at enlistment was as follows: Height, 5 feet 10 inches; complexion Dark; color of eyes Blue; color of hair Dark; that his occupation was Farmer; that he was born Feb 22, 1826."

11. Jacob Ricketts and Nancy Scott, Marriage Records, Book 3, page 90, Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana.

12A. The first wife of Jacob Ricketts, Nancy Jane Scott, probably died in 1860. The Department of the Interior Pension Circular in question number four asks the applicant if they were previously married and the date of death of their previous spouse. Jacob Ricketts answers, "Yes, to Nancy Scott who died in 1850." Jacob probably meant 1860, not 1850.

12. Jacob Ricketts and Melissa Barnard marriage record at Vermillion County, Illinois, March 21, 1861.

13. Tombstone for Melissa Ricketts indicates year of birth as 1841.

14. There is a Jacob and Melissa Ricketts family photo taken about 1905 to 1910 that shows the seven of the eight children of Jacob and Melissa. Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Jane Ricketts are shown in the photo along with Daniel, Frederick, Hiram, Joseph, David, Jake, Abraham Lincoln, and Elizabeth Jane Ricketts. Abraham and Elizabeth were twins. David is shown in the picture but was a son of Jacob and Nancy Scott. Nancy, a daughter of Jacob and Melissa, is absent from the picture.

15. Obituary Notice for Nancy Ricketts from the Crawfordsville Journal-Review of Monday, March 8, 1937, page eight, column 7.

16. Report of the Adjutant General, Vol. 5, 973.727r Indiana, pages 634-635.

17. National Archives: Certificate No. 703568, Pensioner - Melissa J. Ricketts, CAN No. 561621, Bundle No. 3, Claim under veteran: Jacob Ricketts; Report of the Adjutant General, Vol. 5, 973.727 r Indiana, page 634-635.

18. Report of the Adjutant General, Vol. 5, 973.727r Indiana, pages 634-635.

19. Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910, Mound Township, Boord Funeral Home in Covington, Indiana. The back side of the death certificate names Jacob's parents as John Ricketts and Mary Goodin (i.e., Goodner). It states his wife's name was Malissa and gives his date of birth as February 22, 1826.

20.
See photos of tombstones taken by Curtis Lynn Older.

21. Warren County, Indiana, File No. 1391, Abraham L. Ricketts, Administrator of Estate of Melissa J. Ricketts. Filed January 29, 1924, FD6, page 152, B54.

22. 1850 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated October 23, 1850.

23. 1860 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office Perrysville, enumerated July 7, 1880, by A. J. Adams.

24. 1870 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office - Perrysville, enumerated June 24, 1870.

25. 1880 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 11, 1880, by George W. Main.

26. 1900 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated June 14, 1900, by Clinto G. Beckett.

27. 1910 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated April 15, 1910, by Louise Boughner.

28. 1920 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township.


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3. "The Ricketts Family" by Charles D. Ricketts-3665, Morton, IL, 1979
4. IGI, Batch #7718217, Sheet #46 - LDS - Library, Salt Lake City, UT