61. Documentation for Mary Goodner
(20 March 1802 to 08 September 1868)
mother of Jacob Ricketts
(22 February 1826 to 03 May 1910)


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Mary Goodner was born 20 March 1802 in Guilford County, North Carolina.(1) She was the daughter of Jacob Goodner and Hester (probably pronounced Ester) White.(2) Jacob and Hester were married about 25 November 1798 in Guilford County, North Carolina.(3)

Unfortunately, Hubert W. Lacey, the author of The Goodner Family, failed to identify Mary Goodner as a child of Jacob Goodner and Hester (White) Goodner.(4) Otherwise, The Goodner Family gives an excellent detailed and documented analysis of the children of Jacob Goodner and Hester White.

Mary Goodner married John Ricketts, a son of Robert Ricketts Senior and his wife, Susannah (Unknown – NOT Wilson), about 1818 or 1819.(5) No marriage record has been found.(6) John Ricketts was born 01 February 1787 and died 23 February 1843.(7)

John Ricketts and Mary Goodner were the parents of the following children:

i. Susannah Ricketts was born about 1818 in Dearborn Co., IN.(8) There should be little doubt that Susannah was named after John Ricketts' mother. She married Thomas J. Mitchell on 31 March 1832 in Vermillion Co., IN.(9) He was born 26 October 1808 and died 11 May 1893.(10) Susannah died 07 May 1897.(11)

ii. Esther Ann Ricketts was born 20 September 1819 in Dearborn Co., IN.(12) There should be little doubt that she was named after Mary Goodner's mother Hester White. Esther Rickets married Aaron Betzer on 22 February 1838.(13) Aaron was born 04 October 1815 in Adelphi, Ross, Ohio, and died 16 September 1889 in Cherokee Co., Kansas.(14) Esther Ann Ricketts Betzer died 04 February 1911 in Cherokee Co., Kansas.(15 )

iii. Mary Ann Ricketts was born about 1821 in Dearborn Co., IN.(16) She married John Drake on 31 March 1839.(17) The 1850 Indiana Federal Census shows them in Vermillion Co.(18)

iv. Benjamin "Buy" W. Ricketts was born about 1822 in Dearborn Co., IN.(19)
He married Mary Barnett in 1851 in Vermilion Co., Illinois.(20)

v. John W. Ricketts was born 11 April 1824 in Dearborn Co., IN.(20A) He married Anna Drake in 1848.(21) The 1850 Indiana Federal Census lists them as John Ricketts age 26 born in Indiana, Anna Ricketts age 21 born in Ohio, family #230.(22) Jacob Ricketts, a brother of John, was listed as family #229 on the same census page. John died 03 February 1902 in Edmond Township, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma.(22A)

vi. Jacob Ricketts was born 22 February 1826 in Dearborn Co., IN. (23) He died 03 May 1910 in Vermillion Co., IN.(24) Jacob first married Nancy Jane Scott on 18 May 1847.(25) Nancy died about 1860. Jacob then married Melissa Jane Barnard on 21 March 1861 in Danville, Vermilion Co., Illinois.(26) Melissa was born 11 December 1841 in Vermillion Co., IN.(27) Jacob Ricketts and Melissa Barnard Ricketts are buried at the Lower Mound Cemetery in Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Indiana. Jacob served in the 57th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company D, during the Civil War and was in the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

vii. Phoebe Ricketts was born 24 September 1827 Dearborn Co., IN.(28) She married William Cheeseum (Chezum) in 1846.(29) The 1850 Indiana Federal Census lists William Cheezum age 25 born in Ohio, Pheba Cheezum age 23 born in Ohio, family #995.(30)

viii. Catherine Ricketts was born about 1829 in Indiana.(31) She married Benjamin Drake in 1845.(32) The 1870 Missouri Federal Census lists Benjamin Drake age 48 born in Ohio, Catherine Drake age 41 born in Indiana, dwelling #240.(33)

ix. Isaac Ricketts was born 27 December 1830 in Hendricks Co., IN.(34) Isaac married Mary Jane Chezem in 1850.(35) The 1850 Indiana Federal Census lists Jane Cheezum as age 19 born in Indiana and living with her parents, Samuel and Elizabeth Cheezum in Parke Co..(36) The 1860 Indiana Federal Census lists Isaac Ricketts age 29 born in Indiana, Mary J. Ricketts age 28 born in Indiana, living in Highland Township, Vermillion Co.(37)

x. William Ricketts was born 26 February 1833 in Vermillion Co., IN.(38) He died 27 August 1907 at Perrysville, Vermillion Co., Indiana.(39)

xi. Levi Ricketts was born in 24 June 1836 in Vermillion Co., IN.(40) No marriage record found. He was living with his mother, Mary Ricketts, according to the 1850 Indiana Federal Census.(41) He died 03 October 1855 and is buried in the Ricketts Cemetery.(42)

xii. Ellen Ricketts was born June 3, 1837, in Vermillion Co., IN.(43)( ) She married Francis M. Cromer in 1855.(44) She died 23 June 1856 and is buried in the Ricketts Cemetery.(45)

xiii. Margaret Ricketts was born about 1839 in Vermillion Co., IN.(46) She married Cyrus Wright in 1857.(47) Another County Court Record shows the date as January 15, 1857. The 1860 Indiana Federal Census lists Cyrus Wright age 23 born in Indiana and Margaret Wright age 21 born in Indiana.(48) The U.S. Civil War draft records list Cyrus Wright as age 25, married, and residing in Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Indiana, in 1863.(49)

xiv. Isabel Ricketts was born about 1842 in Vermillion Co., IN.(50) Isabel apparently married the widower of her sister Ellen, Francis M. Cromer.(51) The 1870 Illinois Federal Census lists Frank Cromer age 33 born in Indiana and Isabell Cromer age 28 born in Indiana.(52)

Land Transactions


Jacob Goodner, the father of Mary Goodner, first acquired land in Indiana on 14 August 1816 in Ohio County.(53) John Ricketts and his brother, Robert Ricketts Junior, assignees of Robert Ricketts Senior, acquired land jointly on 27 April 1819 near the land of Jacob Goodner.(54) Nathan Ricketts, probably a brother of Robert Ricketts Senior, acquired land in Ohio County, Indiana, also near to the land of Jacob Goodner.(55) The Nathan Ricketts and Jacob Goodner lands both were in Section 19 of township 3 North, Range 1 West, and were adjacent.

A deed dated 13 August 1830 from Aaron Purcell and Moria his wife of Vermillion Co., Indiana, to John Ricketts, also of Vermillion Co., Indiana, for $425.00 transferred the following land:

i. the West Half and the South East Quarter of Section 8 in Township 19 of Range 9 West containing 80 acres.

ii. the West Half of the South West Quarter of Section 4 in Township 19 North of Range 9 West containing 80 acres.

iii. 79 acres off of the North End of the East Half of the South West Quarter of Section 8 in Township 19 North of Range 9 West.

iv. 40 acres off of the South End of the East Half of the North West Quarter of Section 17 North in Township 19 North of Range 9 West.

v. 40 acres off of the North End of the East Half of the South East Quarter of Section 5 in Township 19 North of Range 9 West in the Crawfordsville Land District.(56)

John Goodner, a brother of Mary Goodner, purchased land in Vermilion Co., Illinois, as early as 01 July 1826.(57) Perhaps Jacob Goodner had plans to move with some of his family to Vermilion Co., Illinois, adjacent the west side of Vermilion Co., Indiana, in the 1830s. He never moved to Illinois before he died. Perhaps some of the land he purchased in Vermilion Co., Illinois, was to assist several of his sons in becoming farmers there.

Jacob Goodner of Dearborn Co., Indiana, purchased 72 acres and 49/100s of an acre on 23 May 1831 in Vermilion Co., Illinois(58) He also bought 80 acres on 30 March 1837 in Township 21 North, Range 12 West, the East Half of the SouthWest Quarter of Section 35 in Vermilion Co., Illinois.(59) Another Vermilion Co., Illinois, deed was to Jacob Goodner from an Evert Vanvickle on 26 September 1834.(60)

John Ricketts also acquired land in Vermilion Co., Illinois. John Ricketts of Vermillion Co., Indiana, acquired 80 acres on 20 March 1837 in Township 20 North, Range 11 West, Section 7.(61) Land records in Vermilion Co., Illinois, also include a sale from John Ricketts, husband of Mary Goodner, to Michael Goodner, a brother of Mary Goodner, on 08 December 1838.(62)

Census Records

Both the 1820 and 1830 US Federal Census for Dearborn Co., Indiana, list John Ricketts.(63) A John Rickett also is listed in the 1830 Vermillion County, Indiana, census.(64) Apparently the John Ricketts family moved from Dearborn Co., IN, to Vermillion Co., IN in 1830. The 1840 Federal Census for Indiana also lists John Ricketts.(65)

The 1850 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion Co., Highland Township, enumerated 25 October 1850 shows: 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.(66)

The 1860 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana indicates Mary Ricketts was born in Indiana.(67) It seems likely that information was given by someone in the household who did not know she was born in North Carolina, since evidence clearly indicates she was born in North Carolina to parents who were married in North Carolina. She was listed as the head of household and she was literate.

Children (
Ricketts) born in Indiana:
i. Susannah
ii. Esther
iii. Mary Ann
iv. Benjamin Wilson
v. John W.
vi. Jacob
vii. Phoebe
viii. Catherine
ix. Isaac
x. William
xi. Levi
xii. Ellen
xiii. Margaret
xiv. Isabel


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
MARY GOODNER and her son JACOB RICKETTS


1) Switzerland Co., IN, Final Settlement Page – "John Goodner administrator of Jacob Goodner deceased would respectfully represent to the Court of Probate of said County, that the heirs of Jacob Goodner deceased are as follows: John Goodner your petitioner, Mary Ricketts, Catharine Pate, Michael Goodner, Daniel Goodner, Jackson Goodner, Rachael Conner, Margaret Conner, William Goodner, and Elizabeth Sprague and Sarah Conner and Zilpha Jacobs, widow of Jacob Goodner deceased."

2) Switzerland Co., IN, Probate Order Book May 1844 Term, page 149, "Mary Rickets late Mary Goodner, daughter."

3) Garrett Larew Civil War Soldier, With an Account of His Ancestors and of His Descendants, by Karl G. Larew, Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1975, page 60; page 114 - "Garret Larew, born August 7, 1796 in Pennsylvania; husband of Elizabeth Ricketts, the sister of Robert Ricketts Junior. This Garrett Larew was the father of Garrett Larew of the Civil War. He and the Ricketts will be discussed in sections F and G of this chapter." On pages 120 - 142, and 170 - John Ricketts' mother-in-law was Hester White; his children married into the Drake family; consequently, it is likely that Garret Larew's first wife, Eliza J. Drake, was also his cousin; notice that Garret refers to a cousin named Thomas White. See Supplement to Garrett Larew - "On P. 120 of Garrett Larew, we saw that a son of Robert Ricketts was John Ricketts."

4) Tombstone of Mary Goodner, wife of John Ricketts, Stone/Ricketts Cemetery, Vermillion County, Indiana. Date of death on tombstone given as September 8, 1866. Tombstone inscription indicates, "aged 64 y, (?)m, 12 d"; Tombstone photograph made by Curtis Lynn Older; Ricketts Cemetery, PAM 977.201 v uncat. No 8 1. The Stone/Ricketts Cemetery, also called the Mitchell/Ricketts Cemetery, where John Ricketts and Mary Goodner are buried is is Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana. From the intersection of Interstate 74 and Indiana State Road 63 go south on 63 a distance of 1.7 miles. Turn west on 1050N, a county blacktop road, and then proceed west for .7 mile. On the north side of the road, in the corner of a field, but directly adjacent to the road, sets a tiny mowed plot shaded by six large trees, and containing twelve stones in October 1993.

5) 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."

6) History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, Biographical Sketches, Thomas J. Mitchell, "His wife was formerly Miss Susannah Ricketts, a daughter of John and Mary Ricketts, who settled in Highland Township as early as 1830, where both died many years ago, on the farm now owned and occupied by Mr. Mitchell. Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts are buried on this farm, where they settled so many years ago"; State of Indiana Marriages, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana, for Vermillion Co.. Susanna Ricketts and Thomas J. Mitchell, March 31, 1832.

7) Estate Papers of Robert Ricketts Senior, Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana Court of Common Pleas, January Term 1856. The Estate Papers indicate John Ricketts, son of Robert Ricketts Senior, was dead at the time the Estate Papers were brought before the court.

8) Indiana State Board of Health, Certificate of Death, Jacob Ricketts, 03 May 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 22 February 1826 and his occupation was that of a farmer.
9) Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910, Mound Township. 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 22 February 1826.

10) Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011, William Ricketts, birth date 26 February 1833, birth place Vermillion Co., Indiana, death date 27 August 1907, death place Perrysville, Vermillion, Indiana, father – John Ricketts, mother – Mary Goodner. William Ricketts was a brother of Jacob Ricketts.

11) 1820 United States Census, Randolph Township, Dearborn County, Indiana, John Rickets Family:
Males of age 26 and under 45 - 1
Females under 10 - 2
Females of age 16 and under 26 - 1
Number of persons engaged in agriculture – 1

12) The 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.

13) Declaration for Pension dated 25 February 1907 in Fountain Co., Indiana. Act of 06 February 1907. "that he was born Feb 22, 1826, at Dearborn County, Ind"; 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.

14) The 1850 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated 23 October 1850 lists Jacob Ricketts age 24, farmer, born in Indiana, Nancy Ricketts age 24, born in Ohio. A John Ricketts and his wife Anna are listed next on the census page after the Jacob Ricketts household. This John Ricketts was John W. Ricketts who was born 11 April 1824, an older brother of Jacob. This John Ricketts married Anna Drake. The received a marriage license on 29 February 1848 and were married on 5 March 1848 in Vermillion Co., IN. See Indiana Marriages 1810-2001.

15) Maurine Collins Schmitz and Glendola Amos Peck, The Amos Family, Ancestors and Descendants of Perry Amos (1857 - 1933) and Mollie Leota Dickerson Amos (1862 - 1947) of Shelby County, Indiana, Dubuque, Iowa, 1964, page 50. “History mentions Phoebe and deeds of 1819 and 1822 in Dearborn County names his sons Robert and John and their wives.” The authors then list Ann LaRue as the wife of Robert Ricketts Junior and Mary as the wife of John Ricketts.


REFERENCES


1) Illiana Genealogist, Volume 26, 1, information furnished by Norma Hughes, Perrysville, Vermillion Co., IN. Ricketts – Mitchell Cemetery Data, in Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Indiana, from I-74 go south on Highway 63 to 1050 North Road, then go west about 1 mile. Mary Goodner tombstone – wife of John – Sept 8, 1868, 66 y 5 m 18d; 1850 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated 25 October, Mary Ricketts, age 47, female, value of real estate $1,390, born in North Carolina; also see Garrett Larew Civil War Soldier, With an Account of His Ancestors and of His Descendants, by Karl G. Larew, Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1975, page 60;

2) Switzerland Co., IN, Final Settlement Page – "Mary Ricketts"; Switzerland Co., IN, Probate Order Book May 1844 Term, page 149, "Mary Rickets late Mary Goodner, daughter"; Garrett Larew, page 60.

3) North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868:
Groom: Jacob Goodnor
Bride: Ester Wite
Bond Date: 25 Nov 1798
Bond #: 000055683
Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
Image Num: 008841
County: Guilford
Record #: 01 168
Bondsman: George Swisher
Witness: Alex Gray

4) The Goodner Family, A Genealogical History, With a Brief History of the Family of Jacob Daniel Scherrer and Notes on Other Allied Families, by Hubert Wesley Lacey, Dayton, Ohio, 1960. The Jacob Goodner family discussion begins on page 56.

5) Switzerland Co., IN, Probate Order Book May 1844 Term, page 149, "Mary Rickets late Mary Goodner, daughter"; Garrett Larew, page 114 - "Garret Larew, born August 7, 1796 in Pennsylvania; husband of Elizabeth Ricketts, the sister of Robert Ricketts Junior. This Garrett Larew was the father of Garrett Larew of the Civil War. He and the Ricketts will be discussed in sections F and G of this chapter." On pages 120 - 142, and 170 - John Ricketts' mother-in-law was Hester White; his children married into the Drake family; consequently, it is likely that Garret Larew's first wife, Eliza J. Drake, was also his cousin; notice that Garret refers to a cousin named Thomas White. See Supplement to Garrett Larew - "On P. 120 of Garrett Larew, we saw that a son of Robert Ricketts was John Ricketts"; Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910, Mound Township. 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 22 February 1826.

6) This writer, Curtis Lynn Older, does not believe the following marriage record is for John Ricketts and Mary Goodner, parents of Jacob Ricketts: Ohio County Marriages 1774-1993, John Rickets, Mary Rickets, Fairfield County, Ohio, 09 January 1817.

7) Garrett Larew, page 60: "On p. 120 of GL (Garret Larew), we saw that a son of Robert Senior was John Ricketts. He was born on February 1, 1787, and died on February 23, 1843, in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Mary Goodner, born March 10, 1802, died September 8, 1868. She was the daughter of Jacob and Hester (White) Goodner"; Illiana Genealogist, Volume 26, 1, information furnished by Norma Hughes, Perrysville, Vermillion Co., IN. Ricketts – Mitchell Cemetery Data, in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, from I-74 go south on Highway 63 to 1050 North Road, then go west about 1 mile. John Ricketts tombstone - Feb 23, 1843, 56 y 22d.

8) The first child of John Ricketts and Mary Goodner.

9) State of Indiana Marriages, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana, for Vermillion County.

10) Tombstone at Lower Mound Cemetery, Vermillion Co., IN.

11) Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, May 12, 1897, Susan Mitchel, 07 May 1897, age 79; History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, Biographical Sketches, Thomas J. Mitchell, "His wife was formerly Miss Susannah Ricketts, a daughter of John and Mary Ricketts, who settled in Highland Township as early as 1830, where both died many years ago, on the farm now owned and occupied by Mr. Mitchell. Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts are buried on this farm, where they settled so many years ago"; Indiana State Library, Ricketts Cemetery, Vermillion County, PAM 977.201 Vuncat. no. 8.

12) Find-A-Grave.com

13) State of Indiana Marriages, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana, for Vermillion Co., Easter Ricketts and Aaron Betzer, February 22, 1838.

14) Find-A-Grave.com

15) Find-A-Grave.com

16) 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., John Drake age 30 born in Ohio, Amy Drake age 29 born in Ohio.

17) State of Indiana Marriages, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana, for Vermillion County. Mary Ann Ricketts and John Drake, March 31, 1839.

18) 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., John Drake age 30 born in Ohio, Amy Drake age 29 born in Ohio.

19) 1870 Missouri Federal Census, Roubidoux, Pulaski, Missouri, Benjamin Ricketts age 48 born in Indiana, Mary Ricketts age 38 born in Indiana, dwelling #54.

20) State of Illinois Marriages, County Court Records at Danville, Illinois, for Vermilion County, Film # 1298746 - 1298749. Benjamin W. Ricketts and Mary Barnett, September 7, 1851.

20A) Find-A-Grave.com, John W. Ricketts, 11 April 1824, Dearborn Co., IN.

21) State of Indiana Marriages, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana, for Vermillion Co., John Ricketts and Anna Drake, March 5, 1848. They received a marriage license on 29 February 1848 and were married on 5 March 1848 in Vermillion Co., IN. See Indiana Marriages 1810-2001.

22) 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., family #230.

22A) Find-A-Grave.com, John W. Ricketts, 03 February 1902, Edmond Township, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma.

23) Declaration for Pension subscribed and sworn 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 February 22, 1826, at Dearborn County, Indiana."

24) Indiana State Board of Health, Certificate of Death, Jacob Ricketts, 03 May 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 22 February 1826 and his occupation was that of a farmer; Index to Death Records, Warren County, Indiana, 1882-1920, book C-13, page 17, Jacob Ricketts, age 84, May 3, 1910. Back side of document lists his wife as Malissa, his date of birth as 22 February 1826, his father as John Ricketts, and his mother as Mary Goodin.

25) Marriage Records, Book 3, page 90, Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana, Jacob Ricketts and Nancy Scott; Ancestry.com gives a date of 18 May 1847 in Vermillion County, Indiana, citing Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1850.

26) Illinois Marriage Index 1851-1900, Jacob Rickett, Melissa J. Barnard, 21 March 1861, Vermilion County, Illinois. This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film #1298746-1298749.

27) Tombstone at Lower Mound Cemetery west of Covington, IN, gives date of 1841; 1900 Federal Census for Indiana, Warren County, Mound Township, enumerated 14 June 1900, by Clinton G. Beckett, lists Jacob Ricketts Sr., head, born in February 1826, age 74, Malisse J. Ricketts, wife, born in December 1841, age 58; see the following record for the heirs of Melissa Jane Ricketts: Warren County, Indiana, File No. 1391, Abraham L. Ricketts, Administrator of Estate of Melissa J. Ricketts. Filed January 29, 1924, FD6, page 152, B54.

28) 1850 Indiana Federal Census, District 85, Parke Co., Indiana, William Cheezum age 25 born in Ohio, Pheba Cheezum age 23 born in Ohio, family #995.

29) State of Indiana Marriages, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana, for Vermillion County. Phebe Ricketts and William Cheeseum, April 20, 1846; Indiana Compiled Marriages 1802-1892, William Cheeseum, Phebe Ricketts, 20 April 1846, Vermillion Co., Indiana, County Court Records at Newport, IN.

30) 1850 Indiana Federal Census, District 85, Parke Co., family #995. William Cheezem died 09 November 1860.(Ancestry.com – Oldham Family Tree, 09 December 2017) Phoebe married next a John James on 03 September 1861 in Vermilion Co., Illinois.(Illinois Marriage Index 1851-1900, Phebe Cheezem, John James 03 September 1861, Vermilion County. This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film #1298746-1298749.) John James apparently died before 1864 when Phoebe again married. She married next Thompson Ross on 07 April 1864.(Indiana Marriage Collection 1800-1941, Thompson Ross, Phebe James, 07 April 1864, Vermillion Co.; The 1870 Indiana Federal Census for Highland Township, Vermillion Co., lists Thompson Ross age 44 born in Ohio, Phebe Ross age 43 born in Ohio, dwelling #113; The 1880 Indiana Federal Census also lists them in Highland Township, Vermillion Co.)

31) U.S. and International Marriage Records 1560-1900, Catherine Ricketts, birth year – 1829, Benjamin Drake, birth year – 1822, marriage year – 1845, marriage state – Indiana; 1870 Missouri Federal Census, Benjamin Drake age 48 born in Ohio, Catherine Drake age 41 born in Indiana, dwelling #240.

32) State of Indiana Marriages, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana, for Vermillion County. Catherine Ricketts and Benjamin Drake, December 4, 1845.

33) 1870 Missouri Federal Census, Benton Township, Polk Co., dwelling #240.

34) Find-A-Grave, Isaac Ricketts, burial Moundville, Vernon Co., Missouri.

35) Illinois Compiled Marriages 1790-1860, Isaac Ricketts, Jane Chezem, 20 February 1850, Vermilion Co., FHL microfilm 1298747.

36) 1850 Indiana Federal Census, District 85, Parke Co., Jane Cheezum age 19, born in Indiana, family #1028.

37) 1860 Indiana Federal Census, Isaac Ricketts, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., family #87.

38) Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011, William Ricketts, single, born Vermillion Co., Indiana, birth date 26 February 1833, death date 27 August 1907, death place Vermillion Co., IN, father John Ricketts, mother Mary Ricketts.

39) Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011, William Ricketts, age 74, single, birth date – 26 February 1833, birth place – Vermillion Co., Indiana, death date – 27 August 1907, death place – Perrysville, Vermillion Co., IN, father John Ricketts, mother Mary Goodner.

40) 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., family #211.

41) 1850 Indiana Federal Census, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., family #211.

42) Ricketts - Mitchell Cemetery Data, in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, from I-74 go south on Highway 63 to 1050 North Road, then go west about 1 mile. Levi, son of J and M, Oct 3, 1855, 19y 8m 19d; see Illiana Genealogist, Volume 26, 1, information furnished by Norma Hughes, Perrysville, Vermillion Co., IN.

43) Illiana Genealogist, Volume 26, 1, information furnished by Norma Hughes, Perrysville, Vermillion County, IN, Ricketts Cemetery, Ellen Cromer, death – 23 June 1856, age – 19y 3m 12d, wife of F. M.

44) State of Illinois Marriages, County Court Records at Danville, Illinois, for Vermilion County, Film # 1298746 - 1298749. Ellen Ricketts and Francis M. Cromer, March 29, 1855.

45) Find-A-Grave.com

46) 1860 Indiana Federal Census, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Cyrus Wright age 23 born in Indiana, Margaret Wright age 21 born in Indiana, family #94.

47) State of Indiana Marriages, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana, for Vermillion County, Index to Marriage Records 1850 - 1904 Inclusive, W. P. A. Original Record Located at County Clerk's Office, Book 3, OS Page 434, Margaret Ricketts and Cyrus Wright, February 7, 1857.

48) 1860 Indiana Federal Census, Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Cyrus Wright age 23 born in Indiana, Margaret Wright age 21 born in Indiana, family #94.

49) U.S. Civil War Draft Registration Records 1863-1865, Cyrus Wright, age on 1 July 1863 - 25, married, residence - Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Indiana, Congressional District – 7th, Class - 1.

50) 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Danville, Vermilion Co., Frank Cromer, dwelling #782.

51) State of Illinois Marriages, County Court Records at Danville, Illinois, for Vermilion County, Film # 1298746 - 1298749. Isabella Ricketts and Francis M. Cromer, August 21, 1857.

52) 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Danville, Vermilion Co., Frank Cromer, dwelling #782.

53) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Jacob Goodner (of Kentucky), 14 August 1816, Ohio County, Indiana, 1st Prime Meridian, Township 3 North, Range 1 West, SouthWest Quarter, Section 19, 160 acres.

54) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, John Ricketts, Robert Ricketts, 27 April 1819, Township 3 North, Range 2 West, SouthEast Quarter of Section 24. Section 24 of Township 3 North, Range 2 West, would be adjacent the land of Jacob Goodner in Section 19 of Township 3 North, Range 1 West.

55) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Nathan Ricketts, 24 February 1820, Township 3 North, Range 1 West, NorthEast Quarter of Section 19.

56) John Ricketts: Vermillion County, Indiana, Book 2, page 548. This indenture, the thirteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty between Aaron Purcell and Moria his wife of the County of Vermillion and State of Indiana of the one part and John Ricketts of the county and state aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that the said Aaron Purcell and Moria his wife for and in consideration of the sume of four hundred and twenty five dollars to them in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have granted bargained sold aliened released enfeoffed conveyed and conferred and by these presents do grant bargain sell alien release enfeoff convey and confirm unto the said John Ricketts his heirs and assigns the following tracts or parcels of land with all the priviliges and appurtenances lying and being in the count of Vermillion and state of Indiana to wit: the west half of the south east quarter of section no. eight in township No. nineteen of Range No. nine west containing eighty acres. Also the west half of the south west quarter of section no. four in township no nineteen north of range no nine west containing eighty acres. Also seventy nine acres off of the north end of the east half of the south west quarter of section no eight in township no nineteen north of range no nine west. Also forty acres off of the south end of the east half of the north west quarter of section no seventeen north in township no nineteen north of range no nine west. Also forty acres off of the north end of the east half of the south east quarter of section no five in township no nineteen north of range no nine? West in the Crawfordsville Land District, and all the estate right title interest claim and demand in fee of them the said Aaron Purcell and Moria his wife etc.

57) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, John Goodner, 01 July 1826, Township 20 North, Range 11 West, East half of the NorthEast Quarter, Section 4, Vermilion Co., Illinois.

58) Jacob Goodner (of Dearborn County, Indiana), 23 May 1831, Township 20 North, Range 11 West, West Half of NorthWest Quarter, Section 19, Vermilion Co., Illinois.

59) Jacob Goodner, 30 March 1837, Township 21 North, Range 12 West, East Half of the SouthWest Quarter, Section 35, Vermilion Co., Illinois.

60) The Goodner Family, page 358, Vermilion Co., Illinois, Real Estate Transfers.

61) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, John Ricketts, 20 March 1837, Township 20 North, Range 11 West, SouthWest Quarter of the SouthEast Quarter, Section 7, Vermilion County, Illinois; Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, John Rickets, 20 March 1837, Township 20 North, Range 11 West, NorthWest Quarter of the SouthEast Quarter, Section 7, Vermilion County, Illinois

62) Goodner Family, page 358, Vermilion Co., Illinois, Grantor – John Ricketts, Grantee – Michael Goodner, 08 December 1838.

63) 1820 Federal Census for Indiana, John Rickets, Randolph Township, Dearborn Co., enumeration date 07 August 1820, 1 male age 26 thru 44, 2 females under age 10, 1 female age 16 thru 25.
1830 Federal Census for Indiana, John Ricketts, Randolph Township, Dearborn Co., 1 male under age 5, 2 males age 5 thru 9, 1 male age 30 thru 39, 3 females under age 5, 1 female age 5 thru 9, 2 females age 10 thru 14, 1 female age 20 thru 29.

64) 1830 Federal Census for Indiana, John Rickett, Vermillion County, 1 male under age 5, 2 males age 5 thru 9, 1 male age 30 thru 39, 2 females under age 5, 1 female age 5 thru 9, 2 females age 10 thru 14, 1 female age 20 thru 29.

65) 1840 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion Co., Highland Township, Post Office Perrysville, John Ricketts.

66) 1850 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion Co., Highland Township, enumerated 25 October 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.

67) 1860 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion Co., Highland Township, enumerated 01 July 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.


APPENDIX A

JACOB GOODNER PROBATE PAPERS



State of Indiana
Switzerland County

John Goodner administrator of Jacob Goodner deceased would respectfully ?represent? to the Court of Probate of said county, that the heirs of Jacob Goodner deceased are as follows John Goodner your petitioner Mary Ricketts, Catharine Pate, Michael Goodner, Daniel Goodner, Jackson Goodner, Rachael Conner, Margaret Conner, William Goodner and Elizabeth ?Lisiagre and Sarah Conner and Zilpha Jacobs widow of Jacob Goodner deceased that he is not advised of the exact amount by him re'd or paid out for said estate, but exhibits receipts from No. 1 to 5 amounting to $38.50 that he has heretofore exhibited to this court two reports in which he claimed credits & was allowed the sum of $16.00 & $50.53, being in all the sum of $99.03 – Said ?? would show that he has made settlement with all the heirs & auditing? Of said estate & has ?heirs receipts in full which he now deposits in court for all of said estate except the notes ?given? by James Pollock & James Murray all dated March 24, 1837 one for $600 one for $700 & one for $800, which notes cannot be collected as the makers thereof are insolvent & which he now returns to this court for the ?benefit of future heirs – He now says the costs of ?? ?$8144? & ?prays to be allowed for thirty days by him ? as ? ?? (over)



APPENDIX B

Switzerland County, Indiana Probate Order Book Abstracts 1837-1849

Jacob Goodner Estate


“Estate of Jacob Goodner, deceased. John Goodner, administrator de bonis non. Dana Jacobs and Zilpa Jacobs, his wife, late Zilpa Goodner, widow.
Mary Rickets late Mary Goodner, daughter. Citation.” Page 34, Switzerland County, Indiana Probate Order Book C May 1844 Term.


E-mail received from Tina Lyons, author of
Switzerland County, Indiana Probate Order Book Abstracts 1837-1849, Fort Wayne, Indiana 2017:

"The page that you attached does not appear to come from the official probate books. It looks like it may be a report made by the administrator to the court and filed with other loose papers in the probate packet. The top part of the page “State of Indiana, Switzerland County, SS” states where the paper was written. The official books tend to start with “Estate of so and so.” The packets are stored in the basement of the Switzerland County Courthouse and are organized by the first letter of the surname. Multiple drawers may need to be searched to locate the correct packet.

I unfortunately live too far away from Vevay to make regular research trips. You may contact the Switzerland County Historical Society (http://www.switzcomuseums.org) to see if they can recommend a local researcher."


Switzerland County, Indiana Probate Order Book Abstracts 1837-1849, compiled by Tina Lyons, Fort Wayne, Indiana 2017 lists the following pages that mention Jacob Goodner: POB B 1837-1841, Jacob Goodner Estate, Page 191, 192, 221, 243, 276, 286, 293, 351, 377, 396, 418, 475, 496, and 542. Also, POB B 1841-1849 Jacob Goodner Estate, pages 14, 24, 43, 191, 338, 356, and 397.