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Ricketts, William

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Ricketts, William
March 14, 2007 06:08PM
HISTORY OF RUSH COUNTY, INDIANA: From the earliest time to the present,
with biographical sketches, notes, etc. Illustrated; Chicago: Brant &
Fuller, 1888, p. 361. Fleming County.

WILLIAM RICKETTS, one of the principal farmers of Anderson Township, was
born in Fleming County, Ky., March 21, 1820, son of Edward and Sarah
(Storey) Ricketts, and is of Scotch-Welsh origin. His father was born in
Pennsylvania, in 1787, and died in Rush County, September 8, 1838. His
mother was born in Kentucky, in 1789, and died in Rush County, in 1854.
The paternal grandfather of our subject was John Ricketts, a Pennsylvanian,
and was one of the first settlers of Kentucky, and died in that state. The
Ricketts family emigrated to Rush County, in 1831, and settled four miles
northwest of Milroy. That portion of the county in that day was almost an
unbroken wilderness. When the subject of this sketch was sixteen years of
age or in the fall of the year 1836 as he was returning home from Jacob
Plough's, he met in the dense woods a large, black bear, and this perhaps
was the last bear ever seen in this neighborhood. Mr. Ricketts was raised
on the farm, and was a student at the Pleasant Run School-house. At
nineteen years of age he went to Greene County, and there taught school one
winter. In 1848, he settled on a farm just below Milroy, and there
remained until 1864, when he came back to Anderson Township and settled
where he now lives. He owns 188 acres of well improved land. He was
married January 31, 1850, to Miss Nancy J. Maunt, who was born in Anderson
Township, July 19, 1830; she was the daughter of William and Catherine
Maunt, early settlers of this county. From 1854 to 1858 he served as
Justice of the Peace. He was elected Township Trustee of this township, in
1859, and re-elected in 1860, and also in 1861. Mr. Ricketts was formerly
a Whig, but is now a staunch Republican. He and his wife are members of
the Christian Church and are among the most highly respected people of this
part of Rush County.

Ricketts Plough Maunt
Rush-IN PA Greene-IN

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