An American Family History

Zachariah Ricketts

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

Zachariah Ricketts was born in the mid 18th century.

In 1769 Zachariah Ricketts had 100 acres called Little Hell in Dublin Township, Cumberland County.

In 1782 he performed a tour of duty in Kishacoquillis Valley with the the Cumberland County Militia in Captain Robert Samuel’s Company of the Eighth Battalion, commanded by Colonel Alexander Brown. He served with Robert Ricketts.

He was in Nelson County, Kentucky by 1788 when he (Zacheriah Ricket) appeared on the tax list.

In 1791 he was still in Nelson County, as well as his son, Zachariah, Jr.

In 1800, Zachariah Rickets was taxed in Mason County, Kentucky.

The Kishacoquillas Valley is in Mifflin and Huntingdon Counties. It is in the Appalachians of Central Pennsylvania.

A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.



Mason County, Kentucky was established by the Virginia legislature in 1788 from Bourbon County. Nineteen Kentucky counties were formed from the original Mason County.

Muster Rolls of Militia, Captain Robert Samuel’s Company. “A pay book of Second and Third Classes of the Eighth Battalion of Cumberland County Militia, commanded by Col. Alexander Brown, who performed a tour of duty in Kishacauquillis Valley in the year 1782." List includes “Zacaria Rickets" and “Robert Rickets" Dated February 27, 1783.

From the Certificate Book of the Virginia Land Commission 1779-1789:
1789 Oct 24 -Petition of inhabitants of Nelson County that they are very inconvenient to an inspection and from the badness of the roads labor under many inconveniences in carrying their produce to market. They ask an Act to establish a warehouse and inspection on the Beech fork at the mouth of Cartwright's Creek on the land of Richard Parker.

List included Zacariah Ricket Sener and Zachariah Ricket Juner

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.