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Cheney Ricketts

Cheney has also been spelled: Chain, Chainey, Chania, Chaney, Chany, Cheyney, and China.

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


The French and Indian War lasted from 1754 to 1763 and was the North American phase of the Seven Years' War.

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Cheney (Chaney) Ricketts was born in Anne Arundel, Maryland about 1732. His parents were Edward Ricketts and Mary A. Cheney.

Cheney served 13 days under Captain Moses Chapline during the French and Indian War in Maryland.

According to Karl Larew in Garret Larew: Civil War Soldier, he married, his cousin, Nancy Ann Cheney, in 1754 in Maryland. Nancy was Charles Cheney's daughter. She was born 1734 in Maryland. Larew says that "Nancy was a very frank lady and had no secrets."

Cheney's children probably included:
Mary Ricketts Cotton (1755, married John Cotton)
Jeremiah Ricketts (1756, married Polly Cole),
Edward Ricketts (1758),
Reason (Rezin) Ricketts (1764),
John Ricketts (1765),
Elizabeth Ricketts (1769, married Thomas Crownover),
Rachel Ricketts (1771),
Diana Ricketts (1773),
Charles Ricketts (1773, married Catherine Clark), and
Cheney Ricketts, Jr. (1776).

Shaver's Creek Manor in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania was reserved by the proprietaries of the province for their own use. The warrant for its survey was dated October 30, 1760. Edward and Cheney Ricketts received Lot 8 which was 284 acres and 50 perches.

The family was in Huntingdon County during the American Revolution.

In 1780 Cheney Ricketts was in Barree Township.

In 1784 he purchased land in Barree Township.

In Huntingdon/Bedford County, Pennsylvania, he obtained 400 acres next to Edward Ricketts, Jr. along Clearfield Creek in Frankstown Township.

In 1788, Edward, Jeremiah, John and Reason Ricketts were in Little's company.

The family moved to on to Fairfield County, Ohio and were there by 1806 when Jeremiah Ricketts married Polly Cole in April, 1805 in Fairfield County.

Sarah Ricketts married Richard Courtright in December, 1806.

Cheney appeared on the tax list of Fairfield County, Ohio in 1808.

He died on May 14, 1814 of "tubercular pnemonia" and was buried on the family farm in Fairfield County. Nancy died on September 13, 1813 in Hancock County, Ohio.

Shays's Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels (Shaysites) in rising up against perceived economic injustices.

Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck
from Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack

Barree Township, Pennsylvania was formed in 1767 and was originally part of of Cumberland County, then it became part of Bedford County until 1787 when it became part of Huntingdon County.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a common and often deadly infectious disease. It was called consumption. It usually attacks the lungs and the symptoms are coughing blood, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

Fairfield County is in central Ohio. The county seat is Lancaster.

The rod or perch or pole is a surveyor's tool equal to 5 1⁄2 yards.



Fairfield County, Ohio

from Ancestors & Relatives of Reverdy Lewin Orrell IV

Cheney Ricketts, Sr., bom about 1732, died 15 May 1814. He married Nancy Cheney. She was born about 1734 and died 13 September 1813, in Ohio. They had 11 children:
(1) Jeremiah Ricketts, bom about 1756.
(2) Edward ...

Bedford County, Pennsylvania was created on March 9, 1771 from part of Cumberland County.

History of that Part of the Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys ..., Volume 1  edited by Franklin Ellis, Austin N. Hungerford

It is not definitely known at what date the township of Fermauagh was erected; but from records and papers not ofiicial, it is determined that it was made a township either late in 1754 or in 1755. It is recognized in March, 1762, by the return of constables, and in 1763 an assessment was made of its inhabitants. The settlers from far up the river, who had been driven out by the Indians in 1756, had not then returned,

but in the assessment of Fermanagh, in 1767 appear the names of John Armstrong, Esq., Andrew Bratton, George Bell, William Brown, William Buchanan, Dorms Buchanan, James Criswell, David and John Carmichael, Thomas Ferguson, George Galloway, John Gemmel, Alexander Hamilton, Samuel Heledy (Holiday), Thomas Holt, Stephen Jordon, Joseph Jacobs, James Lyon, John McElhatton, Charles McGill, William McKee, Alexander McKinstry, Everhart Martin, Edward and Cheney Ricketts, Robert Samuels, Samuel Saunders, Alexander Stewart, Joseph Swift, Matthew Wakefield and William Wallace. These persons all resided within the limits of what is now Mifflin County.

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania was established on September 20, 1787 as a large region of Central Pennsylvania. It was previously part of Bedford County and the earlier Cumberland Region.

Frederick County, Maryland was created in 1748 from parts of Prince George's and Baltimore Counties. In 1776 it was divided into Washington, Montgomery and, Frederick Counties. In 1837 parts of Frederick and Baltimore Counties formed Carroll County.

From Frederick County, Maryland Land Records (Liber G & H Abstracts, 1761-1763)

Chaney Ricketts recorded supersedeas 17 June 1762 against Edward Broughton, Daniel McCoy, and John McEntire for one pound 10 shillings recovered 29 May 1762 before Peter Bainbridge.

Cheney Rickets, Senior, applies for four hundred acres of land in Bedford County, inclg an imp, on both sides of Clearfield Creek, about two miles higher up said Creek than Edward Ricket's application.
Wt. issued Int. from 1st March, 1783.
Personaly apeared [sic] before us two of the Justices for Bedford County Cheney Rickets and made oath according to law that the above tract of land was improved upon between the beginning & middle of September, 1783. Sworn and certified before and by us this 15th day of November, 1784.
Wt Issued (Signed) Robt. Smith
James Coyle

On June 7th, 1834, a survey was made in pursuance of a Warrant granted to Cheny Rickets, bearing date and December, 1784, and was returned on 14th

June, 1836. It is for a tract of land situate in Decator Township, Clearfield County, on the waters of Clearfield Creek, containing 400 acres & allowance, and is bounded by the John McClelland on the North, Rowland Evans and Sam'l Emlin on the East, Robt. McGhee & Geo. Eyere on the South, and the Joseph Clark on the West.

The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.

from the Descendants of Richard Cheney of Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Cheney Ricketts (Mary 3 , Charles 2 , Richard 1 ) was born about 1732. He married Nancy Cheney. She was born about 1734.

They had 11 children:
Jeremiah Ricketts, born about 1756.
Edward Ricketts, born 10 Apr 1758, died about 1852.
Rezin Ricketts, born about 1759, died about 1834.
John Ricketts, born about 1765, died about 1848.
Mary Ricketts.
Elizabeth Ricketts.
Rachel Ricketts.
Diana Ricketts, died 10 May 1814.
Charles Ricketts, born 26 Dec 1773, died 6 Nov 1845.
Cheney Ricketts, born 17 Apr 1776, died 29 Jun 1842.
Mary Ricketts.

Nancy died 13 Sep 1813, in OH. Cheney died 15 May 1814, in OH.

Jeremiah Ricketts (Cheney 4 , Mary 3 , Charles 2 , Richard 1 ) was born about 1756. He married Polly Cole 10 Apr 1805, in Fairfield Co., OH.

They had 1 child: Rezin Ricketts, born about 1807.

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