An American Family History

Isaac and Catherine Ricketts

Coal Creek Township, Montgomery County, Indiana
Henry Township, Marshall County, Illinois
Clark Township, Chariton County, Missouri
Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa

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


Montgomery County, Indiana was established in 1822.

Chariton is the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa and is in Lincoln Township.

In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.

Isaac Ricketts married Catherine Simpson on June 2, 1839 in Montgomery County, Indiana. Catherine is probably the young woman who divorced John Simpson in Montgomery County in March, 1838.

At the time of the 1840 census, they (Rickets) were living in Coal Creek Township, Montgomery County, Indiana.

Eliza Ann Ricketts Baker Clark was born about 1840, William H. Ricketts was born about 1842, Sarah Jane Ricketts Fox was born in 1844 and James M. Ricketts was born about 1847.  At the time of the 1850 census they (Rickets) were living in Henry Township, Marshall County, Illinois. The household consisted of Isaac age 30, Catherine age 29, Eliza age 10, William age 9, Sarah age 7, and James age 2.

The twins, Caroline Tilina Ricketts Cole and Catherine Pauline Ricketts King were born about 1851. Clara Minerva Ricketts Cavallin was born in 1857. Between 1857 when Clara was born and 1860, they moved to Chariton, Missouri.

At the time of the 1860 census they were in Clark Township, Chariton, Missouri. The household (Rickets)  consisted of Isaac age 50, Catherine age 43, Eliza A. age 20, William H. age 18, Sarah J. age 16, James M. age 12.  Caroline T. age 8, Catherine P. age 8, and Clara M. age 2. Isaac and William were both carpenters.

During the Civil War, they moved to Iowa. They were there before 1863. Sarah and Eliza both married in 1863 in Wayne County. William enlisted in Company C of the Iowa 18th Infantry Regiment on August 6, 1862. He mustered out on May 29, 1863 at Springfield, Missouri. William married in 1864 in Lucas County.

At the time of the 1870 census they (Rickett) were in Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa.  The household consisted of Isaac age 52, Catherine age 53, James M. age 22, Caroline and Catherine age 18, and Clara age 12. Isaac was a carpenter and James was a laborer. At the time of the 1870 census, William was back in Illinois.

Caroline married in 1870 and  Catherine married in 1874 in Lucas County. 

Isaac died on September 22, 1875.

Catherine died on September 2, 1877. They were laid to rest together in Charition Cemetery.

Rickett's Tombstone

At the time of the 1880 census, Catherine and Samuel King were in Washington Township, Lucas County, Iowa. Clara and Victor Cavallin were in Warren Township, Lucas County, Iowa.  Caroline and John Cole were living in Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa. Sarah and John Fox were in Benton Township, Lucas County, Iowa. John and Eliza Clark were in Fairview, Livingston County, Missouri. William was living in Pope, Fayette County, Illinois.


Lucas County is in south central Iowa. It was founded in 1846 and the county seat is Chariton.

Illinois became a state in 1818. A large influx of American settlers came in the 1810s by the Ohio River.

In the Civil War (1861 to 1865) eleven Southern states seceded from the U.S. and formed the Confederate States of America.



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