An American Family History

Richard Ricketts 1714


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

The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.
All Hallows Church (The Brick Church), Anne Arundel County, Maryland records date back to 1682. It was an Anglican church. The building was constructed about 1710. The cemetery surrounds the church.

Richard Ricketts was born about January 28, 1714 in Anne Arundel County Maryland. His birth was recorded at Queen Anne Parish in Prince George's County, Maryland. He was the son of Thomas Ricketts, Jr. and Rebecca Nicholson.

He married Rebecca Cheney on August 19, 1742 at All Hallows Parish in Anne Arundel. Rebecca was born on August 13, 1727 in Anne Arundel, Maryland and was the daughter of Thomas Cheney and Sarah Westall.

Richard and Rebecca's children included:
Thomas Ricketts (1743),
Susanna Ricketts Sanders (1745, married James Sanders),
Richard Ricketts (1747),
Nicholas Ricketts (1750, married Mary Warfield),
Elizabeth Ricketts (1753),
Joseph Ricketts (1758), and
Mary Ricketts (1763).

Nicholas served during the American Revolution. He was in the First Company of Matrosses under Captain Nathaniel Smith. On November 17, 1777 he was a sergeant with Captain Richard Dorsey's company of artillery. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on December 31, 1777 and served with Colonel Charles Harrison Virginia's 1st Regiment of Artillery 1778-1779.  In 1782 he was served with Captain Richard Dorsey's company in the 2nd Maryland Artillery.

Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland was established in 1704 when St. Paul's Parish was divided. Queen Anne's town was created in 1706 on the Patuxent River.
Children of Thomas Ricketts, Jr. and Rebecca Nicholson:
  • Thomas Ricketts
  • John Ricketts
  • Edward Ricketts
  • Benjamin Ricketts, Sr.
  • William Ricketts
  • Rebecca Ricketts
  • Richard Ricketts
  • Margaret Ricketts
  • Susanna Ricketts
  • Nicholson Ricketts
  • Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.



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

    Rebecca Cheney (Thomas 2 , Richard 1 ) was born 31 Aug 1727, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland. She married Richard Ricketts 19 Aug 1742, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland. He was born 28 Jan 1714, in Prince George Co, Maryland.

    They had 7 children:
    i. Thomas Ricketts, born 21 Sep 1743, in South River, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.
    ii. Susanna Ricketts, born 1 Apr 1745.
    iii. Richard Ricketts, born 17 Dec 1747, in South River, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.
    iv. Nicholas Ricketts, born 22 Jun 1750.
    v. Elizabeth Ricketts, born 11 Feb 1753, in South River, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.
    vi. Joseph Ricketts, born 21 Aug 1758, in South River, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.
    vii. Mary Ricketts, born 28 Mar 1763, in South River, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland.

    Rebecca died after Aug 1742.


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