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The earliest record we have of our Ricker lineage is the birth of Maturin Ricard to Noel, or Noe, Ricard and Jeanne Le Marquand on Jersey, the Channel Islands, in March, 1653/54. Noel had, as shown below, three wives and four sons. Our Maturin was the youngest of his sons.

All of the information I have on this Jersey family I collected online from third or fourth hand reports. I suspect these were all based, originallly, on a report 19 Apr 1996 of research carried out by Rosemary Millow, Secretary Research Group of the Channel Islands Family History Society, for Pam Ricker-Bouchard. However, details vary, and what I show here is simply my best interpretation of sometimes less than complete or ambiguous records.

The Channel Islands, primarily Jersey and neighboring Guernsey, are British Crown Dependencies some twenty miles off the coast of France. They are not part of the United Kingdom nor of England, but belong to the British Crown in an arrangement which makes them essentially independent of outside rule. This has been the state of affairs since Henry III of England relinquished his claim to the Duchy of Normandy, now France, in 1259, retaining, however, title to the Channel Islands. The principal language spoken there in the seventeenth century was French, and the parish records are in that tongue,

Joel raised his family during a turbulent time in English, and Jersey, history. His first son was just three years old when the English Civil War started, and Jersey was controlled back and forth three times between the Royalists and Parliment before the Restoration when his youngest, Maturin, was six years old.

A family tradition says that George came to New Hampshire with and at the expense of a Parson John Reyner. After having paid back his debt to the parson, George then sent money for his brother Maturin to join him. However, George, was born 1651, some 16 years after Parson Reyner, who was chosen teacher in the Plymouth Colony, came on the ship Coplin Chapel in 1635. The parson was then called to the pastorate in Dover in 1644. It is possible that he had revisited England and was making a return trip accompanied by a teenaged George shortly before his own death in 1669, but there seems to be no evidence to back up this tale.

The earliest genealogical reference I've found for the Rickers in this country is "The Ricker Family" by G. W. Ricker of Boston329. Next, however, Records of Some of the Descendants of George and Maturin Ricker by William B. Lapham227, a copy of which was sent to me by Cheryl Edwards145, proved to be my primary reference for the descendants of George and Maturin. Edwards also generously provided a photocopy of the extensive manuscript Notes on the Ricker Genealogy compiled starting 1905 by Percy L. Ricker330. A fourth early reference, History of Newbury, Vermont by Frederic P. Wells409, although very terse, is particularly pertinent because it carries the line to the marriage of Louisa Ricker and "Mr. Eaton" (Jonathan - our line), and documents that most of the Ricker family went to Canada, probably with Louisa around the time of her marriage.

I also (2011) see reference to "A Genealogy of the Ricker Family" by Percy Leroy Ricker and Elwin R. Holland, Heritage Books, 1996, but have not examined it. The Family History Library entry reads "Includes Amadon, Butler, Clark, Downs, Evans, Lang, Ricker, Sargent and related families.", and, "In 1675, George Ricker (d.1706) married Eleanor Evans at Dover, New Hampshire. They have ten children. George had a younger brother named Maturin. The latter married Rebecca Shaw and had four children. Descendants lived in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maine and elsewhere."

Much of the Ricker genealogical material in this country was apparently originally collected around 1875 when “Long John” Wentworth, former Mayor of Chicago, engaged Dr. A. H. Quint to study the many intermarriages of Wentworths and Rickers in his ancestry. Much of that material seems to have found its way into the later references mentioned above. Since the families of George and Maturin were closely associated, and because there is some confusion in the literature concerning the Maturins in the first three generations, I've followed George's descendants to the third generation insofar as they are given in the above mentioned references.

Noel / Noe Ricard  &  Jeanne Crerice
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6   Top  

Noel / Noe Ricard was born about 1613 and was buried 27 Jul 1676 in St. Brélade, Jersey, Channel Islands. 

Noel / Noe was married (1) to Jeanne Crerice 8 Feb 1636/1637. 

Jeanne Crerice was buried 4 Jun 1645 in St. Brélade. 

There seems to be no evidence of the birth of Noel or Noe Ricard in the Jersey parish records, according to other researchers. A similar statement about Jeanne Le Marquard was not found online. There are about 50 Le Marquard individuals, and 120 Ricards, in the IGI for the Channel Islands, both before and after the time of Jeanne and Noel. So the surname was established on the island, and Noel simply escaped being record at his birth, or moved from elsewhere before his first marriage.

The parentage of Joel for all four brothers seems soundly established, as the same couple were godparents both for his second son Noel by his first wife Jeanne Crerice, as well as his first son George by Jeanne Le Marquand. His surname being spelled as Ricart, instead of Ricard, for his first two sons can be dismissed as normal spelling deviations. I am discarding the Ricart spelling in this genealogy.

The two children of Noel / Noe and Jeanne (Crerice) Ricard:   George and Noel. 

1    Ricard, George. 

George's godparents were Edouard le Montais of St. Ouen and Katherine his wife.

2    Ricard, Noel. 

Noel's godparents were Jean le Maistre and Rachel de Carteret. Jean's surname was spelled also (and possibly in this record) as Le Mestre.

Noel / Noe Ricard  &  Jeanne Le Marquand
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6   Top  

Noel / Noe Ricard was born about 1613 and was buried 27 Jul 1676 in St. Brélade. 

Noel / Noe was married (2) to Jeanne Le Marquand. 

Jeanne Le Marquand was buried 29 Oct 1662 in St. Brélade. 

The two children of Noel / Noe and Jeanne (Le Marquand) Ricard:   George and Maturin

1    Ricard / Ricker, George was born estimated Dec 1654* in Rollingsford, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 4 Jun 1706 in Rollingsford.  He and Eleanor Evans were married 7 Oct 1675 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.  Eleanor was born estimated Oct 1657*

George's godparents at his baptism in St. Brélade, Jersey, were Jean le Mestre and Rachel de Carteret. They were also godparents earlier of Noel's second son by his first wife, Jeanne Crerice. Of even more interest, that couple were also godparents at the baptism three weeks later in St. Peter of Jean Richard, son of Noel Ricard. (I don't yet know the exact specification in the record of the names of his parents.)

A baptism exactly three weeks after George's in the neighboring parish with the same parents (or at least surname) but the given name Jean requires attention. There is no evidence in the records that there was another Noel Ricard in Jersey, so this looks like a second baptism of the same child. It's possible that the clergyman simply forgot when he entered the record in the parish record that this was an unusual case of a boy not named after his godfather. And the reason for that we can surmise might be that he was named after a hero of the time, Sir George de Carteret.

From research by the Channel Islands Family History Society, op cit., we read:

"[Jersey] was originally strongly Royalist due to the influence of the de Carterets of St. Ouen's Manor. In the August of 1643, Major Leonard Lydcot landed on behalf of the Parliamentarians, and for three months those Jersey supporters of the Parliamentary cause who had an aversion to the de Carterets, had the upper hand. When Sir George Carteret landed in the December of 1643, Lydcot and his Parliamentary supporters ignominiously fled. The island remained Royalist until 1651, when Sir George was forced to surrender it to the Parliamentarians under Admiral Blake and Colonel Haines; hence once again the latter party were in the ascendent 'til the Restoration of Charles II in 1660, when the Island reverted to its original allegiance."

Thus George/Jean was born right in the middle of this turmoil. This suggestion is also, of course, supported in that the godmother was a de Carteret, herself. The same year that Rachel de Carteret was serving as godmother to George Ricard, a daughter Rachel was born to Sir George de Carteret. What relationship the godmother had to Sir George is not known to me.

George Ricker appears in the Dover Township, Strafford, New Hampshire records in 1670. He was first taxed in Cocheco, part of that township, in 1672227, and also appears on the Dover tax list of 1675349. He settled in what is now Rollingsford township, just north of th present day town of Dover, and next to the Wentworth property. He and John Wentworth traded in land together. His name appeared in connection with an estate evaluation in 1680 [Boulton, 1867], and he was on the New Hampshire military list in 169085.

The earliest occurence of his signature, which appeared as Ricard, was reported to be on the inventory of the estate of Nicholas Otis, who was killed by the Indians 26 Jul 1696. (Later additions to the report of that raid name Nicholas as a son-in-law of George, but that is erroneous. The wife of Nicholas, Sr. killed by the Indians on that date was named Joyce and she was abducted by the Indians in that attack in Dover.)

No grant of land to George by the town of Dover has been found, but he purchased about twenty–two acres on Cocheco Marsh from John Wentworth on 26 Dec 1674, land that had been given to John by his father William Wentworth.

Eleanor is identified by Joseph Jackson Howard, in Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, London, 1868, as being from Gildersom Parish, Batley, West Riding, York, England, near Leeds.

Eleanor and George's son Ephriam was the grandfather of the Rebecca Ricker who relates the story of the death in 1706 of Eleanor's father and brother (see reference to her letter in regard to Maturin's wife Rebecca Shaw). Rebecca wrote that the Indians chained Mr. Evans to Mr. Waldron's barn as they set it on fire, and he was burned to death. She says also that Eleanor's brother John was killed at that time (other accounts say that he was captured but perished soon after). Thus Eleanor lost her father, brother, husband, and brother–in–law Maturin (see also the account in Maturin's history). Ten years previous her eldest daughter Judith had been captured with others of the community, but was eventually released and able to return home, and in 1709 her son–in–law Bartholomew Stevenson was killed by the Indians.

The interval between the marriage of Eleanor and George and the birth of Judith five years later may indicate that some of their children were never recorded.

The children as listed here were originally found by me in the references cited above. But the names, dates and places of birth are all documented on the site in the form of images of official New Hampshire records.

The nine children of George and Eleanor (Evans) Ricard / Ricker:   Judith, John, Mary, Maturin, Elizabeth, Hannah, Ephraim, Eleanor and George. 

i    Ricker, Judith was born 1 Feb 1680/1681 in Somersworth Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire.  She and Thomas Horne were married 14 Apr 1699 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.  Thomas was born estimated Dec 1676*

Judith was taken captive in an Indian raid when she was 15 years old. The passage in Pike's journal, supplied by the editor of329 referred to later, and by227, is as follows: "Jul 26th, 1696 — Being sacrament day. An ambush of Indians laid between Capt. Gove's field and Tobias Hanson's orchard, shot upon the people returning from meeting — killed Nicholas Otis, Mary Downs, and Mary Jones; wounded Richard Otis, Anthony Lowden and Experience Heard; took John Tucker, Nic. Otis, Jr., and Judith Ricor." The captives were taken to Penobscot, some 150 miles north on the coast of Maine, but "soon found their way home".

The Rev. Pike some three years later performed the wedding of Judith to Thomas Horne.

Another source gives his surname as Orne.

ii    Ricker, John was born 1 Apr 1682 in Somersworth Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire.  He and Hannah Garland were married about 1715.  Hannah was born estimated Feb 1710*.  She was the daughter of Jabez and Dorcas (Heard) Garland.

Hannah is probably a cousin of Elizabeth Garland, our ancestress, who married John's cousin Joseph Ricker, as well as the sister of Dorcas Garland who married John's brother Ephraim Ricker. Their children are as named in Ricker329 and in Lapham227.

The fourteen children of John and Hannah (Garland) Ricker:   Elizabeth, Olive, Judith, Phineas, Nathaniel, Benjamin †, Lydia †, Benjamin, Paul, Lydia, Ebenezer, Daniel, John and Hannah. 

1    Ricker, Elizabeth was born 15 Jun 1716 in Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire.  She was married to Ebenezer Nock.  He was the son of Sylvanus and Sarah (Drisco) Nock.

2    Ricker, Olive was born 20 Nov 1718 in Somersworth. 

3    Ricker, Judith was born 15 Nov 1720 in Somersworth.  She was married to William Plaisted. 

A daughter of William and Judith (Ricker) Plaisted:   Hannah. 

i    Plaisted, Hannah was born 14 May 1745 in Dover?, Strafford, New Hampshire.  She was married to Amos Ricker.  Amos was born about 1747 in Dover?.  He was the son of Maturin and Lucy (Wallingford) Ricker.

4    Ricker, Phineas was born 6 Apr 1722 in Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire. 

5    Ricker, Nathaniel was born 15 Apr 1724 in Somersworth. 

6    Ricker, Benjamin † was born 9 May 1726 in Somersworth and died 12 Mar 1728. 

7    Ricker, Lydia † was born 30 Mar 1728 in Somersworth and died 26 Apr 1729. 

8    Ricker, Benjamin was born 15 Aug 1729 in Somersworth and died 12 Jan 1754. 

9    Ricker, Paul was born 14 Jan 1731 in Somersworth. 

10    Ricker, Lydia was born 9 Jan 1734 in Somersworth and died 15 Nov 1754. 

11    Ricker, Ebenezer was born 12 Sep 1737 in Somersworth. 

Ebenezer was listed as a Lieutenant in the New Hampshire militia in the DAR Patriot Index [Index, 1966].

12    Ricker, Daniel was born 9 Apr 1740 in Somersworth. 

13    Ricker, John was born 31 May 1742 in Somersworth. 

There seems to be no official New Hampshire record of the birth of this son John. However, I'm retaining him in the family due to the explicit birth date from some other source which fits perfectly between the births of Daniel and Hannah, and adding the same birth place as the other children in the family.

14    Ricker, Hannah was born 12 Oct 1744 in Somersworth. 

iii    Ricker, Mary was born 22 Mar 1684/1685 in Somersworth Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire.  She was married to William Twombly.  He was the son of John and () Twombly.

Mary was with her father when he was killed, but escaped by running away even though fired upon227.

There were other Ricker marriages into the Twombly family in later years.

An Elizabeth Twombly, probably William's sister, was baptised the same day as Mary's brother Maturin and wife Hannah.

iv    Ricker, Maturin was born 4 Feb 1686/1687 in Somersworth Twp.  He was married to Hannah Hunt.  Hannah was born estimated Aug 1691*.  She was the daughter of George and Mary (Natt) Hunt.

This Maturin was clearly named after his uncle. There are, in all, four Maturin Rickers in this genealogy.

Maturin and his wife were baptised 6 May 1722 by the Rev. Jonathan Cushing, and admitted to the first church in Dover 3 Jun 1722. They were afterwards dismissed to Somersworth, north of Dover227.

The New Hampshire official record cited above spells his name Meturen or, for some of his children, Meturan. The image of his birth record is shown here as an example of those of Maturin's siblings and children.

IMAGE: Maturin_Ricker_birth.jpg
Ricker birth record in New Hampshire

The twelve children of Maturin and Hannah (Hunt) Ricker:   Abigail, Mary, George, Maturin, Richard, Bridget, Reuben, Dorcas, Hannah, Samuel, Beiley and Marcy. 

1    Ricker, Abigail was born 14 Aug 1713 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.  She was married to Samuel Nock.  He was the son of Sylvanus and Sarah (Drisco) Nock.

A daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Ricker) Nock:   Sobriety. 

i    Nock, Sobriety was born 14 Jun 1740.  She was married to Moses Ricker.  Moses was born 3 Jan 1739.  He was the son of Ephraim and Dorcas (Garland) Ricker.

Moses and Sobriety were second cousins, once removed. They had six children.

2    Ricker, Mary was born 14 Jun 1715 in Dover. 

3    Ricker, George was born 23 Feb 1717/1718 in Dover Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire.  He was married to Mary Randall. 

4    Ricker, Maturin was born 23 Jul 1719 in Dover Twp.  He was married to ____ Downs. 

This Maturin moved to Newcastle, Maine.

5    Ricker, Richard was born 8 Aug 1721 in Dover Twp. 

6    Ricker, Bridget was born 3 May 1723 in Dover Twp.  She was married to John Clark. 

7    Ricker, Reuben was born 29 Jan 1724/1725 in Dover Twp. 

8    Ricker, Dorcas was born 24 Sep 1727 in Dover Twp.  She was married to Moses Ricker.  Moses was born about 1735 in Dover?, Strafford, New Hampshire.  He was the son of Maturin and Lucy (Wallingford) Ricker.

Dorcas married her second cousin Moses, son of Maturin Jr. and Lucy (Wallingford) Ricker. They had twelve children, all listed by Lapham227.

George W. Ricker,329, is the great–grandson of this Moses, if he is not confused by which Maturin is which.

9    Ricker, Hannah. 

I have included Hannah here because she appears in the extensive RIcker genealogy by William Lapham, where her record is marked baptism, as opposed to birth being specified for all of her siblings.. However, her birth does not appear in the official New Hampshire records. In addition, her baptism date is a few days short of nine months before the birth of Samuel, her next youngest sibling, implying a delayed baptism.

10    Ricker, Samuel was born 20 May 1730 in Dover Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire. 

11    Ricker, Beiley was born 15 Mar 1734/1735 in Dover Twp. 

This daughter, whose name is spelled this way on the New Hampshire record, married a Roberts and lived in Newcastle, Maine227.

12    Ricker, Marcy was born 31 Mar 1736 in Dover Twp. 

v    Ricker, Elizabeth was born 8 Aug 1690 in Somersworth Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire.  She was married (1) to Bartholomew Stevenson.  He was the son of Bartholomew and Mary (Clark) Stevenson. She was married (2) to ____ Abbott. 

Lapham227 says that Elizabeth was "probably the one" who married Bartholomew Stevenson, Jr. Mary was her only child by her first marriage, but she had several children by her second husband.

Later, Lapham describes Elizabeth, "daughter of the emigrant George Ricker", as the wife of Benjamin Stanton, whose son Benjamin married her niece Mary, daughter of Ephraim. The reference is somewhat roundabout, however, and there may be some confusion in this account.

A daughter of Bartholomew and Elizabeth (Ricker) Stevenson:   Mary. 

1    Stevenson, Mary.  She was married to Benjamin Wentworth. 

vi    Ricker, Hannah was born 12 May 1693 in Somersworth Twp.  She and William Jones were married 23 Jul 1720. 

The three children of William and Hannah (Ricker) Jones:   Eleanor, William and Hannah. 

1    Jones, Eleanor.  She was married to Benjamin Stanton.  Benjamin was born about 1737 in New Hampshire and died 20 Feb 1777 in New York.  He was the son of Benjamin and Eleanor (Ricker) Stanton.

Benjamin and his first wife Eleanor were first cousins, their mothers being sisters.

2    Jones, William. 

3    Jones, Hannah. 

vii    Ricker, Ephraim was born 15 Feb 1695/1696 in Somersworth Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire and died Dec 1773.  He was married (1) to Dorcas Garland 1 Nov 1720.  Dorcas was born 3 Apr 1698.  She was the daughter of Jabez and Dorcas (Heard) Garland. He was married (2) to Sarah Wentworth.  Sarah died Dec 1778.  She was the daughter of Gershom and ____ (____) Wentworth.

Dorcas and Ephraim had twelve children between their marriage and about 1753, all listed by Lapham227. Two of her daughters married into the Clements family, descendants of "old Counsellor Job" Clements.

The dates given here require that Dorcas would have been 53 years 7 months old at Miriam's birth, so these dates should be confirmed by more research.

The father of Ephraim's second wife, Gershom Wentworth, was a deacon in the First Dover church, and son of Elder William Wentworth.

The twelve children of Ephraim and Dorcas (Garland) Ricker:   Tamsen, Jonathan, Eleanor, Dorcas, Nicholas, Mary, Moses, Aaron, Sarah, Lemuel, Miriam and Ezekiel. 

1    Ricker, Tamsen died 14 May 1789.  She was married to John Tibbetts.  John died before May 1789. 

2    Ricker, Jonathan. 

3    Ricker, Eleanor.  She was married to John Ricker. 

This John is not identified by Lapham227 as to his place in the Ricker families.

4    Ricker, Dorcas was born 30 Nov 1733.  She and Job Clements were married before 1762.  He was the son of James and ____ (____) Clements.

Dorcas and Job had four children.

5    Ricker, Nicholas was born about 1735. 

6    Ricker, Mary was born about 1737.  She was married to Benjamin Stanton.  Benjamin was born about 1737 in New Hampshire and died 20 Feb 1777 in New York.  He was the son of Benjamin and Eleanor (Ricker) Stanton.

The relationships here are slightly complicated. Mary's husband Benjamin was her cousin, the son of Benjamin Stanton and Eleanor Ricker, her father's sister. Her husband's first wife was her cousin, Eleanor Jones, daughter of another of her father's sisters, Hannah, and William Jones. Or, looked at from another standpoint, Benjamin Stanton married two of his first cousins.

7    Ricker, Moses was born 3 Jan 1739.  He was married to Sobriety Nock.  Sobriety was born 14 Jun 1740.  She was the daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Ricker) Nock.

Moses and Sobriety were second cousins, once removed. They had six children.

8    Ricker, Aaron was born about 1742. 

9    Ricker, Sarah was born 19 Apr 1744.  She was married to Jacob Clements.  He was the son of Abner and ____ (____) Clements.

Sarah's husband James was the nephew of her sister Dorcas' husband Job Clements.

10    Ricker, Lemuel was born 18 Oct 1747. 

11    Ricker, Miriam was born 7 Nov 1751 and died 1800. 

12    Ricker, Ezekiel. 

Ezekiel died, unmarried, in the Revolutionary War.

viii    Ricker, Eleanor was born 15 Feb 1695/1696 in Somersworth Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire.  She and Benjamin Stanton were married about 1723 in Strafford Co., New Hampshire. 

Ricker330 gives 15 Feb 1695 in his manuscript, thus making Eleanor a twin to Ephraim. Some Pedigree Resource Files give a the same day on a later year, but that seems quite unlikely.

Eleanor's son married her niece Eleanor, daughter of her sister Hannah.

A son of Benjamin and Eleanor (Ricker) Stanton:   Benjamin. 

1    Stanton, Benjamin was born about 1737 in New Hampshire and died 20 Feb 1777 in New York.  He was married (1) to Eleanor Jones.  She was the daughter of William and Hannah (Ricker) Jones. He was married (2) to Mary Ricker.  Mary was born about 1737.  She was the daughter of Ephraim and Dorcas (Garland) Ricker.

Benjamin and his first wife Eleanor were first cousins, their mothers being sisters.

The relationships here are slightly complicated. Mary's husband Benjamin was her cousin, the son of Benjamin Stanton and Eleanor Ricker, her father's sister. Her husband's first wife was her cousin, Eleanor Jones, daughter of another of her father's sisters, Hannah, and William Jones. Or, looked at from another standpoint, Benjamin Stanton married two of his first cousins.

ix    Ricker, George was born 19 Feb 1701/1702 in Somersworth Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire.  He was married to Jemima Busby. 

Ricker330 gives 19 Feb 1701 in his manuscript.

George and Jemima had six children as listed by Ricker and Lapham.

The six children of George and Jemima (Busby) Ricker:   Ephraim, Daniel, James, Dolly, Betty and Polly. 

1    Ricker, Ephraim was born about 1735 and died after 1820. 

Ephraim served as a private from New Hampshire in the Revolutionary War. His birth and death estimates are from the DAR Patriot's Index [Index, 1966].

2    Ricker, Daniel. 

3    Ricker, James. 

4    Ricker, Dolly. 

5    Ricker, Betty. 

6    Ricker, Polly. 

2    Ricard / Ricker, Maturin.    

Noel / Noe Ricard  &  Madeleine L. Roux
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6   Top  

Noel / Noe Ricard was born about 1613 and was buried 27 Jul 1676 in St. Brélade, Jersey, Channel Islands. 

Noel / Noe was married (3) to Madeleine L. Roux 29 Nov 1663. 

Madeleine L. Roux

Maturin Ricard / Ricker  &  Rebecca Shaw
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6   Top  

Maturin Ricard / Ricker was born estimated Sep 1669* in Rollingsford, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 4 Jun 1706 in Rollingsford. 

Maturin and Rebecca Shaw were married before 1694 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. 

Rebecca Shaw was born estimated Jul 1672* and died 1779. 

The earliest appearance of Maturin and George in this country occurred when both were listed on the "provision rate" for 1675 in Dover Neck. Maturin was involved with his brother George in an estate evaluation in 168085 while living in Cochecho (later Dover, then Somersworth) this being apparently the first appearance of his name in Dover town records.

Peter Coffin conveyed to Maturin 26 Dec 1682 twelve acres at the lower end of Cochecho Marsh in Dover for £45. This was a part of land which Coffin had purchased from William Wentworth on 5 May 1667(?). In 1690, Maturin and his brother George both appeared on the New Hampshire military lists85.

On 19 Mar 1696 Maturin received a grant of land from the Town of Dover: “By ye Committee chosen by ye freeholders of the town of Dover for the granting of lands, given and granted unto Maturin Ricker, his heirs and assigns forever, thirty acres of land between Barbados and Cocheco River on the nor-west end of the Indian Corn ground. Testi. Wm. Furber, clerk of said Committee”. This is the first record of his owning land, an additional 20 acre tract of land being granted him in 1701. It's possible that he lived with his brother George until he was able to establish a home for himself, although he had a wife and two sons by 1696.

On 4 Jun 1706, Maturin Sr. and his brother George died in an Indian raid. The editor of an article in NEH&GR, [Ricker, 1851] quotes from the Rev. John Pike's Journal, printed in the Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society, volume third: "June 4th, 1706, George Ricker, and Meturin Ricker, of Cochecho were slain by the Indians. George was killed running up the lane near the garrison. Meturin was killed in his field, and his little son carried Away." Usually a few of the houses in each town were strongly protected, or garrisoned, for community protection, and this one belonged to our ancestor John Heard whose granddaughter married into the Ricker line. Maturin's youngest son Noah was the one carried away by the Indians to Canada, where he was raised through childhood and later became a Catholic priest. Also killed in the raid were Mr. Evans, father–in–law of George Ricker, Richard and Nicholas Otis, Elizabeth Heard and several others. This account of the brothers' deaths is also given in227, citing both the Journal of the Rev. John Pike and a letter of Rebecca Ricker recorded in the Haley Papers180.

According to a footnote in330, the record of Maturin's wife had been found in a letter which in 1906 was in the possession of the Rev. John Haley, author of the Haley Papers180, cited also by Torrey in his manuscript]. The letter was written in 1877 by Rebecca Ricker of Lebanon, Maine, a great-granddaughter of George, shortly before her death in 1879 at around 80 years of age. She wrote that the information had been told to her by her grandmother, but no further details were reported. (See also the note concerning Eleanor Evans' father.)

Ricker330, in his manuscript, gives "about 1695" for the birth of Joseph, and 1706 for Sarah. Lapham227 says that the name of Maturin's wife and dates of birth of his children "have not been ascertained". However, he records that Sarah was about four years old when her father was killed (4 Jun 1706), thus putting her birth year at about 1702. Noah, the third son, was old enough to be carried away by the Indians in 1706 to Canada, and I am simply estimating his birth as about 1697.

The four children of Maturin and Rebecca (Shaw) Ricard / Ricker:   Maturin, Joseph, Noah and Sarah. 

1    Ricker, Maturin was born before 1694* in Dover and died 2 Nov 1783.  He was married to Lucy Wallingford.  Lucy was born estimated Mar 1712*

An extensive analysis exists of this family, and of possible but competely inconclusive ancestries for Lucy. This web page, Wallingfords of New England, by William H. Teschek cites many land documents and estate settlements involving Maturin and Wallingfords in Somersworth, New Hampshire. All of the records below of the children and grandchildren of Maturin shown below come from this careful analysis of the family.

Among other items unearthed in this work is the fact that Maturin and his brother Joseph, of Berwick, Maine, (just across the river) traded land parcels worth 600 pounds, Maturin's land being from the estate of his father.

Moses, son of Maturin Jr. and Lucy, married his second cousin Dorcas Ricker, daughter of Maturin and granddaughter of George.

The ten children of Maturin and Lucy (Wallingford) Ricker:   Moses, Nahum †, Sarah, Ebenezer, Thomas, Patience, Amos, Mehitable, David and Phineas †. 

i    Ricker, Moses was born about 1735 in Dover?, Strafford, New Hampshire.  He was married to Dorcas Ricker.  Dorcas was born 24 Sep 1727 in Dover Twp., Strafford, New Hampshire.  She was the daughter of Maturin and Hannah (Hunt) Ricker.

George W. Ricker,329, is the great–grandson of this Moses, if he is not confused by which Maturin is which.

Dorcas married her second cousin Moses, son of Maturin Jr. and Lucy (Wallingford) Ricker. They had twelve children, all listed by Lapham227.

ii    Ricker, Nahum † was born about 1737 in Dover?, Strafford, New Hampshire. 

According to William H. Teschek, op. cit., Nahum likely died young, as he doesn't appear with his other siblings in the family record in Master Tate's diary.(194) He also doesn't appear in his father's probate papers, or in the 1790 or 1810 U.S. Census.

iii    Ricker, Sarah was born about 1739 in Dover?.  She was married to Thomas? Pierce. 

iv    Ricker, Ebenezer was born about 1741 in Dover? and died 5 Nov 1814 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. 

Captain Ebenezer Ricker married three time, Elizabth Wallingford 22 Spe 1771, Mary Bodwell 4 Apr 1782, and Margaret Roberts, before 1800.

v    Ricker, Thomas was born about 1743 in Dover?, Strafford, New Hampshire and died before 5 Oct 1764.  He was married to Phebe Tibbets. 

vi    Ricker, Patience was born about 1745 in Dover?.  She was married to ____ Pierce. 

Patience's husband was of Lebanon, Maine.

vii    Ricker, Amos was born about 1747 in Dover?.  He was married to Hannah Plaisted.  Hannah was born 14 May 1745 in Dover?.  She was the daughter of William and Judith (Ricker) Plaisted.

viii    Ricker, Mehitable was born about 1749 in Dover?.  She and James Joy were married 13 Oct 1768 in Berwick, York, Maine. 

ix    Ricker, David was born about 1751 in Dover?, Strafford, New Hampshire.  He and Lydia Noble were married 7 Jun 1772.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Lydia (Berry) Noble.

According to Somersworth schoolmaster Joseph Tate's diary, David married Lydia when she was six months pregnant with his child, named Amos, born 15 sep 1772. Amos is the ancestor through which William H. Teschek traces one of his Wallingford descents.

x    Ricker, Phineas † was born about 1753 in Dover?. 

2    Ricker, Joseph was born about 1695*.    

3    Ricker, Noah was born about 1697* in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. 

Noah was very likely named after his grandfather Noel or Noe Ricard. That given name appeared with both spellings in the parish registers of St. Brélade, Jersey, in the Channel Islands. (The surname also appeared as Ricart.) The name Noah appears as late as 1762 among the descendants of Maturin.

Noah was captured as a boy when his father was killed. He was carried to Canada where he was educated and became a Catholic priest, remaining there for the rest of his life.

4    Ricker, Sarah was born about 1702* in Dover.  She was married to John Wingate.  John was born 10 Apr 1693.  He was the son of John and Ann (Hodsdon) Wingate.

Sarah's husband's sister Abigail, wife of John Drew, is also our direct ancestor, their daughter Elizabeth marrying Sarah's nephew Joshua.

John was a Lieutenant, Captain, and representative. He had 13 children, at least five by Dorothy, with ten named in his will.

Joseph Ricker  &  Elizabeth Garland
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6 Garland Top  

Joseph Ricker was born about 1695* in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 2 Dec 1772 in Berwick, York, Maine. 

Joseph was married (1) to Elizabeth Garland 16 Nov 1720 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire. 

Elizabeth Garland was born 28 Sep 1700 in New Hampshire.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Rebecca (Sears) Garland.

On 22 Jun 1721 the Dover land which had originally been granted to his father in 1696 was laid out (surveyed) for Joseph, and on 4 Dec 1721 the 1701 tract was likewise laid out. A year previous to this, 20 acres had been laid out for either Joseph's brother Maturin or his cousin Maturin (son of George) on land which had originally been granted to Joshua Cromwell.

Joseph and Elizabeth were admitted to the First Church of Dover on 12 May 1722, and baptised 13 May, one week after his cousin Maturin and his wife Hannah. The were dismissed to the church in Somersworth, the next town north of Dover, on 22 Mar 1730. (I don't know where I got these dates.409 has Dover, 1722, and Somersworth later, date unknown.) According to Edwards145, Joseph was minister of the Dover church, but it is not known whether he was minister also in Somersworth. Joseph was one of the building Commmittee for erecting the first meeting house in Somersworth, 1729. 329 mistakenly ascribes him as a brother of George and Meturin, and lists only five of his children. Later still, the famiy moved to Berwick, a few miles north and across the Salmon Falls River in what is now Maine.

His will, dated 19 Jan 1771, mentions all of his children except Sarah and the Joseph who died young, so that Sarah had probably died before this date. For his (second) wife Mary he provided that his sons Tristram and Joseph equally support her, and she was to have "a comfortable room in my dwelling–house" for the rest of her life. His will also bequeathed to her "all the household furniture and clothing she brought with her to me for her own use and disposal forever, and she to have the use of one of my Negro girls during her natural life"169. It would be interesting to know how many of our ancestors in those early times owned slaves in their New England frontier settlements.

Joseph bequeathed significant property that he owned to all of his sons except our ancestor Joshua. The will reads: "I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Joshua Ricker, five shillings, to be paid him by my executors hereafter named, which with what I have heretofore given him is his full share of my Estate."

Corrected ancestry as of 11 Jul 2014:

I previously had Elizabeth Garland as the child of Jabez and Dorcas Garland. There is a record of the birth of twins Elizabeth and John Garland on 28 Sep 1700 in New Hampshire to Jacob and Rebecka Garland ( citing New Hampshire Birth Records). That date is eight months (and a day) after the birth recorded here of Rebecca 29 Jan 1699/1700 to Jabez and Dorcas Garland.

Based on this historical record, I now believe that the assignment of Jabez and Dorcas as the parents of Elizabeth (and her twin John) was incorrect, despite her having named a son Jabez. Thus, the Heard and Hull branches are not of our ancestry, and the parents of Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Ricker, were most probably Jacob and Rebecka Garland.

There is a marriage record for a Jacob Garland and Rebecca Sears on 17 Jan 1681 in Newbury, Essex, Massaschusetts ( citing Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850). The names match, and the date is not unreasonable for the parents of a child born in 1700. This identification of the parentage of Elizabeth born 28 Sep 1700 is in agreement with several (not necessarily independent) family trees on Those give a complete family for Jacob and Rebecca Garland consisting of eleven children born in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. (However, they do not show daughter Elizabeth as having married.)

The ancestry of that Elizabeth is also given as grandparents John Garland (1622-1672) and Elizabeth Philbrick (1621-1677), and Thomas Sears (1631-1661) and Mary Hilton (1619-1699). Great-grandparents are also provided by some, if not all, of those family trees on I haven't, as of July, 2014, examined those (somewhat discrepant) trees in detail for historical sources, nor incorporated that information into my database.

Hannah Garland, the daughter of Jabez and Dorcas, also married into the Rickers lineage, and this is most probably a case of cousins marrying cousins.

Note that there was a seven year gap between the births of Mehitable in 1730 and Joshua in 1737, followed by a five year gap until the birth of Jabez in 1742. This might indicate unrecorded births of other children who did not survive childhood according to Edwards145 citing Garland172.

The nine children of Joseph and Elizabeth (Garland) Ricker:   John, Sarah, Noah, Joseph †, Mehitable, Joshua, Jabez, Tristram and Joseph. 

1    Ricker, John was born 28 Aug 1721 in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire.  He and Eleanor Ricker were married before 1745.  Eleanor was born estimated Feb 1724*

John inherited from his father all of his real estate in Rollinsford, adjacent to Dover, it being the farm where the almshouse now (1877) stands.

Eleanor and John were second cousins. Their children are as listed by Lapham, and were presumably all born in Rollinsford, but that was not specified.

The eight children of John and Eleanor (Ricker) Ricker:   Eliphalet, Elisha, Joseph, Sarah, Elisha, Mehitable, Ephraim and Eleanor. 

i    Ricker, Eliphalet was born 13 Dec 1745. 

ii    Ricker, Elisha was born 16 Dec 1747 and died before 1755. 

Elisha died young.

iii    Ricker, Joseph was born 5 Sep 1750. 

iv    Ricker, Sarah was born 1 Dec 1752. 

v    Ricker, Elisha was born 24 Jan 1755. 

vi    Ricker, Mehitable was born 10 May 1757. 

vii    Ricker, Ephraim was born 15 Jul 1759. 

viii    Ricker, Eleanor was born 8 Jan 1762. 

2    Ricker, Sarah was born 3 Feb 1723/1724 in Dover. 

Sarah was not mentioned in her father's will, so probably died young.

3    Ricker, Noah was born estimated Mar 1726* in Waterboro, York, Maine and died 17 Dec 1811 in Waterboro.  He and Margaret Emery were married 29 Nov 1750 in Kittery, York, Massachusetts, (now Maine).  Margaret was born 1 Jul 1729 and died 11 Jan 1822.  She was the daughter of Simon and ____ (____) Emery.

Margaret's family was of Kittery, south of Dover near the coast. Note that Kittery and Berwick, where she lived after her marriage, are in York county, which was until 1780 part of Massachusetts, and is now in Maine. The children are as listed by Lapham. Where their birth years are shown as "about", I have estimated them by interpolating between known dates for their siblings.

The eight children of Noah and Margaret (Emery) Ricker:   Simon, Betty, Noah, Joanna, Margaret, Polly, Joseph and Gideon. 

i    Ricker, Simon was born in Berwick, York, Massachusetts, (now Maine). 

Simon lived in Shapleigh, some 20 miles north of Dover in York county.

ii    Ricker, Betty was born in Berwick.  She was married to Stephen James. 

Stephen and Betty went to Vermont.

iii    Ricker, Noah was born 1762 in Berwick. 

Noah settled in Waterboro, York county.

iv    Ricker, Joanna was born about 1764 in Berwick.  She was married to Jonathan Ross. 

Jonathan was of Shapleigh, York county. Note that a Lidia Ross is one of our ancestors, her daughter Hannah Ford married Timothy Clement.

v    Ricker, Margaret was born about 1766.  She was married to Benjamin Stone. 

Benjamin was of Shapleigh, York county.

vi    Ricker, Polly was born about 1768. 

vii    Ricker, Joseph was born 1771. 

Joseph moved to Vermont.

viii    Ricker, Gideon was born 1773. 

Gideon moved to Vermont 1839.

4    Ricker, Joseph † was born estimated Apr 1728* in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire and died about 1728 in Dover. 

5    Ricker, Mehitable was born 20 Oct 1730 in Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 15 Jun 1819 in Berwick, York, Maine.  She and Samuel Brackett were married 9 Aug 1750 in Berwick.  Samuel was born 5 Aug 1724 and died 2 Jun 1801. 

Had four children.

6    Ricker, Joshua was born 9 Apr 1737.    

7    Ricker, Jabez was born 1742* in Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 27 Feb 1827.  He and Mary Wentworth were married 14 May 1761 in Berwick, York, Massachusetts, (now Maine).  Mary was born 4 May 1742 and died Jul 1838.  She was the daughter of Samuel and Joanna (Roberts) Wentworth.

Jabez and Mary lived first in Berwick, then sometime after 1764 a little north in Sanford, both in York county. They then moved some 35 miles further north to Poland, in what is now Androscoggin county. Since the date of their second move is not known, the birth places of their children after Joanna are shown merely as York county.

Note that three of the children in this family married Pottles.

The ten children of Jabez and Mary (Wentworth) Ricker:   Timothy, Joanna, Samuel, Wentworth, Joseph, Molley, Anna, Sarah, Elizabeth and Phebe. 

i    Ricker, Timothy was born Nov 1761 in Berwick. 

ii    Ricker, Joanna was born 26 Feb 1764 in Berwick.  She was married to Paul Stanton. 

Lapham says they had seven children and many descendants.

iii    Ricker, Samuel was born 7 Jul 1766 in York, Massachusetts, (now Maine). 

iv    Ricker, Wentworth was born Aug 1768 in York.  He was married to Mary Pottle. 

v    Ricker, Joseph was born about 1771. 

vi    Ricker, Molley.  She was married to William Trickey. 

vii    Ricker, Anna was born 2 Aug 1776 in York.  She was married to William Pottle. 

viii    Ricker, Sarah.  She was married to Moses Pottle. 

ix    Ricker, Elizabeth was born 24 Jun 1781 in York, Maine.  She was married to Henry Byram. 

x    Ricker, Phebe.  She was married to Robert Patten. 

8    Ricker, Tristram was born 30 Apr 1744 in Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 9 Feb 1840 in Berwick, York, Maine.  He and Agnes Chick were married 6 Jan 1765 in Berwick.  Agnes was born estimated Jun 1745*

9    Ricker, Joseph was born 9 Dec 1746 in Somersworth, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 18 Oct 1825 in Parsonsfield, York, Maine.  He and Deborah Wentworth were married 17 Dec 1767.  Deborah was born 14 Aug 1749 in Berwick, York, Massachusetts, (now Maine) and died 18 Feb 1835 in Parsonsfield, York, Maine.  She was the daughter of Samuel and Joanna (Roberts) Wentworth.

Joseph was a Captain in the Massachusetts Militia during the Revolutionary War50.

Note that Deborah is sister to Mary Wentworth who married Joseph's brother Jabez.

The ten children of Joseph and Deborah (Wentworth) Ricker:   Dorcas, Molly, Dominicus, Pelatiah, Amasiah, Joshua, Anna, Tobias, Susannah and Betsey. 

i    Ricker, Dorcas was born 25 Nov 1768 in Parsonsfield, York, Massachusetts, (now Maine).  She was married to Joseph Shores. 

ii    Ricker, Molly was born 19 Apr 1771 in Parsonsfield.  She was married (1) to Edward Scribner.  She was married (2) to Josiah Perkins. 

iii    Ricker, Dominicus was born 4 Jun 1773 in Parsonsfield. 

Dominicus and his second wife had a son Joseph born 27 Jun 1814 in Parsonsfield, York, Maine. A graduate of Colby University, Joseph was a trustee of the college for many years, and a distinquished Baptist minister and editor of the Zion's Advocate. The Rev. Joseph Ricker received an honorary degree of D. D. from his Alma Mater in 1866. His picture forms the frontispiece of William Lapham's record of the descendants of George and Maturin Ricker.

iv    Ricker, Pelatiah was born Dec 1775 in Parsonsfield. 

v    Ricker, Amasiah was born 4 May 1778 in Parsonsfield. 

vi    Ricker, Joshua was born 15 Jul 1781 in Parsonsfield, York, Maine. 

vii    Ricker, Anna was born 11 Jun 1784 in Parsonsfield.  She was married to Elisha Strout. 

viii    Ricker, Tobias was born 15 Jul 1786 in Parsonsfield. 

ix    Ricker, Susannah was born 6 May 1790 in Parsonsfield. 

x    Ricker, Betsey was born 5 Mar 1796 in Parsonsfield. 

This birth year for Betsey should be verified.

Joseph Ricker  &  Mary May
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6   Top  

Joseph Ricker was born about 1695* in Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 2 Dec 1772 in Berwick, York, Maine. 

Joseph was married (2) to Mary May 17 Dec 1761 in Berwick. 

Mary May

Joshua Ricker  &  Elizabeth "Betsey" Drew
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6 Drew Top  

Joshua Ricker was born 9 Apr 1737 in Back River, Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire and died 5 Mar 1818 in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire. 

Joshua and Elizabeth "Betsey" Drew were married 28 Jun 1756 in Berwick, York, Maine. 

Elizabeth "Betsey" Drew was born 28 Oct 1740 and died 12 Nov 1811.  She was the daughter of John and Abigail (Wingate) Drew.

Edwards145 says that Joshua was born in Back River, a part of Dover or of Somersworth, but she did not provide a reference for that information. Wells409 says that he was born in Berwick, across the river in what is now Maine, while Ricker330 lists Somersworth, a town adjacent to Dover on the north, for all of his siblings born after 1730.) Take your choice. The dates of birth of Joshua and Elizabeth are apparently O.S.

It is unclear where Joshua and Elizabeth lived the first ten years of their married life, as their children during this period are reported as having been born in Berwick330, but alternately in Berwick and Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire, some 80 miles to the northwest by Edwards145, who used some IGI records. I am following Ricker for now.

The family did come to to Newbury, in what is now Orange county, Vermont about 1765, just after the birth of the twins. They were members of the First Church in Newbury, living for a time on Musquash Meadow, where the Chamberlains had arrived 1762, and then on the Ox-bow, a large, double bend in the Connecticut River. They later moved across the river from Newbury to Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire, where they died409, and were buried on the Carbee place.

Newbury had been established as a New Hampshire town only two years before their arrival. Some twelve years later, in 1777, around the time of the birth of their son Maturin, Vermont declared itself to be an independent Republic in order to escape the rival land claims by New Hampshire and New York. By 1781, just before the birth of their last son Ebenezer, that area was erected as Orange County, and only in 1791, some eight years after the end of the Revolution, did Vermont become a state.

Joshua and Elizabeth moved across the river to Bath sometime before 1800, when Joshua was censused there with himself and one female, presumably Elizabeth, over 45. Also in his household were one female between 10 and 16 (which does not correspond to the age of any of his known daughters, so could be a daughter–in–law) and two males between 16 and 26, probably his youngest sons Maturin and Ebenezer.

The thirteen children in the family are as given in the manuscript by Ricker330, with emendations from Wells, 1902 [1902]. Their fourth child, Joshua, died a few days after his birth in 1764. Their seventh child born in 1768 they also named Joshua, and he in turn died at age eighteen months. Finally, their eighth child, born 6 May 1770 and the third named Joshua, lived to become our ancestor in this family.

The thirteen children of Joshua and Elizabeth "Betsey" (Drew) Ricker:   Elizabeth, John Drew, Abigail, Joshua, Joseph, Benjamin, Joshua, Joshua, Mary "Polly", Andrew, Nahum Maturin, Mehitable and Ebenezer. 

1    Ricker, Elizabeth was born 27 Jul 1757 in Berwick, York, Massachusetts, (now Maine) and died May 1803 in Waterboro, York, Maine.  She and James Hamilton were married about 1778.  James was born estimated Oct 1754*

2    Ricker, John Drew was born 23 May 1759 in Berwick, York, Massachusetts, (now Maine). 

3    Ricker, Abigail was born 25 Feb 1762 in Berwick.  She was married to M. W. Dawner. 

4    Ricker, Joshua was born 20 Feb 1764 in Berwick. 

Joshua died young.

5    Ricker, Joseph was born 23 Feb 1765 in Berwick and died 21 Jan 1851.  He was married (1) to Polly Heath 27 Oct 1792 in Newbury, Orange, Vermont.  Polly was born estimated Sep 1769*.  He was married (2) to ____ Peachem 27 Mar 1821. 

Wells409 lists the 19 children of Joseph by his two wives, and lists a Joseph Ricker as owner of Newbury land in 1808, but there were several New England men of that name at the turn of the century.

6    Ricker, Benjamin was born 23 Apr 1766 in Newbury.  He and Ruth White were married 15 Apr 1790.  Ruth was born estimated Jan 1769*.  She was the daughter of Ebenezer and () White.

7    Ricker, Joshua was born 11 May 1768 in Newbury and died 27 Nov 1769 in Newbury. 

8    Ricker, Joshua was born 6 May 1770.    

9    Ricker, Mary "Polly" was born 30 Aug 1772 in Newbury, Orange, Vermont and died 25 Nov 1862 in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire.  She was married (1) to Martin Chamberlin 15 Feb 1792.  Martin was born 12 Jan 1770.  He was the son of Abiel and Elinor (Johnson) Chamberlin. She was married (2) to Ezekiel Manchester. 

They had eight chidren born 1794 to 1814, three of whom died during their childhood. They were Abiel, Eunice, Matilda, Joshua R., John D., Charles, Mary Ann and walter P. Chamberlin409.

Martin and his wife Mary "Polly" were brother and sister to our ancestors Eunice Chamberlin and Joshua Ricker, whose wedding preceeded theirs by just just about one month.

Martin died of drowning in the Connecticut River409.

10    Ricker, Andrew was born 27 Jan 1775 in Newbury, Orange, Vermont and died 27 Sep 1775 in Newbury. 

11    Ricker, Nahum Maturin was born 25 Jan 1777 in Newbury and died 27 Oct 1827 in Ryegate, Orange, Vermont.  He and Lucretia Spear were married 13 Oct 1800. 

12    Ricker, Mehitable was born 5 Mar 1780 in Newbury, Orange, Vermont and died 23 Sep 1852.  She was married to Parker Dodge. 

13    Ricker, Ebenezer was born 23 Jun 1782 in Newbury and died 4 Jun 1868 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.  He was married (1) to Betsy Hurd 11 Jan 1804 in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire.  Betsy was born estimated Jan 1784*.  He was married (2) to Polly Lang 29 Oct 1819. 

Joshua Ricker  &  Abigail Eunice? Chamberlin
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6 Chamberlin Top  

Joshua Ricker was born 6 May 1770 in Newbury, Orange, Vermont and died 27 May 1813 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Joshua and Abigail Eunice? Chamberlin were married 17 Jan 1792 in Newbury, Orange, Vermont. 

Abigail Eunice? Chamberlin was born 14 Jan 1774 in Newbury.  She was the daughter of Abiel and Elinor (Johnson) Chamberlin.

By 1795 Joshua and Abigail were living in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire, where all of their children were born. Joshua had a mail route which ran between Haverhill, just across the Connecticut River from Newbury, and Lancaster, some thirty–five miles north in Coos county, New Hampshire. In 1800, Joshua was censused in Bath where he and his wife were listed as being between 26 and 45, and had three daughters under 10, and he was still in Bath in the 1810 census.

Wells409 says that Joshua and Abigail lived on Ingalls hill (location not indicated) some years, and later removed to "the vicinity of Toronto, Canada". He indicates that five of the eight children settled in Canada, presumably going as a family group.

The circumstances of the Ricker family's move to Canada need clarifying. Joshua Jr. died near Toronto 27 May 1813 [Ricker, 1963], when his youngest children were only a few years old. At a later point the Ricker manuscript indicates that his son David, born about 1805, married Margaret Kirk, born about 1815 in Ireland, and that they moved to Ottawa around 1840. At that time, the present city of Ottawa, Ontario, was only a small village called Bytown, but the region just to the east of Bytown was then called the Ottawa district of Upper Canada. However, my copy of the M/S is unreadable where it relates the location of their marriage, so the family's location between 1813 and 1840 has not yet been pinpointed. It is possible that Abigail brought the children back to Bath after Joshua's death, thus explaining why David could "move to Ottawa" around 1840.

On 17 April 1998 I received from Cheryl Edwards information about a useful reference: The Wrights : a genealogical study of the first settlers in Canada's National Capital Region by Patrick M. O. Evans. There is a copy in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She writes:

"In this volume is mentioned about Abigail Eunice Chamberlain Ricker marrying a second time, a man named Lieutenant Hudson. I can't recall his first name, but I can get it for you. The book also mentions that David M. Ricker was married first to Catherine Sheffield, then Margaret Kirk and later after her death to a Rebecca Griffith. Mention is made of the families that several of the older children of Joshua and Abigail married into. Namely the Wright, Symmes, Shieffield, and Hudson families just to name a few. It really is a great volume with much detail, pictures and history of the town of Hull, where they all lived."

Wells409 provides some confusion as to Abigail's identity. As a daughter of Abiel and Elinor (Johnson) Chamberlin, he names her Eunice, and gives her birth date as 14 Jan 1774. As the wife of Joshua Ricker, he calls her “Abigail, daughter of Abiel Chamberlin, b Newbury 14 Jan 1774”. Barber66 later names her as Eunice, and makes no mention of the name Abigail, but Evans [Evans, 1977] in his impressive research results doesn't mention the name Eunice at all.

Wells also seems to have confused the daughters' marriages to Symmes and Rickers. But I now find (May, 1998) that Evans says that Abigail, first wife of Joshua Ricker, was the daughter of Nathaniel and Mehetabel (Elliott) Chamberlin, and lists her ten siblings. Three of the latter, Ephraim, Nancy and Hannah, married children of Philemon Wright. Our entire Chamberlin ancestry as given by Barber66 is thus thrown into doubt.

The situation as it now stands is:

Wells409: Names Joshua's wife as Eunice, daughter of Abiel and Elinor (Johnson) Chamberlin, and gives her birth date in Newbury as 14 Jan 1774.

Barber66: Names the daughter of Abiel and Elinor as Eunice, born 14 Jan 1774, and makes no mention of the name Abigail. She says further that Eunice married Joshua (1770-1813), son of Joshua and Betsey (Drew) Ricker.

Evans [Evans, 1977]: Gives the wife of Joshua Ricker (1770-1813) as Abigail, daughter of Nathaniel and Mehetabel (Elliott) Chamberlin.

The eight children of Joshua and Abigail Eunice? (Chamberlin) Ricker:   Betsy, Mehitable, Lois, Louisa, Melissa, Hannah, David Moulton and Nathaniel. 

1    Ricker, Betsy was born 1795* in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire.  She and Alpheus Goddard were married 19 Dec 1816 in Bath.  Alpheus was born estimated Jul 1792*

Lived in Northern Vermont and later in Illinois409.

2    Ricker, Mehitable was born 4 Apr 1797 in Bath and died 26 Dec 1865 in Monroe, Grafton, New Hampshire.  She was married to Sherburne Lang.  Sherburne was born 25 Feb 1782 in Monroe and died 1857. 

Mehitable's husband Sherburne Lang was of Bath, and409 has her death in 1867, rather than 1865. He also lists their ten children as Mary, Maria (twins), ouisa, Hannah, Susan, Henry S., John H., David R., Melissa R. and Caroline B. Lang, born 1816 through 1833.

3    Ricker, Lois was born 1800* in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire and died 1879.  She and Tiberius Wright were married 1819.  Tiberius was born 1788* and died 1841.  He was the son of Philemon and Abigail (Wyman) Wright.

Lois and her husband ived in Canada409.

4    Ricker, Louisa was born about 1800*.    

5    Ricker, Melissa was born after 1800* in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire.  She was married to ____ Wright. 

A twin to Hannah409, see my note there.

6    Ricker, Hannah was born before 1805* in Bath.  She was married to Charles Symmes. 

A twin to Melissa, they married Wright brothers409. I have a note that one of their great grandmothers was an Abigail Wright, but don't know where I got that.

Charles was a cousin to Tiberious Wright, his brother-in-law by his second wife Lois.

7    Ricker, David Moulton was born about 1805* in Bath and died 3 Feb 1874 in Marysville, Marshall, Kansas.  He was married (1) to Margaret Kirk 30 Sep 1835 in St. James, Hull, Quebec, Canada.  Margaret was born 1817/1818* in Ireland and died in Missouri.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Green) Kirk. He was married (2) to Catherine Sheffield.  He was married (3) to Rebecca Griffith 15 Dec 1862. 

David settled in Canada about 1840409. He and his family moved to Missouri a few years before his sister Louisa and her family came there. He was censused 1850 in Washinton Twp, Jackson, Missouri, 1860 in Ohio Twp., Franklin, Kansas Territory, and 1870 in Blue Rapids Twp, Marshall, Kansas.

According to Gail Martin (see her Kirk db) David and Margaret had eight children, Abigail, Joshua C. "Pony", Melissa, Elizabeth (Eliza Jane), David, Catherine, Thomas Kirk and Caroline "Carie" Ricker, born 1836 through about 1850.

The 1860 census, all except David Sr. given only with initials, more or less confirms this in that the known children can be matched to the initials. I haven't seen such a lazy census taker as the one in Ohio Township, Franklin County, Kansas, in 1860.

Ricker, D. M 55 N H Farmer 2000/500 b 1804/05 M 32 Ind? b 1827/28 Margaret? Noooo A 24 Canada b 1835/36 Abigail M 20 Canada b 1839/40 Melissa E J 18 Canada b 1841/42 Eliza Jane D 16 Canada b 1843/44 David C 15 Mo b 1844/45 Catherine T C 11 Mo b 1848/49 Thomas Kirk C M 9 Mo b 1850/51 Caroline? ---------------------------------------- 1860 Census KS FRANKLIN OHIO TWP Series: M653 Roll: 349 Page: 270 18 Aug

This line is being traced by Cheryl Edwards, 10029 Bilteer Ct., Santee, CA 92017-2660 1-619-562-7570 [Gail Martin].

The eight children of David Moulton and Margaret (Kirk) Ricker:   Abigail, Joshua C., Melissa, Eliza Jane, David, Catherine, Thomas Kirk and Caroline M. 

i    Ricker, Abigail was born 20 Oct 1836 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 

ii    Ricker, Joshua C. was born 13 Apr 1837 in Ottawa and died 1 Jan 1875 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

iii    Ricker, Melissa was born 1839/1840 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 

iv    Ricker, Eliza Jane was born 1841/1842 in Ottawa. 

v    Ricker, David was born 27 Apr 1844 in Ottawa and died 1910 in Kansas.  He and Margaret Jane Richards were married 15 Nov 1864 in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Margaret Jane was born 1846* in Missouri. 

A son of David and Margaret Jane (Richards) Ricker:   Charles M.. 

1    Ricker, Charles M. was born 1870* in Kansas and died 1936 in Montana.  He was married to Theresa Noo.  Theresa was born 1873* in Kansas and died 1973 in California. 

A son of Charles M. and Theresa (Noo) Ricker:   Williard Aubrey. 

i    Ricker, Williard Aubrey was born 1900* in California and died 1925 in California.  He was married to Ola Vaughan.  Ola was born 1899* in California and died 1988 in California. 

A son of Williard Aubrey and Ola (Vaughan) Ricker:   Willard Aubrey. 

1    Ricker, Willard Aubrey was born 1926* in California.  He was married to Shirley Joan Margison.  Shirley Joan was born estimated Oct 1924* in California. 

A daughter of Willard Aubrey and Shirley Joan (Margison) Ricker:   Cheryl. 

i    Ricker, Cheryl was born 1954* in California. 

vi    Ricker, Catherine was born 1844/1845 in Jackson County, Missouri. 

vii    Ricker, Thomas Kirk was born 1848/1849 in Jackson County. 

viii    Ricker, Caroline M. was born 1850/1851 in MO or IL. 

8    Ricker, Nathaniel was born after 1805* in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire. 

Nathaniel never married409.

Louisa Ricker  &  John Clements Eaton
Noel / Noe 1 m1 m2 m3, Maturin 2, Joseph 3 m1 m2, Joshua 4, Joshua 5, Louisa 6 Eaton Top  

Louisa Ricker was born about 1800* in Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire and died about Jun 1860 in Oxford, Johnson, Kansas. 

Louisa and John Clements Eaton were married about 1818. 

John Clements Eaton was born 17 Dec 1793 in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont and died before Oct 1851 in Washington Twp., Jackson, Missouri.  He was the son of Jonathan and Jane (Sargent) Eaton.

John Clements Eaton left New Hampshire when he was about 23 or 24 years of age. His move westward from New England marks the end of our New England ancestry. He went first to Canada, and after all of his children were born, moved further west and south to the border between Missouri and the Kansas Territory. This outline map shows the travels of the several generations of Eatons in America.

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Eaton Locations in North America

John Eaton settled in the town of Hull on the north bank of the Ottawa River in what was then called Lower Canada. This town is located across the river from a place, then called Bytown, which is now Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Lower Canada, later Canada East, is now Quebec Province, while Upper Canada across the river was later Canada West, and is now Ontario Province. Hull had been settled at the mouth of the Gatineau River by Philemon Wright (born 2 Sep 1760), Tiberius and Ruggles Wright, and other settlers from Woburn, Massachusetts, in 1800. Bytown would be settled on the southern bank of the river some nine years later. Hull was not only a self sufficient outpost in the Canadian wilds, but grew rapidly as a saw mill, grist mill, and blacksmith's shop with four water powered bellows were constructed, and the export of lumber down the Ottawa to the port of Quebec began in 1806.

It is not known how large Hull had grown by the time John came there in 1816 or 1817, but the 1825 census showed 100 families, and a population of 803. The population statistics are interesting. The approximately 100 families had an average of three children, and constituted 477 of the town's citizens. The rest of the town consisted of 284 single men, and 42 single women. Tiberius and Ruggles Wright had in that census a total of 85 single men in their two households! Three other households each had from ten to 20 single males. Apparently these founding families provided living accomodations for the single men they had attracted to Hull to make the town self sufficient. The 20 single women over eighteen years of age must have found it an interesting town in which to live. In addition to the Wrights, another of the town's original settlers was Benjamin Chamberlin, who was still alive in 1842. In 1825 there were seven Chamberlin and six Wright families (although Philemon had apparently died by then) in town.

We don't know whether or not John married Louisa Ricker in her home town of Bath on the Connecticut River in Grafton county, New Hampshire, but she would have been no more than 17 years of age when John came to Canada. John's parents had been living in Tunbridge, Orange, Vermont, around 1794, and Louisa's parents were in Newbury, less than twenty–five miles away in the same county, until about 1795. So the two families could have been acquainted in the previous generation, and John might well have emigrated to Canada knowing that family friends were there. Several at least of Louisa's family had apparently moved to Canada, and we know her younger brother David was there. It seems most likely that the couple met and married in that frontier outpost, but this is purely a guess.

In 1823 “J. C. Eaton” subscribed £5 for the construction of the first church on an acre of land on “shier falls island” given by Philemon, Tiberious, and Ruggles Wright, Esquires255. The first of the articles of the committee commenced: “RESOLVED that each of the Committee do use his individual exertion and by personal application collect such subscriptions, to commence the erecton of the church either in money or articles useful about the said building”. The laborers later pledged that “each agree to refrain from useing any spiritous Liquours on the scaffolding or walls of the said Church”. Each £5 pledge entitled the subscriber to one vote as to the location of the church, and was to be a credit in the subsequent disposal of the pews by vendeau.

Two years later, the 1825 census shows J. C. Eaton with five people in his household; he and his wife, one boy under six, one boy six to 14, and one daughter under 14. (It is an anomaly of the Canadian census that the forms called for "number of the family" in three age groups below eighteen years, but these meant "male children of the family" of those ages. The total number of the family was also given, as well as men and women by various age ranges, and the total can only be explained, consistently for each family as well as for the town totals, if that interpretation is made.) None of these three children appear in the 1842 census seventeen years later, and we don't know their names nor whether they died or married and moved out of the household. Since Louisa was born 1800 or 1801, her eldest child must have been born not much before 1819, and the other two during the period 1820 to 1825, so these three would have been between seventeen and twenty–three at the time of the second census.

The 1825 census also shows a John Eaton and wife living in Buckingham, about 20 miles from Hull down the Ottawa River to the east. He was born between 1785 and 1800, and she between 1780 and 1811, so they were of the same generation as John and Louisa, but nothing else is known concerning them. There were no Rickers, or other related names, censused there or in the two neighboring townships of Lochabor and Templeton that year.

The Canadian census for 1842 is illuminating, but intriguing in that it provides many bits of information which raise questions rather than proved answers. J. C. Eaton had ten inmates in his household, six of whom where natives of the Continent of Europe, two of the United States, one of Ireland, and one a citizen of French Canada (see below). Since these had to include five or six of their Hull born children, the census forms must have defined Lower Canada as belonging to the Continent of Europe. Eight of these ten belonged to the Baptist or Anabaptist Church, one to the Church of England (which John had helped found almost twenty years earlier), and one to the Church of Rome.

There was one farm servant employed, and since Melissa later married a John Penoyer (in a Presbyterian church), it is quite possible that he was a French Canadian, Roman Catholic farm laborer living with the household. The family also employed a female servant, and this could have been a sister or other relative of Margaret Kirk, the Irish born wife of Louisa's brother David Ricker. These are mere speculations, however.

John was at that time a farmer with 250 acres of land, 45 acres of which were improved, tenured by him on the basis of a government grant. During the year he produced 10 bushels wheat, 50 of oats, and 60 of potatoes. He had 5 meat cattle, 2 horses, 19 sheep, and 5 hogs. The household also produced 30 yards of flannel cloth, and gathered 30 pounds of wool. All in all, the picture is one of a prosperous farm in a frontier town that still must have seem isolated far into the wilderness of Canada. That year John was censused next after Josiah Chamberlin, who had a family about the same size on a farm that was just a little larger and more productive than the Eaton one.

On 3 Jul 1848 Melissa Eaton married John Penoyer at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Wakefield, the next town north of Hull78. Within a couple of months the entire family with their new son–in–law had followed Louisa's brother David and his family to Jackson County, Missouri. There John on the 16th of September purchased 200 acres straddling the Santa Fe Trail in Washington Township about a mile from the border of what was then called Indian Country, later to be named Kansas Territory. His land consisted of three adjoining parcels in Section 8, T 47, R33, described as the W half of the SE quarter, 80a, the E half of the NW quarter, 80 a, and the E half of the E half of the SW quarter, 40 a. That same year, a town called Kansas was platted some thirteen miles north on the Missouri River in Kaw township in the north west corner of the county. Over the years, this town was to become the metropolis of Kansas City which would eventually spread to almost completely obliterate the farmlands and small towns where the Eatons settled in Missouri. The following sketch maps show the location of the Eaton lands along the Kansas–Missouri border in the 1850's.

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Eaton Lands Along the Santa Fe Trail

The 16 Aug 1850 the census for Washington Twp., Jackson, Missouri, has John C. Eaton listed as a farmer with his wife Louisa and five children, John and Melissa Penoyer and their son Charles, 11 months old (born in Missouri), and a John Eaton (later we find that his middle initial was O.) born in Canada, aged 22 years, and listed after the children of the family. John Clement Eaton had a younger brother Cyrus (and two much younger brothers Stillman and Harrison) who could have gone to Canada with him, so it's possible that John O. is John Clement's nephew. However, in 1825 there was another John Eaton in Buckingham Township in Lower Canada, he and his wife having been born before 1800 (i.e., about John Clement's age) but with no children that year. It is quite possible that John O. is that John Eaton's son, born 1828, but there seems to be no place on the Eaton family tree for that elder John. What John. O.'s relationship is to John Clement remains a mystery, but he remained closely involved with the family for the rest of their lives.

Also in the Jackson county census we find Louisa's brother David Ricker with his wife Margaret (Kirk) Ricker, born Bath, New Hampshire and Ireland, respectively, and a daughter Melissa named possibly after David's niece Melissa Eaton. David and his wife and their five Canadian–born children came to Missouri about 1845, preceeding John Clement and Louisa by three years.

Also in 1850, in Kaw township, we find Ann Eaton, aged 34 and born in Ireland, with six children born between 1836 and 1846 in Canada. It is believed by Cheryl Edwards, a descendant of David, that Ann was a sister of Margaret Kirk, the wife of David Ricker145. Ann's eldest son was named Jonathan, quite probably after John C.'s father. But whether Ann was the widow of one of the two early sons of John C. and Louisa, or of someone from yet another branch of the Eatons in Canada is still not known.

In 1850, we find Louisa Eaton listed as a new member, by experience, of the Blue Ridge Baptist Church of Grandview, Missouri, located just three miles east of the Eatons' land. (I've lost this reference -- may have to contact library in Missouri to identify it.) Also a member by letter of the church at this time was a Preston Clements. Whether or not he was a relative by marriage of Louisa's we don't know. Preston was dismissed from the church by letter in 1854, returned in 1859, and a John Ambrose Clements and Hannah A. Clements were baptised in 1860. Preston again was dismissed by letter in 1868, and it is noted in the records that Hannah died 1887, and John Ambrose in 1904. The last extant record of Blue Ridge Baptist is the membership list of 1875, and presumably the church closed its doors around that time.

On 25 Aug 1851 Harrison S. Vivion was appointed administrator of the estate of John C. Eaton who had recently died intestate. On the 10th of October a sale was held at public vendue (auction) of the goods and chattels of his estate. Louisa took at the appraised value some $103 worth of goods, including a yoke of three year old steers for $30, a black mare for $25, a red cow and calf for $12, a speckled cow and calf for $11, and a bay pony for $8. Since she also bought for cash a $12 wagon, the $103 probably represented a widow's one–third of her husband's personal estate. The rest of the property was auctioned for $169, including a field of oats to her brother David Ricker for $8.50, and several items including a shotgun for $4.25 and a $21.50 silver watch to the administrator, H. S. Vivion. The list of buyers, and the items they purchased for prices ranging upward from 25? for two carpenter's gouges, takes up two and a half handwritten, legal size pages.

When John C. bought his land 16 Sep 1848 from Dwight Spencer, he had paid the $1200 purchase price with $200 “in hand” and three notes due in one, two, and three years of $333.33 each, with interest. After his death by Aug 1851, his estate did not have the cash available to meet these notes, none of which had apparently been paid. On 24 Sep 1853 Spencer obtained a judgment in the Circuit Court of Jackson County against “Harrison S. Vivian as Administrator of the Estate of John C. Eaton, deceased, John Pannoyer & Melessa Pannoyer his wife, Jane Eaton, Louisa Eaton, Elizabeth Eaton, Edgar Eaton, Alfred Eaton, John Eaton & Louisa Eaton for the sum of one thousand and forty three & 52/100 dollars”, to be brought before the court at the March term in 1854. (That represents, incidently, a 7.5% annual interest compounded.) Since the children are named in order of birth starting with Melissa, the last named Louisa is the widow. The John Eaton named before her must be the John O. whose exact relationship to the family we don't know, but who was considered by the court to be an heir in the intestate death of John C.

As a consequence of this judgment, and the debt still not being paid six months later as required, the Jackson County Court at its July term in 1854 ordered that the administrator of the estate sell the land “for the payment of depts, at public outcry, at the Court House door in the City of Independence, on the 2nd Monday in August next”. The poster that the administrator had printed is defective in its description of the land to be sold, describing a quarter section (not owned by Eaton) but specifying 20 acres, so it's not possible to tell what portion of the original purchase was sold on 14 Aug 1854, nor why the entire farm didn't have to go.

On 6 Oct 1851 a town called New Santa Fe had been platted on the Santa Fe Trail at the Missouri border about two miles SW of the Eaton land, and just about the time of John's death. The portion of the trail between his land and the new town is today called the Santa Fe Trail Road, in south Kansas City, meeting the Kansas border between 122nd and 123rd streets. Early in 1857 the town of Oxford was laid out just across the border in what is now Kansas, essentially a continuation of New Santa Fe. The leading member of the town was Christopher Columbus Catron, a pro–slavery advocate, and Oxford became the county headquarters for that party. Over the next few years it prospered, but was abandoned by its pro-slavery inhabitants during the border wars, and fell into only sporadic use as a barracks by Union soldiers during the war. Soon after the war the town was completely converted to farm land.

On 22 Jul 1858 Louisa Eaton purchased or claimed Lot No. 1 in Sec. 14 in Oxford, comprising 61.58 acres, at $1.25 per acre. Section 14 was a fractional section abutting the Kansas–Missouri border (and thus at the eastern limit of the Kansas land survey), about 0.2 miles wide. Thus it held about 128 acres, and Lousa's lot must have been either the northern or southern half of the fractional section. The south–east corner of the section lies about a half mile north of the Santa Fe Trail where it crosses the border. On 19 Oct that year there is record of an indenture “between Louisa Eaton of the County of Johnson and Territory of Kansas and John O. Eaton of the same” in the amount of $76.98 for Lot No. 1, and on 7 Feb 1859 Louisa testified to her grant of the land to John O. before John T. Schuck, J.P. On 2 Apr 1860, with Preemption Certificate No. 1205 (recorded 2 Mar 1908), the U. S. granted to Louisa this same lot, and it noted that she “has deposited a certificate of the Registor of the Land Office at Lecompton whereby it appears that full payment has been made”.

On the church record indicating that Louisa had joined the Baptist church in 1850 is the notation that she died in 1860. That year, John O. Eaton, age 31 and born in Canada, was censused on 22 Aug in Oxford Twp. as a constable owning property worth $1200. In his household were Melissa Pennoyer and her son Charles, Louisa Eaton (age 24), and Alfred Eaton (17, a farmer). Thus mother Louisa Eaton died between April and August of 1860. Melissa's husband John would have been 35 years of age at that time, and what happened to him and to Louisa's other children is unknown.

John O. Eaton was still on the Oxford land in 1870, where he was censused at age 42 as a farmer with $1000 in personal property. His wife Anna was born in Missouri. By 1880 he had moved to Concord in Clinton County, Missouri, where many members of the Eaton and Hartzell families lived. That year he was censused with his wife Annie, 16 years younger than him, and son Charles, 12, and daughter Mary, 8. Perhaps some day we will be able to find John O.'s exact connection to our line, as he was obviously closely involved with John Clement and his family over many years.

The children of John Clement and Louisa (Ricker) Eaton were all born in Hull, Lower Canada (now Quebec). I had overlooked these children whose given names I don't know when I checked land transactions in Missouri and Kansas. I thus may have not recognized records pertaining to these members of our family. There was, for example, a Eunice Eaton who had land in Johnson County, Kansas, patented to her by the Office of Indian Affairs in 1859.

In the 1870 census can be found a Cerilda Eaton in Oxford Township (where Lousia and John O. had land), a Henry Eaton in Garner Twp, Kansas, and another Henry D. Eaton in Concord Twp., Clinton, Missouri. By this time John C. and Louisa' daughter Louisa had married Adam Leonard Hartzell and moved to this area near Plattsburg, and her brother Edgar was there also. However, there were Eatons in the area from Tennesee and Kentucky, so relationships do not follow from surnames alone.

The nine children of John Clements and Louisa (Ricker) Eaton:   ____, ____, ____, Melissa, Jane, Louisa Ricker, Elizabeth "Betsy", Edgar C. and Alfred. 

1    Eaton, ____ was born 1811/1825* in Hull, (now in Quebec), Lower Canada. 

One of these two sons could have been the husband of Ann (Kirk) Eaton, born 1815-1816.

2    Eaton, ____ was born 1811/1825* in Hull. 

3    Eaton, ____ was born 1819/1825* in Hull. 

4    Eaton, Melissa was born 1830/1831* in Hull.  She and John Penoyer were married 3 Jul 1848 in Wakefield, Quebec, Canada.  John was born estimated Feb 1825*

5    Eaton, Jane was born about 1832/1833* in Hull, (now in Quebec), Lower Canada. 

6    Eaton, Louisa Ricker was born 18 May 1835.    

7    Eaton, Elizabeth "Betsy" was born 1836/1837* in Hull, (now in Quebec), Lower Canada. 

8    Eaton, Edgar C. was born 1840/1841* in Hull.  He was married to Eliza ____. 

Edgar C. was censused 1870 in Concord Twp., Clinton, Missouri, as a carpenter, age 29 and born in East Canada, with $600 in real estate and a $150 personal estate. It is interesting that the census that year had both of his parents as "foreign born", although John Clement had been born in Vermont and Louisa in New Hampshire. The same was true of the parents that year of John O. Eaton who, however, also had the notation that he himself was a U. S. citizen.

Her name from 1870 census in Concord Twp., Clinton, Missouri

9    Eaton, Alfred was born 1842/1843* in Hull.  He was married to Jennie ____.  Jennie was born about 1853. 

Alfred was listed as a farmer at age 17 when he was censused in the household of John O. Eaton in Oxford Twp. He is missing from the 1870 censuses of both Kansas and Missouri, but by 1880 he was in Plattsburg with the rest of the family.

The two children of Alfred and Jennie (____) Eaton:   Herbert and Beula. 

i    Eaton, Herbert was born about 1877. 

ii    Eaton, Beula was born 1880. 

b 1835      d 1923
b 1827      d 1913
b 1862      d 1904
b 1866      d 1942
b 1903      d 1989
b 1903      d 1953
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b 1930      d 1998

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