Seek­ing con­nec­tions to the Ricketts Fam­ily

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - EDITORIAL -

I am writ­ing to­day to thank all of the Ricketts fam­i­lies of New­found­land who have re­sponded to my let­ter for The Ricketts Project so far.

I have en­joyed get­ting your let­ters, get­ting to know you on the phone and look for­ward to meet­ing many of you dur­ing my trip back to New­found­land be­tween July 18 to 24.

For any­one who didn’t re­ceive a let­ter or hasn’t yet re­sponded I am ask­ing for your as­sis­tance. I am work­ing on a very ex­cit­ing project to de­ter­mine all the Ricketts fam­i­lies now liv­ing in New­found­land; and trace back their fam­ily trees to de­ter­mine how many dif­fer­ent Ricketts orig­i­nally mi­grated to New­found­land.

I am a di­rect de­scen­dant of New­found­land as my Ricketts’s an­ces­tors are from Knight’s Cove. I de­cided to take on this project right af­ter my fa­ther, Wil­liam Ricketts, passed in Novem­ber 2014. Since then I have trav­elled to New­found­land quite a few times and have tried to learn more about my Ricketts fam­ily as well as the other Ricketts fam­i­lies of New­found­land.

So far I know my great-grand­fa­ther on my fa­ther’s side was Thomas Ricketts (born ap­prox­i­mately 1840). He lived in Knight’s Cove and was mar­ried to Jane Ryan. They had four sons: David, Michael, James Ed­ward, and John Thomas Ricketts and two daugh­ters: Mar­garet and Mary Frances. My grand­fa­ther on my fa­ther’s side was Michael Ricketts born June 17, 1882 in Knight’s Cove and he im­mi­grated to Bos­ton and then New York around 1902. Michael was mar­ried to Brid­get Frances Cur­ran born Feb. 15, 1887 in Con­cep­tion Har­bour, New­found­land. They had seven sons, the youngest one be­ing my fa­ther Wil­liam Ricketts (born April 9, 1927) and two daugh­ters.

You can help me with my re­search by shar­ing any knowl­edge about your Ricketts’s an­ces­tors. No in­for­ma­tion is too small. I am ask­ing for par­ent’s names, grand­par­ents, great-grand­par­ents, and great-great-grand­par­ents as far back as you can re­mem­ber. I would need full names, birth­date, place of birth, date of death, place of death.

I have been us­ing the New­found- land re­sources but some records are miss­ing and with­out your help I am not able to con­nect fam­i­lies.

Please send me a note ei­ther to my email ad­dress jricker118@aol. com or I can be reached at 914325-4998.

This re­search project is a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity for all of us to make dis­cov­er­ies about our an­ces­tors, and to learn how many Ricketts men mi­grated to New­found­land.

If you are in­ter­ested, I will keep you in­formed of all of my ex­cit­ing dis­cov­er­ies. I look for­ward to hear­ing back from you and work­ing with you to help trace the Ricketts descen­dants of New­found­land. If you have any ques­tions please feel free to call or email me, I would be happy to speak with you.

Thank you in ad­vance for any in­for­ma­tion you can pro­vide for this Ricketts project.

Jen­nifer Ricketts 109 Rock­well Street Har­ri­son, NY 10528 USA 1-914-325-4998

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