Trac­ing the Rick­etts

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

I am writ­ing to­day to thank all of the Rick­etts fam­i­lies of New­found­land that 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 July 18-24.

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’ an­ces­tors are from Knight’s Cove.

For any­one that 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’ 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 trav­eled 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 17 June 1882 in Knight’s Cove and he im­mi­grated to Bos­ton and then New York around 1902. Michael was mar­ried to Brid­get Frances Cur­ran born 15 Fe­bru­ary 1887 in Con­cep­tion Har­bour, New­found­land. They had seven sons, the youngest one be­ing my fa­ther Wil­liam Rick­etts (born 9 April 1927) and two daugh­ters.

You can help me with my re­search by shar­ing any knowl­edge about your Rick­etts’ 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 New­found­land 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 writes from Har­ri­son, New York

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