GEORGE RICKETS, a veteran of the Civil War and a prominent citizen and old settler of Hopewell township, resides
on his well improved farm of 100 acres, located not far from Oregon station. Mr. Rickets was born August 3, 1834,
in Fairfield County, Ohio, and is a son of Samuel and Sarah E. (Raudabaugh) Rickets.
Samuel Rickets was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, and his wife in Hocking Country, Ohio, where the Raudabaugh
family had settled at a very early date. They resided for a time in Hocking County, but later removed to Fairfield
County, when pioneer conditions still existed.
George Rickets received his early education in an old log school house in the vicinity of his father's farm. He
assisted in developing the land until 1864, when he enlisted in Company K, 156th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf., which became
a part of the Army of the Cumberland. After completing his first term of service, he became a veteran in February,
1865, reenlisting in Company D, 193rd Reg., Ohio Vet. Vol: Inf. He was honorably discharged on August 10, 1865,
having participated in innumerable skirmishes and several battles, the most important of which was that at Cumberland,
Maryland, on August 1, 1864. The movements of his regiment took him over a large part of Maryland, Kentucky and
Virginia. Mr. Rickets draws a pension of $12 per month.
In view of the present appearance of the farm of Mr. Rickets, it seems almost impossible to believe that when he
settled in his little log cabin here, in 1865, this whole section of Hopewell township was still a forest, but
since then he has cleared up his large farm, and in 1873 he built his present comfortable residence. He stands
as a fair representative of the good farmers of this section of Mercer County.
On March 3, 1859, Mr. Rickets was married to Susan Crider, born in Fairfield County, Ohio, a daughter of the late
Jacob Crider, who was a pioneer in Fairfield County. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Rickets, as
follows: Sarah E., who is the. wife of Joseph Montgomery, of Fairfield County; Perley R., who is the wife of John
Dilson, of Hopewell township; and Charles C., who married Almeda Fast, resides with his father, engaged in farming.
In political sentiment, Mr. Rickets is a stanch Republican. He is a. prominent member of Copp's Chapel Methodist
Episcopal Church, of which he is a trustee. He is a man who has always stood high in the estimation of his fellow
citizens, one whose sterling character is recognized by all who know him.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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