Monday, September 29, 2008

Re: Rickords

Here are some of my favorite Rickords photos:

These two are of Vernon J Rickords,(17Mar1910-28Aug1980) son of Cecil Bert and Jennie Eliza Jane Calkins Rickords. He worked at a dude ranch 1930-31 outside of Reno, Nevada to earn enough money to marry his sweetheart, Hazel Shockey (14Jun1913-15Dec1998), daughter of Liss Listy and Evelyn Gidney Shockey. They are my husband's paternal grandparents.

This is Jennie Eliza Jane Calkins Rickords 1947 at Soap Lake, Washington. I love that she was comfortable having a swimsuit photo taken of her back in the day!
Below is Cecil Bert Rickords, Jennie's husband from whom she was divorced. They had nine children together when Cecil up and left - returned home to his parents and Jennie had to support the family after this. She was a strong woman whom I definitely admire!

Here are seven of those nine children and Cecil and Jennie. 1930.

A Riot of Rickords

We Rickords are pretty particular about how you spell our name. Yes, we know that it's a misspelling from some other point in time. Originally, it was most likely Records. Some use Rickards, Richards, Rickard or Rickord.

Whatever. It is what it is and has been since Benjamin Rickords (1808-aft1870) from Delaware/Maryland spelled it thus in the early 1800's.

What we know of him: Benjamin Eskridge Rickords m. Sabrina Killpatrick (1811-aft1870) to this marriage were born 11 children all in Ohio: (and where did this Eskridge name come from? It shows up in 3 generations of Rickords...) He died in Broadwell, Logan County, Illinois where many Rickords lived for generations and some still do. If you look for them in census records, be sure to check the various spellings, including ORickords (for the 1880 census taker who heard "William O. Rickords" and interpreted it as "William O'Rickords")

1.Richard Eskridge Rickords (22Oct1830-17Dec1920)m.Christiann Harlow
*2.William Orlando Rickords (7Apr1833-6Nov1919) m.Lucy/Icy Lawson
3.Sarah E. Rickords (2Jul1835-22Oct1905) m. Samuel Watts
4.Mary Jane Rickords (1837-Bef 1865) m. Andrew Lawson
5.Eliza Ann Rickords (1839-1874) m.1 John McNeely m.2 John Lawson
6. Smiley Spencer Rickords (8Feb1842-22Aug1919) m. Eliza Jane Porter
7.John Wesley Rickords (4Feb1844-7Jul1926) m.1 Sarah R. Antill M.2 Mary J. Zimmerman
8. Joseph A or H Rickords (1845-1863)
9. Samuel B. Rickords (Jan1848-15Jan1935) m. Mary Emmaline Harlow
10.Drusilla Rickords (1850- )
11.Rebecca Rickords (Sep18568-aft1930) m. Mahlon Lawson

*2. William Orlando Rickords
and Issy Lawson (interesting that 4 of the siblings married into the Lawson family.)
I have recently become acquainted with Reita who lives in Illinois and has graciously shared photos of her father and grandfather Samuel James Rickords (son of Wm Orlando Rickords) as well as many of the Rickords tombstones in Illinois. This past summer I acquired two more photos of Wm Orlando's children: Smiley Spencer and Emma May. This makes 4 children for whom I have photos from that family!
Their 10 children:

*2A. John Eskridge Rickords (6Jul1858-27Jan1952) m. Anna Mae Shilling

2B. Mary Elizabeth Rickords (8Feb1861-aft 1900) m. Herman Pane Slayton
2C. Benjamin P. Rickords (15Jan1864-1921) m. Cordelia D. Hess
2D. Samuel James Rickords (8Mar1867-13Jun1929) m.1 Hester E. Staggers m.2 Clara Lavona Crayne
2E. Smiley Spencer Rickords (4Sep1869-1940) m. Loretta G. Harper

2F. Emma May Rickords (2Mar1872-23Nov1949) m. Joseph Lucas

2G. Andrew Johnson Rickords (31Mar1874-aft 1910) m. Effie Mae Page
2H. Joseph Alexander Rickords (9Dec1876-aft1930)
2I. William Henry Rickords (25Apr1878-aft1918)
2J. George W. Rickords (11Oct1882-1942)

*2A. John Eskridge Rickords and Anna Mae Shilling had 5 children:

2A.i. Elizabeth Lanore Rickords (14Sep1884-May1961) m. C. Richard Beck
*2A.ii. Cecil Bert Rickords (20Oct1887-24Dec1959) m. Jennie Eliza Jane Calkins
2A.iii. Levert John Rickords (10Jul1893-23Apr1970) m. Anna Messner
2A.iv. Claude Allen Rickords (20Jun1900-31Dec1939) m. Leota Genevia Ryman

2A.v. Jessie Rebecca Rickords (29Apr1902-Apr1997) m.1 Frank Anderson m.2 Gustov Maehl

*2A.ii. Cecil and Jennie Eliza Jane Calkins Rickords had 9 children:

*2A.ii.a. Vernon J Rickords (17Mar1910-28Aug1980) m. Hazel Shockey

2A.ii.b. Hazel Fern Rickords (5Feb1912-24Jul1991) m.1 Tom Chisom m.2 John Anderson m.3 Elling Ytteroy m.4 Josef H. Weidmann

2A.ii.c. Ruth Evelyn Rickords (24Feb1914-2Feb1992) m.1 Art Struble m.2 Bob Hicks m.3 Riley H. Fisher

2A.ii.d. Dorothy Mae Rickords (26Nov1916-1May1973) m. Charles Calvin Powers

2A.ii.e. Kenneth Claude Rickords (16Oct1918-23Jan1993) m. Dorothy Rose Leubke

2A.ii.f. Doris Aileen Rickords (1Jul1921-17Jul2005) m. William B. Hall

2A.ii.g. Cecil Lorain Rickords (27Aug1923-15Aug1997) m. Peggy Lou Dobbs

2A.ii.h. Lindel Bert Rickords (living)

2A.ii.i. Claude James Rickords (22Jul1926-14May2007) m. Valoyce Roxy Elrod

*2A.ii.a. Vernon J and Hazel Shockey Rickords had 3 children:

2A.ii.a.1. Deena Barbara Rickords (5Feb1933-17Jun1988)
2A.ii.a.2. John Vernon Rickords (27Jun1935-24Jan1940)
died at age 5 to leukemia

*2A.ii.a.3. Philip Rickords (living)
Philip has six children. I am married to the oldest. We have 5 children, three of them boys who will carry on the Rickords name.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Favorite Photos

Here's my dad's step-mother - Joan Arnett Cheesbrough as a toddler, her sister Victoria and their step-brother Joseph Henry Cheesbrough. They're sitting on a stuffed ostrich at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition World's Fair held in San Francisco in 1915. The family visited here that year from their ranch home in Wyoming and purchased some new furniture as well.

These two photos are of Nellie Arnett Cheesbrough - Joan's (Dad's step-mom) mother. Can't you just see the joy in her face? I love it! We are so fortunate to have dozens of photos like this of the Arnetts and Cheesbroughs. It appears that they were refined and well-to-do. One of the sisters to Nellie was a doctor.