Two brothers, George and Maturin Ricker came from England to Dover, N. H. George appeared there in 1670 and was first taxed in 1672 at Cocheco. Tradition in the family says that he came over with old Parson Reyner, and at his expense; and that, after repaying the Parson, his next earnings went to get his younger brother, Maturin, over. Maturin was not taxed in 1672, and the next lists are lost. But as to the Reyner matter, the difficulty is that the Parson came over in 1635, and died early in 1669. However, he owned landed property in England, and perhaps this tradition may give a clue to the Rickers as to the place George came from. George settled in what is now Rollingsford, near the Wentworth property. In fact, he and John Wentworth (the Elder’s son) traded in land somewhat. Maturin must have lived near. Both of them, George and Maturin, were killed by the Indians June 4, 1706. The original Journal of Rev. John Pike, who was the minister at Dover, which is in the Library of the Massachusetts Historical Society, says, under date of June 4, 1706: “George Riccar and Maturin Riccar, of Cocheco, were slain by the Indians; George was killed while running up the lane near the garrison; Maturin was killed in his field, and his little son [Noah] carried away.”1 The “garrison” was Heard’s, which stood in the garden of the late Friend Bangs. The “lane” was the now cross road just at the southern base of Garrison Hill.
George Ricker married Eleanor Evans. Her father had been killed by the Indians; doubtless the “Mr. Evans” whom Pike mentions as killed in the massacre2 , in a time of profound peace. Rebecca Ricker is now living in Lebanon, Me., whose grandfather was ten years old when his father, the emigrant, was killed, and much older when his mother, that Eleanor Evans, died. Rebecca says that the Indians chained Mr. Evans to Mr. Waldron’s barn as they set it on fire, and he was burned to death. She also says that Eleanor’s brother was killed at that time, and records sustain her assertion; but this may not be quite correct, inasmuch as a young John Evans appears by other documents, to have been taken prisoner then, who died a captive not long after. He was doubtless supposed to be among the killed.
George Ricker by his wife Eleanor had nine children, as follows:
- Judith Ricker, b. Feb. 1, 1681. She was once a captive. Pike says, 26 July, 1696: ” Being sacrament day. An Ambush of Indians laid between Capt Gerrish’s field and Tobias Hanson’s orchard, shot upon the poor people returning from Meeting, killed Nicholas Otis, Mary Downs, and Mary Jones. Wounded Richard Otis, Anthony Lowden, and Experience Heard, took John Tucker, Nicholas Otis’s wife and Judith Riccar.”3 Belnap adds that the captives were taken to Penobscot, but they soon found their way home. This ambush was almost precisely where the Congregational church stands. Judith was home again 14 April, 1699, for on that day Parson Pike married her to Thomas Home.4 She had four children, and was ancestress of various Home families still flourishing. But she died, and he married Esther, and had five more children. Children of Judith and Thomas Home:
- Sarah Home.
- Ichabod Home.
- Thomas Home.
- William Home.
- John Ricker, b. April 1, 1682.*
- Mary Ricker, b. March 22, 1685; m. William Twombly, son of John, and grandson of the emigrant Ralph. She was with her father when he was killed, but, although fired upon, she escaped by rapid running.
- Maturin Ricker, b. Feb. 1, 1686.*
- Elizabeth Ricker, b. Aug. 8, 1690; probably the one who married, 1st, Bartholomew Stevenson, Jun., son of Bartholomew and Mary (Clark) Stevenson. He, too, was killed by the Indians, 30 June, 1709. She married, 2d, an Abbott, and had several children. By her first marriage she had only Deborah, who married Benjamin Wentworth.
- Hannah Ricker, b. May 12, 1693; m. 23 July, 1720, William Jones, and had at least three children, viz:
- Eleanor Jones (who married her cousin, Benjamin Stanton).
- William Jones.
- Hannah Jones.
- Ephraim Ricker, b. Feb. 15, 1696.*
- Eleanor Ricker, b. Feb. 15, 1699; m. Benjamin Stanton, who came from England; and had several children. Her son Benjamin married his cousin Eleanor Jones, as above, and was ancestor of Prof. Jonathan Y. Stanton, of Bates College.
- George Ricker, b. Feb. 19, 1702; m. Jemima Busby.*
Maturin Ricker, the younger brother of George the emigrant, was married and had at least four children. The name of his wife and dates of birth of his children have not been ascertained. His children were:
- Maturin Ricker.*
- Joseph Ricker.
- Noah Ricker; who was captured a boy when his father was killed. He was carried to Canada, was educated, became a Catholic priest, and remained there.
- Sarah Ricker. She was about four years old when her father was killed. She became the second wife of John Wingate, son of John, and grandson of the emigrant John Wingate, who settled on the Wingate place, in Dover, more than two hundred years ago. She left descendants.
John Ricker, son of George and Eleanor Ricker, married Hannah, daughter of Jabez and Dorcas Garland, and they had fourteen children:
- Elizabeth Ricker, b, June 15, 1716; m, Ebenezer Nock, son of Sylvanus and Sarah (Drisco) Nock, and had four children. She died and he married, 2d, Mary (Randall), widow of George Ricker, who was a son of Maturin, and grandson of the first George Ricker.
- Olive Ricker, b. Nov. 22, 17)8.
- Judith Ricker, b. Nov. 15, 1720; m. William Plaisted.
- Phineas Ricker, b. April 6, 1722.*
- Nathaniel Ricker, b. April 15, 1724.*
- Benjamin Ricker, b. May 9, 1726; d March 12, 1728.
- Lydia Ricker, b March 30, 1728; d. April 26, 1729.
- Benjamin Ricker, b. Aug. 15, 1729; d. Jan. 12, 1754.
- Paul Ricker, b. Jan. 14, 1731.*
- Lydia Ricker, b. Jan. 9, 1734; d. Nov. 15, 1754.
- Ebenezer Ricker, b. Sept. 12, 1737.
- Daniel Ricker, b. April 9, 1740.*
- John Ricker, b. May 31, 1742.
- Hannah Ricker, b. Oct. 12, 1744.
Maturin Ricker, son of George and Eleanor Ricker, married Hannah, daughter of George and Mary (Natt) Hunt of Newington. He was admitted to the first church in Dover, June 3, 1722, and afterwards dismissed to Somersworth. Children:
- Abigail Ricker, b. Aug. 18, 1713; m. Samuel Nock, son of Sylvanus and Sarah (Drisco) Nock. Among their children was Sobriety Nock, b, 14 June, 1740, who married Moses Ricker, son of Ephraim, and grandson of the first George. Abigail had six children in all.
- Mary Ricker, b. June 14, 1715.
- George Ricker, b. Feb. 23, 1717.*
- Maturin Ricker, b. July 23, 1719; m. a Downs and moved to Newcastle, Maine.
- Richard Ricker, b. Aug. 8, 1721.*
- Bridget Ricker, b. May — , 1723; m. John Clark.
- Reuben Ricker, b. Jan. 29, 1724.*
- Dorcas Ricker, b. Sept. 24, 1727; m. Moses Ricker.
- Hannah Ricker, bap. Aug. 26, 1729.
- Samuel Ricker, b. May 20, 1730.
- Bildad Ricker, b. March 15, 1734; m. a Roberts, and lived in Newcastle, Maine.
- Mercy Ricker, b. March 30, 1736.
Ephraim Ricker, son of George and Eleanor Ricker, married first, Nov. 1, 1720, Dorcas, daughter of Jabez and Dorcas Garland, born 3 April, 1698. He married, second, Sarah, daughter of Gershom Wentworth, who was deacon in the First Dover church, and son of Elder William Wentworth. He lived in Somersworth, under the west side of Otis’s hill. He died Dec, 1773; his widow died Dec, 1778. His children were, by his first wife:
- Tamsen Ricker, b.; m. John Tibbetts. She d. a widow, in Dover, May 14, 1789.
- Jonathan Ricker.
- Eleanor Ricker, b.; m. John Ricker.
- Dorcas Ricker, b. Nov. 30, 1733; m. before 1762, Job Clements. Job was son of James, son of Job, son of old Counsellor Job. He had been married before, viz: to Mary Roberts. Dorcas had four children.
- Nicholas Ricker, b. ab, 1735.*
- Mary Ricker, b. ab. 1737; married Benjamin Stanton, of Berwick, Me., son of Benjamin Stanton (who came from England), by his wife Eleanor, daughter of the emigrant George Ricker. She was his second wife; his first wife was her cousin, Eleanor Jones, daughter of William and Hannah (Ricker) Jones. They lived in Berwick, Me., and had six children.
- Moses Ricker, b. Jan. 3, 1739.*
- Aaron Ricker, b. ab. 1742.*
- Sarah Ricker, b. April 19, 1744; married James Clements, son of Abner, and nephew of Job who married her sister Dorcas. They lived in Somersworth, and had five children.
- Lemuel Ricker, b. Oct. 18, 1747.*
- Miriam Ricker, b Nov. 7, 1751, died single 1800.
- Ezekiel Ricker, b.; d, single in the army during the War for Independence.
George Ricker, Jr., , son of George and Eleanor Ricker, married Jemima Busby, and lived in Berwick, Maine. Children:
- Ephraim Ricker, b.; m. Susannah Leighton.*
- Daniel Ricker.
- James Ricker.
- Dolly Ricker.
- Betty Ricker.
- Polly Ricker.
Maturin Ricker, Jr., son of Maturin Ricker, m. Lucy Wallingford. Children
- Moses Ricker.
- Sarah Ricker.
- Ebenezer Ricker, b. in 1741.
- Patience Ricker, m. a Pierce of Lebanon, Me.
- Amos Ricker.
- David Ricker.*
Joseph Ricker, son of Maturin Ricker, lived in Somersworth. With wife Elizabeth, he was admitted to the Dover First church 22 March, 1730, and both were afterwards dismissed to Somersworth church, — no date given. He afterwards lived in Berwick. He married, 1st, 16 Nov., 1720, Elizabeth, daughter of Jabez and Dorcas Garland; 2d, in Berwick, 17 Dec, 1761, Mary May. His will,5 dated 19 Jan., 1771, mentions wife Mary, and all the following children except Sarah and the first Joseph:
- John Ricker, b. in Dover Aug. 21, 1721.*
- Sarah Ricker, b. Feb. 3, 1723-4.
- Noah Ricker, bap. at Dover July 20, 1726; m. Margaret, daughter of Simon Emery.*
- Joseph Ricker, bap June 9, 1728; d. young.
- Mehitable Ricker,b.; m. Samuel Brackett; lived in Berwick and had four children.
- Joshua Ricker, b.; m. in Berwick June 28, 1756, Betsey Drew.
- Jabez Ricker, b. ab. 1741.*
- Tristram Ricker, b.; married in Berwick Jan. 6, 1765, Agnes Chick. He was living in 1830, aged 96.
- Joseph Ricker, b. in Berwick Dec. 9, 1746.*
Phineas Ricker, son of John and Hannah Ricker, married, 1st, Tamsen Riggs, 2d, Deborah, daughter of John and Deborah (Church) Roberts, and widow of Capt. Thomas Miller. He was of Somersworth. By his first wife he had:
- Phineas Ricker.
- John Ricker, b. Feb. 25, 1751.
- Wentworth Ricker.
- Mark Ricker.
By second wife:
- Tamsen Ricker, b. Feb. 13, 1761.
- Margaret Ricker.
- Dorcas Ricker.
Nathaniel Ricker, son of John and Hannah Ricker, married Mercy, daughter of Sylvanus and Sarah (Drisco) Nock, and moved from Somersworth to Newcastle, Me. He had:
- Lydia Ricker, b. Sept. 24, 1747.
- Benjamin Ricker, b. May 6, 1755.
- Nathaniel Ricker, b. Nov. 13, 1756.
- Paul Ricker, b. Oct. 11, 1765.
Paul Ricker, son of John and Hannah Ricker, married Abigail Hodgdon. He was drowned, Tate’s record says. He had:
- Gershom Ricker, b.; m. at Dover June 10, 1776, Anna Garland.
- Elizabeth Ricker.
- Olive Ricker.
- Paul Ricker.
- Joseph Ricker.
Daniel Ricker, son of John and Hannah Ricker, married Lucy Cromwell, daughter of a Cromwell who married Esther, daughter of Sylvanus and Sarah (Drisco) Nock. He had:
- Esther Ricker, b. Feb. 28, 1763.
- Ruth Ricker, b. March 28, 1765.
- John Ricker, b, Dec. 28, 1767.
- Caleb Ricker, b. Jan. 15, 1770.
- Elias Ricker, b. June 20, 1772.
- Hannah Ricker, b. Oct. 18, 1774.
- Jeremiah Ricker, b. Sept. 27, 1775.
- Daniel Ricker, b. April 1, 1777.
George Ricker, son of Maturin and Hannah Ricker, married Mary Randall; she afterwards married Ebenezer Nock. George had:
- Hannah Ricker.
- Elizabeth Ricker.
- Levi Ricker, b. July 30, 1747; married Feb. 13, 1772, Abigail Weymouth, and had among others Weymouth who married Mary T. Wentworth.
- Judith Ricker.
- Abigail Ricker.
- George Ricker.
Richard Ricker, son of Maturin and Hannah Ricker, married Abigail Carter. He was of Somersworth, N. H., but Dec. 13, 1747, he bought of Ichabod Rollins an estate in Berwick, for which he paid £2000, and removed there. His will is dated July 7, 1789, and was probated Feb. 18, 1793. He names his wife Abigail, and children Dodipher, Samuel, Debo-rah, William, Simeon, Molly, Nabby, and grandchild Laurana, daughter of deceased son George. His children, which we are not able to arrange according to their ages, were as follows:
- Dodipher Ricker; m.; lived in Sanford.
- Samuel Ricker; m. Dec. 5, 1774, Hannah Joy.
- William Ricker; m. April 2, 1778, Amy Hobbs.
- Reuben Ricker, b. — , 1759; m. Hannah Gould of Elliott.*
- Simeon Ricker; m. Feb., 1769, Sarah Goodwin.
- Levi Ricker; m.
- Deborah Ricker; m. April 17, 1772, Samuel Dennett.
- Mary Ricker; m. , Daniel McCrillis.
- Abigail Ricker; m. , Hunkin Dennett.
- George Ricker; died young.
Reuben Ricker, son of Maturin and Hannah Ricker, married Elizabeth Randall, and died in Canada during the war. He had:
- Lydia Ricker.
- Sarah Ricker.
- Enoch Ricker, b.; m. Jan. 2, 1776.
- Henry Ricker.*
Nicholas Ricker, son of Ephraim and Dorcas Ricker, married Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary (Ricker) Twombly. Children:
- Isaac Ricker, bapt. July 2, 1764.
- Ezekiel Ricker, bapt. Aug 4, 1765.
- Nicholas Ricker, who married a daughter of Daniel Randall, who once lived near Clarke’s tavern. His daughter Mary married her second cousin, William Twombly, who lived near Nock’s Marsh.
- John Ricker, bapt. Aug 3, 1767.
Moses Ricker, son of Ephraim and Dorcas Ricker, was a soldier in the old French war, and was at Crown Point. He married Sobriety Nock, daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Ricker) Nock. Her mother was daughter of Maturin, and grand-daughter of the emigrant George Ricker. She was born 4 June, 1740, and being left an orphan at the age of fourteen lived with her father’s sister, Sarah, who married Ezekiel Wentworth. Moses died 26 Oct. 1801; his widow died 28 Nov. 1829. They had besides one who died in childhood:
- Henry Ricker, b. July 5, 1764.*
- Abigail Ricker, b. Dec. 19, 1765; m. 19 April 1795, Jonathan Downs son of Samuel, and grandson of Thomas Downs who was killed by the Indians in 1711. He died 31 May, 1835; she died 3 Feb. 1848. They had eight children.
- Elijah Ricker, b. Dec. 2, 1769.*
- Hannah Ricker, b. Oct. 8, 1771; died Oct. 27, 1842.
- Moses Ricker, b. Aug. 11, 1773.*
- Mercy Ricker, b. Aug. 21, 1777; m. 20 Dec, 1804, Capt. Daniel Grant, of Lebanon, Me., and had four children. She died 18 Sept. 1831, and he married her sister Sarah.
- Sarah Ricker, b. March 2, 1780; m. 14 Dec. 1834, Capt. Daniel Grant, former husband of her sister Mercy. She died 30 Dec. 1858. He died 10 May, 1867.
- Rebecca Ricker, b. Jan. 13, 1783. She never married, and is now (1876) living on the homestead of her father, in Lebanon, Me., which had passed into the possession of her brother-in-law, Capt. Grant. This estimable lady, now ninety-three years old, is of perfect memory, and full of traditions of her ancestry back to the Indian times.
Aaron Ricker, son of Ephraim and Dorcas Ricker, married Mary Nock, which now is Knox, and had:
- Sarah Ricker.
- Hannah Ricker, b. Jan. 3, 1767.
- Daniel Ricker, b. Aug. 16, 1769; d. 1804.
- Mary Ricker, b.; married 1st, Gershom Downs; 2d, Andrew, son of John and Charity Dore.
- Abigail Ricker, m. Jonathan Downs, son of Samuel, son of Thomas Downs, who was killed by the Indians. This Samuel Downs, died 7 Dec. 1812, said to have been over a hundred years old.
- Dorcas Ricker, married, 1st, Feb. 17, 1799, Henry Wentworth; 2d, an Allen; moved to Raymond, Wisconsin, and died there 25 Sept. 1847.
- Ezekiel Ricker.
Lemuel Ricker, son of Ephraim and Dorcas Ricker, married 31 Dec. 1711, Dorothy Nock, sister of the wife of his brother Moses. They had:
- Jedediah Ricker, m. Sally, daughter of William W. Lord. Their son Ezekiel m. Joanna, daughter of George and Mary (Roberts) Roberts.
- Joshua Ricker.
- Dorothy Ricker.
- Ezekiel Ricker.
- Darius Ricker.
- Samuel Ricker, m. Polly Foss. Their son, Wentworth R. Ricker, married Maria, daughter of James and Judith (Wentworth) Downs.
- Abra Ricker.
- Sarah W. Ricker.
- Hannah Ricker.
Ephraim Ricker, son of George Jr. and Jemima Ricker, married Susannah Leighton. He resided in Somersworth, N. H., and subsequently in Berwick, Me. Children:
- Tobias Ricker, b.; m. Abigail, dau. of Tristram and Mary (Neal) Warren of Buckfield.*
- George Ricker, b. Deo. 14, 1771; m. Dorcas, dau. of Enoch Philbrick of Buckfield.*
- Daniel Ricker, b. . He was a minister and resided in Warren and Freedom, Me., where he left a family.
- James Ricker, b. June 24, 1777; m. 1st. Nancy Wescott; 2d, Elizabeth, dau. of William Berry of Buckfield.*
- Eleanor Ricker, b.; m. Stephen Pearce of Berwick.
- Dolly Ricker, b.; m. Thomas Allen of Hartford.
- Sally Ricker, b.; m. Stephen Pierce of Berwick.
Moses Ricker, son of Maturin Jr. and Lucy Ricker, married Dorcas Ricker, daughter of his father’s cousin Maturin, who was son of the emigrant George Ricker. He lived at North Berwick, Me., and was twice married; second wife named Sarah . His will, dated 20 April 1795, proved 26 June 1797. He was one of the selectmen of Berwick in 1772. Children:
- Ezekiel Ricker.
- Simeon Ricker, who had a son Jacob b. April 5, 1783.
- Maturin Ricker, baptized in Berwick, 24 Sept. 1768; married there, 26 Dec. 1781, Olive Hersom.
- Ebenezer Ricker.
- Thomas Ricker.
- Lucy Ricker, m. Daniel Hubbard of Shapleigh, Me.
- Dorcas Ricker, m. Moses Butler of Lebanon, Me.
- Phebe Ricker, b. .
Ebenezer Ricker, son of Maturin Jr. and Lucy Ricker, married 1st, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Hill) Wallingford, who died 19 April 1781, aged 28; 2d, 2 April 1782, Mary Bodwell, who died 15 Sept. 1796, aged 45; 3d; Margaret (Roberts), widow of Mark Wentworth. By his first wife he had:
- Thomas Ricker, b. June 26, 1771, d. single.
- Ebenezer Ricker, b. July 9, 1774; d. single.
- Elizabeth Ricker, b. Nov. 5, 1776; m. Michael Little of Lewiston, Me. She died March 18, 1864. Mr. Little died March 10, 1830.
- Lucy Ricker, b. Jan. 31, 1779; m. Elisha Hill of Portsmouth, and had Lucy Hill, who married Charles Cogswell, lawyer, of South Berwick, Me.
By his second wife he had:
- Abigail Ricker, m. Sept. 17, 1807, William Lambert, (Dart. Coll. 1798), whose son, Rev, Thomas R. Lambert, D. D., is of Charlestown, Mass., and Lucy married Hon. John P. Hale.
- Mary Ricker, m. Joseph Doe of Somersworth. Charles Doe, LL.D., the eminent jurist, is their son.
David Ricker, son of Maturin Jr. and Lucy Ricker, married June 1, 1772, Lydia Noble. He died in 1818. Children:
- Joseph Ricker, who married Hannah Penney and lived in Waterville. He became insane. He had a son Joseph who resides in Fayette, and three daughters, one of whom, Mary Jane, is the wife of Maj H. A Shorey of the Bridgton News.
- Amos Ricker, b. Sept. 16, 1772.
- Sarah Ricker, b. Dec. 14, 1774.
- David Ricker, (twin with Lydia) b. Aug. 18, 1776.*
- Lydia Ricker, (twin with David) b. Aug 18, 1776.
- Mary Ricker.
John Ricker, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ricker, married Eleanor, daughter of Ephraim Ricker, son of the emigrant George. His father willed him all his real estate in Rollinsford, it being the farm where the almshouse now stands. John died on that property, but before the property became the twin’s. He had:
- Eliphalet Ricker, b. Dec. 1745; m. Abigail Pike.
- Elisha Ricker, b. Dec. 16, 1747; d young.
- Joseph Ricker, b. Sept. 5, 1750.
- Sarah Ricker, b. Dec. 1, 1752.
- Elisha Ricker, b. Jan. 24, 1755.
- Mehitable Ricker, b. May 10, 1767.
- Ephraim Ricker, b. July 15, 1759.
- Eleanor Ricker, b. January 8, 1762.
Noah Ricker, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ricker, born in 1726; died Dec. 17, 1811. His wife was Margaret, daughter of Simon Emery of Kittery, Me. Children all born in Berwick:
- Simon Ricker, b.; lived in Shapleigh.
- Betty Ricker, b.; m. Stephen James and went to Vermont.
- Noah Ricker, b. 1762, settled in Waterboro’.
- Joanna Ricker, b.; m. Jonathan Ross of Shapleigh.
- Margaret Ricker, b.; m. Benjamin Stone of Shapleigh.
- Polly Ricker, b.; never was married.
- Joseph Ricker, b. 1771; moved to Vermont.
- Gideon Ricker, b. 1773; moved to Vermont 1839.*
Jabez Ricker, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ricker, married, 14 May 1761, Mary, daughter of Deacon Samuel and Joanna (Roberts) Wentworth, born in Berwick, in 1742, They lived first in Berwick, then in Sanford, and then in Poland, Me. He died Feb. 1821; she died July 1838. They had:
- Timothy Ricker, b. Nov. 1761.*
- Joanna Ricker, b. in Berwick, Feb. 26, 1764; married Paul Stanton, who was born in Berwick. They had seven children and many descendants.
- Samuel Ricker, b. July 7, 1766.*
- Wentworth Ricker, b. Aug. 1768. He married Mary Pottle, and died in Poland.*
- Joseph Ricker, b. about 1771; bap., 1773,*
- Molley Ricker, bap., March 3, 1778; m. William Trickey. Three of their children resided in Poland, Me.
- Anna Ricker, b. Aug. 2, 1776; m. William Pottle who died in 1847. (Anna, their daughter, married Jonathan Pulsifer of Poland.) She had eight children.
- Sarah Ricker, bap., June 2, 1780; m. Moses Pottle. She resided in Minot, Me.
- Elizabeth Ricker, b. June 24, 1781; m. Henry Byram and lived in North Yarmouth.
- Phebe Ricker, bap , June 24, 1790; m. Robert Patten and lived in China, Maine.
Joseph Ricker, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ricker, married Dec. 17, 176T, Deborah Wentworth, sister of his brother Jabez’s wife. She was born in Berwick, 14 Aug. 1749. They lived in Parsonsfield, Me., where he died 18 Oct. 1825; She died there, 18 Feb. 1835. They had:
- Dorcas Ricker, b. Nov. 25, 1768; m. Joseph Shores; lived in Berwick and had four children.
- Molly Ricker, b 19 April 1771; married 1st, Edward Scribner; 2d, Josiah Perkins. She had five children by her first marriage, and four by her second.
- Dominicus Ricker, b. June 4, 1773.*
- Pelatiah Ricker, b. Dec. 1775.*
- Amaziah Ricker, b. May 4, 1778.*
- Joshua Ricker, b. July 15, 1781.
- Anna Ricker, b. June 11, 1784; m. Elisha Strout and lived in Cherryfield, Mo.
- Tobias Ricker, b. July 15, 1786.*
- Susannah Ricker, b. May 6, 1790.
- Betsey Ricker, b. March 5, 1796.
Reuben Ricker, son of Richard and Abigail Ricker, was left the homestead in Berwick by his father’s will, and took care of his father and mother. He was a mariner, and during the last war with England he served seven months on the Bonne Homme Richard, under Paul Jones. About the year 1827 he sold his farm in Berwick and moved to Monroe, Maine. Many of his relatives also moved there. He received a pension in consequence of his naval service, and died in 1838. Children:
- Ruth Ricker, b.; m. James Boyd.
- Robert Ricker, b.; m. Lucy Perkins.
- Apphia Ricker, b.; m. James Thurlough, Jr.
- Dennis Ricker, b.; m. Sallie Ricker.
- Reuben Ricker, b; m. Nancy Ricker.
- Hannah Ricker, b.; m. Moses Goodwin.
- Abrey Ricker, b.; m. Robert Gould.
- George Ricker, b.; m. Rachel Avery.
- Isaiah Ricker, m. Joanna Stevens.
Henry Ricker, son of Reuben and Elizabeth Ricker, married and lived in Berwick. Children:
- Stephen Ricker lived in So. Berwick, Me., married, 17 March 1808, Joanna Wentworth, whose brothers, Timothy and Moses, married Stephen’s sisters. They had five sons and seven daughters.
- Betsey Ricker, b. April 19, 1788.
- Lydia Ricker, m. Feb. 16, 1818, Moses Wentworth; lived at Great Falls, N. H.
Henry Ricker, son of Moses and Sobriety Ricker, married, 31 Dec. 1787, Elizabeth McCrillis, who died in 1828; he died 22 Oct. 1850. They had:
- John Ricker, b. July 5, 1789.
- Charles Ricker, b. Sept. 12, 1793.
- Ephraim Ricker, b. Oct. 21, 1795.
- Ira Ricker, b. Jnly 25, 1797.
- Moses Ricker, b. June, 1804.
Elijah Ricker, son of Moses and Sobriety Ricker, married, 28 Nov. 1808, Hannah Copp, sister to minister Robert Copp, of Lebanon, Me. They had, besides one who died in infancy:
- Sobriety Ricker, b. Sept. 19, 1806.
- Samuel Ricker, b. March 18, 1808.
- Zimri Ricker, b. Oct. 29, 1809.
- Elijah Ricker, b. June 20, 1811.
- Moses Ricker, b. June 19, 1816.
- Lewis D. Ricker, b. Aug. 3 1820.
Moses Ricker, son of Moses and Sobriety Ricker, married, Dec. 26, 1804, Mary Hanson, who died in April, 1833. He died in 1866. Children;
- William Ricker, b. March 29, 1807.
- Maria P. Ricker, b. Jan 9, 1809; d. Jan. 12, 1851.
- Charles Ricker, 1817.
- Eli Ricker.
Tobias Ricker, son of Ephraim and Susannah Ricker, was an early settler in Buckfield. He married Abigail, daughter of Tristram and Mary (Neal) Warren, who was born May 12, 1764. Children:
- Eleanor Ricker, b. March 25, 1785; d. Aug. 19, 1794.
- John Ricker, b. Feb. 27, 1787; m. Charlotte Haywood.
- Tobias Ricker, b. March 16, 1789; m. 1st, Sally Berry; 2nd, Keziah Jackson; 3d, Abigail Ellis.*
- Abigail Ricker, b. Nov. 21, 1791; m. Obadiah Berry.
- Ephraim Ricker, b. July 29, 1794; m. Margaret Swift.
- Isaiah Ricker, b. May 16, 1796; m. Hannah Mason.
- Charlotte Ricker, b. Nov. 15, 1798; m. 1st, Daniel Hutchins; 2d, Zeri Berry.
- Andrew Ricker, b. March 17, 1802,
- Nancy Ricker, b. July 4, 1804; m. Edmund Irish.
- Lysander Ricker, b. Aug. 28, 1807, m. Cordelia Cushman.
George Ricker, son of Ephraim and Susannah Ricker, came to Buckfield when a young man. He was a Baptist preacher in Buckfield, and succeeded Elder Hooper as pastor of the church at Paris Hill. He then moved to Auburn, and died there in 1854. By wife Dorcas Philbrick, he had the following children:
- Hiram Ricker, b. Jan. 6, 1799; m.; lives in N. Auburn.
- Elmira Ricker, b. Feb. 2, 1801; m. David Swett.
- Sarah Ricker, b. June 5, 1802; m. ? Keith.
- George Ricker, b. Jan. 15, 1804; m. and dead.
- Delaney Ricker, b. Oct. 5, 1805; d. young.
- Laiten Ricker, b. Sept. 25, 1807; went West.
- Jones Ricker, b. Feb. 20, 1812; went to sea and was knocked overboard the first night out.
James Ricker, son of Ephraim and Susannah Ricker, came from Berwick and settled in Hartford, Me. His first wife was Nancy Wescott, to whom he was married April 26, 1801, and second, Elizabeth, daughter of Dea. William Berry of Buckfield; married, June 26, 1806. Children by first wife:
- Charidemas Ricker, b May 16, 1802.
- James Ricker, b. May 26, 1804.
Children by second wife:
- Cyrus Ricker, b. Dec. 12, 1806; m. Nancy Keen.*
- Vesta Ricker, b. January 10, 1809; m. Phillip Barrows.
- Elbridge Ricker, b. July 10, 1810; m. Althea Farrar.
- Joanna Ricker, b. Sept. 8, 1812; m. Phillip Barrows.
- Albion Ricker, b. Aug. 11, 1815; m. Sarah B. Swett.*
- Roana Ricker, C, b., Dec. 16, 1818; m. Daniel B. Robinson.
- Sally B. Ricker, b. May 3, 1821.
- Eliza L. Ricker, b. May 3, 1821.
- Asia Ricker, b. Nov. 1, 1825; m. Sabrina Shaw.
- Clara H. Ricker, b., May 15, 1828; m. Julius A. King.
David Ricker, Jr., son of David and Julia Ricker, married Lydia, daughter of Enoch Chase of Dover, N. H. He moved to Minot, Me., and in 1805 settled in Woodstock, where he spent the remainder of his days. His son, Rev. David Ricker, now (1877) occupies the old homestead on which he was born. Children:
- Mary Ricker, b. July 11, 1804; never married.
- Eliza Ricker, b. Aug. 31, 1805; m. Alexander Day, Jr.*
- Lucy Ricker, b. March 7, 1806; never married.
- David Ricker, b. June 19, 1809; m. 1st, Eunice Estes; 2d Lois Bryant.*
- Thomas N. Ricker, b. Sept. 26, 1814; m, Mary Wood of Hebron.*
- Harriet Ricker, b. April 11, 1817; m. John Wyman.
Gideon Ricker, son of Noah and Margaret Ricker, m. Mary Buzzell, and moved to Waterboro, Vt. Children, all born in Berwick:
- Ruth Ricker, b. May 4, 1796.
- Gideon Ricker, b. April — , 1798; d. young.
- Thomas Ricker, b. Feb. 9, 1801.
- David Ricker, b. Aug. 8, 1803.
- Theodate Ricker, b. March — , 1806; m. Edmund Cole.
- Phebe Ricker, b. Oct. — , 1808.
- Gideon Ricker, b. July 25, 1811.
Timothy Ricker, son of Jabez and Mary Ricker, married Eunice Pray. Children:
- Alice Ricker, b.; m. Nathaniel Bracket, Limington.
- Molly Ricker, b.; m. James Smith.
- Moses Ricker, b.; m. Mehitable Brackett
- Margaret Ricker, b.; m. Isaac Brackett.
- Jabez Ricker, b.; m. 1st, Alice Pray.
- Timothy Ricker, b.; m. Mary A. Hills.
- Benjamin Ricker, b.; m. Judith Pitta.
- Isaac Ricker, b.; m. Ruth Stackpole.
- Eunice Ricker, b. Jan. 7, 1796; d. Dec. 6, 1813.
- Joanna Ricker, b. Jan. 7, 1796; m. Humphrey Brackett.
Samuel Ricker, son of Jabez and Mary Ricker, married Jan. 17, 1790, Susanna, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Dearborn) Jewett; she was born in Londonderry, N. H., March 28, 1770. He moved in 1814, with his family, from Poland, Me., to Pleasant Hill, Clermont County, Ohio, sixteen miles from Cincinnati; he died there, 10 March, 1838; his widow died there, 28 October, 1855. Children:
- Rufus Ricker, b. April 3, 1791; married 28 May, 1815, Lydia Chipman, of Poland, Me. He removed to Ohio in 1817; to Illinois in 1818, where he was Justice of the Peace and Postmaster; to Iowa in 1836, and was Judge of Probate ten years, and Clerk of Circuit Court twelve years. He died 30 July, 1847.
- Jabez Ricker, b. in Poland, Me. May 24, 1794; was unmarried; drowned 12 Jan., 1821, in the Arkansas river.
- Benjamin J. Ricker, b. in Poland, July 7, 1796; married in Kentucky, Nov. 24, 1816, Mary Reed Wilson. His son, Elbridge G. Ricker, was Major of the 5th Ohio Cavalry in the late war; another son, Benjamin J. Ricker, was a lawyer at Topeka, Kansas.
- Samuel Ricker, b. in Poland, Feb. 3. 1800; went to New Orleans, La., about 1822.He there married, 1st, 7 Feb. 1831, Eliza, daughter of Thomas and Celeste (de Grandpre) Beale, her mother being daughter of Don Carlos de Grandpre, Governor of Baton Rouge under Spanish rule. Samuel married 2d, 20 March, 1840, Marie Sophia, daughter of Capt. Martin Probst. Samuel was a member of the State Senate, and U. S. Consul at Frankfort-on-the-Main. He spent many years abroad, but died in Washington, D. C, 30, Oct. 1874. He had six children, the first three being born in Marseilles, France.
- Susannah Ricker, b. Nov. 1, 1802; married John Fitzpatrick, and had three children. She died in Cincinnati, 0., 20, Nov. 1860.
- Ebenezer S. Ricker, b. in Poland, March 9, 1805. He married Feb. 10, 1828, Harriet, daughter of John and Mary Pompilly, born in Maine, 11 May, 1803. He is a surveyor, and lives at Pleasant Hill Farm, Clermont County Ohio. He has two daughters.
- Darius Ricker, b. April 25, 1810; married, 20 Oct. 1835, Priscilla A. Ayers, and lived in Cincinnati, 0. He died 15 July, 1855.
Wentworth Ricker, son of Jabez and Mary Ricker, kept a public house on Ricker Hill in Poland, for many years, and his hostlerie was a popular stopping place for farmers going to Portland, before the days of railways. He died in Nov. 1837, and his wife, Mary Pottle, died in Nov. 1843. Children:
- Mary Ricker, b. — , 1793; d. 1864, unmarried.
- Wentworth Ricker, b. Nov. 26, 1801; d. 1826.
- Sophronia Ricker, b May 1804; m. Dr. Eleazer Burbank of Yarmouth. They had Augustus H., who is a physician at Yarmouth, and Esther, who was the second wife of the late Hon. S. P. Benson.
- Hiram Ricker, b. Nov. 7, 1809; m. Jeneatte, daughter of Gen. Alvan Bolster of Rumford. He is the senior proprietor of the Mineral Springs and hotels at Poland. They have six children.
- Albert Ricker, b. April 5, 1812; m. Charlotte Skillinger of Poland.
Joseph Ricker, son of Jabez and Mary Ricker, married Betsey Marshall, who was born Dec. 12, 1773. Children:
- Mary Ricker, b. Jan. 1, 1795.
- William Ricker, b. April 6, 1796; m. Mary McCann.
- Joseph Ricker, b. Dec. 8, 1801; m. Eliza Walker of Peru.
- Joshua Ricker, b. May 1, 1803; m. 1st, Mary Morrill, 2d, Phebe Knights of Peru.
- Henry Ricker, b. Jan. 2, 1805; m. Sally Pratt of Oxford.
- Betsey Ricker, b. May 9, 1806; m. a Putnam of Peru.
- Sarah Ricker, b. May 14, 1807; m. R. B. Dockham.
- John G. Ricker, b. March 14, 1810; m. Mary A. Gay.
- Noah Ricker, b. March 27, 1812; m. Charlotte Foster.
- Marshall Ricker, b. Aug. 30, 1813.
- Ann M. Ricker, b. March 27, 1815; m. William Taylor.
- Eunice Ricker, b. March 4, 1817; m. Solomon Foster.
Dominicus Ricker, son of Joseph and Deborah Ricker, was a deacon of the Baptist church in Parsonsfield, and a prominent citizen of that town. He married November 19, 1801, Sarah Haynes of Waterboro, and second, October 4, 1804, Susanna Perkins of Wells. He died December 30, 1863, in his 91st year.
Children by the first marriage:
- John H., b. Feb. 19, 1803; m. 1st Sept , 1831, Eloisa A. Morrill of Dexter; m. 2d, Mary J. Ricker, dau. of Pelatiah, and had three children.
Children of Dorainicus Ricker and Sarah Haynes, second wife.
- Rufus Ricker, b. July 28, 1805; m in 1830, Nancy Whittemore. He died in Charlestcwn, Mass. They had six children.
- Sally H. Ricker, b. Oct. 15, 1807; m. Jan. 23, 1833, Rev. Adam Wilson, D D.6 Among their children was John Butler, b. Feb. 24, 1834, who graduated at Colby University, and in medicine. He was surgeon of one of the Maine regiments in the late war. He m. Semantha T, Perkins, and died in Dexter, March 15. 1866.
- Nancy Ricker, b. March 14, 1810; ra. June 12. 1831, George Thompson. She died Aug. 6, 1849. They had five children.
- William Ricker, b. Aug. 12, 1812; m in 1830 Harriet N. Morrill. They have children, Mary Ellen, Lyman, Harriet N., Samuel M., and several others. They reside in Chillicoth,
- Joseph Ricker, b. in Parsonsfield, June 27, 1814, graduated at Colby University, Class of 1839, has been a Trustee of the college since 1849, received the honorary degree of D D. from his Alma Mater in 18C6, and has been for many years a distinguished preacher in the Baptist denomination. He was for a time editor of the Zion’s Advocate, and has had settlements in New Gloucester, Milford, Mass., Augusta, Me , and elsewhere. He now resides in Augusta, Me., and is Secretary of the Maine Baptist Missionary Society. He m. June 9, 1841, Ann Judson Clark of Bangor, and had Howard Clark, b. Feb. 3, 1844, d. Jan. 4, 1845, and Ann Judson, b. July 12, 1846, and m. January 1, 1872, George A Philbrook of Augusta. For second wife Rev. Dr. Ricker m. Lucy Maria Corey of Brookline, Mass.
- Mary Ricker ( twin with Joseph ) m. David Whittier of Bangor, and had Charles Howard and a daughter. The son died of wounds received while serving in the Union army in the late war.
- Olive Ricker, b. July 2, 1818; died young,
- Ann Ricker, b. April 12, 1820; m. Oct. 8, 1844, Danville D., son of John and Remember (Berry) Swett of Turner, Me., who was born July 20, 1817. He was a school teacher when a young man, afterwards resided in dififerent places in the West, and is now of Chicago. He has children, John Adams b. March 9, J848, and Edward, b. Nov. 6, 1855, who is a law student in the office of his unole Hon. Leonard Swett of Chicago.
- Dominicus Ricker, b. May 14, 1823; m. Aug. 10, 1848, Caroline Elizabeth Thompson. They have children, Frank Howard and Abby C.
- Lucy Jane Ricker, b. Sept. 19, 1825; m 1st, Enoch W. Neal, and 2nd, Ira A. Philbrook of Parsonsfield, May 15, 1861. She d Dec. 27, 1861.
- Susan Ricker, b. April 30, 1828; m. Jan. IT, 1850, George B. Wing of Bangor. She had five children, and died Jan. 13, 1871.
- Abby W. Ricker, b Dec 24, 1834; m. June 1. 1854, Abel C. Whittier of Bangor, and d. Sept. 23, following.
Pelatiah Ricker, son of Joseph and Deborah Ricker, married June 25, 1799, Jane Leighton, who died October 15, 1810, aged over 91 years. He died in Parsonsfield, December 4, 1842. Children:
- 320 i Mary J. Ricker, b. April 20, 1802.
- 321 ii Abigail F. Ricker, b. Jan. 21, 1804; m. George Hillinan of Parsonsfield, who was b. March 22, 1799, She left nine children. Her husband survived her and married agaio.
- 322 iii Julia Ann Ricker, b. Feb. 12, 1806; m. Hiram Tripp Noble, who was b. Feb. 13, 1600. She had 10 children, and died in Alfred, Me.
- 323 iv Samuel L. Ricker, b. Dec. 18, 1808. He m. April 26, 1846, Elizabeth Wentworth, who was b. Nov. 10, 1813.
- 324 V Betsey H. Ricker, b. March 28, 1822; d. Jan. 9, 1831.
Amaziah Ricker, son of Joseph and Deborah Ricker, married Dec. 7, 1803, Susanna Baker, who was born January 13, 1785. He lived in Cherryfield, Me., and died there March 24, 1836. His wife died in August, 1862, Children:
- Sarah G. Ricker, b. August 3, 18C5; m. 1st, Collin Campbell of Cherryfield, and 2nd, Edward Nugent. She had by the first husband five children, and three by the second.
- Benjamin Gleason Ricker, b. Sept 24, 1807; m. May 10, 1834, Betsey Campbell of Cherryfield. They had nine children.
- Caroline Ricker, b. May 10, 1810; m. Dec. 13, 1829, Alexander Campbell of Cherryfield, and had 11 children.
- George B. Ricker, b Jan. 13, 1813; m. Jan. 4, 1837, Mary Upton of Salem, Mass, who died in December, 1852. They had four children.
- Arthur S. Ricker, b. April 25, 1817; m. Sept. 26, 1842, Jane Stoddard of Portland.
- Abigail B. Ricker, b. June 5, 1819; m Dec. 7, 1843, George Wingate, and had six children.
Tobias Ricker, son of Joseph and Deborah Ricker, was of Parsonsfield. He married Sally Hannaford, whose sister married Hon. Rufus Mclntire, and died in 1849. His widow resided with her brother Dr. Levi Hannaford at Tivoli, Ill., but is now dead. She had six children, as follows:
- Josiah H. Ricker, b. March, 1816.
- Elizabeth H. Ricker, b. Dec. 25, 1817; m. in 1836, Charles Malloy of Parsonsfield. She died in 1850.
- Harriet F. Ricker, b. Dec. 27, 1824.
- Erastus F. Ricker, b. April 27, 1828; m. in 1850, Olive B. Trull, and had one child.
- Amaziah Ricker, b.; d. young.
- Anna W. Ricker, b. Dec. 29, 1832.
Tobias Ricker, Jr., son of Tobias and Abigail Ricker, married 1st, Sally, daughter of Dea. William and Joanna (Doane) Berry of Buckfield, and had:
- Danville A. Ricker, b. Sept, 9, 1815. He married 1st, Lucinda Mason, in 1834. He keeps a publie house in Canaan, Conn., and has Virnum O., Harriet Ann, Sarah A., Francis, Frederick and others. He has been three times married.
For second wife, Tobias Ricker, Jr., married Keziah (Benson) Jackson of Bridgewater, Mass., and for 3d, Abigail Ellis. He died in Manchester, Ill., June 2. 1868. By his second wife he had:
- Sarah A. Ricker, b. March 10, 1823; m. 1st, Sullivan Benson, 2d, Thomas Benson.
- Flora J. Ricker, b. Jan. 1, 1827; m. William F. Berry of Canton. They had Sarah E., b. December 30, 1848; m. Wm. W. Rose, and Melvin F , b. Aug 28, 1850, d. March 28, 1853.
- Algernon O. Ricker, b. November 28, 1833; m. Julia M. Ricker,
- Cyrus S. Ricker, b. April 26, 1839; m Lizzie H. Barrell.
Cyrus Ricker, son of James and Nancy Ricker, resides in Hartford, and has been deacon of the Baptist church many years. By wife Nancy Keen he had:
- Emeline W. Ricker, b. Oct. 15, 1832; m May 1, 1853.
- Henry C. Ricker, b. June 30, 1837; m. Dec 13, 1859.
- Sarah R. Ricker, b. March 22, 1839. She is Assistant Principal in the Classical Institute in Waterville, Me.
Albion Ricker, son of James and Nancy Ricker, married Sarah B., daughter of John Swett of Turner, and resides on the old Swett homestead in that town. Children:
- Ellen M. Ricker, b. Aug. 2, 1843; d. March 28, 1881.
- Sarah B. Ricker, b May 26, 1848; m. Dec. 25, 1870, Thomas Bates. They reside in Chicago.
- Albion S. Ricker, b. Dec. 7, 1857.
Eliza Ricker, daughter of David and Lydia Ricker, married Alexander Day,7 Jr., of Woodstock, and always resided in that town. She died some years since, and her husband survives. Children:
- Daniel Wells, b. January 9, 1834; m Martha Powers.
- Thomas R. Wells, b. June 30, 1836; m. Maria G., dau. of Hon. James H. Farnum of Rumford. She died Jan. 2, 1876,
- Charles H. Wells, b. December 15, 1838; m. Margaret Robinson.
- John Wells, b. Aug. 30, 1841; d. Aug. 16, 1864
- William Wells, b. Aug 9, 1843; married Sarah L. Ayer.
- Lydia C. Wells, b. April 29, 1845; m James W. Powers.
Alexander, Jr. Ricker, son of David and Lydia Ricker, b. May 13, 1848; m. Augusta M. Burges. She died July 1, 1875.
- David Ricker, son of David Ricker, was born in and has always resided in Woodstock. His first wife was Eunice A. Estes, and the second Lois Bryant. He is a farmer, brick mason and carpen-ter, and has also been an occasional preacher in the Baptist denomi-nation for many years. He had no children by his first wife, but by his second wife he had:
- George W. Ricker, b. Sept. 23, 1834; m. Etta, dau. of Rev. M. Lawrence of Sumner. He was a soldier in the late war, and died a few years after his discharge, of consumption.
- Eunice Ricker, b. Sept. 6, 1835; m. Ephraim M. Lawrence; resides in “Woodstock.
- Eliza R. Ricker. b. June 14, 1837; m. Isaac F. Lapham, and has Lois A., b. Oct. 30, 1856, m. Edward T. Packard; and Ernest M.. b Sept. 4, 1867. All reside in Litchfield.
- Dustin B. Ricker, b. June 28, 1841; m. Elizabeth Lawrence
- Ruth Ricker, b. Feb. 4, 1843; unmarried.
- Luis A. Ricker, b. Aug. 3, 1845; d. March 6, 1846.
- David I. Ricker, b. Sept. 9, 1850; d. Sept. 3, 1854.
Thomas N. Ricker, son of David and Lydia Ricker, is a blacksmith, and resides at Bryant’s Pond, but formerly at Rumford His wife was Mary Wood of Hebron. Children:
- Rozina E. Ricker, b. Aug. 1, 1841; m. Charles A. Young. She died Apr. 11, 1865.
- Augusta M. Ricker, b. April 26, 1843; unmarried.
- Charles H. Ricker, b. Nov. 27, 1844; d Aug 21, 1851.
- Delia A. Ricker, b. July 23, 1847; m George Davis and resides in Auburn.
- Charles U. Ricker, b. Dec. 15, 1852; m, and lives in Auburn.
- T. Willard Ricker, b. Oct. 9, 1856.
- Arthur C. Ricker, b. Dec. 21, 1858.
[box]Source: Lapham, William B. Records of some of the descendants of George and Maturin Ricker: who were early at Dover, N. H.: and who were killed by the Indians, June 4, 1706. Augusta, ME: Sprague, Owen & Nash, Printers. 1877.[/box]
Quint, Rev. A. H. Journal of the Rev. John Pike, of Dover, N. H., p. 30. Cambridge: Press of John Wilson and Son. 1876. ↩
Quint, Rev. A. H. Journal of the Rev. John Pike, of Dover, N. H., p. 13. Cambridge: Press of John Wilson and Son. 1876. ↩
Quint, Rev. A. H. Journal of the Rev. John Pike, of Dover, N. H., p. 18. Cambridge: Press of John Wilson and Son. 1876. ↩
The records of marriages by Parson Pike did not appear in his personal journal, though it did include deaths and other town activity. ↩
Will of Joseph Ricker. In the name of God, Amen.
I, Joseph Ricker of Berwick in the County of York, Yeoman, this nineteenth day of January, 1771, of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, do make and ordain this my last will and testament: that is to say, principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God; and as touching such worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary Ricker, all the house-hold 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, and my said wife to have a comfortable support and maintenance out of the estate I shall give my two sons, Tristram and Joseph, and they equally to provide for her and she to have a comfortable room in my dwelling-house during her natural life.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved son John Ricker, all the estate I have in the town of Somersworth, in the Province of New Hampshire, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Noah Ricker, all that land I purchased of John Morrell, Jedediah Morrell and Robert Allen which my said son Noah is now in possession of, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item. 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.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Jabez Ricker, all my land where he now dwells by the Cross road (so called), containing by estimation one hundred and seven acres, to him, his heirs and assigns forever, he paying my executors hereafter named twenty-five pounds, lawful money, within twelve months after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved sons Tristram Ricker and Joseph Ricker, all my homestead farm, my house, barn, mill, stock of Cattle, Negroes and all the residue of my Estate, real and personal, in Berwick and elsewhere, to be divided equally between them and to their heirs and assigns forever, excepting what I shall hereafter give to my daughter Mehitable Brackett, and my said two sons Tristram and Joseph to pay equally between them all my just debts, funeral charges, and support my wife as above directed; and my will is that my son Noah Ricker and his heirs and assigns to have liberty of passing from the lands I have given him through the lands I have given my two sons Tristram and Joseph to the highway through bars or gates to be kept for that purpose, and my sons Tristram and Joseph to have the same liberty of passing through the lands I have given my said son Noah.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Mehitable Brackett, wife of Samuel Brackett, Jun’r, all my household furniture after the decease of myself and wife, which is her full portion of my estate.
Item. I likewise constitute, make and ordain my two sons Tristram Ricker and Joseph Ricker Executors of this my last will and testament, and I hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills and legacies and bequests and Executors by me in any ways before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and affirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and the year
above written. his
JOSEPH X RICKER. [SEAL] mark.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Joseph Ricker as his last will and testament, in presence of us the subscribers, Benja. Chadbourne, Stephen Pray, Jona. Chadbourne, Paul Gutteridge.
York, ss — December 10. 1772. The foregoing will was this day duly proved by the oaths of Stephen Pray, Jonathan Chadbourne and Paul Gutteridge, in common form, before me, Jonathan Sayward, Judge Probate.
Recorded from the original by David Sewall, Reg’r. York Co. Prob. Rec, vol. 12, pp. 213, 14. ↩
Dr. Wilson was born in Topsham, Me., graduated from Bowdoin College, Class of 1819, and in 1828 founded the Zion’s Advocate paper, the organ of the Baptist denomination in this State. He managed the paper with marked ability for over 20 years. He was a Trustee of Waterville College for many years, and held that position at the time of his death. By this college be was made a Doctor of Divinity. He was a man of ability, and remarkable for his industry and perseverance. He had great influence in the affairs of his denomination, and was universally esteemed. ↩
Alexander Day, Jr., was the son of Alexander Day who was born in Wells, Me., June 30, 1781 he came, when a young man, to Poland, where he married Mercy Dacy, who was born Dec 9, 1779 He soon after moved to Woodstock, being one of the early settlers, and he and his wife lived and died there He was the son of John Day of Wells, who died in 1805. ↩