Richard L. Ricks


RICHARD L. RICKS, a well known citizen of Jefferson county, was born February 2, 1817, in Southampton county, Va., son of Oswin and Marcia (Lawrence) Ricks, who were native Virginians and worthy members of the Society of Friends. The father, a farmer, died January 5, 1848, at the age of fifty-eight years, and the mother passed away November 3, 1861, aged sixty-seven. They had three children: Richard L., Nathaniel W. and Ann S. Richard L., was married August 8, 1839 to Missouri Clark, daughter of Col. William Clark, a soldier of the war of 1812. His wife, Elizabeth is still living, aged ninety years. He died in 1820 at the age of twenty-eight years. He was a son of John CLark, who died in 1819 after representing his county in the legislature for twenty-five consecutive years. Clark, the explorer, is a relative of this family. Mrs. Ricks was born August 16, 1819. On August 8, 1889 she and her husband celebrated their golden wedding. The following children have been born to them: Mary M., wife of James Newly, of Tennessee; Oswin, deceased; Elizabeth W., widow of the late Hon. Jonathan T. Updegraff, M. C.; Marcia M., wife of Prof. J. A. White; Missouri M., deceased; William C., deceased; Julia W., wife of Prof. William M. White, and Lucy K. Of the other children of Oswin Ricks, Nathaniel married Mary Winston and has three children, and Ann S. is the wife of Dr. Bates, of Wheeling.

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