Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913
John D. Ricketts
The Ricketts family, of Lewistown, came to Mifflin
from Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, where Joseph,
grandfather of James D. Ricketts, was an early settler.
Joseph Ricketts, was born in Huntingdon county,
August 13, 1802, died in 1877. He was a farmer of Hill Valley all his
life, prosperous and respected. He was a Democrat in politics, and a
member of the Episcopal church. He married Mary Bentz, born in
Huntingdon county, November 27, 1812, of German descent, a member
of the German Baptist church (Dunkard), died in 1894. Children:
Ann, married W. D. Colabine, of Mill Creek, Pennsylvania; Martin, deceased; James D., (see below); William, deceased.
James D., son of David and Mary (Bentz) Ricketts, was born
in Shirleysburg, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1849. He
attended the public school, and until he was fourteen years of age,
worked on the farm. In his fourteenth year he began working with a
section gang on the Pennsylvania railroad, and spent his subsequent life
in the employ of that company. From track laborer he was advanced
to fireman, and in September, 1873, was promoted to engineer, a position he still holds. For forty years he has run between Sunbury and
Lewistown, twenty-five years of which time he has been in the passenger
service. In December, 1872, he moved his residence to Lewistown, and
in 1890 purchased his present residence at No. 213 West Market street.
In politics Mr. Ricketts is a Democrat, and in religious faith a Presbyterian. In 1886 he became a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive
He married, September 17, 1878, Ella E. Postlethwaite, born in Newton Hamilton, Pennsylvania,
June 28, 1852, daughter of Samuel D. and Eleanor (Van Dyke) Postlethwaite. Child: Alice,
married P. S. Smith, and resides at Lewistown; four children: Eleanor, Dallas, Karl
K. and Eugene.
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