Josiah Ricks

27 May 1845–4 November 1916 (Age 71)
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Josiah

When Josiah Ricks was born on 27 May 1845, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, Joel Ricks Sr, was 41 and his mother, Eleanor Martin, was 37. He married Lucy Ann Merrill on 11 July 1868, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Haden, Fremont, Idaho, United States in 1900 and Fremont, Idaho, United States in 1910. He died on 4 November 1916, in Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Rexburg Cemetery, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Josiah Ricks
Lucy Ann Merrill
Marriage: 11 July 1868
Eleanor Camilla Ricks
Josiah Ricks
Joel Justin Ricks
Wallace Ricks
Josephine Ricks
Mary A Ricks
Martin Ricks
Lavina Ricks
Florence Ricks
Lucy Ricks
Frank Ricks
David Ricks

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 July 1868Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1846 · First Nauvoo Temple Dedicated
    Age 1
    On May 1-3, 1846, the Nauvoo Illinois Temple was fully dedicated. It was the second temple that had been built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the first temple with an angel Moroni on top, in the case of this temple it also doubled as a weather vane. Before the saints left Nauvoo they gathered in great numbers to go through.
    Age 20
    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Rick , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. See also Rickson .English: topographic name from Middle English rixe, rexe (Old English rixe, a West Saxon metathesized form of Old English risc, rysc ‘rush’) wash. The surname probably originally denoted someone who lived where rushes grew, or it may be a habitational name from a place so named, such as Rix (Devon).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    Josiah Ricks Story by Carma Golding

    Josiah Ricks was born May 27, 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. He was three years of age when he crossed the plains with his parents. He spent ten of his growing up years in Centerville, Ut …

    Sources (73)

    • Josiah Ricks in entry for Josephine Fogg, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Josiah Ricks, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • J. Ricks in entry for Martin Ricks and Carrie Thornton, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"

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