Three Generations of Rickards - Compiled by Gail M. Walczyk

NOTE: The name Rickards can be found as Rickards, Ricketts and Records in the Court Records of Accomack and Northampton Counties in VA; Somerset and Worcester County in Maryland and in Delaware.

First Generation

Michael Rickards was born before 1626. Michael died before 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).  He married Ann Jones circa 1651. Ann was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1633. She was the daughter of William Jones and Elizabeth his wife. In his will dated 26 July 1669 he mentions "To my grandchildren now belonging to Michael Ricketts." It was proved 30 August 1669 (Marshall p 82).

In Michael Rickards' will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, Ann was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).

Michael Ricketts was listed among those who subscribed to be true and faithful to the Commonwealth of England in Northampton County on 30 March 1651. (Walczyk Orders 1651-1654 p 160.)

In 1664 Michael Rickards was on the List of Tithables for in Accomack Co., VA with 4 tithes (Nottingham Tithables p 1). He was listed with 2 tithables.

Michael made a will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134). An abstract of his will reads:

RICKARDS, MICHAEL, 4 January 1687/8 - W/P To my sons John and Joseph Rickards 300 acres which I bought of my son Michael Rickards joining Hungers Creek to be equally divided when my son John is at age. To my daughter Joyce Rickards (not of age) cow and calf. To my grandson Michael Godwin one heifer. To William Benthall one heifer, to be recieved by his father if he thinks fit. To my son Jones Rickards a chest. To my son William Richards 12p. To my son Michael Rickards 12p. To my daughter Ann Godwin 12p. To my daughter Elizabeth Dunton 12p. To my daughter Mary Robinson. Loving wife Ann resid. legatte and extr. My three sons Jones, John and Joseph to remain with my wife until 21 if she remains a widow. If she remarries then to be divided equally all that is left her between herself Jones, John Joseph and Joyce. Sons Jones, John and Joseph to be at age 18. My friends and neighbors William Brookes and Thomas Powell to assist my wife and children. Witt: Thomas Dunton, Thomas Wood, Robert Clarke. Probate - Will partly proved by the affirmation of Thomas Dunton Sr."

NOTE: Click here for a transcription of the will of Michael Rickards.

Michael Rickards and Ann Jones had the following children:

1. William Rickards was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1653. In Michael Rickards' will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, William was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).

2. Michael Rickards was born circa 1656.

3. Ann Rickards was born circa 1659.

4. Elizabeth Rickards was born circa 1662.

5. Mary Rickards was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1665. She married Mr. Robinson circa 1683. Mr. was born circa 1658. In Michael Rickards' will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, Mary was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).

6. Jones Rickards was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1668. He married Elizabeth circa 1693. In Michael Rickards' will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, Jones was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).

He moved to Somerset County MD circa 1695. (See his power of attorney here.) Jones Rickards died before 1710 Walczyk Judicials 1711- 1713 p 7). At a court held by her Majestys Worshipfull Justices of the Peace for Somerset County at Dividing Creek the 7th day of June 1711. A suit was recorded against Elizabeth Ricketts widow. It reads:

John Mannatt pltf.

VS

Elizabeth Ricketts deft. - Somerset County - Elizabeth Ricketts of Somerset County Widow stands attached to answer unto John Mannatt Doctor of a plea of trespass upon the case.

And where upon the said John per Sam'll Worthington his attorney complains that the said Elizabeth in the year of our Lord 1710 at Pocomoke within the jurisdiction of this court stood indebted unto the said John in the sum of five hundred pounds of pork as per account here unto annexed may in court appear and the said Elizabeth being indebted in manner aforesaid for and in consideration aforesaid at the time and place aforesaid did upon himself assume and promise that the aforesaid sum of pork unto the said John she would well and truly content and pay when there unto required Nevertheless the said Elizabeth the said sum of pork (though often there unto requested) unto the said John hath not paid but the same to pay hath denyed and still doth deny to the loss and damage of the said John of 1000 pounds of pork and there upon he brings this suit.

7. John Rickards was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1671. In Michael Rickards' will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, John was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).  He moved to Somerset County MD. He moved to Somerset County MD circa 1695. <SEE: Rickards Deed on Heritage. In 1708 John was appointed constable for Baltimore Hundred in Somerset County (Walczyk Judicials p 137). John Rickards and his brother Jones Rickards witnessed the will of Benjamin Saser on 19 April 1712 in Somerset/Worcester, MD. It was probated 20 June 1716. Maryland Wills 14:131

8. Joseph Rickards was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1674. In Michael Rickards' will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, Joseph was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).

9. Joyce Rickards was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1677. In Michael Rickards' will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, Joyce was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).

Second Generation

2. Michael Rickards (Michael1) was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1656.  He married Mary circa 1681. Mary, was born circa 1663.  In Michael Rickards' will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, Michael was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).

Michael made a will on 11 February 1749 in Accomack Co., VA. It was probated 30 November 1757 (Nottingham Wills p 190). An abstract of his will reads:

RICKARDS, MICHAEL - 11 Feb. 1749 - 30 Nov. 1757 - To grandson Michael Hall Part of the plantation where I now live containing 200 acres on Nandue, to be taken off the West side of the tract.  To grandson Michael Rickets Tatum the remainder of the land where I now live, being 100 acres, his mother Ann Tatum to have use of same for life. To Betty Hall, daughter of Michael Hall. To Comfort, daughter of Michael Hall. To daughter  Jean Jackson.  Wife Mary. To grandau Lydda Rogers. Grandaughter Comfort Brazier. Household goods to my wife for life then to my daughters Jean Jackson, Ann Tatum, Michael Hall, Michael Rickards Tatum & James Tatum. Michael Hall & Michael Rickards Tatum Exrs. Witt: Adam Muir, John Rodgers, John Rodgers.

Michael Rickards and Mary had the following children:

I. Jane Rickards was born circa 1683. She married Thomas Hall circa 1701. Thomas was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1677. Thomas was the son of Thomas Hall and Margaret Parker. Circa 1700 Thomas and Jane had Thomas Hall.

ii. Jean Rickards was born circa 1684. She married John Jackson circa 1702. John was born circa 1676. John was the son of Jonah Jackson and Lydia Wilkins. John Jackson was the plaintiff in a court case in November Court 1722 in Northampton Co., VA (Mihalyka Loose Papers, p 36). An abstract reads: "John Jackson complains of Jonathan Bunting, planter for slander. the said John states that the said Jonathan within the hearing of many neighbors and liege people uttered the following scandalous words: John Jackson is and anvil stealer and has stolen John Lawson's blacksmith anvil and I can prove it." The said Jackson is much hurt as to his name, fame and estimation. At the same Court Jackson sued Bunting for assault and battery. Many witnesses were called and counter statements made. Both cases were referred to arbitration and both subsequently were dismissed."

John Jackson was mentioned in court in February Court 1728/9 in Northampton Co., VA (Mihayka Loose Papers, p 190). an abstract reads: "Sundry inhabitants of Nassawadow Neck have petitioned the Court regarding on William Major, owner of a public watermill. Said William has denied the inhabitants any road to and from the mill and also has stopped the road, so that his Majesty's subjects going to and from church, Court, all musters and publice places have no access. they ask that Court to summon the said William to answer. Signed by Holloway, Thomas Jackson, William Stakes, Spencer Johnson, John Jackson, John Johnson, Obedience Johnson, John (torn) ......, William Smith, Luke Johnson, and Josiah Johnson."

John made a will on 9 October 1735 in Northampton Co., VA. It was probated 10 February 1735 (Marshall Wills 291). An abstract of his will reads:

JACKSON, JOHN 9 October 1735 / 10 February 1735 - To beloved wife Jean plantation and estate during her widowhood and then to be equally divided between my two children Lydia and Comfort. My eldest daughter Lydia to have the part whereon my dwelling house stands, and Comfort the other side from the creek to the neck road taking in Gilles and the water mill. Wife extrx. Witt: Arthur Mackallan, Lydia Jackson, Rachel Mackallan.

In Michael Rickards' will on 11 February 1749 in Accomack Co., VA, Jean was named as an heir. It was probated 30 November 1757 (Nottingham p 190).

3. Ann Rickards (Michael1) was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1659.  She married Mr. Godwin circa 1677. Mr. was born circa 1652. Ann Rickards of Michael and Mr. Godwin had Michael Godwin who was born circa 1680.

4. Elizabeth Rickards (Michael1) was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1662.  She married William Dunton circa 1680. William was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1654 (Mihalyka Colonial Residents, p 33). The text reads: "William Dunton aged 36 in 1690." William was the son of Thomas Dunton.

William died before 1 May 1709 (Marshall Wills p 189). Conflicting evidence states that William was born circa 1660 (Mihalyka Colonial Residents p 33). The text reads: "William Dunton aged 27 in November 1687."

William Dunton was mentioned in court on 28 February 1692/3 in Northampton Co., VA (Walczyk Orders &c 1689-1698, p 143). The court record reads:

William the son of Susannah Richards being formerly bound (with the said mother's consent) to Richard Bundick and Elizabeth his wife till at age according to law in case they lived so long (unless the court found cause to the contrary in the mean time) and after their decease to return to his mother (if living) otherwise to be at his own dispose, and forasmuch as the said Richard Bundick is since deceased and his widow and execr. Elizabeth Bundick willing to turn him over upon the same terms to John Ward and Ann his wife which (with the said Susanna Richards consent) the court concedes to, He the said Ward entering into bond with security to save the parish harmless from the said child, and to be responsible for what he shall receive apportaining to him when he shall attain to age according to law or at the decease of the said John Ward and Anne his wife as aforesaid, Henry Clegg and William Dunton having tendred themselves in open court security for the said Wards performance thereof whom they accept they entering into bond accordingly.

On 28 March 1693 in Northampton Co., VA William Dunton along with Henry Clegg and John Ward promised to deliver the estate of Eustace Parsons who acknowleged he was the father of Susannah Richards's natural born son William Richards-Parsons of Susannah (Mihayka Loose Papers, p 4). An abstract of the loose papers reads:

The condition of this Obligation Bond is such that the bound John Ward, Henry Clegg and William Dunton promise to deliver the surplusage of the estate of Eustace Parsons to William Richards, son of Susannah Richards. Parsons owns that William is his son and that he should inherit upon reaching lawful age. Signed by John Ward and Henry Clegg (thier marks) and William Dunton.

On 29 July 1695 in Northampton Co., VA Thomas Dunton AZN58 gave his sons William, Thomas, John, Benjamin, and Joseph specifying that at his death his land was to be divided as they had agreed on (Edwards Ames Mears p 85).

William made a will on 24 February 1708/9 in Northampton Co., VA. It was probated 28 May 1709 (Marshall Wills p 189). An abstract of the Will reads:

To my son William his choice of 2 lotts as I have laid them out viz. the 120 acres where Michaell Halsbirt lives or the lott from the tan house gutt next to the gate. To my son Richard Dunton the lot refused by William. To my son Michael the 100 acre plantation whereon I now live, and my wife Elizabeth to have her thirds in the said land for life. To my son Elias Dunton the other part of my land lying at the head of my land. To daughter Ann Dunton. My son William to have liberty to pasture his animals as long as he remains with his mother. To my three daughters Joyce, Elizabeth and Smart Dunton 2000 lbs each. Wife extr. My friends Richard Jacob and Benjamin Nottingham to oversee. Witt: Michael Halsbirt, Mary Halsbirt, Benjamin Nottingham.

In Michael Richards's will on 4 January 1687/8 in Northampton Co., VA, Elizabeth was named as an heir. It was probated 28 May 1688 (Marshall Wills p 134).

Elizabeth Richards and William Dunton had the following children:

I. William Dunton was born circa 1683 .

ii. Richards (Ricketts) Dunton was born circa 1684.

iii. Michael Dunton was born circa 1687.

iv. Joyce Dunton was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1690.

v. Ann Dunton was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1693.

vi. Elizabeth Dunton was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1696.

vii. Smart Dunton was born in Northampton Co., VA circa 1699.

viii. Elias Dunton was born circa 1702. NOTE: Elias Dunton and his wife Abigail Steale were the parents of Margaret Dunton who married Reuben Joynes.  See household 15 in Accomack Procession District 11 (St. George).

Sources:

______. 1716. Maryland Calendar of Wills 14.

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