Ricketts Partition

Obtained from Frankfort Community Public Library
Frankfort, Indiana
Aug. 2022

State of Indiana
County of Clinton
Clinton Circuit Court
January Term AD 1889

Petition for Partition

Orilda Ricketts
Joseph H Ricketts
John E Ricketts
Clem Ricketts
Priscilla I Louks
Mary A. Bond
Ada M. Ricketts
William [L] Ricketts
James M Ricketts
Sarah Kinnan
Joseph H Ricketts guardian of Charles Ricketts

The petitioners above
named would respectfully represent to
the court that John Ricketts died
on the __ day of December 1889 the
described real estate situate in
Clinton County and State of Ind
iana to wit The North East quarter of
Section Fourteen (14) and the South East
quarter of the North West quarter of
Section fourteen (14) and the North west
Quarter of the South East quarter of
Section fourteen (14) the East half of the
South west quarter of Section Fourteen
(14) and the East half of the North West
fractional quarter of section twenty three

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(23) except twenty acres off the South end
of the last described tract all in
Township Twenty one (21) North of
Range two (2) East
That Orilda Ricketts is the widow
of said John Ricketts deceased and is
the owner of the undivided one
third of the above described real
estate. and that Joseph H. Ricketts
John E. Ricketts Clem Ricketts Priscilla
[I] Louks Mary A Bond Ada M Rickets
William S Ricketts James M Ricketts
Sarah E. Kinnan and Charles Ricketts
are the children of John Ricketts deceased
and that the above named parties and
petitioner, are the only heirs at law
of said decedent. and that Charles
Ricketts is a minor and has for his
guardian Joseph H. Ricketts who joins
for him in this petition that the
above named children and petitioner
are each the owner of one fifteenth
of said real estate. That they all
join in this petition and ask that
the above described real estate be
partition and that one third in value
thereof be set off to Orilda Ricketts, and
that one fifteen in value thereof be set
of to each of the other petitioners and
they respectfully ask that commissioners be
appointed to make partition of said
lands among said petitioners

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according to their respective
intent as herein set out and
report the same at this term of court
Doyal & Gard
Atty for Petitioners

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No. 1
No 10549
Clinton Circuit Court
Janry Term A.D. 1889

Orilda Ricketts
Joseph H. Ricketts
John E. Ricketts
Clem Ricketts
Perscilla I Louks
Mary A Bond
Ada M Ricketts
William S Ricketts
James M Ricketts
Sarah E Kinnan
Charles Ricketts by
his guardian Joseph
H. Ricketts
Petitioner for Partition
Ex. Parte
Donal & Gard
Atty for Petitioners

Back of Document
Ricketts John (Probate) Box 778AA , file 4 (#10549)

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State of Indiana
Clinton County
Clinton Circuit Court
Janry Term AD 1889

Orildee Ricketts
Joseph H Ricketts
John E Ricketts
et al

Ex Parte No 10549
To the Hon Allen E.
Paige Judge of the Clinton Circuit Court
In pursuance of and in obedi
ence to the certified copy of the decree ren
dered in the above entitled cause issued
under the seal of said court and delivered
to us Lincoln Cox Thomas [Tuder] and
Henry Nelson Commissioners therein
named tested Feb 1 1889, which was
and is our commission and which
is hereto annexed we hereby respect
fully report that having first been
duly sworn and caused the oath
to be endorsed upon said com
mission we have examined the
premises described in said commiss
ion and we have set off to James M.
Ricketts the East half of the North west fractional quarter
of section twenty three (23) in township
twenty one (21) North of range two (2) East
except eight (8) acres off the north end and
twenty acres of the South end of said
tract containing thirty (30) acres
To Sarah E. Kinnan we have set off
eight acres off the north end of the Est half of the North

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west fractional quarter of section twenty
three (23) and twenty two (22) acres off the
South end of the East half of the south
west quarter of section fourteen (14)
all in township twenty one (21) north
of range two (2) East containing thirty acres

To William S Ricketts we have set off
eighteen (18) acres off the North end
of the South East quarter of the South
west quarter of Section fourteen (14)
and twelve (12) acres off the west end
of the South half of the North East
quarter of th South Wes quarter of
Section Fourteen (14) all in township
twenty one (21) North of range two 2 East
containing thirty acres

To Joseph H. Ricketts we have set off
the North half of the North East quarter
of the South West quarter of Section
fourteen (14) and ten (10) acres off the
South end of the South East quarter
of the North West quarter of Section
fourteen (14) all in township twenty
one (21) North of Range two (2) East
containing thirty acres

To Mary A. Bond we have set off the
South East quarter of the North West quar
ter of section fourteen (14) in town-

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ship twenty one north of range two
(2) east except ten acres off the South
end thereof

To Ada M Ricketts we have set off the
South West quarter of the North East
quarter of section fourteen (14) in
township twenty one (21) north of
Range two (2) Est except ten (10) acres
off the south end thereof

Tor Perscilla I Louks we have set off
the North West quarter of the North
East quarter of section fourteen (14)
in township Twenty one (21) North
of Range two (2) Est except ten (10)
acres off the east side thereof

To Clem Ricketts we have set off
Ten (10) acres off the Est side of the [north]
west quarter of the North east quarter of
Section fourteen (14) and ten acres off
the west side of the North east
quarter of the North east quarter
of section fourteen (14) and ten acres
off the North side of the South East
quarter of the North East quarter of
section fourteen (14) all in township
twenty one (21) north of range two 2
Est containing thirty acres

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To John E. Ricketts we have set off the
North east quarter of the North East quarter
of section fourteen (14) in township
twenty one (21) [north] of range two (2) East
except ten (10) acres off the west side thereof

To Charles Ricketts we have set off the
South East quarter of the North East
quarter of section fourteen (14) in township
twenty one (21) north of Range two (2) Est
Except ten (10) acres off the North end
thereof

To Orilda M. Ricketts we have set off the
North West quarter of the South East
quarter of section fourteen (14) and
ten (10) acres off the south side of the
South West quarter of the North East
quarter of section fourteen (14) and
eight acres off the East end of the
South half of the North East quarter
of the South West quarter of section
fourteen (14) all in township twenty
one North of Range two (2) East contai
ning fifty eight (58) acres
All of which is respectfully
submitted
Lincoln Cox
Henry Nelson
Thomas [Tudor]

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which is by the court
4 and [approved] the
com allow $3 paid of
Signed Feb 11th 1889
Fnd og feb 8th 29th day

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And did then appoint you the said Lincoln Cox, Thomas
Tudor and Henry Nelson
Commissioners, to make partition of said tract or lot of land, and said Commissioners
are hereby ordered after taking the oath required by law, to proceed to set apart
the same to the said parties in the following proportion to wit: to the said
To Orilda Ricketts one third (1/3) and
to Joseph Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
to John E Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
Clem Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
Percilla I Louks one fifteenth (1/15)
Mary A Bond one fifteenth (1/15)
Ada M. Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
Wm S Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
James M Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
Sarah Kinnan one fifteenth (1/15)
Joseph H Ricketts, guardian of
Charles Ricketts one fifteenth (1/15)
and that you make report of your proceedings in the premises during the
January Term, 1889 of said Court
Witness, the Clerk and Seal of said Court, at Frankfort
this 1st day of February A.D. 1889
Olive Gard Clerk
Clinton Circuit Court

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State of Indiana, Clinton County, ss:
Clinton Circuit Court, January Term 1889
The State of Indiana to Lincoln Cox, Thomas
Tudor and Henry Nelson
Whereas, in a certain proceeding for the Partition of real estate, now Pending in
the Clinton circuit Court of said State, wherein Orilda Ricketts
Joseph Ricketts John E Ricketts Clem Ricketts
Percilla Louks Mary A Bond Ida M Ricketts
William S Ricketts James M Ricketts Sarah Kinnan
and Joseph H Ricketts guardian of Charles Ricketts

the Court did then and there on the 30th day of January
A.D. 1889, award judgment of partition of the following tract or lot of land, situ
ate in said County, to wit:
The North East quarter of section fourteen (14)
and the South East quarter of the Northwest quarter
of section fourteen (14) and the north west quarter
of the South East quarter of section fourteen (14) the
east half of the South west quarter of section
fourteen (14) and the East half of the North west
fractional quarter of section twenty three (23)
except twenty (20) acres off the South End of
the last described tract all in Township twenty one
(21) North of Range two 2) East

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Oath
State of Indiana, Clinton County, ss:
We, Lincoln Cox, Henry Nelson and
Thomas Tuder
do each and severally solemnly swear that we will discharge the duties of Commis
sioners, in accordance with the within order, to the best of our ability; so help us God
Lincoln ox
Henry Nelson
Thomas Tudor
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 8th day of February A.D. 1889
Samuel H Doyal
Notary Public

No 10549
Clinton Circuit Court
January Term 1889
Orilda Ricketts Et al
E Parte
filed
Feb 8 1889
Oliver [Gard]
Order to
Lincoln Cox
Thomas Tudor
Henry Nelson
Commissioners to Make Partition
Doyal & Gard
Attorney

Box 778 File 4
No.. 10549
Orilda Ricketts
Joseph H. Ricketts
John E Ricketts
Clem Ricketts Etal
Exparte
Clinton Circuit Court
January Term 1889
Filed January 30 1889
Oliver Gard
By
Court Room, Box No. 29
Doyal & Gard
pt Record 6 1/2 pages $6 50
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Public Library Sources

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Knowing that other libraries also paid to have their local newspapers digitized, I always check the list of free newspapers maintained on Ancestor Hunt when looking for an obituary or other information on individuals in my tree.

While working to update my research for John Lewis Ricketts, I was hoping to find an obituary or other newspaper article about his life in Clinton County, Indiana. When all of my newspaper searches unearthed nothing, I decided to see what the local library in Frankfort, Indiana might have.

While the Frankfort Community Public Library did not have links to digitized newspapers on their site, they did have a page of links to genealogy resources. This page included a link to the Clinton County Court Archive Database.

Following this link, I was able to search for RICKETTS in the probate records. And I found the box/file number for a John Ricketts probate record!

I then broadened my search to show Probate Records for the RICKETTS surname.

Curious as to what else might be contained in this database, I searched the CIVIL court records. This revealed a case where James M. Ricketts is identified as the ‘Heir of Isom Gallimore’!

In addition to this very valuable database of court records, Frankfort Community Public Library’s site indicates they have other resources in their collection, including microfilm copies of the newspapers.

I will be contacting the library to get information on how to obtain copies of the probate and civil court files! I will also inquire about a local researcher to dig into the newspapers for an obituary.

Thus, I’m reminded to check the local public library, historical society and genealogical society where I’m researching to see what resources might be available!

Thank you Frankfort Community Public Library and Clinton County (Indiana) genealogists for your work to preserve and share Clinton County history.