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James Rickey

Male 1802 - 1875  (72 years)


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  • Name James Rickey 
    Born 6 Mar 1802  Jefferson Co, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Jan 1875  Salem, Marion Co, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Salem (IOOF Pioneer Cem), Marion Co, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • 1. Primary occupation: Farmer. Religion: Methodist. Sold 2 parcels of land and a tavern stand in Dubuque Co, IA for $1700 on 20 & 21 Feb 1850; deeds attested by George Nightingale, JP. JAMES took his family over the Oregon Trail by covered wagon. Settled in Oct 1850 on 640 acres of farmland just SE of Salem, Oregon, taking up Donation Land Claim # 2512 (a program preceding the Homestead Act). In 1852, a log cabin schoolhouse was built on his property and named RICKEY SCHOOL. In 1867, a larger building was erected about one mile North at
      what is now (in 1993) 4855 MACLEAY ROAD. It was replaced in 1928 by a new two-room schoolhouse, which continued to be known as RICKEY SCHOOL until 1957, when it ceased to function. As a result, the surrounding unincorporated area was known as the Community of "RICKEY", until being incorporated into the Salem City Limits in the 1950's. "RICKEY" extended southward from present day (1993) STATE ST to HAGER's GROVE (site of present day KOA Campground). This included farmland on both sides of LANCASTER DR, and the interchange of US Hiway 22 & Interstate Hiway 5 at Exit 253. In honor of this pioneer family, RICKEY STREET
      was dedicated in 1991. This is a wide boulevard proceeding East from LANCASTER DRIVE to service LANCASTER PLAZA, a large shopping center of restaraunts and stores, anchored by SHOPKO, WAREMART & HOME BASE, and eventually ending at its intersection with the curve of MACLEAY RD.

      2. RICKEY Memorial Tombstone in Salem, OR Pioneer Cemetery.
      3. DEATH OF JAMES RICKEY
      The many friends of James Rickey will be pained to learn of his sudden death, which occurred Sunday night about twelve o'clock at his residence four miles southeast of Salem, where he resided for a number of years. He had complained some during the winter but the day previous to his death he had been feeling unusually well. About midnight he complained of great suffering and when his son, who lived with him on the farm proposed to go for a doctor, he answered that it would do no good as he would be dead before they could get back. Those were his last words as he died in fifteen minutes afterwards and within an hour of the first attack.
      Mr. Rickey was born near Pittsburg, Pa., March 6th, in the year 1802, and would have been 73 years of age in a few weeks. The family removed to Ohio in his early youth, thence to Iowa, from which State Mr. Rickey removed to Oregon with his family in 1850, having resided since that time in this vicinity. He was a member of the M.E. Church for the last thirty years of his life and was esteemed as an excellent citizen and good neighbor. The funeral will take place to-day from his late residence, at 10 o'clock a.m., and the body will be laid in the Odd Fellows cemetery. From Daily Oregon Statesman 26 January 1875 3:1

      4. Bio of JAMES RICKEY (1802-1875). Delivered at 2003 Rickey Family Reunion, Ione, CA by STANTON MICHAEL RICKEY:

      "JAMES RICKEY was my great great grandfather. He was born in Jefferson Co, OH in 1802 to THOMAS RICKEY & SARAH LAUGHERY. They were supposedly the parents of as many as 16 children. JAMES was the eldest of the three brothers who went west; 4 years older than THOMAS BRINLEY and 10 years older than WILLIAM. He also left 2 brothers, Dr JOSEPH KERR RICKEY & Dr DAVID TALMAGE RICKEY; and a sister, SARAH RICKEY Mc KINLEY, back in Iowa.
      JAMES married DELILAH NICKOLS in 1826 at Morgan Co, OH. They had 3 sons: HENRY born in 1828; THOMAS BENTON RICKEY, my great grandfather, was born in 1831 and functioned as the Postmaster of Salem, OR from 1869 to 1876; and JAMES MADISON RICKEY born in 1840.
      In 1850, JAMES sold two parcels of land and his tavern in Dubuque, IA and took his wife, DELILAH and 3 sons over the Oregon Trail to Salem, OR. They walked the 2000 miles to Oregon with goods carried in their covered wagon. Can you imagine - no cell phones, no TV, no shopping malls, no freeways, no pop tarts and 180 days on a dusty trail shared with stinking livestock! Newlywed HENRY was accompanied by his 18 year old bride, ANN SKAIFE. Also in the party were THOMAS BRINLEY RICKEY and his 15 year old son JAMES ALLEN RICKEY, who were bound for the California gold fields. They traveled together as far as present day Pocatello, ID, where TBR said goodbye and headed southwest across Nevada to Placerville, CA.
      JAMES settled on a donation land claim and farmed 640 acres just SE of Salem. In 1852 a log cabin schoolhouse was built on his property and named Rickey School. In 1867 a larger building was erected nearby, and continued to be called Rickey School. These structures were the meeting place for local farmers and the surrounding community was known as RICKEY, until being incorporated into Salem city limits in the 1950's. In honor of our pioneer family, a wide boulevard leading to Lancaster Plaza Shopping Center was dedicated in 1991 as Rickey Street.
      JAMES died suddenly at his farm in 1875, at age 73; and was buried in Salem Pioneer Cemetery. He was a member of the Methodist Church for the last 40 years of his life and was highly esteemed as an excellent citizen and good neighbor.
      His progeny included 15 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren. All told, we have documented 320 descendants with most residing in WA, OR, CA & NV".
      5. OR State Archives Files:
      R6-55 Supreme Ct Case
      61A-20 J. Rickey vs J. Ford
      Some Tax assessment rolls
    Person ID I19  Rickey Database
    Last Modified 18 May 2019 

    DNA Tests  1 DNA test is associated with James Rickey 

    Father Thomas Rickey,   b. Bef 1765, SCOTLAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1825, Morgan Co, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 60 years) 
    Mother Sarah Laughery,   b. Bef 1775, IRELAND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1821  (Age > 46 years) 
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Delila Nickols,   b. Abt 1810, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1881, Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 4 May 1826  Morgan Co, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Henry Rickey,   b. Abt 1828, Morgan Co, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1881, Bishop, Inyo Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
    +2. Thomas Benton Rickey,   b. 1831, Morgan Co, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1898, San Francisco, San Francisco Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +3. James Madison Rickey,   b. 6 Dec 1840, Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1917, Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 18 May 2019 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Mar 1802 - Jefferson Co, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 May 1826 - Morgan Co, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Jan 1875 - Salem, Marion Co, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Salem (IOOF Pioneer Cem), Marion Co, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
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