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Josephus Hoffman Rickey

Male 1831 - 1909  (78 years)


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  • Name Josephus Hoffman Rickey 
    Born 28 Apr 1831  Fayette, Ross Co, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  San Pasqual, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 16 Oct 1909  San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried San Diego (Mt. Hope Cem), San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • !Lithgow Family Genealogy.
      !CA State Death Index, San Diego Co, File #25414, Vol 6, p 9132.
      !1870 CA Census, San Diego Co, San Diego, 721/729, p 45.
      !1880 CA Census, San Diego Co, San Pasqual Twp, ED 71, Sht 18, Ln 43.
      !A History of the Ione Methodist Church Celebration (1852-1945).
      !FGS at LDS Archives, FHL, Salt Lake City, UT. Submitted by Paul Oscar Green.
      !Obituary, San Diego Union, 17 Oct 1909, p 26, col 1..."Native of OH, age 78...
      !CA Death Index San Diego Co #37-3825: State #50450.

      !BERNICE YENAWINE BROWN of Paradise, CA has photos of the grave marker for
      Josephus & Mary Jane Rickey. They were buried in San Diego's Mt. Hope Cemetery.
      !At Ione, the gold soon played out, and both families (Rickeys and Lithgows)
      went into farming, cattle raising, dairying and bees. After about 17 years,
      Josephus discovered that he could not get clear title to the land he was on.
      It was part of the Arroyo Seco Spanish land grant. In 1869 both the Josephus
      Rickeys with the first six of their children, and the Adam Lithgows decided to
      emigrate to San Diego where a new city was developing. They went overland,
      driving their cattle with them. On the way south, the cattle drank water that
      was toxic and all of them died. While living at Jamul the Lithgows and Rickeys
      thought that they might be on a Spanish land grant, and again would be unable
      to get clear title, so they left Jamul and moved back to San Diego.
      !Notes from Hettie Rickey Forbes: In 1870 Josephus and his family, moved to
      the city of San Diego.
      "We took 190 head of goats. Having no ranch we rented lots and
      fenced by picket on Fifth between Ivy and Juniper streets. Herded them all
      over the hills which included what is now Balboa park. We kept our goats for
      one year then sold them to the Gaskill Brothers at Campo."

      !See notes on Carrie Victoria Lithgow Bentzel. While the Bentzels were in the
      East (1876), the Josephus Rickeys lived in Carrie's home at 1534 First Avenue,
      While there Ernest Rickey was born. In 1878 Josephus Rickey and his family
      moved to Poway Valley where they bought 360 acres. During the depression of
      1892 the Rickeys and many others lost their ranch, and moved back to San Diego.
      !Josephus is listed in the 1880 CA Census, San Diego Co, San Pasqual Twp, ED 71,
      Sht 18, Ln 43.
      !GEDCOM from BERNICE YENAWINE BROWN, 1332 Bennett Rd, Paradise, CA 95969.
    Person ID I34  Rickey Database
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2019 

    Family Mary Jane "Jennie" Lithgow,   b. 19 Aug 1836, Erie, Erie Co, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1901, San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 17 Aug 1857  Ione, Amador Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jessie Louise Rickey,   b. 28 Dec 1858, Ione, Amador Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1903, San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     2. Mary Helen Rickey,   b. 31 Dec 1860, Ione, Amador Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1928, Camden, Wilcox Co, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. Henry Lithgow Rickey,   b. 19 Dec 1863, Ione, Amador Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1945, San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Hester Lillian "Hettie" Rickey,   b. 21 Sep 1866, Ione, Amador Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1944, San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +5. Frederick Josephus Rickey,   b. 3 Feb 1869, Ione, Amador Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1954, San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Elva Jane Rickey,   b. 5 Aug 1874, San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1924, Blackfoot, Bingham Co, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    +7. Ernest Lithgow Rickey,   b. 31 Mar 1876, San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1964, Santee, San Diego Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F37  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Apr 1831 - Fayette, Ross Co, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Aug 1857 - Ione, Amador Co, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - San Pasqual, San Diego Co, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Oct 1909 - San Diego, San Diego Co, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - San Diego (Mt. Hope Cem), San Diego Co, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S6] 1880 US Federal Census.