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Johann Peter Ricker (1751 - bef. 1814)

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Johann Peter (Peter) Ricker
Born in Philadelphia, Province of Pennsylvaniamap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Somerset, Pennsylvaniamap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died before in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Jan 2014
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Categories: American Revolution.

Peter Ricker participated in the American Revolution


*** Johann Peter Ricker b. 1751 is often conflated with Peter Ricker b. 1721 ***

Thank you to Eleanor Edmondson for discovering this and providing the documents to sort things out. Changes are in progress. 26 Feb 2015.


Contents

Biography

  • Father: Andreas Ricker
  • Mother: Elizabeth

Peter was born in Philadelphia County. In 1784 Montgomery County was established from Philadelphia, The records of the Church of New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran, where Peters Baptismal record is kept, is found in Montgomery County because the records stayed with the Church when that part of Philadelphia County became Montgomery County.

  • Peter and Margaret had 11 Children (TWW)
  • Son died in New Orleans in war of 1812 (TWW)
  • Son's will names parents and siblings (TWW)
  • Peter and his family also lived in North Carolina probably somewhere around Raleigh, before moving to Tennessee. (TWW)
  • Peter may have a brother Jacob Ricker that stayed here in Cool Springs, Rowan County, NC. (TWW)
  • Possibly burried under the Solomon Lutheran Church (Cove Creek Church) in Greeneville. (TWW)
  • 'The first elders of the church (Solomon Lutheran) were Frederick Godshall and Peter Richter'. 'Lutherans in Greene Co: A Bicentennial History', by Harvey Huntley, Jr., page 6,
  • 'The Ricker family lived on the Old KY road between Solomon Church (Cove Creek) and where the Collins family presently farms. In 1860 Limestone Springs Post Office was located in the Ricker home. A tall white frame house still stands on the spot located on a fairly level strip on the south side of the road.' ,'Lutherans in Greene Co: A Bicentennial History', by Harvey Huntley, Jr., page Page 163,

Timeline

  • 8 Dec 1751 Birth - JOHANN PETER RICKER born 8 Dec 1751, PA and baptized 20 Jan 1752. Parents are Andreas and Elisabeth.[1]
  • Residence: Pennsylvania, United States
  • Tax Lists: 1772 Penn Twp, Northampton (now Carbon) Co, PA, Peter Rickel [citation needed]
  • 1776 Existence of Washington District, North Carolina (encompasses all of today's Tennessee)
  • 1777 Washington County, NC created
  • ~1777 - Peter Ricker served in Rev. War. - Service Records need vetting.
  • ~1777 - Peter Ricker b. 1751 was a soldier in the company of George Smithers who was the father of Phillip Smithers who married Peter's daughter Eve. Both from Northhampton, PA - Service Records
  • 1783 Greene, NC created
  • 1784 Provisional State of Franklin (includes Greene)
  • 1787 Residence: Greene, Tennessee, United States
  • 1788 Provisional State of Franklin ceases to exist
  • 1790 NC cedes western lands, becomes Territory South of Ohio River
  • 1790 - Andreas Ricker is on the 1790 census in Northampton Co. PA. [2]
  • abt. 1792 - Peter's daughter Eve Ricker married George's son Phillip Smithers.
  • Peter Ricker may be tracked with the families of Smithers and Parman. - Service Records, Census
  • May have moved with Giles Parman family from Luzerne Co. PA - Census
  • George Smithers family lived in Luzerne Co. PA and moved to Greene TN. - Census
  • 19 October 1795 Gables/Ricker Land Transaction in Greene, TN[3]
  • 1796 The State of Tennesse created.
  • *1798 Greene County, Tennessee Tax List, Taxable Returns of Captain Reese Gullock's Company, 100 acres, 25 squirrel scalps. [citation needed]
  • 1799 Giles Parman marries Phoebe ? in Greene County, TN
  • 1800 Greene County, Tennessee Tax List, Taxables of Captain Reese Gullock's Company, 100 acres. [citation needed]
  • 1 Aug 1803 - Appointed to Sept. 1803 Venire. [4]
  • 24 Oct 1803, Appointed to Grand Jury. [5]
  • Aug 1805 Summons issued to serve as Juror at next court. [6]
  • 1805 Tax List, [7][8]
  • Jan 1806 Summons to serve as Juror at next court. [9]
  • April 1807 Serves on Grand Jury. [10]
  • 1809 Tax List, Capt. (Thomas?) Wilson's District, 150 acres, Flag B. [11]
  • 1810 Tax List, Capt. Thomas Wilson's District, 150 acres, Flag B. [12]
  • 1811 Tax List, Capt. Thomas Wilson's District, 150 acres, (Flag B.), (Reker) [13]
  • Fact: Residence (1812) Greene County, TN
  • 1812 Tax List Capt Thomas Wilson's District, 150 acres, Flag C.[14]
  • 1812 Giles Parman last seen on Tax Rolls of Greene, TN
  • 1813 Tax List, Capt. Thomas Wilson's District, 150 acres, Flagg Branch. [15]
  • April 16, 1813 - Land Transfere, one part, and George Ricker other part, both of Greene Co, TN, $100 pd, tr on S side of Chuckey Ricer on Flag branch, a part of Peter's old survey. Wit: Gilbert Woosley, Emanuel Parman, Philip Smathers." [16]
  • Btwn 9 Sep 1813 - 24 Jan 1814 Death Dates Will entered and proven. (Will book)[17]
  • 1814 - Peggy Ricker Widow: Tax List, Capt. Tomas Wilson District, 150, Flag Branch.[18]
  • 24 Jan 1814 Will Proven - His will divides the land among all his children and wife.[19]
  • 26 Apr 1814 - Inventory of estate recorded dated 26 April 1814, Exec: George Wells. [citation needed]


Children listed in Will

  • Eve Smithers
  • Peggy Everit
  • Jacob Ricker
  • George Ricker
  • Polly Fan
  • Frederick Ricker
  • Rachel Willet
  • Martin Ricker
  • Wilm. Ricker
  • John Ricker (minor)
  • Huldah Ricker

Sorting Peter Rickers

Peter Ricker b. 1721 in Germany is often conflated with Johann Peter Ricker b. 1751 in PA. Actual evidence is now strongly suggesting that Peter Ricker b. 1751 is the correct Peter for this line.

Reasoning

1. Eva (Eve Ricker), daughter of Peter Ricker, and her husband Phillip Smithers are found living in Greene, Tennessee as is Peter Ricker our subject.[citation needed]

2. From 1799 to 1812, we find Giles Parman and Peter Ricker living in Greeneville, TN. (Tax Records)

3. Capt. George Smithers' son, Philip Smithers, marries Peter's daughter Eva Ricker about 1792 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. [citation needed]

4. George Smithers and Giles Parman found living in Luzerne, PA. (History of Luzerne)

5. Captain George Smithers is found serving with Peter in PA. [citation needed] (see notes)

6. Peter Ricker is found serving in Captain Phillip Shawders Company in Northampton, PA along with a Giles Parman. [citation needed] (see notes)

Conclusion: Peter Ricker of Greeneville, TN is the same Peter Ricker serving in Pennsylvania.

7. Peter Ricker has a Baptismal Record showing Birthdate as 8 Dec 1751 and Parents Andreas and Elizabeth Ricker in New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montgomery, PA. However, at the time of Peter's birth Montgomery, PA was part of Philadelphia, PA. (Baptismal Record)

8. Andreas Ricker is found in the 1790 Census in Northampton, PA as Andrus Ricker. [20]

Conclusion 1

Johann Peter Ricker, son of Andreas Ricker of Northampton, PA is the same Peter Ricker serving in the Revolutionary War alongside Giles Parman. George Smithers also found serving in Northampton, PA is the father of Philip Smithers who married Eva Ricker, daughter of Peter Ricker, in Pa.

Conclusion 2

Peter Ricker born 1751 in PA is the Peter Ricker found in Greene, TN living in the same area as the son of Capt. George Smithers and Giles Parman with whom he served during the Revolutionary War.

Therefore: Peter Ricker of Greeneville, TN is the same Peter Ricker b. 1751, son of Andreas Ricker of Northampton, PA.

Sources

  1. [citation needed] Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985, New Haven Evangelical Lutheran. Johann Peter Ricker Baptismal Record
  2. "United States Census, 1790," index and images, FamilySearch (: accessed 28 February 2015 https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHKJ-26V), Andrus Ricker, Lower Saucon, Northampton, Pennsylvania; citing p. 320, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 8; FHL microfilm 568,148.
  3. [citation needed] The Deed Book from Greene County, states that Thomas Gabel sold to Peter Ricker, 150 acres on the south side of the Nolichuckey River on October 19,1795 (at Flag Branch) for 60 pounds. (Deed number 781 likely)11S paid" Greene Co, TN Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas 1783-1795', by Burgner, pg 421
  4. Goldene F Burgner, Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas, 1797-1807, #33, Peter Ricker, p. 151; Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina (1981); citing, "Green County, Tennessee Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1804", p.69.
  5. Goldene F Burgner, Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas, 1797-1807, #12, Peter Ricker, p. 154; Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina (1981); citing, "Green County, Tennessee Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1804", p.74.
  6. Goldene F Burgner, Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas, 1797-1807, p. 205; Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina (1981); citing, "Green County, Tennessee Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1804", p.43.
  7. Greene County, Tennessee, "Early Tax Lists of Tennessee," Peter Ricker (1805). The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee; image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2883/33119_290491-00476?pid=261077&backurl=https://search.ancestry.com : access 9 April 2016), p. 99.
  8. [citation needed] Early East TN taxpayers', by Creekmore, @ Macon Co public library, pg 179
  9. Goldene F Burgner, Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas, 1797-1807, p. 268; Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina (1981); citing, "Green County, Tennessee Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1804", p.119.
  10. Goldene F Burgner, Greene County, Tennessee Minutes of the Court of Common Pleas, 1797-1807, #15, Peter Ricker, p. 288; Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina (1981); citing, "Green County, Tennessee Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions 1802-1804", p.161.
  11. Goldene F Burgner, "Greene County Tennessee Tax Digests 1809-1817", Peter Ricker (1809), p.10.; Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina (1986).
  12. Goldene F Burgner, "Greene County Tennessee Tax Digests 1809-1817", Peter Ricker (1809), p.50.
  13. Goldene F Burgner, "Greene County Tennessee Tax Digests 1809-1817", Peter Ricker (1811), p.89.
  14. Goldene F Burgner, "Greene County Tennessee Tax Digests 1809-1817", Peter Ricker (1812), p.121.
  15. Goldene F Burgner, "Greene County Tennessee Tax Digests 1809-1817", Peter Ricker (1809), p.151.
  16. "Greene Co Deeds Book 2", page 309.[citation needed]
  17. Greene County, Tennessee, “Wills, 1828-1873, Vol. 01,” p.62, Peter Ricker, 1814; Greene County Court Clerk; Probate, Greenville; image, Family Search ((https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-195-2177068-1-68?cc=1909088), Film; Wills, vols. 1-2, 1828-1897.
  18. Goldene F Burgner, "Greene County Tennessee Tax Digests 1809-1817", Peter Ricker (1814), p.183.
  19. Greene County, Tennessee, “Wills, 1828-1873, Vol. 01,” p.62, Peter Ricker, 1814.
  20. "United States Census, 1790," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHKJ-26V : accessed 28 February 2015) , Andrus Ricker.

See Also:

Research Notes

  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 658 (Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Accessed 26 Feb 2015)
  • Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Land Warrants, 1733-1987 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Original data: Index of Early Pennsylvania Land Warrants, 1733–1987, from the Pennsylvania State Archives. Stevens, Pennsylvania: Ken McCrea, 2010.

Name: Peter Ricker Acreage: 200 Warrant Location: Soldier Entitled to Donation Land

  • Will/Inventory: A TOTAL; OF 36 NOTES DUE, THE LARGEST AMOUNT $40.06, THE SMALLEST .56. THIS IS IN INVENTORY BOOK (1828-1830) (1810-1817) (1830-1843) PAGES 161-162. THIS BOOK IS NOT INDEXED.

THE WILL IS INDEXED IN THE OLDEST WILL BOOK AT THE COURTHOUSE. "HISTORY OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN VIRGINIA AND EAST TENNESSEE" BY: C. W. CASSELL ET AL 1930. SHENADOAH PUBLISHING HOUSE INC., STRAUSBURG, VIRGINIA, PAGE 271-1797.

  • Need to establish name and marriage of wife
  • Check for all Records in Northampton Co. PA and the church records at the Hanover Lutheran Church in today's Mont. Co. PA.
  • Philadelphia Co. PA was formed in 1682. It was not until 1784 that Montgomery Co. PA was created. However, that is where you will find the record of the birth of Peter Ricker born in 1751 because the church records remained with the church and not the local government. So, when Mont. Co. was formed in 1784, the Lutheran Church in New Hanover rested in the County of Mont. and no longer Philadelphia Co. It is all very misleading until you study the entire situation. Peter was born in Philadelphia Co. PA in 1751, but his record of birth is today in Mont. Co. PA because of the New Hanover church's location.

Military Service of Peter Ricker b. 1751

Northhampton County
Rangers on the Frontiers, 1778-1783 Series 5, Volume 4, p. 341 (Giles Parman p. 339)
Rangers on the Frontiers, 1778-1783 Series 5, Volume 4, p. 663 (Giles Parman p. 661)
Rangers on the Frontiers, 1778-1783 Series 5, Volume 4, p. 754 (Giles Parman and Giles Pannon, p. 661)
Captain Frederick Sechlers Company, 1780: Series 5, Volume 8, 6th Battalion of the Northhampton County Militia, p. 463 (Giles Parman p. 438, 461, 469)
Captain Frederick Sechlers Company, 1780: Series 5, Volume 8, 6th Battalion of the Northhampton County Militia, p. 487 (Giles Parman p. 481, 485)
Captain Phillip Shawders Company, 1781: Series 2, Volume 14, 6th Battalion of the Northhampton County Militia, p. 581
Captain Phillip Shawders Company, 1781-82: Series 5, Volume 8, 6th Battalion of the Northhampton County Militia, p. 578
Captain Phillip Shawders Company, 1781: Series 5, Volume 8, 6th Battalion of the Northhampton County Militia, p. 580
Captain Phillip Shawders Company, 1782: Series 5, Volume 8, 6th Battalion of the Northhampton County Militia, p. 610
Captain Phillip Shawders Company, 1783: Series 5, Volume 8, 6th Battalion of the Northhampton County Militia, p. 617, Corporal: Absent
Colonel Giger's Battalion, 1783: Series 5, Volume 8, 6th Battalion of the Northhampton County Militia, p. 518, "Substitute; William Wall"


Muster Rolls of the Navy and Line, Militia and Rangers, 1775-1783. with List of Pensioners, 1818-1832: Series 2, Volume 23, Northampton County, p. 293 Peter Ricker, 294 Peter Ricker and Giles Perman, 298 Peter Ricker and Giles Pannon,


[History of Luzerne County Pensylvania]

Possible military service of Peter Ricker b. 1721 ??

Berks County
(Established 1752 from parts of Chester, Lancaster, and Philadelphia counties)
Captain Ritter's Company, 1778: Series 5, Volume 5, Muster Rolls and Papers Relating to the Associators and Militia of the County of Berks, p. 266
Captain David Reiff's Company, 1777: Series 5, Volume 5, Muster Rolls and Papers Relating to the Associators and Militia of the County of Berks, p. 271, Drum Major
Captain David Reiff's Company, 1777: Series 5, Volume 5, Muster Rolls and Papers Relating to the Associators and Militia of the County of Berks, p. 274, Drum Major
Lancaster County
Captain John Shonhower Company, 1783: Series 5, Volume 7, 6th Battalion of the Lancaster County Militia, p. 608

[History of Luzerne County Pensylvania]

Acknowledgements

Eleanor Edmondson

Thelma Waddell Wisecarver

Sharon @ A Scrapbook of Me

tax sources obtained here

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On 11 Jul 2017 at 10:55 GMT Ken Parman wrote:

Hello cousin - Don't know if you've seen this site yet, but PA now has Rev War index cards online... Took a look and found 9-10 cards on Peter Ricker. They can be accessed here: http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/archive.asp?view=ArchiveIndexes&ArchiveID=13

I'll post the same thing on Peter's page also. Ken



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