Ralph Rickard, farmer; P.O. Chatham Center; born Aug. 17, 1814, in Manlius Township, Onondaga Co., N.Y.; son of John and Catharine (Ehle) Rickard, both families being of German extraction.  Catharine's father was Peter Ehle, who married Catharine Nelas, he being one of the Revolutionary soldiers.  Ralph's father (John) was a teamster in the war of 1812, and drove an ammunition wagon.  Ralph was of a family of nine children, eight of whom came to maturity.  Some of the number cast their fortunes in the West, others remained in their native county, viz, Archibald, Mary and Roena.  Peter, George, Ralph, Betsey and Harvey came West.  Peter (now deceased) settled in Guilford, and raised a family - Betsey in Missouri; George and Harvey in Michigan.  His father generously gave him his time at the age of 19.  He hired out on a farm, receiving the prevailing low wages of that time.  December, 1838, he married Elizabeth Talbot, born Feb. 29, 1820, in Madison Co., N.Y.; daughter of Samuel and Betsey Talbot.  Mrs. Rickard died June, 1852, leaving one child - Cyrus, now of Litchfield Township.  His second marriage occurred April 28, 1853, with Phoebe Reynolds, born in Cazenovia, Madison Co., N.Y., Jan. 15, 1831, whose parents were Colonel and Phoebe (Avery) Reynolds.  He was born at Warwick, on Narragansett Bay, R.I.; she in Herkimer Co., N.Y.  He was a son of Francis Reynolds; she a daughter of Punderson Avery, of Irish stock.  Mrs. Rickard came West with her sister in 1850, and Mr. Rickard came West in 1845, first to Canaan Township, in Wayne Co.  The following year, he located in this township, he and brother George purchasing 194 acres for which they paid $8.50 per acre, which they carried on in partnership for several years. Has now 97 acres situated in the north part of the township, which has been the result of his own labor and patient industry.  His last matrimonial union has been crowned with five children, three living - Frank, Harriet (Mrs. Ruthman Kent) and Jennie.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Rickard are members of the M. E. Church.  Mr. Rickard has been a man of good constitution, and a very hard-working man, but is now enjoying the comforts of his home in comparative retirement.

 

History of Medina County, Ohio, Baskin & Battery, Historical Publishers, 1881.