Mary Jane (George and Delila) Ricker
Civil War Widow's and Minor's Pension
Names mentioned: George W Ricker, Mary Jane Ricker,
Delila Willett Ricker, Daniel Rodgers, Ambrose Willett, JM Shelton,
George Buckner, Rebecca Cline, John M Shelton, Robert A Ragan, Samuel L
Stephens, Richard M Johnson.
Original records may be
found online through
various genealogy databases, or by requesting copies of military
records in government archives.
Abstracted and submitted by Bruce Price
George W Ricker served as a private in Co K, 8th
Tennessee Volunteers. He was mustered in 8/11/1863 and was killed
near Atlanta, GA on 8/06/1864; he was shot through the head.
His widow was a pensioner and was paid to 8/05/1868. George and his
widow were married 4/25/1839. (Another document states that George
Ricker and Delila Willett were married 4/25/1849.) Daughter Mary Jane Ricker was born 9/30/1859. Delila died 12/01/1868 and Mary Jane applied for a minor's pension.
Daniel Rodgers, age
fifty-one, a resident of the 3rd Civil District of Cocke County, was
guardian of the minor child of Delila Ricker, dec'd. Mary Jane
Ricker was the daughter of George and Delila Ricker. George was killed
at Utoy Creek near Atlanta, GA on 8/06/1864. Delila died at her
residence in Cocke County on 12/01/1868 of consumption. George and
Delila were married in Greene Co, TN.
Ambrose Willett and JM Shelton,
residents of the 3rd Civil District of Cocke County, swore that they
saw Daniel sign his name. This document is dated 5/18/1869.
A certified copy of the marriage license of George Ricker and Delila Willett in Greene County, TN, is included in the file.
On 2/11/1865, Delila Ricker, age 41, a resident of the 3rd Civil
District of Cocke County, filed for a pension as widow of George Ricker.
George Buckner and Rebecca Cline,
residents of Jefferson and Cocke Counties, swore that they were
acquainted with George and Delila Ricker and that they were married and
the parents of Mary Jane.
John M Shelton swore that he knew George Ricker and fought side by side with him.
Robert A Ragan, late Captain
of Co K, 8th Reg Tennessee Infantry, swore that George Ricker was a
private in his company. He stated that George Ricker was killed by the
Confederate forces on 8/06/1864 while charging the enemy fortifications
before Atlanta, GA, by a ball passing through his head from the enemy
Richard M Johnson and John M
Shelton, residents of Cocke County, swore that that saw Delilah make
her mark. They also stated that they knew George and Delila were
married and the parents of Mary Jane.