Captain William Ricketts

???? - 1700


  1. Son of Thomas Ricards, a Colonel in the army of Charles I, who was killed at the Seige of Lichfield in 1646, and his wife Elizabeth Rudely. "William Ricards, esq. a captain in Cromwell's army, who, accompanying the expedition under Penn and Venables, was present at the conquest of Jamaica, in 1665, and subsequently obtained the command of Bluefield's fort in that island. His commission, having been made out in the name of Ricketts, he and his descendants have ever since retained that designation. He m. about the years 1672, Mary, daughter of -- Goodwin, esq. a younger son of Sir Francis Goodwin, and the Lady Elizabeth Gray, only daughter of Arthur, fourteenth Lord Grey de Wilton, by his lordship's first wife, Dorothy Zouch..." Six sons and two daughers: John, who died s.p.; William of Ridgeland (q.v.); Jacob, d.s.p.; George of Canaan (q.v.); Benjamin (d.s.p.); Oswald (not mentioned in his will, a captain in the Royal Navy "lost on the rocks of Bermudas"; Violetta (died unmarried); Rachel (married Thomas Johnson and had issue).


See detailed, fully sourced family trees at and

  1. John Burke, History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland (4 vols., London, 1835-1838) vol. 1 p. 22.

Further Information

Mary Goodin or Goodwin
George, Jacob, William, John, Benjamin, Oswald, Violetta, Rachel

Will transcribed at [accessed 20/12/2021]. Precis.

William Ricketts of the Parish of St Elizabeth.

To my loving wife Mary Ricketts one third of the profits of my whole estate for life.

To my daughters Violetta and Rachell, £250 each at marriage. Should one die before marriage, then £500 to the survivor. Before mariage they to be maintained out of the profits of my estate.

Tp Mary Lutman[?Putman] £20 Jamaican currency.

To Robert George William and Elizabeth Luttman[Puttman?] each, six heifers.

To my kinsman Thomas R-nis[?], six heifers and a Negro man.

To Sarah, the child of my kinswoman Sarah Lowe, £40 Jamaican currency at age 16.

All my residuary real and personal estate to my five sons Jacob, William, John, George and Benjamin Ricketts to be divided equally amongsth them.

My wife Mary Ricketts to be executrix and sold guardian of my children during their minorities and to live upon and manage my estate during her widowhood. If she remarries then my trusty friends Michael [Holdsworth?] and Thomas [Greles?] to take upon them the wardship of my younger children and management of my estate.

Signed 08/03/1699.

Relationships (8)

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Grandfather → Grandson
Grandmother → Grandson