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Thomas Edwin Ricks

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  • Name Thomas Edwin Ricks  [1
    Born 21 Jul 1828  Donaldson Creek, Trigg, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Sep 1901  Rexburg, Fremont, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 30 Sep 1901  Rexburg, Fremont, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Person ID I210028  Full Tree | Andersen Ricks
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2014 

    Wife 1 Tabitha Hendricks
              b. 30 Sep 1830, Franklin, Simpson, Kentucky, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Mar 1924, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 18 Aug 1852  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Sarah Catherine Ricks
              b. 4 Jun 1854, Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 9 Sep 1920, Hamer, Jefferson, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Thomas Edwin Ricks, Jr.
              b. 3 Dec 1855, Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Dec 1919, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. Joseph Hendricks Ricks
              b. 23 Jan 1857, Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Nov 1915, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    +4. Hyrum Ricks, Sr.
              b. 24 Jul 1858, Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Aug 1924, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     5. Heber George Ricks
              b. 27 Apr 1860, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 May 1907, Deans, , Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     6. Brigham Ricks
              b. 27 Apr 1860, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 May 1940, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     7. Mary Elizabeth Ricks
              b. 19 Aug 1861, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Mar 1907  (Age 45 years)
     8. William A. Ricks
              b. 25 Sep 1863, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Jan 1940, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     9. Alice Ricks
              b. 23 May 1865, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Aug 1876  (Age 11 years)
     10. James Ricks
              b. 20 Dec 1867, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Jul 1945, , , California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     11. Samuel H. Ricks
              b. 20 Feb 1870, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 11 Dec 1933, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     12. George Ricks
              b. 2 Jan 1876, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 25 Jan 1967, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
    Family ID F81848  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife 2 Elizabeth Jane Shupe
              b. 14 Aug 1841, Pleasant Valley, Wythe, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Jul 1889, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 27 Mar 1857  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Willard Ricks
              b. 24 Apr 1861, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Dec 1940, St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Martha Jane Ricks
              b. 1 Jul 1863, , , Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Jul 1929  (Age 66 years)
     3. Emma Ricks
              b. Jun 1865, , , Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 31 Aug 1865, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     4. John Ricks
              b. 10 May 1868, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 3 May 1920, Teton, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
     5. Lewis Ricks
              b. 4 Feb 1870, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Nov 1927  (Age 57 years)
     6. Orson Ricks
              b. 23 Apr 1873, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 Sep 1938, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. Millie Ricks
              b. 6 Feb 1875, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 May 1964, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     8. May Ricks
              b. 16 May 1877, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1981, Lovell, Big Horn, Wyoming, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 103 years)
     9. Nathan Ricks
              b. 21 Jul 1879, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 May 1880, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     10. Eleanor Ricks
              b. 3 Sep 1881, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Aug 1889  (Age 7 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
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    Wife 3 Tamar Loader
              b. 8 Sep 1833, Kingston, Oxfords, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1 Feb 1924, Sugar City, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 27 Mar 1857  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Amy Eliza Ricks
              b. 11 Dec 1858, Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Apr 1922, Sugar City, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Sarah Eleanor Ricks
              b. 6 Feb 1861, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Oct 1926, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     3. Joel Ricks
              b. 12 Feb 1863, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Mar 1863  (Age 0 years)
     4. Maria Loader Ricks
              b. 23 Aug 1867, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 Aug 1951, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Clarinda Ricks
              b. 15 Feb 1872, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Dec 1873  (Age 1 years)
     6. Luamelia Ricks
              b. 24 Nov 1874, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 Mar 1891  (Age 16 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
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    Wife 4 Ruth Caroline Dille
              b. 11 Jan 1846, Bentons Port, Ringold, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 17 Feb 1922, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1864  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Harriett Ricks
              b. 7 Jun 1865, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 3 Jul 1956, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. Caroline Ricks
              b. 16 Oct 1867, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Apr 1948, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. David Ricks
              b. 28 Sep 1871, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 Sep 1873  (Age 1 years)
     4. Rosamond Ricks
              b. 12 Jul 1878, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 10 May 1939  (Age 60 years)
     5. Harvey Ricks
              b. 27 Jun 1881, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Dec 1941, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
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    Wife 5 Ellen Maria Yallop
              b. 8 Apr 1848, Great Yarmouth, Norfolkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Jul 1924, Sugar City, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 28 Nov 1866  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Ephraim Ricks
              b. 16 Sep 1867, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Sep 1948, Wilford, Fremont, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Alfred Ricks
              b. 28 Nov 1869, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 Oct 1927, Sugar City, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Ernest Ricks
              b. 23 Sep 1871, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 22 Aug 1919, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     4. Ellen Ricks
              b. 16 Dec 1873, Cache Junction, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Sep 1934, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     5. Charlottie Ricks
              b. 29 Dec 1875, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Apr 1945, Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. Edith Ricks
              b. 5 Mar 1878, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Sep 1962, Rigby, Jefferson, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     7. Elizabeth Jane Ricks
              b. 30 May 1881, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Jan 1946, Sugar City, Madison, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     8. Josiah Ricks
              b. 23 Aug 1882, Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 4 Mar 1886  (Age 3 years)
     9. Zina Ricks
              b. 27 Dec 1888, Rexburg, Fremont, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 May 1943, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2010 
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  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Jul 1828 - Donaldson Creek, Trigg, Kentucky, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Aug 1852 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sarah Catherine Ricks - 4 Jun 1854 - Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas Edwin Ricks, Jr. - 3 Dec 1855 - Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Joseph Hendricks Ricks - 23 Jan 1857 - Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Mar 1857 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Mar 1857 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Hyrum Ricks, Sr. - 24 Jul 1858 - Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Amy Eliza Ricks - 11 Dec 1858 - Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Heber George Ricks - 27 Apr 1860 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Brigham Ricks - 27 Apr 1860 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sarah Eleanor Ricks - 6 Feb 1861 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Willard Ricks - 24 Apr 1861 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Mary Elizabeth Ricks - 19 Aug 1861 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Joel Ricks - 12 Feb 1863 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Martha Jane Ricks - 1 Jul 1863 - , , Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - William A. Ricks - 25 Sep 1863 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Dec 1864 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Alice Ricks - 23 May 1865 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Emma Ricks - Jun 1865 - , , Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Harriett Ricks - 7 Jun 1865 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Nov 1866 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Maria Loader Ricks - 23 Aug 1867 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ephraim Ricks - 16 Sep 1867 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Caroline Ricks - 16 Oct 1867 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - James Ricks - 20 Dec 1867 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - John Ricks - 10 May 1868 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Alfred Ricks - 28 Nov 1869 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Lewis Ricks - 4 Feb 1870 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Samuel H. Ricks - 20 Feb 1870 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ernest Ricks - 23 Sep 1871 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - David Ricks - 28 Sep 1871 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Clarinda Ricks - 15 Feb 1872 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Orson Ricks - 23 Apr 1873 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ellen Ricks - 16 Dec 1873 - Cache Junction, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Luamelia Ricks - 24 Nov 1874 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Millie Ricks - 6 Feb 1875 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Charlottie Ricks - 29 Dec 1875 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - George Ricks - 2 Jan 1876 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - May Ricks - 16 May 1877 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Edith Ricks - 5 Mar 1878 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Rosamond Ricks - 12 Jul 1878 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Nathan Ricks - 21 Jul 1879 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth Jane Ricks - 30 May 1881 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Harvey Ricks - 27 Jun 1881 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Eleanor Ricks - 3 Sep 1881 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Josiah Ricks - 23 Aug 1882 - Logan, Cache, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Zina Ricks - 27 Dec 1888 - Rexburg, Fremont, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Sep 1901 - Rexburg, Fremont, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 30 Sep 1901 - Rexburg, Fremont, Idaho, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Thomas E. Ricks, president of the Fremont Stake of Zion, was born July 21, 1828, in Trigg (now Christian) county, Kentucky, son of Joel Ricks and Elenor Martin. When but two years old his parents moved to Madison county, Illinois, at which place he was baptized Feb. 14, 1845, and in the following October he was ordained an Elder. In September he moved with his parents to Nauvoo, Illinois. He worked on the Nauvoo Temple from the time he arrived there until work was stopped, and preparations commenced to move west. He crossed the Mississippi river for the west Feb. 8, 1846, with part of Charles C. Rich's family, acting as teamster for them as far as Council Bluffs, where he remained with his parents until April, 1848, when he continued westward in Heber C. Kimball's company. When the company arrived near Elkhorn river the Indians stole four of their oxen, and Bro. Ricks with three others were sent in pursuit of them. They came upon the Indians [p.456] about six miles from camp. The Indians at once commenced firing at them and Bro. Ricks was shot three times. It was not until the following July that he was able to leave his bed, but from that time on he continued to gain strength. He arrived in Salt Lake valley Sept. 24, 1848, locating at North Mill Creek, about twelve miles north of Salt Lake City. The following spring he moved into Centerville. In the fall of 1849 he was called to go with an eight-ox team to meet a company of emigrants in charge of Ezra T. Benson and Geo. A. Smith, whom he met near Independence Rock on the Sweetwater, and returning with the company he arrived in Salt Lake City Oct. 23, 1849. On the 20th of November of the same year he was called to go on an exploring expedition under the charge of Parley P. Pratt to southern Utah. He accompanied this expedition as far south as where St. George is now located, and returned March 27, 1850. He was married to Tobitha Hendricks Aug. 28, 1852. At the April conference, 1856, he was called to go south on an Indian mission with William Bringhurst and others. They went to Los Vegas (now Nevada), and there, with the others of the mission, he assisted in building a fort, and opening up farms. At the October conference, 1856, he was called to go and assist the hand-cart company through, and started out on this mission the same day he was called. He met Capt. Martin's company at Independence Rock, and arrived at Salt Lake City with them Nov. 30th. March 10, 1858, he, with others, was called to Salmon river, Idaho, to rescue Thomas S. Smith's company from the Indians, returning to Salt Lake City one month later creek, a little north of where the town of Nephi is now located. In the fall of 1859 he moved to Cache valley and located at Logan, in said valley. He was for many years a member of the High Council of Cache Stake of Zion. In 1863 he crossed the plains as captain of a company of teams who went to meet the emigrants at Council Bluffs, and again in 1866 he was called to fill a similar mission, both of which he filled successfully. In 1869 he filled a mission to the States of Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky. Soon after his return from this mission he was found busy in the construction of the railroad from Ogden to Franklin, being one of the principal contractors in the building of this grade. In 1877, he, in company with Wm. D. Hendricks, contracted for the laying of the track from Franklin, Idaho, to Butte, Montana, which work he completed by Christmas, 1880. In 1881 he was busy as a contractor of grades for the Northern Pacific railroad. In December, 1882, he was called to lead a colony in the settlement of the upper Snake River valley, Idaho, where he arrived the following February and at once went to work and laid out the city of Rexburg, and afterwards assisted in laying out nearly every settlement in what is now Fremont and Bingham counties. He built the first grist mill in the upper Snake river valley; built the first ferry across the north fork of Snake river; built the first saw mill; opened up the first mercantile store, and was ever first and foremost in every enterprise that tended to build a commonwealth. He was appointed the first Bishop in the Snake River country, then known as the Bannock Ward. When the Stake was organized Feb. 4, 1884, he was appointed its president, which position he creditably filled till his death. In 1885 he was called on a mission to England, which he filled for a period of over two years. Soon after his return from this mission, while in Logan, he was placed [p.457] under arrest on the charge of unlawful cohabitation, but at his preliminary hearing on May 28, 1888, he was discharged. In 1890 he was again arrested for his religion's sake, and this time appealed his case to the higher court from the decision of the trial court, which resulted in the case being again dismissed. From 1861 to 1863 he served Cache county as their sheriff, and again in the '70s he was serving the same county as their assessor and collector. He was a colonel of the Utah militia for a great number of years. Twice he was appointed by the governor of Idaho a delegate to represent the State in the National Irrigation congress, both of which he filled with honor. In 1898 he was appointed by the governor of Idaho as a member of the board of directors of the Insane Asylum of Idaho. He was chosen chairman of the board and held that position at the time of his death. During the time he was railroad-building he accumulated considerable means, all of which he spent in building up and developing the Snake river country, and in assisting the poor and needy who had come to settle there. The savings and accumulations of a great many years of industrious toil were all spent through his kindness and liberality. President Ricks died at his home in Rexburg, Bingham county, Idaho, Sept. 28, 1901, surrounded by his numerous and sorrowing family. Those who, knew him best assert that a more courageous man never lived than Thos. E. Ricks; for fear to him was unknown. While at times he appeared a little rough and stern in his manner and conversation, yet beneath that roughness and sternness there always beat a kindly and forgiving heart. To the kingdom of God, and the Priesthood, he was loyal to the core, ever ready and willing to go where he was called and when he was called, unflinchingly braving every danger and hardship without a murmur. His was a cheerful disposition, and he always had words of encouragement to those who were laboring to build up the new country in which he took so much interest. He had five wives, four of whom survived him. He was the father of 42 children, 36 of whom he left to mourn his loss. At the time of his death he had 154 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren living.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.258 I was invited to accompany President Preston and Bishop Ricks on a preliminary survey, having been over considerable of that country at different times and expected to assist in its colonization. We left Logan on the evening of January 4th, 1883, arriving at Wyman Parker's at Egin the next evening. We held a meeting with that group on January 7th and discussed the feasibility of selecting and fencing a cooperative or community field and working together in securing water for irrigation purposes. On the 9th we visited the small colony on Poole Island, sometimes called Cedar Buttes, meeting in a small log cabin owned by John R. Poole which was being used as the school and meetinghouse. On the 10th we crossed the south fork of the Snake River on the ice and visited the residence of Theodore Lyman who was located on Lyman creek and from whom the stream received its name. The next morning we made a survey of that part of the country and selected the site as a place for a central settlement and headquarters for the colonizing of this upper valley. President Preston suggested that the townsite be named Rexburg in honor of Bishop Ricks, whose English name was "Rex." On January 12, 1883 we returned to Cedar Butte and stayed at the home of J. D. Fisher and the next day we returned home by way of Eagle Rock. Soon after a group of young men with teams, sleighs and provisions was organized consisting of Francis C. Gunnell, Thomas E. Ricks, Jr., Brigham, Heber and Willard Ricks, Fred Smith, Daniel Walters, Lorenzo Thorpe, Leonard Jones, James M. Cook and Andrew S. Anderson, a surveyor. They left Logan, Utah January 25, 1883 to help with the new settlement.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.259

      On February the 8th, Bishop Ricks and I took the train to Eagle Rock. We waited at Cedar Buttes until the 11th when this group arrived. They wended their way to a grove of cottonwood trees on the east side of the south fork of Snake River just west of the present site of Lyman. I went to Beaver Canyon to briefly oversee my sawmill interests. I joined them again on Sunday the 15th. Bishop Ricks and I held the first meeting that was ever held on the forks of the Snake River with the group that day. The young men continued getting out [p.259] house logs. Bishop Ricks and I explored the country and visited the Saints in Egin and Cedar Buttes, returning to where the boys were located February 26th and helped break the road through eighteen inches of snow with the first five loads of house logs to where Rexburg now stands. We returned to Cache Valley and they continued getting out building material. We came back March 11th. On March 12th, 1888, Andrew W. Anderson had completed surveying the Rexburg townsite. It was divided into ten blocks with four lots to the block, two and one-half acres to the lot. By March 15th the city canal was surveyed, the head of which was established where the Moody creek empties into the South Teton River. On the 16th of March, we called a meeting of those present. After the opening prayer, I formally dedicated the ground and named the new settlement, Rexburg. The first log house was completed by Bishop Ricks, March 15, 1883.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.259 The first ferry boat was launched on the North Fork of Snake River six miles due west of Rexburg, March 26th. It was built by Thomas E. Ricks, Henry Flamm, myself and others. I filed on 160 acres on the southeast corner of the townsite - the northeast quarter of section 29, township 6, range 40, under the timber culture act. This tract is now known as the Rigby addition to Rexburg. I purchased Lot 2 in block 1 with a cottonwood house partly constructed on it from W. A. Shepherd, for which I paid him $35.00 in cash and grain. I completed this house with a dirt roof and built an additional two rooms of lumber, lined with adobes, and a shingled roof, which was the home of my wife, Ann for a number of years. I also secured lots 1 and 4 in block 17 and lot 2 in block 18 for a millsite where later was built a saw, lath and shingle mill and a three story frame flour mill. The townsite belonged to the public and the deeds of these lots were acquired after the townsite had been proved up on for $1.25 per acre.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.259 During the summer I operated a sawmill in Beaver Canyon for W. N. Thomas. My wife, Sarah, and daughter, Lizzie, from Newton cooked for the mill hands. I took over the sawmill of VanNoy and Company, they having gone bankrupt. The Logan branch of the Z.C.M.I. held a mortgage against it for $2,000.00, and being a member of that company I paid the mortgage and took over the mill. My sons, George C. and Martin C., James P. Hanson and William Bell took the mill to Rexburg in August, 1883, by oxteam.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.259 Bishop Ricks, Edwin Paul, and myself took a trip to the Teton Basin, a distance of fifty miles east of Rexburg. It was a beautiful valley, thirty miles long and fourteen miles wide and opened out to our view as we descended the rolling hills to the crystal Teton river.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.260 The latter part of November we closed the mill and brought our oxen and logging outfits to Rexburg. My wife, Ann, and her three children, Francis, Lorenzo and Hyrum had come from Newton a few weeks previously, and our daughter Lizzie came with me to join her mother, having spent the summer in Beaver Canyon helping my wife, Sarah, cook for the mill hands. We hauled a number of saw [p.260] logs from the Moody slope and Lyman creek, operated the sawmill until winter set in and we sawed 18,000 feet of lumber.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.260 On February 4, 1884, what had been heretofore known as the Bannock Ward of the Cache Stake was organized as the Bannock Stake at Logan, Utah. Bishop Thomas E. Ricks Sr. was set apart as president by President Taylor. I was set apart April 11th as first counselor by Moses Thatcher and Francis C. Gunnell was set apart by Joseph F. Smith as second counselor May 18th, the Bannock Stake of Zion embracing all that part of the country north of Portneuf Canyon (McCammon) and east and west as far in each direction as there are any members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.260 I left Rexburg to go to Newton in March 1884. Joseph, Martin, Henry and I put in the crops. We raised 1500 bushels of grain and 150 tons of hay that season. I was released as bishop of Newton Ward by Apostle Moses Thatcher. He blessed me and said I would be a wise counselor and a great defender of the Gospel, and I would have great influence with the people.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.260 April 14, 1884. President John Taylor loaned the people 500 bushels of wheat. For my own use I loaded 200 bushels of wheat, 200 bushels of potatoes, grain and peas furnished by other brethren and shipped them to Market Lake. I gave some of this to the brethren who were out of seed and thanked the Lord for the opportunity of helping to develop this wonderful country for the Latter-day Saints.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.260 My son, George, Brother P. Tempest and John Farnes, an engineer, and I left Rexburg to start operating my sawmill. We sawed a few thousand feet of lumber. I hired two German brethren (Gotman brothers) to fence our home lots which I had bought from W. A. Shepherd. My sons William, George and Martin plowed with ox teams these lots. We planted 4000 cuttings of shade trees and small fruits. President Ricks, his sons Thomas E. Jr., Joseph, Brigham and Heber, all bought trees from me. They grew well and I feel proud of this contribution toward beautifying the new city of Rexburg. I also planted a large vegetable garden and it did well. I raised over 500 bushels which proved a great blessing to us the following winter. My sons and hired men, James P. Hansen, William and Eli Bell, plowed and planted grain on the northeast corner of the south school section, section 16, township 6, range 40, north and east of Rexburg along with other brethren. My son, Martin, and R. N. Jeppeson with two yoke of oxen each and Hans C. Jensen with two span of horses, made a small ditch to water our grain. This was the beginning of what is now known as the Teton Island canal.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.261

      The first conference was held in Bannock Stake on April 26 and 27, 1884, at Rexburg, Oneida county. At 10 a.m. on April 26th, the meeting was called to order by President Thomas E. Ricks. After the choir sang, Elder John Donaldson offered a prayer dedicating the Rexburg meetinghouse to the worship of God. Reports of several districts were listened to and the various M.I.A.'s, and Relief Societies [p.261] were reported in good condition. The brethren instructed the Saints to work for each other's interests by way of cooperation, boards of trade, and buyers and sellers on small profits.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.261 On May 4, 1884 I attended the dedication of the Logan Temple. It was an experience long to be remembered. The general authorities of the Church as well as thousands of other Church authorities and members were in attendance. President John Taylor offered the dedicatory prayer. I, personally, had quite a lengthy interview with President Taylor and Patriarch Smith pertaining to our people.

      Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.261 A business meeting was held in the Rexburg meetinghouse, May 11th. President Ricks was in the chair. I advised the water ditch committee to incorporate as soon as practicable. On May 2nd I rented my sawmill at Rexburg to Brother P. Tempest, the husband of my cousin, Sarah Jane Wilson Tempest. He was to operate it all summer and give me half he made.

      Thomas Edwin Ricks Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.156 Thomas E. Ricks was born on the 21st of July, 1828, in Trigg county, Kentucky. His parents were Joel Ricks and Elenor Martin. They moved while he was yet an infant to Madison county, Illinois, where his boyhood was spent until he was eighteen years of age. His time was mostly occupied in assisting his father, who was a hard-working and prosperous farmer. On March 27, 1844, he had a thigh broken by being thrown from a horse, an accident that caused one of his legs to be much shorter than the other, thus making him a cripple for life; but for all that he was very active and hard-working and remained so to the end of his days. Reared on the frontiers of Western Illinois, where educational facilities were very limited, he was able to acquire but little book learning, and what he did obtain was mostly at odd times by dint of his own unaided efforts at the home fireside.

      Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.156 He was baptized a Latter-day Saint February 14, 1845, and in September of the same year went with his father's family to Nauvoo, where he worked on the Temple during the fall and winter. In October he was ordained an Elder under the hands of Jesse Baker. The following February, the exodus from Illinois having begun, his father sent him with a team to assist Charles C. Rich in moving West. He crossed the Mississippi on the 8th of that month, joined the camps on Sugar Creek and traveled with the family of Elder Rich to Council Bluffs. His father's family having arrived there, they went into Winter Quarters, remaining on the Missouri until the spring of 1848.

      Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.156 The elder Ricks being in good circumstances, they were able to fit themselves out very comfortably for the journey across the plains, and also to lead considerable aid to others. They traveled under the direction of Apostle Heber C. Kimball, with whom, as well as with other leaders of the people, a close intimacy was formed. On the Elk Horn river, on the third day of June, while attempting to recover some stock driven off by the Indians, Thomas was shot by them, and for a time his life was despaired of, the doctor declaring, while probing for the three balls that had entered his body, that he could not live three hours. He was administered to by the Elders, however, and promised that he should live. He recovered, and for fifty-two years his life continued to be active and useful.

      Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.156 He arrived in Salt Lake valley September 24, 1848, and settled first at Centerville in Davis county. In 1852 he moved to Farmington, where he made his home until 1859, when he removed to Logan, Cache county. There he resided for twenty-four years, and during this period was mostly engaged in farming and stock-raising. In 1883 he was called by the Church authorities to lead a colony into Snake River valley, Idaho, and [p.157] there, at the town of Rexburg named in his honor after the original spelling of his family name proved successful. For twenty years he was interested in milling at Logan, with William D. Hendricks of Richmond, and was also associated with him for several years in railroad construction. He was president of the Rexburg Milling Company and of the Rexburg Co-operative Store.

      Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.157 Among the missions he fulfilled was one to the Indians at Los Vegas, New Mexico, in April, 1855. He left home in May of that year, and returned in September, 1856. In 1863 and in 1866 he crossed and recrossed the plains, bringing emigrants to Utah. From October, 1869, to March, 1870, he was on a mission to the States, and from May, 1885, to November, 1886, on a mission to Great Britain. He took active part as an officer of the Church from his earliest connection with it and was advanced step by step until he became the President of a Stake. He was always generous and charitable with his means, and in the days of his greatest prosperity was styled "the friend of the poor."

      Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.157 For many years he was a Colonel in the Utah militia, and during early troubles with the Indians was a minute man, ready to start at a moment's notice to defend the lives and property of the people. He was for several years sheriff of Cache county, and it was during his tenure of that office that the incident occurred which formed the basis of the charge upon which he was tried and acquitted, as narrated in chapter twenty-seven, volume two, of this history.

      Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.157 Thomas E. Ricks was always looked upon as a proper man to take charge of public enterprises, such as the construction of canyon roads, irrigation canals and ditches, especially in times when all was done by donation. Should his Bishop or the President of his Stake ask him to superintend such a labor, he would never shrink nor shirk, whatever sacrifice it entailed. He was always on hand to do his duty, and always respectful and obedient to his superiors in authority. He was President of Bannock Stake for many years, and after it was divided he continued to be President of Fremont Stake, holding that position until his death. He was married August 18, 1852, to Tabitha Hendricks; March 27, 1857 to Tamar Loader and Jane Shupe; December 6, 1863, to Ruth C. Dilley; and November 29, 1866, to Ellen Maria Yallop. His children number forty-three. President Ricks died at his home in Rexburg, September 28, 1901.

      He md Tabitha Hendricks 18 Aug, 1853; Tamer Loader 27 Mar 1857; June Elizabeth Shoup 27 Mar 1857; Ruth C. Dilley 6 Dec 1863; Ellen Marie Yallop 28 Nov 1866; Husband and wife #2 all sealings for family and parents ratified 3 Nov 1967 and 22 Nov 1967. Sources: Family History of Thomas E. Ricks and Family Records of Tamar Loader in posession of Virginia C. Harrison, 216-1/2 7th st., Idaho Falls, IDaho 83401 and bapt., and end rec at the Temple Index Bureau, Salt Lake City, Utah.

      Was living next door to wife Jane's family in Logan Utah for 1880 census [1]

  • Reference  Bryan S. Larson. "Thomas Edwin Ricks". Our Family Histories. https://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I210028&tree=00 (accessed August 22, 2019).

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] compiled by Richard Ricks [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Cedar Hills, UT, 84062. "Artel Ricks.ged," supplied by Ricks, 10 Jan 2010; copy held by [RESEARCHER & CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    2. [S1547] Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2003, Roll M593_1610; Page: 152; Image: 306..


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