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Re: Rickman
In Response To: Re: Rickman ()

NC & VA. .

The Gowans I have on my tree is a Nancy Gowans born 1814 NC and married to Fountain Lyles in 1839 in Rockingham County, NC. They were in Shebly/Ripley county, Indiana by 1850.

I reviewed the 1850 census (my subject family is the Banks family) and went back to Rockingham County, NC- and found that the folks living next door to each other in Ripley County, Indiana- were also listed in the Rockingham cty, NC marriage info-- and they were bondsmen for each others marriages.

1850 census - Shelby/Ripley County
Louisa Gowan (born 1803 VA), and enumerated with her were William 12, Franklin 10, Malissa 7, MARTHA RICKMAN 24,
Peter 3, Virginia 3 mo. In 1880- this Louisa Gowan was still in Ripley and had her grandkids living with her:

- Eliza-17-VA (name, Age, POB)

- JAMES-13 NC-NC-NC (Name, Age, POB, Father POB, Mother POB)

- Agnes-12 IN-NC-NC

- Georgie Fern-8 IN-NC-NC

- Anna Belle 7-IN-NC-NC

- Nancy

1850- Next door to both Louisa Gowan & the Lyles were my Banks family
James & Ann Banks and their children. My Banks were also in Rockingham County- same time as the Gowans & Rickmans and Im assuming migrated into Indiana with this group of settlers.

Henry Rickman born NC and his wife Celia- born VA lived next door to Fountain Lyles. There kids were Sarah, William, John, Polly, Eli, Fielding, Nancy, Averta.

There were quite a few Gowan's in Ripley County 1850 Census.

The main Rickmans I have on my tree were interesting enough not the above listed Rickmans- that I know of (I have not researched this yet). The Rickmans of Kansas were my grandmothers 1st cousins- and married into my Banks family in 1884 in Kansas. I only recently noticed that the Kansas Rickmans (From Tennessee) could possibly be related to the Rickmans of Indiana- when I started researching migration patterns and settlements of my Banks family.

I will check our old reunion books and see what we have on the TN Rickmans that live in Kansas. The Rickmans use to have a reunion every couple of years in Newton, KS and so I will check with a cousin of mine to see if she has any of the old Rickman-Rossister reunion books.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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