RICKER, GEORGE T., farmer, was born in Swatara township, July 13, 1839, and is a son of Frederick and Catherine (Backstoe) Ricker. The great-grandfather was a native of Germany, and served in the Revolutionary war. The paternal grandparents were natives of Lebanon county and were engaged in farming. They reared a family of seven children, of whom William alone survives. The maternal grandparents were also natives of Lebanon county and engaged in farming. They had six children, and were members of the Lutheran church.
The father was born in Dauphin county, October, 1790, and received his education in his native county. He lived on the farm until he was thirty years old, and then, in 1826, engaged in the hotel business for twenty-seven years in Swatara township. He then began farming again, and continued a number of years in that occupation. He finally retired to Hummelstown, where he died in May, 1872. In politics he was a Whig, and served as school director for six years in Swatara township. He was a member of the Lutheran church. His wife died in October, 1888, at the age of eighty-seven years. He was married to Miss Catherine Backstoe, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Hoover) Backstoe, in Derry township, Dauphin county, February, 1821. They had thirteen children, of whom five are living: Elizabeth, Catherine, Frederick, Mary, and George T.
George T. received his education in the public schools of his native county, and lived with his parents until twenty-seven years of age. In 1866 Mr. Ricker began farming for himself on the old homestead, which he bought from his father’s estate in 1873, where he has since resided. He was married, at Hummelstown, November 19, 1865, to Miss Catherine Hetrick, daughter of Adam and Margaret (Albright) Hetrick. Their children were: Maggie C.; Edwin S.; William H., who graduated from the Philadelphia School of Pharmacy in 1895, and is now clerk for Dr. Meade, in Philadelphia; Harry C., who died September 1, 1879. In politics Mr. Ricker is a Republican, and has served as school director for six years, and held the office of tax collector one year. He is a member of the Lutheran church.
Mrs. Ricker was born May 28, 1843. Her parents were natives of Dauphin county, her father being born January 11, 1803, the mother July 11, 1798. Her father was a farmer by occupation, and married Miss Margaret Albright, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Walmer) Albright. Their children are: John H.; Adam; William; Catherine; Caroline; deceased; Margaret, deceased; Amos, deceased; and Samuel, deceased. The father was a tanner and died in 1865, and the mother in 1870. The former was a member of the Reformed church, the latter of the Lutheran.
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Transcribed by Judy Warner Bookwalter, for the Dauphin County,
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