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Charles and Adaline  Prickett

Kendall County, Illinois "JAMES PRICKETT, from Champaign county, Ohio, was among the earliest to make a claim at Long Grove, but when he returned with his family the claim was jumped, and he bought another in Apakesha Grove. It is still owned by Elijah Prickett. The only evidence of Mr. Kellogg's claim there was some rails he had cut in the timber. Besides Elijah, Mr. Prickett had three other sons: Charles, now living at Nettle Creek ; John, at Seneca; and Aaron, below Dwight. Also a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Bowen, near Lisbon. His first log house had door and floor of basswood puncheons, and still stands back in the grove, a relic of bygone days. He died after being in the country nine years, and his wife survived him but one year."

Charles Prickett married Adeline A. Holderman February 6, 1853 in Kendall County, Illinois

In 1870: Braceville, Grundy, Illinois 
Charles Pricket 40 
Adalina Pricket 35 
Ellen J Pricket 15 
George Pricket 14 
Byron Pricket 12 
Rue Ann Pricket 10 
Jacob Pricket 8 
Joel Pricket 6 
Nellie Pricket 4 
Burton C Pricket 3 
 Rosanna Pricket 1

1880 Grundy County, Illinois

Charles Pricket 50
Adaline Pricket 45
Jane Elen Pricket 25
Jacob Pricket 17
Joel A. Pricket 15
Nellie Pricket 14
Burton C. Pricket 12
Rosanah Pricket 11
Elizabeth Pricket 9



Elizabeth, born December 24, 1870, married Lewis Callaway, and died August 26, 1958.  They are buried in Unadilla Cemetery, Otoe County, Nebrfaska.

History Grundy County 1882

Charles Prickett, farmer, P. O. Coal City, was born October 16, 1829, in Logan County, Ohio; is a son of James and Rebecca Prickett. The parents came to Kendall County, Ill., in 1833. They had seven children, viz., Elijah, Joel, Charles, John, Aaron, Elizabeth, Jane. He has always been a farmer. Was married, February 6, 1858, to Adaline A. Holderman, the result being twelve children, viz., Jane E., George, Byron, Jacob, Rhua, Melissa, Joel, Nellie, Burton C., Rose, Elizabeth, Anthony. He settled at his marriage near Morris, this county, and in 1864 he bought his present farm of 160 acres, and has lived on the same since. He has been Highway Commissioner, Tax Collector, and Constable; votes the Republican ticket; takes an interest in educating his children.

Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois. (1882) Chicago: O.L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers.

1886 Jun.:  Rheu Ann Prickett homesteaded in CO.  NE of Section 9, T 1N, R 47W of 6th PM for 160 acres granted 17 March 1892.  

1887 Jun.:  Jacob Prickett homesteaded in CO.  Homestead granted in section 9, T 1N, R 47W of 6th PM on 16 November 1894. 
1888 Dec. 6:  Charles and Adeline Prickett sold their farm in Grundy County, IL, and homesteaded near Vernon (Yuma), CO.   (SW of Section 11, T 1S, R 45W of 6th PM).  Homestead was granted in 1898.
1889 Apr. 24:  Adaline A. Prickett of Arapahoe County, Colorado, purchased the SW ΒΌ of S 12, T 1S, R 45W of 6th PM from James L. Brady also of Arapahoe County, Colorado, for $1000.  (Record is on file in Denver County Courthouse, Denver, Colorado.)
1889 Jul. 3:  Joel A. Prickett filed a timber claim on land in Yuma Co., CO.  Homestead claim was granted on 10 April 1902 for  N half of SW quarter and S half of NW quarter of S 21, T 1S, R 44W of 6th PM.  Joel was the first blacksmith in Vernon (Yuma), CO.
1890 Feb. 26:  Joel Andrew Prickett married Clarisia Adora Shepard in Yuma Co., CO.  Marriage record is on file with Yuma Co. Clerk and Recorder.
1890 Aug. 17:  Rheu Ann Prickett left her homestead to begin working in Denver (Denver), CO.  She remained working in Denver until 10 February 1891.
1891 Mar. 2:  Date of issue of a land patent to George M. Prickett for the SE quarter of Section 1, Township 1 N, Range 48 W of 6th PM in Yuma County, Colorado.
1892 May 8:  Rheu Ann Prickett married Peter Bergeron in Yuma Co., CO.  Marriage record is on file with Yuma Co. Clerk and Recorder.    The 1900 census of Otoe County, Nebraska has a Peter Bergeron 60, born in Canada, married to Rhea , December 1857 Illinois.  They have Mary M., April 1895 and Clory C. January 1897,  both born in Colorado,

In 1910 they're in Fort Morgan, Colorado.   Peter is a stone mason.  Mary M. is 15, Clara A. 13.   In 1920 "Rhenun" is still in Fort Morgan, widowed, and Clara is a salesperson at a drug store.  Their headstone in the Fort Morgan cemetery has Peter's death as 1916.

In 1930 Fort Morgan "Rhuann", 73, is living with daughter Mary M. Spotts and her husband Harry F., and Clara A. STAMPER is a lodger in the Orley LaNier household. - married, no occupation.\

In 1940 James A. 40 and Clara A. 43 Stamper are in Fort Collins, where James is a pharmacist.  They have Nancy Carolyn, 7, and Rheuann Bergeron, 81, is living with them.

One Ancestry tree said she died December 3, 1946, in Fort Collins.

1894 Mar. 3:  Elizabeth Prickett married Lewis P. Callaway in Yuma Co., CO.  Marriage record is on file with Yuma Co. Clerk and Recorder.  The Callaways later moved to Unadilla (Otoe), NE, according to Lucy Stevens (wife of Joel Andrew Prickett's son, Reno).

1900 Vernon

Joel A Prickett 35
Adora Prickett 39
Nellie Prickett 8
Lena Prickett 7
Eva Prickett 5
Ivy Prickett 5
Amy A Prickett 3
Hazel Prickett 2
Charles Prickett 70

Four pages apart in the census is Adelina, with  grandson Clyde Prickett 10, daughter Rosa Smith - divorced- and son Roy Smith 2.

1938 Nov. 3:  Article in The Wray Gazette:

Joel A. Prickett, son of Charles and Adeline Prickett, was born June 7, 1864 in Grundy County, Illinois.  He remained in the home of his parents until the age of 20, when he went to Nebraska, locating near Orleans.  While there he was converted and became an active member of the Baptist Church.  Four years later he moved to Vernon, Colorado, homesteading on what is now the Churchill place, living there ten years.  The he moved onto the home place where he remained until his demise.

He was married to Clarisia Adora Shepard on February 26, 1890.  To this union were born seven daughters and one son  Nellie Sankey of Republic, Kansas; Iva Smith of Superior, Nebraska; Eva Crandell of Wray; Amy Lambert of Haigler, Nebraska; Hazel Schroeder of Woodburn, Oregon; Olive Higgenbotham of Eaton, Colorado; and Reno Prickett of Eaton, Colorado.  The second daughter departed this life in 1908 at the age of 14 years.

His wife, Adora, departed this life January 6, 1930.  On September 22, 1931, he chose for his companion, Mrs. Jennie E. Prickett of Alma, Nebraska who was a faithful helper throughout his suffering.  He passed away on October 27, 1938 at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 20 days after an illness of nearly a year.  He is also survived by four sisters and three brothers.  Funeral services were on October 30 with interment in Glendale Cemetery. 1940 Apr. 18:  Article in The Wray Gazette:

July 1908


Burton C. Prickett, 72, died at the county hospital on Monday, April 15.  He was a single man, but is survived here in this community by several relatives.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon in the Vernon Methodist Church and interment will be made in Glendale Cemetery at Vernon.

Burton Cook Prickett, son of Charles and Adeline Prickett was born at Braidwood, Grundy County, Illinois on September 8, 1867 and passed away at Wray, Colorado on April 15, 1940 at the age of 72 years, 7 months and 7 days.  He came to Colorado in 1889.  Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.  Those remaining are Jacob of Yuma, Colorado; Mrs. Rhuea Bergeron of Fort Morgan, Colorado; Mrs. Elizabeth Callaway of Unidilla, Nebraska and Mrs. Rosie Clawson of Abarr, Colorado.


1943 Mar. 11:  Article in The Wray Gazette:

Jacob Prickett, 81, bachelor and recluse who resided for many years at a farm home a mile west and four miles south of Schramm, was burned to death sometime between midnight and 6 o�clock Monday morning by a fire that consumed the house and his personal effects.  Neighbors reported to officers that there was no evidence of the fire shortly before midnight Sunday night, but Monday morning they discovered that the small residence had burned to the ground.

Mr. Prickett was known to many residents of the county who had been attracted by his unusual appearance.  He was crippled and for years had refused to cut his hair or beard.

The deceased was born on January 9, 1862 at Morris, Illinois.  He came to Colorado in 1887 and had resided here since.  A brother, Bert Prickett, died on April 18, 1940.  Mrs. Rosa Clawson of Abarr, is a sister.

September 1907


May 1917
Mrs. Adaline Prickett, mother of Joe and Bert Prickett, is very sick at her home northwest of Vernon.  Her illness is largely caused from a reent severe fall, and although her advanced age makes it serious, a seedy recovery is hoped for.


Clyde Prickett left the Wednesday for Fort Morgan to bring back an aunt to the bedside of his grandmother.



Wray Gazette Newspaper -Funeral Services were held at the Yuma Nazarene Church on Monday at 2:00 p.m. for Clyde PRICKETT of Eckley.

Rev. Orval GIBSON officiated and the Morris Mortuary had charge of the arrangements.
Clyde PRICKETT was born in Yuma County, Colorado, near Vernon on January 30, 1890 and departed this life at the Community Hospital in Wray on November 16, 1962, at the age of 72 years, 9 months and 17 days.He was united in marriage to Neva CAMPBELL, December 20, 1920. To this union six children were born, two of whom preceded him in death. He spent his entire life in the Vernon and Eckley communities as a farmer. He was a faithful husband and a loving father to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Neva, two sons, James and Harold, two daughters, Nadine and Alice, all of Eckley, a brother, Roy SMITH of Chicago, Illinois and a sister, Mrs. Alma HORTON of Lubbock, Texas. He was a kind friend and neighbor to all who knew him; and devoted to his farm life. He will be sadly missed.
Additional Comments:Clyde is buried in the Eckley Cemetery.

Wray Gazette
Wray, Yuma County, Arizona
April 30, 1981


Funeral services for Neva Jane PRICKETT were held at the Yuma Church of the Nazarene on Monday, May 4 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Lloyd Van MATRE officiating. Interment was in the Eckley Cemetery.

Neva Jane PRICKETT, daughter of James H. and Luella G. (HIGGINS) CAMPBELL was born on May 4, 1903 at Mount Ayr, Iowa, and departed this life at Wray on April 30, 1981.

In the year 1910, she came to Colorado with her mother and family from Iowa.

On December 20, 1920 she was united in marriage to Clyde PRICKETT at Wray. To this union three sons and three daughters were born.

She lived most of her life in the Eckley community where she received her education and attended church.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1962, and infant son and daughter, her father and mother, and four brothers.

She is survived by two sons, James Grant and Harold Wayne; two daughters, Neva Nadine and Alice Louise; two sisters, Nellie IRELAND of Loveland and Clara LUCORE of Eneterprise, Oregon; one brother, Julius King of Shelton Washington and several nieces and nephews and a host of neighbors and friends.


Rose Ann Prickett
Birth 30 JUL 1869 Braceville, Grundy, Illinois, USA Death 28 OCT 1952 in Yuma, Yuma, Colorado, USA
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    Marriage to Albert Frank Smith of Wray 1894 12 June Age: 24   Witnesses Joel and Jacob Prickett - performed by J.P. Barzhatt at Yuma.

    Yuma, Colorado, son Roy Smith  

    Roy married Dorothy Belzer (Belyer in the Colorado records) July 22, 1921.

    Divorced 1889 - Court case 247 in Yuma County.

    Marriage to Robert C. Washburn Age: 58 Yuma, Colorado, USA  (the Colorado State record card has "Mashburn" in one location, no county, and Anna M. Smith as the bride.  One Ancestry tree says 1927 Dec. 8:  Rose Ann Prickett Smith married Robert C. Washburn in Yuma Co., CO.  Marriage record is on file with Yuma Co. Clerk and Recorder.

    Marriage to Benjamin H. Clawson 1930 20 Mar Age: 60 Yuma, Colorado,

    In 1930 Ben and Rosa are in Abarr precinct - 66 and 53, respectively, both born in Illinois.

    In 1940 "A. Rosa" and "H.B." Clawson are near Abarr, two households below Edward and Martha Wurtsmith (Edna Clawson said that "Old Aunt Rosie" lived with the Wurtsmiths in the 1940's.)

    Edna also said "Ben was the brother of my great-grandfather Squires Clawson."

    Rosa died  1952 28 Oct Yuma, Yuma, Colorado, Burial Yuma, Yuma, Colorado,  according to one Ancestry tree.


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