| ||Notes for Gordius Ricketson, Sr.:|
Gordius lived in Craven Co., North Carolina as evidenced by deed and mortgages recorded in November 1771, and in March & May 1772.He was a farmer.Gordius and his brother, Marmaduke, are believed by the family descendants to have been killed by Indians hired by the British during the Revolutionary War.Where they were killed is not known, Gordius made his will 25 Nov. 1773 and it was approved 19 March 1774.
Grace W. Edes, author of "William Ricketson & His Descendants" describes Gordius' history as follows:
"Gordius Ricketson settled in Craven Co., North Carolina, where he became a planter.On 10 March 1772, Joseph Trow mortgages his property to Gordius Ricketson of Craven Co., NC., for being surety for him on bond to William Lipsey, 28 May 1772, an indenture was made between John Pearson of Craven County, Planter, on the one part and Gordius Ricketson, on the same, Planter, on the other part, in which said John Pearse for the sum of ten pounds.Proclamation money paid him by Gordius Ricketson, conveys to him a piece of land containing one hundred & fifty acres of land on the east side of Mill Creek, being part of the land granted to John Pearse by patent on the 22 Nov. 1771.This land is conveyed, enfeofed & confirmed, etc., to Gordius Ricketson, free of hindrance, molestation, etc..His Majestry"s Quitrent of four shillings per hundred yearly accepted.Dr. Shadrack Ricketson affirms that Gordius Ricketson "died in the Revolutionary War in the South".As there were no hostile movements in the South before 1774, the year of his death, we think he may have been killed while visiting his brother, Abednego, in Nova Scotia.The tradition handed down by Jordan Ricketson, to his daughter was that Gordius, and also his brother, Marmaduke, was killed by Indians hirelings employed by the British against the Continental troops.He said that one brother was killed in battle, and the other by a hand who broke into his house and murdered him in his bed at night.
Gordius made his will 25 Nov. 1773; it is proved 19 March 1774.He mentions therein his son, Benjamin, his eldest son, Jesse, his daughter, Bathsheba, his son, Gordius and his wife Abigail, whom he appoints executor, with one Emanuel Simonds.In the Haight Family Tree, Gordius is called "Gordia" evidently under the impression that he was a woman, and he is said to have married a William Russell.Perhaps therefore his first wife may have been a Russell."