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Claudette (Ricketts) Pfingston Family Home Page

Updated April 14, 2008

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I started researching my genealogy in 1978. My family is very interesting, I have Circus performers on my mother's side, and I'm trying to prove a relationship to John "Bill" Ricketts, who had the 1st circus in the USA.

My Mother, Louise L. Warroquiers' family were all born in Belgium, after 3 brothers escaped from the Cossacks in Russia. Her aunt, Louise Charlier Zucchini, was in the circus in Italy and other European countries. Her grandfather, Jean Joseph Edouard Noel Warroquiers was a master tailor,on the city council, and the 1st President of the "Free Republic of Outre-Meuse" in Liege, Belgium. My parents met and married in Liege, Belgium. My mother was a WWII Warbride coming to the US in 1946. I am the 1st person in my mothers family to be born in the USA. My mother and father divorced in 1952 and she married my step-dad, Aubrey Leon Alexander who was born in Dawson Springs, Hopkins Co., KY. I will be adding his family to this page soon. I was raised in a very loving home growing up and I don't want to forget him and his heritage on my website. Some of his Alexander family moved to Posey Co., IN from Hopkins Co., KY and married into the Wade family. The Wade's married into the Ricketts family. The more I investigate, the smaller this world becomes.

My Father's Ricketts family (William Ricketts and Barsheba Nelson) came out of MD, through Pittsylvania Co., VA,TN,KY, and some ended up in Warrick Co.,IN. From there they moved to Gibson Co., IN, then Posey Co., IN, then to AK, lived and married in MO, then back to IN, to Posey Co., IN. Other Ricketts relatives lived in most of the states in the US.

I also want to add some information about my boyfriend, Donnie Waltman. He descends from the Crabtree family. Donnie's ancestor went to Alabama and other members of his ancestors went to Hopkins Co., KY and married into the Alexander family. WOW!! Is EVERYBODY related or what??!!!

Here are the Surnames: Rickets/Rickett/Ricketts,Warroquiers,Wautriche,Nols,Charlier,
Kifer,Dancel,Brewer,McKinney,Stevens,Rhyne,Shrum,Wilfong, etc.

England,etc., etc. More surnames and states will be added as I search.

If you click on the family tree, it is not working properly at this time and needs to be updated. I will try to attend to that soon.

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Family Photos
    Claudette (Ricketts) Pfingston and Donald Waltman, 1996
  • Gordon G. Ricketts and His Wife, Carole, 2005 (43 KB)
    Gordon G. Ricketts, a descendant of William Ricketts and Barsheba Nelson, through their son, John Ricketts. Gordon passed away on 21 March 2006. Interment will be on 28 March 2006 at the Claggett Cemetery, Salem, Oregon (see Claggett Link under links at bottom of this page). We send our sympathy to Carole and family.
    Another Claudette Ricketts!! I met her over the net. Now, I've just got to find out if we are related. Isn't genealogy interesting?!!
  • Renee 2005 Eveline Arnoldy's Mother (88 KB)
    Renee and my mother, Louise, went to school together in Liege, Belgium in 1935
  • Terry Winchester and his girlfriend, Debbie 2006 (19 KB)
    Terry is a descendant of William Ricketts and Barsheba Nelson through their son, William. See Wade, Ricketts, and Winchester link at bottom of page.
  • Desendants of William Ricketts and Barsheba Nelson (39 KB)
    November 2005 L-R: Norma (Ricketts) Savioe, Phyllis (Ricketts) Ridenour, Me (Claudette), Lana (Ricketts) Williams, Kathy (Ricketts) Neill. All the lovely girls are descendants of William Ricketts and Barsheba Nelson, through their son, William Ricketts.
  • Clyde O. Ricketts & Claudette (Ricketts) Pfingston (71 KB)
    Descendants of William Ricketts (1740-1832) and Barsheba Nelson (1746-1787)per LDS Family Search Ancestral File Dates, of Pittsylvania Co., VA., and William Ricketts will. Photo taken 2005. Clyde descends through their son, John Ricketts, and Claudette descends through their son, William Ricketts. Sad to report that Clyde died 09 Apr 2008.
  • My Paternal Grandparents, 1965 (488 KB)
    Alma May Hale, 1902-1999 and Edward "Eddie" Robinson Ricketts, 1895-1971. "Eddie" is a descendant of William Ricketts and Barsheba Nelson, through their son, William Ricketts.
  • Ray Mulesky and Claudette 11April 2006 TSGS Dinner (39 KB)
    Ray was the guest speaker for the Annual Willard Library Tri-State Genealogical Society (TSGS)Dinner. He gave a speech about his book, "Thunder From a Clear Sky: Stovepipe Johnson's Confederate Raid on Newburgh, Indiana". (see link to Ray's website, under links at bottom of page)
  • My Mother and Father on Their Wedding Day (62 KB)
    Louise Leontine Warroquiers and Wesley Eugene Ricketts WWII Liege, Belgium 19 May 1945
  • Mini-Summer Vacation 2005 Branson, MO (70 KB)
    Donnie & Claudette Aug. 2005
  • Russell and Cynthia Hurd 1998 (55 KB)
    Cynthia is a descendant of William Ricketts and Barsheba Nelson through their son, John Ricketts.
  • My "Belgian Genealogy Angel" August 2005 (31 KB)
    Eveline Arnoldy- I met her on the net while searching for my Belgian roots. We discovered that our mothers went to school together in Belgium. "It's A Small World"!! Thank you, Eveline, "My new friend"! SEE MY GENEALOGY ON THE TABLET IN FRONT OF EVELINE!!!
  • My Parents Wedding Certificate 1945 (133 KB)
    Louise Leontine Warroquiers and Wesley Eugene Ricketts 19May1945 Liege, Belgium WWII
  • Jean and Louise Warroquiers 1985 Evansville, IN (14 KB)
    Grandchildren of Jean Noel Warroquiers. Jean presenting Louise with puppets from their grandfather's puppet theater museum, "Musee Tchantches" in Outre Meuse, Liege, Belgium.
  • Went to meet Harvey R. Nelson 03 Jan 2006 (50 KB)
    Harvey Nelson and Claudette. Harvey is a descendant of William Nelson, a brother of Barsheba Nelson. Harvey passed away 30 Dec 2006.
  • My Paternal Great Grandparents about 1880 (65 KB)
    Elisha Robinson (Elihue) Ricketts (1858-1925) and Mary L. Osborn (1846-ca.1904) (photo enhanced by Tom Miller, THANKS Tom) Elihue is a descendant of William Ricketts and Barsheba Nelson, through their son, William Ricketts.
  • My Uncle Jean and His Daughter of France 2004 (783 KB)
    Jean Warroquiers and Christiane (Warroquiers) Picard
  • John Henry HALE and Eva Jane REDMAN (356 KB)
    My ggrandparents: John Henry HALE born 24 Nov 1860, IL, died 27 Jan 1938, Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co,. IL and Eva Jane REDMAN (1886 MO-1960 Mt. Vernon, Posey Co., IN. G/grandparents of Claudette.
  • Logo of Musee Tchantches in Outre-Meuse (62 KB)
    "Tchantches" The Town Mascot. Emblematic figure of the City of Liege, Belgium
  • My Cousin Christiane's Daughters 2004 (717 KB)
    Lauriane and Aurelia Picard
  • 11 Years Together (153 KB)
    Donnie and Claudette and Little Gus Ruedlinger Photo taken 17 Sep 2006
  • Fetinne Street School 1935 Liege, Belgium (94 KB)
    (0) Louise L. Warroquiers (Claudette's Mother) and (X) Renee (Eveline's Mother)
  • My Mother and Brother Aboard the Bridgeport 1946 (191 KB)
    My mother, Louise Ricketts and brother, (on the right) aboard the Bridgeport coming to the US from Belgium. See link below for WWII Warbrides where their photo appears on the front page of the Dec. 2006 issue.
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