Charles Anthony Max Rickards

Charles Rickards is our grandfather. He was, as far as I can tell, the 6th born to James & Emma Rickards in 1905. Last night while searching for death records on I came across our grandfather’s birth information. There was several things that sort of shocked me & tickled me at the same time. One of them being, grandpa was born in 1905 not 1907 as most of his census records indicated. The second one was the middle name of Max. I’ve never heard this name before. I can’t even remember my dad ever mentioning it. So now I have to wonder, where does the name Max come from? No-one in the family carries this name that I have found. Is it a family name? Or did the name belong to a dear friend of my great grandparents? I do believe there is some meaning behind the name because so far it seems all his siblings have only one middle name.

This is the information. That I found on

Name: Chas Anthony Max Rickards
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Event Type:                           Birth
Event Date:                           15 Feb 1905
Event Place:                           Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Gender:                           Male
Father’s Name: Jas N. Rickards
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Mother’s Name:                           Emma Greaves Rickards
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Reference ID:                           14722
GS Film number:                           2111432
Digital Folder Number:                           004261881
Image Number:                           01042
Citing this Record

“Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Emma Greaves Rickards in entry for Chas Anthony Max Rickards, 1905.


Charles A Graves Part 1

Charles A Graves
Charles was our Great, Great, Grandfather on our paternal side. The census records indicate that he was born between 1841/1843 in Prussia, and immigrated to America sometime between 1865-1869 at the age 22. Charles was married twice. His first wife was Annie C. His second wife was a Caroline. At this time I do not know either of their maiden names.
His first wife Annie is the one that Charles had his children with. Which makes Annie our Great, Great, Grandmother. Though their first born child Emma. They had 4 children that I am aware of.
Emma Hanna Graves. 1875-1944
Maggie May Graves. 1876
Charles F.O. Graves. 1877
Lana Graves. Buried – 10/9/1880
Annie died in December of 1880. I know she lies beside her baby daughter Lana in Greenwood cemetery.
In 1890 Charles remarried Caroline. On the 1900 census Charles, Caroline, & his son Charles are still in the same household together at 2134 William Street. In August 1909 Caroline passes away from Chronic Nepritis and is laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery.
I next find Charles in the 1910 census residing with his daughter & son in law, Emma & James Rickards. Charles remains with Emma until his passing in April of 1923 from Myocarditis.
Thoughts on Grampa Graves.
In all census records Charles is listed as carpenter. In the 1900’s census he is listed as a carpenter working for the railroad. I have to wonder what kind of work a carpenter would perform for the railroad. What I found so interesting about this, is that his grandson Charles A (our grandfather), and 1 great grandson Charles E, (our father) were heavy equipment operators. Did the need & skills to create and build new things come from their name sake? Our father Charles E, was great with this hands. He could do anything from repairing cars to remodeling homes. I do believe that some of these talents stem from Charles A, and I just think that is very cool.
I will end here for now, but remember there is a part 2 where I have more questions and thoughts.

Noble Rickards

The Rickards are my dad’s side of the family. Where they come from, or when they immigrated to the United States I don’t know as of yet. We don’t know much about this side of the family. Until a couple of weeks ago all I knew were my grandparents name. I couldn’t find any records online at all. Then all of a sudden the 1920’s & 1930’s started spitting out information left & right

Oh wait, is that our grandfather with his uncles? Is that my great grandparents? Nooo, is that is our great great grandfather all on the same 1920 census? oh yes, it sure was!

So the Story of Noble Rickards starts here & with this find a mystery comes with it. All census records lead me to believe that Noble was born in 1836/37 in Delaware. The farthest I can trace him is the 1850’s Census.

However, Noble is not with his family but with Benjamin Read’s family. The census states he is 13 yrs old and in school. What it does not state is his relationship to head of house! Is our great great grandfather an orphan? Did he have siblings? Is he living with a family member now? Exactly who is this Ann Cann? Is she the mother-in-law to Mr.Read? Could she be Noble’s grandmother by chance? Next week I will be back with another mystery about Grandpa Noble. 🙂