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.


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. 🙂