Thomas E. Ricks (Mormon) - Early Years

Early Years

Ricks was born on July 21, 1828 in Western Kentucky, the son of Joel Ricks and Eleanor Martin. In 1830, he moved with his family to Silver Creek, Illinois where his family started a branch of the Campbellite Church. In 1840, his family was introduced to missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and in 1841, Ricks' parents and siblings were all baptized into that church.

In 1844 Ricks had an accident while breaking a horse. The horse landed on his left leg. As a result of this accident Ricks' left leg did not grow as long as his right leg. As a result, wearing a platform shoe, he walked with limp, and later used a cane.

Ricks was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at age sixteen and a month later he moved with his family to Nauvoo, Illinois. There he helped in the construction of the Nauvoo Temple.

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