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Ephraim Riker (1815-1890s)
Born Essex Co., N.J., fish market business in Bay City, Mich.

Biography, 1883. - Added March, 2012.
History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


was born in the state of New Jersey, Essex County, April 2, 1815. At an early age he went to New York City, and obtained a situation in a grocery store. At sixteen years of age he commenced learning the trade of a mason, and worked at that business until 1849. Went then in the i>oyster trade. In 1850 he removed to Sandusky, Ohio, and commenced business as a grocer. In 1859 he removed to Toledo, and engaged in the same pursuit. In 1865 he came to the Saginaw Valley, and located at Saginaw. Here he also carried on the grocery and fish business. He then moved his stock of goods to Au Sable, remained there one year, then came to Bay City, where he sold out his grocery stock, and continued in the fish business. Mr. Riker has accumulated considerable wealth since his advent into Michigan. He was the original owner of Point Lookout, a noted Summer resort, and has considerable property at present. In 1834 he was married to Sally Ann Miller, of New York, who died in 1864, leaving seven children. Mr. Riker resides in South Bay City.

Additional Notes.

    Genealogy: A Van Ness Family History.

  • Ephraim Riker's parents were Henry H. Riker (b. 1777) and Sarah Van Ness (b. 1876). Children: Maria, b. 1800; Margaret, b. 1802; Thomas H, b. 1804; Richard, b. 1809; Ephraim, b. 1815; Isaac H., b. 1818.

    1834 New York Marriages: Greenwich Village.

  • Ephraim Riker married Jan. 30, 1834, to Sarah Ann Miller.

    1843 History of Seneca County.

  • Ephraim Riker, of Erie County, Ohio, was awarded contract to build a county-jail and sheriff's house.

    1850 Census: Florence, Erie, Ohio.

  • Riker, Ephraim b. 1814, New Jersey.
  • Sarah A., wife b. 1810, New York.
  • Mary J., daughter b. 1835, Ohio.
  • Henry, son b. 1837, Ohio.
  • Isaac, son b. 1839, Ohio.
  • Ephraim S., son b. 1841, Ohio.
  • Samuel M., son b. 1844, Ohio.
  • Phillip, son b. 1847, Ohio.
  • Charles, son b. 1850, Ohio.

    1865 Ohio Marriages: Cuyahogo.

  • Ephraim Ricker married on Oct. 1, 1865, to Henrietta Ball. (Note: Genealogy data shows marriage to Henreitta Denham sometime after 1850.)

    1878 Directory: Browns Annual Directory of Saginaw Valley.

  • Riker, Ephraim fish market Bay City, res s e cor s Centre and River.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Riker, E. - b. 1815, New Jersey.
  • Heneretta F., b. 1838, Maine.

    1886 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Riker, Ephraim fish dealer, res 204 N Madison.
  • Riker, Viola dressmaker Mrs. V. Foote, bds 905 4th.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
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People Referenced
Ball, Henreitta (2-wife)
Foote, V. Mrs.
Miller, Sally A. (1-wife)
Riker, Charles (son)
Riker, Ephraim (subject)
Riker, Ephraim S. (son)
Riker, Henry H. (father)
Riker, Henry (son)
Riker, Isaac H. (bro)
Riker, Isaac (son)
Riker, Magaret (sis)
Riker, Maria (sis)
Riker, Mary J. (dau)
Riker, Phillip (son)
Riker, Richard (bro)
Riker, Samuel M. (son)
Riker, Thomas (bro)
Riker, Viola
Van Ness, Sarah (mother)
Subjects Referenced
Au sable, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Cuyahoga, OH
Erie County, OH
Essex County, NJ
Greenwich, NY
New York, NY
Saginaw, MI
Saginaw Valley, MI
Sandusky, OH
Toledo, OH
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.