William Marshall Rice

Male16 January 1894–10 November 1973

Brief Life History of William Marshall

When William Marshall Rice was born on 16 January 1894, in Tahlequah, Cherokee, Oklahoma, United States, his father, Jordan John Rice, was 30 and his mother, Margaret L. Watkins Rice, was 18. He married Stella Matilda Witten on 3 February 1926, in Choctaw, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Sulphur Township, McCurtain, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1929. He died on 10 November 1973, in Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 79.

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William Marshall Rice
Stella Matilda Witten
Marriage: 3 February 1926
Glenda Nell Rice
Jeanetta Rice

Sources (9)

  • Willie Rice, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Marshall Rice - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: William Marshall Rice
  • William Rice in entry for Jeanetta Rice, "Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 February 1926Choctaw, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (6)

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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Age 2

    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.


    Age 7

    Bath was annexed by the City of Rensselaer (incorporated in 1897 from the former Village of Greenbush) in 1901, following 1890s attempts by the City of Albany to annex the Village of Bath, and later to annex both the Village of Bath and the City of Rensselaer.

    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

    Age 22

    Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

    Name Meaning

    Welsh: Anglicized pronunciation of one of the most common Welsh personal names, Rhys, from a form originally meaning ‘rash, impetuous’, also spelled Rys and Re(e)s. See also Reese , with which it is interchangeable as a result of different Anglicized forms of the Welsh vowel y, and also compare Preece and Price . Initial R- in Welsh is voiceless and often spelled Rh-, but in English R- is voiced as in the Anglicized surnames Rees and Rice. Welsh y is a short back vowel /ɪ/. In the medieval period the English approximation of this vowel was either /i/ or /e/, lengthened to /i:/ and /e:/. Subsequent sound changes in English produced the alternative pronunciations represented in Rees, Preece and Rice, Price. The name has also been established in Ireland from an early date.

    English: either a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a thicket (Middle English ris, rice, ris, from Old English hrīs, Old Norse hrís), or a habitational name for someone who came from a place called with this word, such as Rise (East Yorkshire).

    English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English Rys(e) and Re(e)s which when without a preposition could derive from one or other of several Old French and Middle English words, including Anglo-Norman French ris ‘laughter, smile’, Middle English ris, res ‘stem, stalk’, in origin the same word as in 2 above, and Middle English ris, rise, rice, res, Old French ris, riz ‘rice’, perhaps a nickname for a rice dealer or a cook.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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