Helen Marie Rice

18 September 1826–19 August 1888 (Age 61)
Athens, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Helen Marie

When Helen Marie Rice was born on 18 September 1826, in Athens, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Oliver Gardner Rice, was 33 and her mother, Nancy Sanford, was 39. She married Isaac C Mead in 1844, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Iowa, United States in 1870 and Chickasaw, Chickasaw, Iowa, United States in 1880. She died on 19 August 1888, in Ionia, Chickasaw, Iowa, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Cedar View Cemetery, Chickasaw, Chickasaw, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Isaac C Mead
Helen Marie Rice
Marriage: 1844
Mary A Mead
Antoinette Diana Mead
John David Mead
Dwight Mead
Fayette Mead
Nelson Isaac Mead
Clinton F Mead
Frank Mead
Clara Mead
Theresa M Mead
Jennie Sarah Mead

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  • Marriage
    1844New York, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    American settlers began mining the Wisconsin Territory in the early 1800's. The lead ore in the territory had largely been mined previously by American Indians. By 1829, nearly 4,000 miners had moved to Wisconsin Territory. The miners became known as badgers as they burrowed into hillsides for shelter. The name eventually represented the state and Wisconsin is now known as the Badger State. (Wisconsin Historical Society: Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin)
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 4
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    Age 20
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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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    Sources (23)

    • Maria Mead in household of Isaac Mead, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Helen Rice in entry for Dwight Meade, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"
    • Mariah Mead in household of Isaac Mead, "New York State Census, 1865"

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