Thompson Elijah Rice

Male2 March 1801–4 August 1868

Brief Life History of Thompson Elijah

When Thompson Elijah Rice was born on 2 March 1801, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Nathan Rice II, was 31 and his mother, Mary Jones, was 21. He had at least 3 sons and 2 daughters with Sarah Sallie Hendrickson. He lived in Monroe, Green, Wisconsin, United States for about 10 years. He died on 4 August 1868, in Atwood, Douglas, Illinois, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Taylor Cemetery, Atwood, Douglas, Illinois, United States.

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Thompson Elijah Rice
Sarah Sallie Hendrickson
John Rice
Nathaniel Rice
William Francis Rice
Lucinda Rice
Sarah Rice

Sources (4)

  • Thompson W Rice, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Thompson Rice, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Thompson Rice in entry for William Francis Rice, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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World Events (8)

1812 · Kentucky Bend Created

Age 11

During the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, the Kentucky Bend or New Madrid Bend was created. It is located in the southwestern corner of Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi River.


Age 17

Illinois is the 21st state.

1819 · State Capital moves to Vandalia

Age 18

Vandalia was founded in 1819 as a new capital because Kaskaskia was under the threat of floods. The history of the name Vandalia is uncertain. Under the law which Vandalia was founded states that the title of capital would not be moved from there for twenty years. Even though it was the capital it was never the most populous area in Illinois.

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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