John Wesley Rice

Brief Life History of John Wesley

When John Wesley Rice was born on 19 February 1833, in Maine, United States, his father, Rufus Rice, was 38 and his mother, Mary Sylvester, was 31. He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Roberts on 9 January 1855, in Dearborn, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He lived in Portland, Whiteside, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Election Precinct 67 Albion, Whitman, Washington, United States in 1910. He died on 29 October 1910, at the age of 77, and was buried in Albion, Whitman, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Wesley Rice
1833–1910
Elizabeth "Betsy" Roberts
1834–1922
Marriage: 9 January 1855
John Melville Rice
1855–1947
Alfred Rufus Rice
1868–
Erwin Sylvester Rice
1858–1936
Eugene L Rice
1865–1952

Sources (19)

  • John Rice, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John W Rice, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • John Wesley Rice, "Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979"

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

1838 · The Aroostook War

"An international incident referred to as the Aroostook War or ""Pork and Beans War"". The conflict resulted as part of an international boundary dispute between the United States. Although several British soldiers were captured, nobody was killed during the war. In fact, local militia units did not engage in any significant combat. One of the most dramatic events was actually when two Canadian militia were injured by Black Bears."

1863

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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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