William Kelsy Rice

27 October 1822–6 July 1913 (Age 90)
Manchester, Ontario, New York, United States

The Life Summary of William Kelsy

When William Kelsy Rice was born on 27 October 1822, in Manchester, Ontario, New York, United States, his father, Ira Rice, was 28 and his mother, Minerva Saxton, was 27. He married Lucy Witter Geer on 6 October 1842, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 10 daughters. He lived in Utah, Utah, United States in 1850 and Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States for about 40 years. He died on 6 July 1913, in Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Kelsy Rice
Lucy Witter Geer
Marriage: 6 October 1842
Cora Rice
Mochiam Rice
Ellen Mariah Rice
William Kelsey Rice
Lucy Augusta Rice
Sarah Minerva Rice
Ira Moses Rice
Elizabeth Adelaide Rice
Maryette Rice
Kelsey Leonard Rice
Julliette Rice
Rosetta Ann Rice
John Asaph Rice
Lowna Adella Rice
Lilly A Rice

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 October 1842Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 3
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1825 · State Capital Moves to Indianapolis
    Age 3
    The state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis on January 10, 1825.
    Age 24
    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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    Story Highlight

    Ira Rice as written by Laurn Robinson Rice

    I wish to introduce my great grandfather, Ira Rice--pilgrim to the west and hero of the plains. He did not sail from the Fatherland, but sailed over-land across the barren plains and rugged mountains …

    Sources (58)

    • Wm R Rice, "United States Census, 1860"
    • William K. Rice in entry for Sarah Minerva Lyons, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"
    • W K Rice, "United States Census, 1880"

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