- James Rice
|I submit for inclusion on
your site the biography of my great, great, grandfather
James Rice (1795-1874) who was a resident of Eagle Creek
Township, Lake County, Indiana for about 18 years
(1856-1874). He can be found in both the 1860 and 1870 US
Federal Census’s for Eagle Creek Township.
James Rice was born 27 November 1795 in the area of Wythe
and Russell Counties, Virginia which later became Tazewell
County created 20 December 1799. Specific parents cannot be
proven. His age and birth date are taken from his Hebron
Cemetery burial record; age at death. 6 August 1874, 78
years, 8 months, 10 days. James’ family moved from Virginia
to Gallia County, Ohio in the early 1800’s.
James can first be documented in August 1812 in Gallia
County, Ohio where he is reflected as a private in the Ohio
Militia in Captain Isaac Butler’s Company (9Aug1812 –
9Oct1812) which was mobilized for the War of 1812. He again
enlisted in Captain Joseph W. Ross’ Company (1Sep1813 –
1Mar1814) and served in the Detroit, Michigan area until
discharged in March 1814. In 1850 James filed a Land Bounty
claim with the US Government for this military service and
was awarded 160 acres of government land located in Iowa. He
later sold his interest in that land to another individual
who took possession of the land in Iowa.
In 1815 James Rice married Violetta “Zeletty” Keeton, 21
February 1815, in Gallia County, Ohio. Violetta Keeton was
the daughter of David Keeton a Revolutionary War soldier
residing in Gallia County, Ohio at the time. That marriage
produced seven children, daughters Irena, Fatima and Esther,
and sons Edward W., Tazwell (T.S.), Elias M., and James V.
They were all born in the Gallia/Jackson/Athens County area
of Ohio. In late 1834, James Rice purchased land equating to
approximately 120 acres in Athens County, Ohio (Athens
County Deeds, Vol 7, pg 704). In 1850 due to county boundary
changes that land relocated into newly formed Vinton County,
Ohio. In the 1850 US Federal Census, the family was living
in South Brown Township, Vinton County, Ohio. The James Rice
family lived at this location until September 1856 when
James and Violetta sold the family farm and moved to Eagle
Creek Township, Lake County, Indiana. All of their seven
children and their families moved with them to Indiana.
James was a farmer in Lake/Porter County, Indiana until his
death, 6 August 1874. He owned land in Sections 15 and 16,
Township 33N, Range 7W. Land which straddled County Line
Road between Lake and Porter Counties. His wife, Violetta,
preceded him in death (15 September 1869). Both are buried
in the Hebron Cemetery, Hebron, Indiana. His obituary is a
two sentence entry in the Porter County Vidette, dated 13
August 1874, Vol. 18, Pg.3, Col. 5. “Died, on the 5th inst.,
at his residence two miles southwest of here, James Rice,
Sen. He was a soldier in the War of 1812”.
Biography researched and written by Ruth Rice Patterson,
great, great granddaughter.
Ruth Rice Patterson