Ruth Edgerton, daughter of Joseph
and Candace (Rice) Edgerton.
June 5, 1812; Charlemont, Franklin Co., MA. (VRp 27)
November 20, 1884; Cuyahoga Co., OH.
Rice Cemetery; Brecksville, Cuyahoga
Co., OH. (GI)
October 18, 1832; Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., OH. (Co. VR
William Rice, son of Aaron and Lonia
March 4, 1798; Charlemont, Franklin Co.,
MA. (VRp 69)
October 26, 1847; Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co.,
Rice Cemetery; Brecksville, Cuyahoga
Co., OH. (GI)
- Elvira, b. December
10, 1835; Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., OH.
- William Parker, b. January
12, 1837; Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., OH.
- Moses, b. December
11, 1839; Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., OH.
- Ruth, b. August 9,
1841; Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., OH.
- Lona, b. August 10,
1844; Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., OH.
- Theoda, b. September
16, 1846; Brecksville, Cuyahoga Co., OH.
14, 1849; Cuyahoga Co., OH. (Co. VR 4:555)
Thomas B. Rowan
OH1850 Brecksville – “ae 40y”)
The following data on the family and descendants of
William Rice and Ruth Edgerton has been provided by Nancy Luther,
who is descended through their eldest son, William Parker Rice. Our thanks are extended to Ms. Luther for
sharing her extensive and well-documented research on this branch of the
WILLIAM RICE, son of Aaron II and Lonia (Thomson) Rice,
was born 4 March 1798 in Charlemont, Franklin County, Massachusetts. (From Cuyahoga county Ohio History,
Brecksville, Page 412 – “In 1813 Aaron, with a large family, moved from Franklin county, Massachusetts,
to the south-western part of the township.
He had seven sons, named Silas, Aaron, Seth, William, Moses, Myron,
and Peter, and three daughters. His
son-in-law, Ebenezer Rice, came soon after.
The latter had three sons, named Dexter, Ebenezer and Aiken Rice.”)
William Rice married Ruth Edgerton on 18 October 1832 by
William G. Green, Justice of the Peace in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
(marriage record, volume 3, page 66).
Marriage license application, (from Index to marriage License
Applications of Cuyahoga County February 1829 - August 1851, volume 1, page
376) was taken out on 15 October 1832.
Ruth (Edgerton) Rice, daughter of Joseph and Candice (Rice) Edgerton,
was born 5 June 1812 in Brecksville, Cuyahoga
County, Ohio. William Rice died 26 October 1847 in
Brecksville, Cuyahoga County,
Ohio. In Rice
Cemetery, now known as Barr Cemetery
there is a tombstone marked as follows:
“William Rice, died October 26, 1847, age 49 years, 8 months”.
Ruth Edgerton Rice then married Thomas B. Rowan 14 August
1849 (Cuyahoga Marriage Index, volume 0004, page 0555). Marriage License states: State of Ohio, Cuyahoga County, I hereby
certify, that on the 14 day of August A.D. 1849, I duly solemnized the
Marriage Contract between the said Thomas B. Rowan and Ruth Rice,
Brecksville. Signed by G. N. Oakes, J.
P. In Massachusetts Pioneers to the
West Index (page 28) is written: “Edgerton, Ruth, m. 1820 William Rice of O.
and Thomas Rowan. Genesee Port., 1949.” In Rice
Cemetery (now known as Barr Cemetery),
there is a tombstone marked as follows:
“Ruth Rice Rowan 1812-1884 Mother”.
RICE RICHARDSON. Elvira Rice, daughter of Ruth Edgerton and
William Rice was born 10 December 1835 Brecksville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Elvira married William Richardson on 30
November 1848 (Cuyahoga Marriage
Index, volume 4, page 517). Per
marriage record: State of Ohio, Cuyahoga
County, I hereby
certify, that on the 30th day of November A. D. 1848, I duly
solemnized the marriage Contract between the said parties (Wm. Richardson to
Elvira Rice) Brecksville. G.N. Oakes,
Justice of Peace.
PARKER RICE born 12 January 1837 Brecksville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio married
Clara B. Erswell 1 November, 1857, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, volume 9, page 27
died 16 March 1906 Appleton City Missouri buried Oak Hill Cemetery, North
Freedom, Sauk County, Wisconsin.
RICE born 11 December 1839 Brecksville, Cuyahoga
RICE born 9 August 1841 Brecksville, Cuyahoga
RICE born 10 August 1844 Brecksville, Cuyahoga
RICE BARR. Theoda Rice, daughter of
Ruth Edgerton and William Rice, was born 16 September 1846 Brecksville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Theoda Rice married James H. D. Barr on 27
May 1866 (see Cuyahoga County Marriage Index, volume 0012, page 0312.) Marriage license states: The State of Ohio,
Cuyahoga County, I certify that on the 27 day
of May 1866 Mr. James H. D. Barr and Miss Theodico Rice were by me legally
joined in marriage. Signed by Thomas Fowler.
James H. D. Barr, son of Jane and John Barr, was born 1845 in North Royalton,
Cuyahoga County Ohio. From Ohio Census
1790 -1890, in 1870 James Barr, Cuyahoga
Brecksville, page 024. James H. D.
Barr died in 1894 in Hudson, Summit County, Ohio.
111-1 WILLIAM PARKER RICE
Parker Rice, son of William and Ruth (Edgerton) Rice, was born 12 January
1836 in Brecksville, Cuyahoga County,
Ohio. William P. Rice married Clara Betsy Erswell
on 1 November 1857 in Cuyahoga
County, Ohio. (According to Cuyahoga County Archives,
they were legally joined in Marriage by Lester Miles, Volume 9 Page 27). Clara Betsy Erswell, daughter of Charles
Edward Erswell and Mary Ann (Snow) Erswell, was born 2 January 1835 in New York City. William P. Rice enlisted in the 166th Ohio
National Guard in September 1864 and was honorably discharged in December of
that same year. In February of 1867
the family moved to Hill Settlement, Sauk
for four years. Then the family
relocated to a farm south of North Freedom, Wisconsin, which was home until the fall
of 1905. William, accompanied by his
wife, moved to Appleton City,
Missouri. William P. Rice contracted pneumonia which
later resulted in his death. William
P. Rice died in Appleton City,
Mo. on 16 March 1906, aged 70
years, 2 month and four days. The
funeral services were conducted at the M.E.
Church by Rev. C. Cunningham and
burial taking place in Oak Hill Cemetery,
Sauk County, Wisconsin (taken from Obituary).
“Clara Betsy (Erswell) Rice, at the age of 85 years, 9
months, and 19 days, died Thursday, 21 October 1920, at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. S. P. Ellas. C. B. Rice
has resided for many years with her daughter, Rosa Ellas. Clara Betsy (Erswell) Rice was one of the
old settlers of this locality coming to Wisconsin in 1865. The funeral was held in the S. P. Ellas
home Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, Rev. W. M Philpot officiating and
Clara is buried beside her husband, William P. Rice in the Oak Hill Cemetery.” This according to the Reedsburg Times
Press. There is a large grave stone in
Cemetery, North Freedom, Wisconsin.
William P. Rice
died March 16, 1906 at
70 yr, 2m, 4days
Clara B. Rice
Beside this stone is a stone
1861 - 1941
111-11 Cora Bell Rice, b - 28 July 1858, d -
30 Sept. 1946.
111-12 Nellie Ann Rice, b - 30 November
1859, d - 2 June 1936.
111-13 Rosa Dell Rice, b - 22 November 1861,
d - 2 August 1941.
111-14 William Harry Rice, b - 15 January
1864, d - 2 March 1942.
111-15 Orson Edward Rice, b - 9 November
1869, d - 10 May 1934.
111-11 CORA BELL RICE
Cora Bell Rice, daughter of Clara Betsy (Erswell) and
William P. Rice, was born 28 July 1858 in Ohio.
Cora was one of four Rice children that left Ohio in 1867 to settle in North Freedom Wisconsin
with her parents. Cora Bell Rice
married John L. Richardson, son of Sylvanus Richards. John L. Richardson (also known as John
Kingsland) was born 1849 and died by accidental drowning at Four Corners
(intersection of Babbs’s Creek and the Baraboo River)
on 6 January 1890. On the tombstone is
the name of William J. Richardson 1879
- 1 August 1889. William J.
Richardson, son of Cora Bell
(Rice) and John L. Richardson, was killed in a horrible fatal accident of a
pitchfork falling and penetrating his bowels.
Cora Bell (Rice) Richardson married Thomas Thornton Babb on 26 March
1892 and lived in Reedsburg Wisconsin. Thomas T. Babb, one of five children of Philip Henry and Hannah (Thornton) Babb was born
5 June 1860 in the house that his grandfather built in 1845-46 with the help
of the Indians. Thomas Babb was killed
instantly while riding in a lumber
wagon which was struck by the northbound passenger train on the Chicago and North Western Rail Road
limited train) on died 4 October 1908.
Philip Babb’s parents, James Wilson and Rebecca (Scarff) Babb, brought the family from Greene County, Ohio to Sauk County, Wisconsin
in 1846. Point of interest - The train
track has been changed into a 400 trail, a hiking, biking and snowmobile trail.
(per Marcia Kent of Reedsburg,
WI. Dated 9/10/2000.) From the Reedsburg Free Press, 15 September
1910, Mr. Embridge Hall and Mrs. Cora
Babb were married in Neillsville on Monday 5 September 1910. They came to Reedsburg and spent several
days with relatives here and in North Freedom. Then they returned the first of the week to
their home in Greenwood, Wisconsin.
The Free Press joins with their many friends in wishing them much
happiness and prosperity. At the time
of her brother Orson’s death in 1934 she was
married to Charles Catlin of Reedsburg Wisconsin.
Cora Bell Rice Richardson Babb Catlin died 30 September 1946 at the
age of 88. Cora fell and broke her hip
three weeks before and was in Municipal
Hospital. Funeral was conducted at the Bartlett
Funeral Home with Rev. G. S. Joslin, Merrimac, officiating and she is buried
in Greenwood Cemetery,
Reedsburg, Sauk County, Wisconsin.
111-111 Claude Richardson, of Reedsburg,
married Vernie Erswell.
111-112 Stella Richardson
Babb, of Reedsburg, b - 31 March 1877, m - John Scarf Babb.
111-113 William Richardson, b - 1879 d - 1 August 1889.
111-114 Thomas Harry Babb, of Denver, b - 21
October 1893, m - 11 August 1918, d - 19 February 1967 Reedsburg, Wi, Went by
name of Harry.
111-12 NELLIE ANN RICE
Nellie Ann Rice, daughter of Clara Betsy (Erswell) and
William P. Rice, was born in Royalton, Cuyahoga
County, Ohio on 30
November 1859. It was said that
Nellie’s English family landed near Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1638 and settled in Worcester Mass. Nellie Ann Rice, one of five children was
raised by English Methodist parents in North Freedom Wisconsin. Nellie Ann Rice married George Foster in
November 1882, according to Cuyahoga County Probate Court marriage Index
(Volume 26, page 0009, page match 34).
George Foster was born on 26 June 1850 near Windsor,
Ontario, Canada. George grew up on a farm with his English
born Episcopalian parents in London,
Ontario, Canada. George and Nellie Foster first lived in the
Gates Mills and Independence, Ohio area, according to the 1900 Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Federal Census. George worked in a
grist mill in Gates Mills. They moved
to Waynesburg, Ohio area in December 1900. According to 1910 Ohio Census Miracode
Index, George (age 59) and Nellie (age 50) were living in Waynesburg, Stark County, Ohio,
with children: Ralph (age 24), Bertha B. (age 23), Harry R. (age 19), and
Edith M. (age 12). Eventually they
moved into the Canton, Ohio, 1229 Minerva Court, area until his
death on 19 March 1931. Nellie Ann
(Rice) Foster died 1 June 1936 and is
buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery
in Canton, Ohio beside her husband.
111-121 Howard Leonard Foster, b 24 August
1883, d - 7 November 1956, married Della Mae Gibbs, 4 August 1903.
111-122 Ralph Burrell Foster, b - 5 June
1885, d - 5 November 1926, Mary Laura Welker,
4 September 1910 (my line).
111-123 Bertha Belle Foster, b - 18 November
1886, d - 11 April 1987, married Joseph E. Wagner, 8 May 1917.
111-124 George Lee Foster, b - 13 December
1889, d - 5 July 1966, married Ida K. Hoyle, 11 December 1912.
111-125 Harry Rice Foster, b - 11 May 1891, d
- 5 February 1991, married Pauline Hall, 9 September 1920.
111-126 Edith May Foster, b - 8 February 1898,
d - 30 March 1969, Howard Stone, 7 July 1934.
111-13 ROSA DELL RICE
Rosa Dell Rice, daughter of Clara Betsy (Erswell) and
William P. Rice, was born 22 November
1861 (according to 1900 Wisconsin Census, Rosa
was 37 and was born in 1863.) Rosa Dell,
one of four children born in Ohio, moved
with her parents to Wisconsin
in 1867. She married Stacy P. Ellas on 9 September 1884 in
Baraboo Wisconsin by the Rev G.W. L. Brown
(per the Baraboo
Republic dated 24
September 1884 page 5.) Stacy P.
Ellas, born February 1857 and originally from Ohio, was a sawmill operator at the time
of the 1900 census. They lived in
North Freedom in 1934 at time of death of her brother, Orson. Taken from the Reedsburg Free Press, dated 19
June 1913 page 7: “Stacy P. Ellas
crushed his right hand very badly while directing the raising of a large barn
near Baraboo.” Rosa Dell (Rice) Ellas
died early Sunday morning the 2nd of March 1941 (according to Reedsburg
Wisconsin Times dated 6 March 1941) at the age of 79 in her home in North
Freedom Wisconsin. Funeral
services were held on Tuesday
afternoon in North Freedom and Rosa Dell (Rice) Ellas was buried in Oakhill Cemetery
in North Freedom, Sauk County,
Wisconsin in a grave next to
her parents. Stacy P. Ellas died 6 May
111-131 Roy S. Ellas, b - December 1890, d -
1986 Reedsburg, Sauk County, WI, m - Julia Amelia Young, b - 13 June 1893, d
- February 1971. On her gravestone is
marked 1892 - 1971.
111-132 Ethel B. Ellas, b - September 1895 in
North Freedom, Wisconsin.
m - Raymond Sherwood.
Taken from the Reedsburg Free Press dated 19 June 1913
page 7: “Mrs Cora Babb of Greenwood, visiting her
sister Mrs. S.P. Ellas, is here for the Sherwood-Ellas wedding. Raymond Sherwood of Ontario, California and
Miss Ethel Ellas of our village were married at the home of the bride’s
parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Ellas Wednesday of last week June 4th. The ceremony was performed by Rev. D. E.
Hill at eight o’clock in the morning.
After a wedding breakfast the happy couple left on the 11 o’clock
train for their new home at Ontario
California. Where the groom is
engaged in fruit raising. Many friends
here extend congratulations and best wishes for a happy and prosperous future
for these young people.”
111-14 WILLIAM HARRY RICE
William Harry Rice, son of Clara Betsy (Erswell) and
William P. Rice, was born 15 January 1864 in Ohio.
One of four children and with his parents moved to North Freedom
Wisconsin in 1867. William Harry Rice
married Mary Christina (Mate) Dorward.
Mary Christina Doward, daughter of Graham Booth and Caroline (Dearborn) Dorward, was born on 29 August 1866 in
Huntsford, Dodge County, Wisconsin.
There is a Caroline Dorward buried in the Appleton Cemetery
with dates (25 December 1844 - 28 July 1916).
William, his wife, her family, and his brother Orson,
moved near Appleton
City, St. Clair County,
Missouri the following spring of 1888.
William Harry Rice died 2 March 1942 at the age of 78 years, 1 month,
According to the Appleton City,
January 10, 1963 edition, “Death claims A. C.’s Oldest Resident. Death came to the oldest resident of Appleton City, Mrs. Mary Cristina Rice, last
Thursday night, January 3. She had
been a patient at the Ellett
the last eight weeks. On August 29,
Mrs. Rice celebrated her 96th birthday at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Henry
Kreissler, where she had made her home the past 12 years. She was a seamstress for many years and
was noted for her fine needlework as long as her eyesight and health
Funeral services for Mrs. Rice were held Saturday,
January 5, at Trinity Methodist Church
in Appleton City with the Rev. Louis Johnsen
officiating. Mrs. Del Erhart and Mrs.
James Howell sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “It is Well With My Soul”
with Mr. W.B. Stout at the organ.
Interment was in the Appleton
under the direction of Eckhoff Funeral Home.
There is Mary C. Rice buried in Appleton City
Cemetery with dates (29
August 1866 - 3 January 1963).
111-15 ORSON EDWARD RICE
Orson Edward Rice, son of Clara Betsy (Erswell) and
William P. Rice, was born 9 November 1869 in North Freedom Wisconsin. Orson Edward Rice went to Appleton City, Missouri
in the spring of 1888 with his brother.
On 1 January 1890 Orson married Lou Isabelle Dorward at Westfield, a parsonage near Appleton City. Lou Isabelle Dorward, daughter of Graham
Booth and Caroline (Dearborn) Dorward was born
12 December 1872 in Reedsburg,
Wisconsin. Lou Isabel Dorward was one of five
children. Orson and Lou Rice had nine
children. Although Orson had been ill,
his death was unexpected. Orson Edward
Rice died 10 May 1934. According to
his obituary, this was said of Orson Edward Rice: “Although at the
disadvantage of practically total deafness, he met everyone with a smile and
never burdened others with tales of his misfortune, and his absence will be
deeply felt by all.” His funeral
services were conducted at the Ohio Christian Church on Sunday May 13 1934 by
H. E. Carpenter of Calhoun. His final resting place is in Appleton City
Cemetery. Lou Isabelle (Dorward) Rice died 17 July
111-151 Carrie Ella Rice Troxell, b - 23
December 1891, d- 20 November 1976, married George James Troxell, 11 February
1920, b - 1885,d - 19 July 1960.
111-152 Nellie Bell
Rice, b - 27 February 1896, d - 26 June 1974.
111-153 Nora Mary Rice, b - 3 February 1898,
d - 15 September 1973.
111-154 Ada Josephine Rice Williamson, b - 10
September 1901, d - 24 September 1981, Raymond Williamson, 22 December 1922,
b - 12 August 1899, d - June 1981.
111-155 William Arthur Rice, b - 4 February
1904, d - 19 January 1988, married Audrey Mazella Beard, 26 October 1928, b -
11 November 1903, d - 19 January 1988.
111-156 Rose Anna Rice Reasoner, b - 13
October 1907, married Lloyd Reasoner,
b - 14 December 1903, d - 15 December 1989.
111-157 Maudie Louise Rice Mead, b - 9 July
1910, d - January 1987, married Joe Mead, b - 5 September 1910, d - 5 June
111-158 Ruth Edna Rice Reasoner, b - 19 March
1912, d - May 1979, married Hirni Reasoner.
EDWARD RICE, b - 19 March 1912, d - 31 May 1970, married Margaret Coleman, 22