William or John Rice

William or John Rice[1]

Male - Est 1781

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  • Name William or John Rice 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service Between 1778 and 1781  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Est Mar 1781  Guilford Courthouse, Guilford, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Death date is based on Margaret Wanless Rice's marriage date to John Clayton.

      First name from dau. Elizabeth's death record. Substantiated by the fact that she named her first son William Rice Black. Other Clayton/Black material from MO says his name was John.

      MILITARY:
      According to Boutwell Dunlap document, grandson Samuel Black says Rice was killed at the Battle of Guilford Cthouse, NC (March 1781), along with seemingly half the young men of that era, but there is no record of that at Guilford C.H., although they admit that many deaths were unaccounted for.
      William Rice was appointed and commissioned Ensign in May, June, or July 1777 in Prince Edward Co, VA. [McAllister's "VA Militia in the Rev. War", p.224]
      John Rice recommended for 2nd lieutenant, qualified for lieutenant May 1778 in Rockingham Co just as Rockingham was being divided from Augusta Co. [Chalkley vol 2, p.363] Sworn in as 2nd liuet. in Rockingham Co, May 25, 1778. [Mcallister, p.230]
      In 1778, Nathaniel Gartin served in Tygart's Valley (Augusta Co) under Lt. John Rice. [McAllister, p.71]
      John Rice recommended lieut. in Frederick Co VA in April 1779. [Chalkley vol 2, p.504] John Rice sworn in as Captain in Frederick Co VA, March 8, 1780. [VA Militia in the Rev. War; McAllister, p.205] James Rice was a soldier in Frederick Co in 1783 [Chalkley vol 2 p. 506]
      In 1781, Wm. Cashwill served under Capt. Rice in Augusta Co. [Chalkley vol 2 p.489]
      In 1835, John Rice was a pensioner residing in Mercer Co, KY.
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      Checked Register of St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland Co, VA, extracted in Wm & Mary Quarterly, Ser. 1, Vol. 18, No. 2. (Oct., 1909), pp. 129-137 -- online -- various Rices, but no Wm or Elizabeth born in right timeframe. A John b. to John on March 23, 1741.

      In 1729, a Thomas Rice patented land on the little Pamunkey river in New Kent Co, which is near where Thos. Admas lived -- I wonder if perhaps the Rices were friends of the Adams family and that's how Margaret met Wm/John, a possible son or grandson of thisThomas? [Patents 10, p.440; LVA - Rian - card 82]

      1766 Sep 22: William Rice patented 90 acres in Halifax Co on the west fork of Marrowbone Ck and 135 acres on the branches of Smiths River. [details omitted] [LVA - Rian - card 90, 91]

      1771 Feb 16 : William Rice patented 230 acres in Pittsylvania Co. [LVA - Rian - card 99]

      1772 Aug 1: John Rice patented 199 acres in Augusta Co on Briery Branch in the Gap of the North Mountain. [Patents 40, p.771; LVA online - Rian - card 48]

      Daniel Smith's Delinquents and Supernumeraries for 1773: Thomas Cleyton, Jno. Rice. [Chalkley vol 2, p.421]
    Person ID I65  1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2003 

    Family Margaret Wanless,   b. Abt 1759, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1823, Augusta Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married Abt 1778  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Rice,   b. Abt 1779, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1860, Wood Co, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2001 
    Family ID F15  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S75] Death Record, FIRST NAME WILLIAM FROM DAU. ELIZABETH'S DEATH RECORD. SUBSTANTIATED BY THE FACT THAT SHE NAMED HER FIRST SON WILLIAM RICE BLACK. OTHER CLAYTON/BLACK MATERIAL FROM MO SAYS HIS NAME WAS JOHN. (Reliability: 0).

    2. [S8] Rev. John Craig, Craig, Lillian Kennerly, (Accurate Letter Co; New Orleans, LA; 1963), THE FACT THAT SHE MARRIED MR. RICE IS SUPPORTED BY HER DAUGHTER NAMED ELIZABETH RICE. HIS FIRST NAME IS OPEN TO DEBATE; SEE HIS ENTRY. (Reliability: 0).