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John Calvin Rice
Posted by: Ivaleine Cooper (ID *****4900) Date: February 24, 2004 at 22:21:24
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I am looking for John Calvin Rice. He was born in Cherokee Co. I believe he is the son of Humphrey Posey Rice and Leviny Kuykendall, who lived in Salacoa, GA. There is a John Rice with wife Martha and a 4 year old daughter, living at Jasper, Pickens, GA for the 1870 Census. I would like to prove or disprove that this is my John Calvin and his first wife, Martha Keeley (I'm not sure of the spelling.)

John is my great grandfather. It has been difficult to determine the exact year of his birth, therefore who his parents were. I am fairly certain he was the son of Humphrey Posey Rice and Leviny Kuykendall. They had a son b. 1844, named John C. Rice. He was with them in the 1850 and the 1860 Census, but not in 1870.

In 1870 my John was married and had one child. I have recently found that his first wife was Martha Keeley (from the death certificate of his oldest son.) John's oldest daughter was 4 that year, but she was always called Mollie. (Mollie was often a nickname for Mary, but our Mollie never used the name Mary as far as I know.) From the date on this census, if this were our family, Martha would have been 8 months pregnant with the oldest son, Calvin.

The dispute about John's age comes from arguments between his children as to the exact year of his birth, family stories, and census records. John enlisted in Co. I, 36th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, at Dalton, Whitfield Co, Georgia, on March 19, 1862. According to his service records and pension application, he was born in either 1832 or 1830, though he himself told the story that he lied about his age to get into the Army. If he were born in 1844, he was 17 at the time of enlistment. If he were born in 1832, there would have been no reason to lie about his age. On his pension application, he stated he was "about 100," which would have put his birth year as 1830. On the 1880 Census, John was in Murray Co, GA. He gave his age as 40, putting his birth year at 1840. On the 1900 Census in Cleburne Co, AR, he is listed as Calvin, b. 1844, age 55 - this being accurate for Humphrey's son. In 1920, John is listed as 83 yrs old, making his birth year 1837. In 1930, John listed himself as Franklin C. Rice, age 99. Franklin was another of Humphrey Rice's sons. I am very certain this is our John, his wife is Liza Jane, age 57. She was his 4th wife, and my great grandmother. They were living in Heber Springs at this time.

John and Martha had 4 children that I know of: Mollie b. 1866, Calvin b. 1870, Calvie b. 1873 (died young,) and Gordon, b. 1880. Martha died when Gordon was born. She is buried in Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Camp Robinson, Faulkner Co, AR. There is a 2nd Mrs. Rice buried there and a son, H. Rice. This Mrs. Rice, may have been the mother of children that are buried in Harness Cemetery in Stone Co, Myrtle, Lee and William. These all died as children.

John and Eliza Jane Price had Elsie b. 1894, Kernal Ashby b. 1895, and Ada Esther Rice b. 1899, my grandmother. John and Liza Jane are both buried in Harness Cemetery, Alco, Stone, AR.

I have a cousin that remembers hearing Grandpa talking about a sister named "Susie." Humphrey and Leviny had Martha (m. Joseph Voyles,) John C, Franklin C, Lewis C (m. Christina Keith,) Laura A, Amanda C, Susan S, and Dice S (m. ? Jones.)

If you can have any knowledge of these families, I would love to hear from you.

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