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Rice - William A.

Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, p 671

William A. RICE, well-to-do farmer of Montgomery County, owns and occupies a valuable and well-equipped farm on Sec. 29, Union Twp. He was born in Fayette Co, Ky Dec 29, 1838 and is a son of Abraham Rice, who was also a native of that state, born in one of its pioneer homes May 10, 1796. His parents, Michael and Catherine BALSAM Rice, were from Maryland, and were of German antecedents. Michael Rice was a minister in the Dunkard Church in early life and subsequently became a preacher in the Christian Church. He had a family of 17 children. Abraham Rice was next to the eldest of his father's children. He grew to manhood in Jessamine Co Ky and was married in Fayette Co that state to Miss Margaret LYDICK, who was born Nov 18, 1800 and was a daughter of Adam Lydick, who was a prominent and wealthy farmer of that county. Mr. Rice lived in Harrisburgh for 2 years after his marriage, working at his trade as brick mason. He returned at the end of that time to Fayette County, where he settled on an estate that he had inherited from his father. He engaged extensively in raising horses, which he took to Philadelphia to sell. After that he went into the business of making brick and building houses on his own responsibility. In 1851 he left Fayette County to take up his abode in  this state and located on the place where our subject now lives. He bought four hundred acres of land and in the comfortable home that he built up here he and his wife lived until they closed their eyes in death - he dying first, Oct 17, 1873, and her a year later, Oct 29, 1874. They were people of sound Christian principles, and were among the prominent members of the Disciples Church as were all of their family and he was Deacon of the church during his many years' residence in Kentucky. Politically, he was a Whig until the dissolution of the party and then became a Democrat. He and his wife reared a family of 7 of whom all grew to maturity; and four are still living. martin, who is engaged in the brick business at Crawfordsville, Anna Eliza, wife of William R. Payne Union Township; Martha, wife of George b. Fause of Crawfordsville and our subject. Those that died are Levi, who was an artist and architect and whose death occurred in Fayette Co Ky at age 21; Elizabeth B, who married James S. Fisher and died at age 60; and Maria, who died at age 64. The subject of this sketch was only 13 when the family came to this county. He had previously been educated in the schools of his native county. He remained with his father until his death and inherited the estate with his sister, Maria. After her death, he inherited a part of her share and bought out the remainder of the other heirs. He now has 160 acres of land all of which is cultivated and highly productive. A well-ordered set of buildings adorn the place and thrift and good management are apparent on every hand. Our subject does a lucrative business as a general farmer, raising sheep of standard breeds and other stock. Mr. Rice was married Oct 31, 1867 to Miss Martha E. HIPES, a daughter of Adam Hipes, who was at that time a resident of this county. Mrs. Rice is a native of this county and was born March 9, 1850. Her father was a Virginian by birth. He married Martha E. DICE, who was born and reared in Virginia and daughter of David Dice. Mr. Hipes was one of the early settlers of this county and one of its pioneer teachers. He had three children: James, who was born in 1848, became a practicing physician in early manhood and died in 1876; Mrs. Rice; and Mary, who married William Everson, a farmer of Union Township. Mr. and Mrs. Rice have been blessed with a family of 7, of whom 5 are living: Charles, who was born August 31, 1872 and is a drummer in the mill and oil business; Henry, born July 18, 1874 assists his father on the farm; Edgar, born Feb 25, 1876 is at home with his parents; John W, born July 12, 1881 and Clay M, born April 5, 1886. James M, who was born Aug 9, 1868 died Feb 22, 1869 and Minnie Ellis born June 10, 1880, died Aug 13, 1880. Our subject and his amiable wife are members in high standing of the Disciples church and by their neighborly kindness, charitableness and upright walk show themselves to be consistent in their religion. Mr. Rice is a true Republican, who is active in local politics and is a strong party man always working hard for the success of his party in every campaign. kbz
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