Pictures Courtesy of Nikki Langan & History Written by Jackie Hughes - Daughters of Patricia (Maki) Walker
Charles Rice was born in Ohio in 1817. His father was from Germany and his mother was from Virginia. He had a son, John Rice, born in 1852 in Ohio. Cynthia A. Bird was born in Ohio in 1830. Charles, a farmer, married Cynthia on March 14, 1869. He was 52 years old and she was 39 years old. This marriage was witnessed by Joseph Cummings. Cynthia brought 2 children to the marriage: James Bird, born in 1855; and Mary E. Bird, born in 1866. Although everyone in this family was born in Ohio, the United States Census indicates they were living in Wheatland Township in 1880. Charles and Cynthia are buried at the West Wheatland Cemetery in Remus, Michigan.
John Rice (age 24) married Sarah Rice (age 16), who was also from Ohio. During the 1880 Census, John's occupation was a farmer and they had three children: Raymond Rice, born 1876; Mariah A. Rice, born 1878; and Florence Rice, born 1879.
Raymond Rice married Catherine L. Lett, daughter of Joseph Lett and Elizabeth (Cross) Lett, in Remus, Michigan. To this union, eight children were born. Seven were born in Remus, Michigan, and the youngest was born in Isabella County. Their children were: Jeanette Bernice Rice – 1903, Claude Leroy Rice – 1906, John Richard Rice – 1908, Harold R. Rice – 1910, Ethel May Rice – 1212, Eva Ludelia Rice – 1915, Geraldine Ann Rice – 1918, Reatha Marie Rice – 1923.
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