Benjamin Rice and Delilah Alcorn (1786-1850) Married 1799 in Lincoln County, Kentucky
Benjamin Rice was born in Virginia in the 1770s and died in Monroe County, Indiana in the 1830s. Delilah Alcorn was born in North Carolina and died in Monroe County, Indiana.
Children of Benjamin Rice and Delilah Alcorn:
• Unice Rice • William Rice (1801-1878) married Elizabeth Roe (1807-1893) • Robert Rice (1802-1863) married Harwar Roe (1805-1899) • Lucinda Catherine "Kitty" Rice (1811-?) married William McHaley (1809-1856), Benjamin Roe (1804-1870) • Thomas Rice (1812-1898) married Nancy Isom (1820-1893) • Tilford Rice (1814-1891) married Mary Isom (1821-?) • Elizabeth Rice (1814-1860) married George Alcorn (1810-1894) • Isabella Rice (1816-?) married Harvey Hamm • Margaret Ann Rice (1819-1884) married Charles Isom, Philip Hendricks • Mary Ann Rice (1827-1871) married Chambers Baker (1826-1896) • Eliza Jane Rice (1830-1912) married Joseph Henry Ison (1824-1907)
U.S. Census Records:
• 1830, Monroe County, Indiana. Benjamin, Delilah,and six others in the household.
According to records of the 1799 marriage of Benjamin and Delilah, Anderson Rice gave consent stating that Delilah "lived in my house several years and always having looked on me as her guardian", and Matthew Rice signed the marriage bond. Anderson and Matthew were brothers who lived on a sizable estate near Crab Orchard, Lincoln County, Kentucky. It is unclear how Benjamin was related to them.
Anderson Rice married Agnes Alcorn in 1789 in Mercer County, Kentucky, and Delilah, born in 1786, was raised in their household. It is quite possible that Delilah and Agnes were sisters. Agnes was a daughter of Robert and Mary Anne Alcorn. Delilah named children Robert and Mary Ann, which suggests that she, too, was a daughter of Robert and Mary Anne Alcorn. Agnes' brother Thomas Alcorn was a witness to Anderson Rice's consent for Delilah to marry Benjamin.
Benjamin, Delilah, and their family migrated approximately 200 miles northwest from Kentucky to Monroe County, Indiana in the spring of 1826, settling in the Richland area west of Bloomington, Indiana. Also participating in the migration was the family of John Burks and Margaret Springate.
The first white settler in Monroe County, Indiana arrived in 1815. After Indiana became the 19th state of the union in 1816, many people migrated to the state, mostly from Kentucky and Ohio. These were pioneers seeking a new home in the new state. The population of Indiana more than doubled between 1820 and 1830.
Migration of Rice and Burks families from Kentucky to Indiana, 1826
The Richland Church, established by the early settlers of the Richland area, still exists. It is located on Hwy. 48 at Vernal Pike, several miles west of Bloomington. The cemetery behind the church dates to 1837. A marker in the cemetery lists the names of early settlers, including Rice and Burks.
Richland Church, west of Bloomington, Indiana
Marker in Richland Church Cemetery
The following information about the Richland Church was provided in 2002 by Deacon Lloyd Smith: "Thomas Nesbit came to this area in 1824 with a son in a wagon from the Concord Church in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He sought the Richland Creek area as an ideal place for his family who arrived the following year. He had built up the Concord Church with aid of Barton Stone and several others in that community. Those friends and neighbors soon made their way to Richland upon hearing of Nesbit's ideal find with fresh spring water, deer, turkey and suitable climate for fruit and vegetables. Byers, Hall, Burks, Foster, Rice, Livingston, Abram, Ranard and others brought their wagons and families in the 1820s following Nesbit. Thomas Nesbit organized the Church in his own house (1824) and there they congregated. His log house yet stands directly in front of the Richland Church although it is now covered with weatherboard. Soon, the private residence was too crowded for the Church membership and in 1836-1838 was a log building raised where the cemetery now is. By early 1840, the crowd was unable to meet in the log building because of number (approx. 200 members). They made plans to build the present building, and in 1846 commenced to meet in this very dwelling which yet stands… Thomas Nesbit was 55 years old when he came here. For nearly 30 years, he oversaw the Richland Church. His help was David Byers, Robert Rice, Bill Rice, and William Nesbit, a son… Most of the Burks families attended the Liberty Church in Greene County after it was erected. The Rice families lived South of Richland Church…"
John Burks (1780-1856) and Margaret Springate (1783-1860) Married 1803 in Mercer County, Kentucky (Margaret's second marriage)
• 1820, Mercer County, Kentucky. John, Margaret,and eight others in the household.
• 1860, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana. Margaret is listed in the household of her son Floyd.
Margaret's first marriage was to James Lyons in Mercer County, Kentucky in 1796. Their children were George Lyons (1796-?), Rhoda Lyons (1798-1877), and James Lyons (1800-?).
In 1800, John's brother Edmund Burks married Elizabeth Everly in Mercer County, Kentucky. John is listed as a witness along with Benjamin Rice.
The families of John Burks, Edmund Burks, and Benjamin Rice migrated from Kentucky to Monroe County, Indiana in 1826, settling in the Richland area west of Bloomington, Indiana. John is buried in the Richland Church Cemetery.
John Burks Grave in Richland Church Cemetery
William Rowe (1775-1851) and Elizabeth Gaar (1781-1812) Married 1801 in Madison County, Virginia
• Mildred Roe (1802-1881) married George Westbrook Willson (1794-1871) • Benjamin Roe (1804-1870) married Catherine Burks, L. Livingston, Lucinda Rice • Harwar Roe (1805-1899) married Robert Rice (1802-1863) • Elizabeth Roe (1807-1893) married William Rice (1801-1878) • Enicy Roe (1809-?) married Watson Rice
U.S. Census Records:
• 1810, Madison County, Virginia. William, Elizabeth,and five children in the household, plus one slave.
• 1840, Garrard County, Kentucky. William and one other in the household.
In 1810 or 1811, William and his family migrated from Madison County, Virginia to Mercer County, Kentucky, with the family of Elizabeth's father, Benjamin Gaar. In 1812, Elizabeth died young, leaving five young children behind. Seven months later, William married Agnes Alcorn, the widow of Anderson Rice, in Lincoln County, Kentucky.
Sisters Harwar and Elizabeth Roe married brothers Robert and William Rice, sons of Benjamin Rice and Delilah Alcorn. When Benjamin Roe married Catherine Burks (daughter of Edmund Burks), Benjamin Rice is listed as a witness. Siblings Harwar, Elizabeth, and Benjamin Roe migrated with their spouses from Kentucky to Monroe County, Indiana in the spring of 1826, settling in the Richland area west of Bloomington, Indiana. William Rowe remained in Kentucky. In 1861, Benjamin Roe's third marriage was to Benjamin Rice's daughter, Lucinda Catherine "Kitty" Rice.
John T. Thompson (1778-1850) and Sally Grimes (1790-1875) Married about 1813 in Kentucky
John T. Thompson was born in North Carolina. Sally Grimes was born in Kentucky. John and Sally died in Monroe County, Indiana, and are buried in the Richland Church Cemetery. Children of John T. Thompson and Sally Grimes:
• 1840, Monroe County, Indiana. John, Sally, and six others in the household.
• 1850, Monroe County, Indiana. John, Sally, and two others in the household; John's occupation is farmer; Sally is listed as "Sarah".
• 1870, Richland Township, Monroe County, Indiana. Sally is listed in the household of her son Samuel.
From the Monroe County Biographical Sketches, published in 1884: "S. P. Thompson, stock-raiser and farmer, is the only son of John T. and Sallie (Grimes) Thompson, natives respectively of North Carolina and Kentucky, and of Irish and German extraction, and was born in Crawford County, Ill., July 16, 1822. His father, John T. Thompson moved in early life from North Carolina to Kentucky, and was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He moved to Knox County, Ind., in 1814, and afterward, in 1818, to Illinois, where he engaged in farming, about 1824. He sold this land, removed to this county and purchased eighty acres, where he died in 1850, aged seventy-two years; his wife died 1875, aged eighty-five years. S. P. Thompson, was reared on a farm and received but spar education; indeed, he acquired his knowledge after reaching manhood, at which time he engaged in threshing, and split rails when not engaged with his machine. May 26, 1850, he married Miss Louisa A., daughter of James and Margaret Freeman. Previous to his father's decease, Mr. Thompson purchased the homestead, which he sold in 1853, and purchased a part of his present property, which aggregates 400 acres, but he has sold all but 160, which he cultivates and on which he raises some stock. In 1871, he lost his dwelling by fire, and in 1880, rebuilt an improved and enlarged one. He is a member of the Masonic order, a good citizen, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church."
John and Sally Thompson Grave in Richland Church Cemetery