• Benjamin William Rice (1826-1863) married Sarah Elizabeth Cornwell (1829-1912) • John B. Rice (1830-1860) married Sarah Ann "Sally" Brown (1832-1894) • Thomas Elhane Rice (1832-1905) married Elizabeth Ann Cornwell (1834-1908) • Mary Elizabeth Rice (1833-1918) married William James Brown (1830-1919) • Robert Keal Rice (1835-1919) married Mary H. Burks, Nellie Burnett • Lucinda Jane Rice (1837-1865) married Charles M. Brown • Margaret Ann Rice (1838-1910) married William W. Fowler • Nathan Lewis Rice (1841-1907) married Nancy Elizabeth Burks (1845-1927) • Sarah Ellen Rice (1843-?) died young • Joseph Henry Rice (1845-1930) married Mary Jane Gwin, Julia Ann Gardner
U.S. Census Records:
• 1850, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana. Robert, Harwar, and seven children in the household; Robert's occupation is farmer.
• 1860, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana. Robert, Harwar, and two children (Nathan and Joseph) in the household; Robert's occupation is farmer.
• 1870, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana. Harwar is listed and her occupation is farmer.
• 1880, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana. Harwar is listed and her occupation is "keeping house".
Robert and Harwar lived near today's Rice Road, west of Bloomington, Indiana. They are buried at the Garrison Chapel Cemetery (formerly known as the Rice Cemetery) at the southwest corner of Garrison Chapel Road and Rice Road. There was a Rice School in this vicinity in the late 1800s.
Rice Road, west of Bloomington, Indiana
Robert, Harwar, and their family were greatly affected by the Civil War (1861-1865). Robert died in 1863 and so he did not see the end of the war. Dr. Benjamin William Rice, the eldest son, served as captain of the Richland Mountaineers, part of the Monroe County militia organized in 1861; while trying to contain a typhoid epidemic in Monroe County in 1863, he contracted the disease and died. Thomas Elhane Rice enlisted in the 57th Indiana Infantry (Company B) of the Union Army in 1864 and mustered out at the end of the war in 1865; he carried a ball (bullet) in his hip for the rest of his life. William James Brown, a son-in-law, enlisted in the 50th Regiment (Company D) in 1862 and served until 1865. Robert Keal Rice and Nathan Lewis Rice enlisted together in the 82nd Indiana Infantry (Company I) in 1862 along with cousins Benjamin C. Rice and James Henry Rice. Robert Keal Rice mustered out at the end of the war in 1865; Nathan Lewis Rice and Benjamin C. Rice were honorably discharged in 1863 due to illness; and James Henry Rice died in the war in 1862.
Location of Rice Road and Garrison Chapel
Harwar also went by the names Haraway and Harriet. It is unclear which was her given name. Harwar's obituary in the Bloomington Telephone, July 28, 1899: "DIED AGED 94, And Lived to see a Great-great-grandchild! Mrs. Harriet Rice died Tuesday, six miles west of Bloomington at Dow Filler's, whose wife was the granddaughter of the deceased, and with whom she had lived many years. Mrs. Rice was a native of Virginia and emigrated to Kentucky. She was born Sept. 21st, 1805; was married to Robert Rice in 1825; moved to Indiana in the spring of 1826, and settled in Monroe county, where she lived until her death. To Mr. and Mrs. Rice were born 11 children – 7 sons and 4 daughters, 6 of whom are living to mourn her departure. She had 43 grand children and 93 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She would have been 94 years old Sept. 21st. Mrs. Rice was a member of the Christian church for 70 years. The funeral services were held at Garrison's chapel in charge of Rev. F.A. Eller and Rev. P.F. Breeden. She was buried beside her husband in the Rice cemetery, 7 miles west of Bloomington. Mrs. Rice was loved by all who knew her and there was a very large attendance of relatives and friends at her funeral."
Harwar Rice, circa 1890s
Robert and Harwar Rice Grave in Garrison Chapel Cemetery
Floyd Burks (1815-1878) and Helen E. Thompson (1816-1870) Married 1835 in Monroe County, Indiana
• George W. Burks (1836-1900) married Matilda H. Mayfield (1828-1885), Rebeca Wilcox • Mary C. Burks (1838-1859) • Sarah Burks (1840-?) married William Billings • Matilda J. Burks (1841-1921) married Benjamin C. Rice (1836-?) • David Parker Burks (1843-1917) married Sarah "Sallie" Ehrhart • Nancy Elizabeth Burks (1845-1927) married Nathan Lewis Rice (1841-1907) • Harriet Burks (1846-?) • Martha H. Burks (1849-1880) married John J. Livingston (1854-1934) • Susan D. Burks (1851-1852) • John W. Burks (1853-1855) • Thomas Floyd Burks (1855-1921) married Mary H. Rice (1859-?) • Amanda Eldora "Dora" Burks (1861-1929) married David E. Rice (1862-1947)
• 1850, Beech Creek Township, Greene County, Indiana. Floyd, Helen, and eight children in the household; Floyd's occupation is farmer.
• 1860, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana. Floyd, Helen, six children, and Floyd's mother Margaret in the household; Floyd's occupation is farmer.
• 1870, Richland Township, Monroe County, Indiana. Floyd, Helen, and three children in the household; Floyd's occupation is house-carpenter.
From the Monroe County Biographical Sketches, published in 1884: "G. W. Burks is the eldest son of Floyd and Helen (Thompson) Burks, the former a native of Kentucky, and latter of Indiana, and respectively of Irish-English and German descent. Floyd Burks was a house-carpenter and farmer, who came to this county in early manhood, married and reared a family of ten children. The larger portion of his life was spent in Greene County, and he there redeemed from nature's wilds a home and farm, in doing which he experienced the trials of a pioneer. He was a notorious hunter, a Republican and a member of the Church of Christ. He died June 10, 1878, aged sixty-three years. G. W. Burks was born November 16, 1836, and was reared a farmer, and from the common schools obtained a fair education. October 18, 1855, he married Miss Matilda H. Mayfield, of this county, a union cemented by the birth of seven children... Soon after this event, he commenced farming on the home place, and in 1857 located where he now is - a farm of much value and with many improvements, containing an area of fifty-seven acres. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Republican in politics."
James Russell (1812-1885) and Margaret Fitzpatrick (1817-1892) Married 1839
James Russell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and died in Monroe County, Indiana. Margaret Fitzpatrick was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, and died in New Albany, Indiana. Children of James Russell and Margaret Fitzpatrick:
• Ellen Russell (1840-?) died young • William Russell (1842-?) died young • Ellen Russell (1843-1916) married William H. Douglas (1833-1896) • Mary Russell (1845-?) died young • Margaret Russell (1847-?) married John Hilbert • Mary Russell (1849-?) died young • Cathren Russell (1851-?) died young • Alice Isabelle Russell (1853-1885) married John Ronan (1850-1887) • Elizabeth Jean Russell (1859-1870)
U.S. Census Records:
• 1860, Perry Township, Monroe County, Indiana. James, Margaret, four children, and 60-year-old Patrick Fitzpatrick (who was born in Ireland) in the household; James' occupation is stone mason.
• 1880, Perry Township, Monroe County, Indiana. James and Margaret are listed; James' occupation is stone mason.
James came to America in 1827, landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then in 1835, he sailed to Boston. Margaret came to America in 1837. James and Margaret probably met and were married in New England, and lived there until they moved their family to Monroe County, Indiana in 1850.
James' obituary in the Bloomington Courier, May 16, 1885: "James Russell, an old and well-known citizen, died at his home near Clear Creek station, on last Wednesday morning, of pneumonia. On the Saturday previous he was at work planting corn, and apparently, in good health. Deceased was in the 73rd year of his age, and was a man of the strictest integrity."
James' obituary in the Republican Progress, May 20, 1885: "James Russell, a well-known citizen of the county whose farm is some six miles south of Bloomington, died on Wednesday morning last after an illness of but three days with pneumonia, in his 73rd year. On Saturday a week he was planting corn, and that evening cleaned out a spring, getting his feet wet and taking cold; Sunday night he had a chill, and died on Wednesday morning."
A news item in the Bloomington Telephone, February 4, 1890: "Mrs. Margaret Russell returned home January 30th from Louisville. She has been visiting her son-in-law, Capt. John Hilbert, conductor on the Louisville Southern."
Margaret's obituary in the Republican Progress, September 28, 1892: "Russell, (Mrs.) The wife of James Russell. Died at New Albany on Tuesday of last week following a painful illness. She formerly resided on what is now known as the Douglass farm in Perry Township. She died at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. Hilbert." The "Douglass farm" refers to the home of daughter Ellen and son-in-law William H. Douglas.
James and Margaret are buried in the Spencer Addition of the Rose Hill Cemetery, West 4th Street and Elm, Bloomington, Indiana, next to the graves of Ellen and William H. Douglas and Alice and John Ronan.
Location of County Kilkenny, Ireland, and Edinburgh, Scotland