The Mixed-Race 'Rice' Family
The Rice Family
(10/02/1875 - 2/04/1964)
Katherine (Lett) Rice
(3/09/1883 - 2/07/1958)
Geraldine Ann (Rice) Maki &
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 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 (MI) 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.
Joseph A. Seaton married Nancy A. Conner in 1861.
Four children were born to this union:
William Joseph or Joseph Jr. (Nov. 11, 1865),
Ora, Frank, and Emily (May 11, 1865).
Nancy spent her girlhood days in Cass County, MI.
In 1861 she married Joseph A. Seaton.
Joseph enlisted in the army the same year.
Mrs. Seaton spent the time while her husband was
away in Mt. Pleasant where her son, Joseph was born.
Following Joseph's return from the way they moved
to Covert, MI and bought government land at North Mill.
In 1871 they went to Lawrence, KS by horse and wagon
making the trip in six months and returning in the fall.
There is where their daughter Ora was born.
Joseph Seaton passed away in 1886.
A son Frank and daughter Emma preceded him in death.
Their son William Joseph migrated to Weidman, MI where he
worked as a stone mason building many homes in the area.
William Joseph married Barbara Evans and had 11 children.
Four of the children's names were:
Alonzo, Maud, Luverna and Clarence.
Later he moved to Lansing (MI).
Pictures Courtesy of Nikki Langan & History Written by Jackie Hughes Daughters of Patricia (Maki) Walker
- This is excellent research.
Can you find anything on the PRESBERRY family? I
believe the family originated on the East coast of the
U.S., in Maryland, but that's as much as I know.
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