NameRev John M Rice
Birth22 Feb 1839, Sandy Hill, Perry, PA151
Death7 Dec 1918, East Stroudsburg, Monroe, PA151
BurialProspect Cemetery, East Stroudsburg, PA
OccupationLutheran Minister152,151
EducationGettysburg College (1860), Gettysburg Theological Seminary (1862)
FatherGeorge Rice (1798-1881)
MotherMagdelena Ickes (1799-1862)
Birth14 Oct 1844, Gettysbug, Adams, PA153
Death16 Jan 1934, Bedford, PA
BurialProspect Cemetery, East Stroudsburg, PA
FatherEmanuel Zeigler (1824-1893)
MotherMary Elizabeth Craig (1825-1907)
Marriage16 Sep 1862, Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania151,154,155
ChildrenWilliam Horton (1871-1948)
 Mary K (1865-)
 Lillie M (1869-)
 John S (1871-)
 Harry E (1875-)
 Bertha M (1877-)
 Fredrick A (1879-)
 Frank P (1885-)
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These are snippets taken from stories passed down from various family members, as well as his personal journal, and a few of my own thoughts.

I've learned little of John's early life, but records show he graduated Gettysburg College 1860. He subsequently graduated from the Gettysburg Theological Seminary in 1862, being ordained as a minister in 1864. According to the seminary, he served on it's board of directors 1874, and (presumably) later as it's director - although no date is given.151

John wrote briefly in his journal about attending the Battlefield commemoration at Gettysburg, but never mentioned the president being there, nor his famous address. My aunt gave me a copy of the journal he kept, which was transcribed by a family member (and several copies made).23,1,156

John and his wife went to Africa as a missionary from 1864-1865. In his journal he wrote about a trip alternating with debilitating sickness and life changing joy. Yellow Fever eventually cut the trip short and they returned in time to hear grave news passed from another boat crossing the Atlantic. Lincoln had been shot and was dead.23,156

I have vivid memories from childhood sleeping in his old rope bed, when we went to visit grandma and grandpa Kauffman in Altoona, PA. My grandmother told his stories with admiration and a bit of awe, and I recall lying awake in his bed sharing her sense of awe. When my grandmother moved from her home in Altoona to an assisted living facility, John's bed went to stay with my aunt. In 2009, my aunt moved from her house into a condo and offered my wife and I the bed, which we had shipped down to FL from PA.

His old rope bed sits in our large family room, and to this day I sleep in it sometimes when poor sleep strikes. As you might guess, I think of him often. As much as any other ancestor, I wish I could pluck him from history to have a chat. I'd thank him for the positive influence that has reached through time and help shaped my life.
Notes for Rev John M Rice
Was living in Woodbury, Bedford Co, PA in 1880
Was living in East Stroudsburg Boro, Monroe Co, PA in 1910
Was living in Hemlock, Columbia, Pennsylvania in 1870
Shared internet records indicate he had lived in Shippensburg (Cumberland Co) PA for a time (not given).
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RootsWeb sources:
1. Title: Rice Immigrants
Abbrev: Immigrants: Rice Family
Author: Rosemary E. Bachelor, Editor, 2002, Rice Family
Date: 1 Sep 2003
Page: 168
2. Title: Flickinger Families of the United States
Abbrev: Flickinger Book
Author: Rev. Robert Flickinger
Publication: Success Composition and Printing. Des Moines, Iowa, 1927
Date: 3 Sep 2003
Page: 744
3. Title: LOY, Michael (Book)
Abbrev: Loy Book
Author: Gerald E. Collins <>
Date: 20 Jun 2005
Page: 39
4. Title: Hammond, John T.
Abbrev: Hammond
Author: <>

1850 US Federal Census,
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