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Henderson Rice
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Birth: Mar. 29, 1825
White County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 5, 1893
Miami County
Kansas, USA

Son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wood) Rice.

Married Rebecca J. McIntyre Justice 17 March 1841 and Susan Randolph 16 January 1858.

Served in Kansas House of Representatives 1861-1868.

Obituary: "Death of Hon. Henderson Rice. Hon. Henderson Rice died at his home in Mound-twp., Miami-co., Kansas, April 5th, 1893, at the age of 69 years. In his death, Miami-co. has suffered the loss of one of the best men who ever resided within her borders. Henderson Rice was one of nature's noblemen--true as steel, honest, faithful, conscientious, with a heart and nature as tender as a woman's. The news of his death came not as a surprise to his friends, for they knew of his long struggle with the implacable foe of humanity, consumption, and knew that the end must come soon; but it brought heartaches and tears to the many who have known him so long and so well. In all his life, in public and inprivate; Mr. Rice never did an ignoble act, and never willfully did an injury to any man. He followed the precepts of the Golden Rule and made its teachings his guide throughout life. The Osawatomie Graphic publishes a tender and touching tribute to his life and character, from the pen of his old friend, neighbor and companion, Capt. Reuben Smith, which we herewith reproduce: 'Hendeson Rice was born in White-Co., Tennessee, in 1825. in 1849 he settled in St. Francis-Co., Missouri, and from there moved to the territory of Kansas in 1854, being the first white person to settle in Mound-twp., locating upon the farm on which he died. He filled numerous important offices. He served in the Legislature four or five terms and was a useful member thereof. He also served as county commissioner a number of terms and was ever watchful of the interests of the people, fully believing that a public office was a public trust; but his political ambitions were never satisfied. He had devoted his time, his energy and his means for the promotion of his party's welfare. He sowed the seed of Republicanism, but he never gathered the harvest. He was not a great man, but he was a good citizen. He was one of that innumerable class of citizens who pass through life hewing their way by their own labors, and who leave the world better than they found it. He was a lover of freedom. Born and reared in the south, surrounded by the influences of slavery, but was strongly opposed to that institution and participated in all the early struggles to make Kansas a free State. When Gov. Kearney called for volunteers to repel the invasion of the rebel General Price, in 1864, though exempt of military duty by reason of his age, he was amongst the first men in Miami-co. to offer his services in defence of the State he loved so well. In the skirmishes on the Blue and in the Battle of Westport, amid the shower of shot and shell, he stood immovable and fought like an old veteran. At Mound City, after the battle of Mine Creek, the greatness of his heart was shown by his passing hard tack and coffee alike to the rebel and union wounded soldiers. He had been for a number of years a patient sufferer. His illness dates back almost eight years. He was then representing Miami-co. in the Legislature, and had to be carried to the State house in order to cast his vote for United States Senator. Each recurring winter he was confined to his bed with the dread disease, consumption, of which he died. He was twice married--in 1843 to Miss McIntyre; six children were born to them. Mrs. Rice died in 1857, and in 1858 he was again married to Miss Susan Randolph, who survives him. By this marriage there were two sons and five daughters. He looked to the future with perfect hope and confidence. He did not fear death. "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me."' "For I have seen many wounded soldiers die. After dread suffering, have seen their lives pass off with smiles; And have watched the death spars of the old; And seen the infant die; The rich with all his nurses and his doctors; And then the poor in meagerances and poverty; And I myself for long, O death, have breathed my very breath Amid the nearness and the after thought of thee."

WHEREAS, It has pleased the Divine Creator to take from our midst Brother Henderson Rice, a worthy citizen of our community and an honored and upright member of the Masonic fraternity, therefore be it resolved, By Equity Lodge No. 131 A. P. & A.M., Fontana, Kansas, that we extend to the bereaved widow and family of our beloved brother our heartfelt and sincere sympathy, and will ever cherish the recollections of his many virtues and manly fidelity to the principles of our manly order."

"A tribute to the memory of our dear father, Henderson Rice, who died of consumption April 5, 1893 aged 68 years. He leaves a wife and eleven children to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate father. He was a faithful and earnest Christian, having been converted to Christianity when only seventeen years old. He had been a constant sufferer for the last two years, but he found the God he had worshipped in health was his comfort and stay in his hours of affliction. He trusted in God, he triumphed in Christ, he fell asleep in Jesus.

'Rest, father, sweetly rest, Thy toils on earth are o'er; May holy angels crown thee Upon that blissful shore.

Father, sleep, but not forever, There will be a glorious dawn; We shall meet to part, no more On that resurrection mourn.

Friends laid his dear frame away, To moulder back to another day; When Jesus comes then he will rise And live with him in Paradise."
[Osawatomie Graphic, 8 Apr 1893] 
Family links: 
  Thomas Rice (1801 - 1860)
  Elizabeth Wood Rice (1796 - 1872)
  Susan Randolph Rice (1853 - 1897)
  Rebecca J McIntyre Rice (1825 - 1857)*
  Mary Elizabeth Rice Adams (1847 - ____)*
  James M Rice (1849 - 1901)*
  Marcella Kansas Rice (1860 - 1882)*
  Fannie Rice Atkins (1869 - 1921)*
  Henderson Rice (1825 - 1893)
  Rebecca Jane Rice Hinchey (1829 - 1915)*
  Thomas Desom Rice (1832 - 1872)*
*Calculated relationship
Mound Creek Cemetery
Miami County
Kansas, USA
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