CIVIL WAR VETERAN FOUND DEAD.
After lying dead for two days, almost under his forces, the body of Absalom Rice, Civil War veteran, 83, was found in the stable of his barn at his home in liberty Valley, a few miles west of Seville, on Friday. He lived alone.
The body was found by Mr. David N. Hall, of Seville, who was passing by with a load of lumber, and he stopped at the Rice home to use the telephone. On entering the house he found nobody there, and noticing that the barn door was open. He went to the barn. On the stable floor, under the worst design fee, and partially covered with litter, he found the body of Mr. Rice. He immediately notified the neighbors by telephone, and soon a number of persons gathered. A doctor was summoned, but it was obvious that the man was dead. There was a bruised, while SIand also one on his breast. Just how he came to his death will probably never be certainly known. Some think he was kicked by the horse and others are of the opinion that he had a stroke and fell at the horses heals, the bruises being caused by the animals stepping on him after he was dead. That he did not meet with foul play is apparently shown by the fact that in his pockets were found $200 cash and a pension check, endorsed. He was believed to have been dead for at least two days before being found. He was last seen alive on Wednesday morning and two days of mail was found in his mailbox.
Absalom Rice was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Burd), Rice and was born in 1839. At the time of his death he was aged 83 years three months and 15 days. He was married to miss Martha Titzel, who has been dead for several years. Their surviving children are John W. Rice, of Elliottsburg; Scott, of Seville; Orlando, of Pittsburgh; McClellan, of near Port Royal, and one daughter, Mrs. Lottie Rodder, of Philadelphia.
The DCS was a veteran of the Civil War. He enlisted in 1864 in the 104th Regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and was mustered out with its company at the close of the war, August 25, 1865 at Portsmouth Virginia.
He was a man of high character and a consistent member of the Buffalo Reformed Church, having been the in and trustee of the Church, for many years.
The funerals held on Monday, the service is being conducted in the church at Saville, Rev. Harmon Snyder officiating, and burial was made and the Buffalo Cemetery. The pallbearers were; Scott Fritz, S. M. Fritz, Thompson Shull, Elmer Rice, Abraham Smith, and George Sweger.
Published in the Perry County Democrat, January 24, 1923.
Martha Jane Titzel Rice (1838 - 1919)*
McClellan Henry Rice (1864 - 1934)*
Co. F. 104th Regt. P.V.
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Record added: Mar 06, 2010
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