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Maria Appolonia "Abigail" Hartman Rice
Birth: Sep. 4, 1742
Munich (München), Germany
Death: Nov. 6, 1789
Pikeland
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA

"Some have children, some have none;
Here lies the mother of twenty-one."

Served As Nurse at Yellow Springs Hospital During The American Revolution.

Abigail Hartman Rice (1742-89) died from typhus fever contracted in the hospital at "Yellow Springs" while on errands of mercy carrying food and delicacies to the invalid soldiers.

[newer marker]
ABIGAIL HARTMAN RICE
WIFE OF
ZACHARIAH RICE
1742 – 1789
SERVED AS A NURSE AT YELLOW SPRINGS
HOSPITAL DURING THE AMERICAN
REVOLUTION.
PLACED BY
ABIGAIL HARTMAN RICE
CHAPTER, D.A.R.
[Original marker is said to have been stolen,
but read, -
"Some have children
Some have none.
Here lies the mother of twenty-one."
An account states that,
"seventeen of her twenty-one children
followed her body in procession to the grave…
such a sight was never before seen
in Pikeland and may never be again."]

ABIGAIL HARTMAN RICE (1742-1789), like so many of her family and neighbors, did what they could to help in the fight for independence. Prominent farmers in Pikeland, the Hartmanís hosted General Washington when he marched through the township in September 1777.

Abigail was the wife of Zachariah Rice who ran the clover mill. He helped to build the Revolutionary War hospital at Yellow Springs. Abigail had 21 children but made time to work at the hospital and tend the sick soldiers. Tasks included cooking, cleaning, bathing patients and doing laundry.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Zachariah E. Rice (1731 - 1811)*
 
 Children:
  'John' Johannes Rice (1758 - 1837)*
  Anna Maria (Anomarriah) Rice Sheneman (1765 - 1834)*
  Conrad Rice (1770 - 1856)*
  Henry Rice (1779 - 1853)*
  Benjamin Rice (1786 - 1861)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Peters Lutheran Church Cemetery
Chester Springs
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Gravestone Rubber
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39650856
Maria Appolonia Abigail <i>Hartman</i> Rice
Added by: Diana in Pelham, AL
 
Maria Appolonia Abigail <i>Hartman</i> Rice
Added by: Family
 
Maria Appolonia Abigail <i>Hartman</i> Rice
Added by: Family
 
 
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I'm so proud to be one of your descendants! Thank you for your unselfish service and for being one of America's 'Founding Mothers'. Until we meet, Your 6th great granddaughter.
- Family
 Added: Mar. 14, 2014
Rest in Peace, 6th great grandmother. Your neighbors, the Hench family are also my ancestral great grandparents. Thank you for your service to our country. You did your country and your family proud.
- Penny
 Added: Oct. 8, 2013
My 6th Great Grandmother. My how your family has grown.
- Lynn Fortney
 Added: Aug. 11, 2013
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