Photo of Wolfe's Angel. At one time this marble statue stood outside the Ashevile Shop of W.O. Wolfe inspiring the title for son Thomas Wolfe's book 'Look Homeward Angel.'
I live in Buncombe Co., NC and have been doing family research for about 25 years. My lines are Sorrells & Sales. I especially enjoy taking tombstone pictures and knowing I am preserving a part of the past. I have to use a backpack of oxygen to help me get through the cemeterys. (Renal & lung cancer survivor.) I will continue on until it becomes impossible.
I do post death certificates. This is my way of 'sourcing' my memorials They can be rich in facts. but be cautious as they can also have wrong dates and information. Most that I find are correct but always be your own researcher.
And please don't be one of the folks who sit at their computers and add a name and birth and death year from some compiled records. Get out, take pictures, be active in the cemetery. When you see cemeteries that are only 50% photographed with a couple of hundreds stones you wonder why they only did half the job.
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RE: Jackson Rice My cousin Frances Shaeffer (firstname.lastname@example.org) is very familiar with this branch of the Rice Family. Her ancestor was Jackson Rice. As I recall Jackson Rice was logging near Newport Tn when he was killed in a logging accident in the late 1850's. His widow, Roseanna, and his son, Joseph Haskew Rice, returned to Buncombe and lived on Shope's Creek in the Riceville area. I think Joseph H. later bought the land on Old Farm School Road where Frances and several other descendants live today.
I think Alfred Rice died while on active duty during the Civil War. His is one of the names on the confederate memorial at the Smith McDowell House. His date of birth and the date of death of Martha Longmire Rice are very close. She may have died in child birth.
I don't think either Jackson or Alfred are buried in the Rice section of the family cemetery because of the locations of their respective deaths.
RE: Rice & Hughey's If you do not have a direct connection to William Rice and Martha Longmire Rice, I would be glad to take those. I am curious as to how you know about these two bodies that are in unmarked graves.
I gave a presentation at a grave marking for DAR last fall for William Gudger and my research included history of Martha's father, John Longmire, so I could do short history there. Joe Rice needs a history - at Guilford Cthouse Battle, sign on parkway commemorates his killing last buffalo in area in 1799. I was successful in linking William to his father. William's mother, Margaret (Peggy) Young Rice, was also buried in the Rice-Hughey cemetery in an unmarked grave next to her husband according to my grandmother.
William Rice You have set up find a grave web sites for the unmarked graves of my ancestors William Rice at Berea Church and Martha Longmire Rice at the Hughey-Rice Cemetery. Thank you. It was something I had planned to do for some time and never gotten around to doing. When Uncle Judy Rice's Estate was settled in 1926, his brother Uncle Marcus Rice came home from Texas for a visit. I have a photograph of Marcus standing at the grave of his parents (William & Melinda) there at Berea. If I can find the photograph, I may try to post it to the site. I am satisfied that the bodies of William and Melinda are in those 2 unmarked sites near the marked graves of several of their children.
I marked John Longmire Rice's grave in 2007 with a VA monument. My grandmother (Rev. Billy Rice's child) lived to be 100. She said Martha Longmire Rice was the first grave in the cemetery and was in the corner of the Rice cemetery. I believe Martha is in the Rice section of the larger cemetery and is between her son, John Longmire Rice, and her grandson, Alfred Rice.
I have suggested the linkage from William to Joseph Rice, his father, who has a DAR marker in the middle of the Hughey-Rice cemetery. He is the progenitor of the Rices and the Hugheys. I assume Ancestry will make that linkage. Joseph would then have links to 2 of his 3 children. Joe, Jr., died near Greeneville Tenn.
Your work enables me to link my mother back to Joseph Rice. Thanks. Is this a family for you?
Samuel Sumner #86417954 Thank you, Molly, for the information on Samuel. I have added it to his memorial. Are you sure about the Buncombe Co. burial? The dates are just off enough to raise a red flag. Do you know which cemetery he is actually buried in?
I found five of his six children and have requested that they be linked to Samuel and Margaret. The only one I couldn't find was Eliza (circa 1840).