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Price, Lindale, Smith Co, TX, abt 1864
I would really appreciate it if someone could help me find some records on John Rice Price (aka Rice Price, J.R. Price).
The only record I have of him is 1900 Census says Rice Price (listed as Rice Crise) was 36 years old. In Lindale, Smith County, Precinct 6, TX. Married to Delia (listed as Dedia), born in 1870. Kids - Hattie 1885, Jessie1890, Lonnie1892, Sam 1894, Classie1897. 8 children. 5 living. 3 died.
I found his name as John Rice Price on his son, Sam's, death certificate. And on Sam's WWI draft card, his dad is J.R. Price.
Here is where it gets confusing: There are three other Rice Price's.
1. Rice Price, born about 1817 in Virginia. He was a slave. According to family, he had two families from slavery. They lived on both sides of the bridge, "the people across the river".
2. I'm assuming the other two Rice Price's are his sons. One is my John Rice Price. Born about 1864. He is the one I'm looking for. This Rice Price is illegitimate. He is called "the outside Rice Price". He is the one from Smith County, TX.
3. The other Rice Price (freed from slavery), born Dec 12, 1856, from Wood County, TX (right next to Smith County).
4. Rice Price (freed from slavery)'s son. Born May 29, 1882, also from Wood County, TX.
I have the most information on Rice Price #3. (Freed from slavery, born Dec. 12, 1856):
He was in a wheelchair. He gave land for a school in Hawkins. He had a boarding house (fed and housed) for the people who were building the railroad in Hawkins. Rice was freed from slavery, in Hawkins, TX when he was 16 or 28. His tombstone said that he was born Dec 12, 1856 and died July 2, 1925.
Arcie (his son) says he was a slave until he was 28 years old. His owner was a doctor. The owners were supposedly named, Price. Rice was their buggy driver. The owner moved to Hawkins, TX. Rice met with his owner's son in Hawkins, Tx, in later years. They were about the same age. They had a picture taken together on the porch. He supposedly went from Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia, then to Starrville, TX, then to Hawkins, TX?
1870 Census, Wood Co., Precinct 5, Quitman Post Office, Texas, age 31, male, black, born in Alabama. Wife Jane, born in Texas, 28 years old. Mary 8, Mala 6, Simon 3. (page 3)
1880 Census, Wood Co., Precinct 5, Texas, age 48, farmer, married, born in 1832 in South Carolina, parents born in Virginia. Married to Jane. Kids - Samuel, Sarah (outside child), Lulu, Arcie, Leota, Austin Winters (stepson), Rosa Robinson (servant).
In 1880 Census, Wood Co., Precinct 5, Texas, next door neighbors (I assume they are relatives) are:
In 1900 Census, Wood Co., TX, he was born in 1835, 65 years old. He was born in South Carolina. Married to Amanda, born in 1853, in Texas. She was 46 years old. Grandson, Jessie, 1882. Son, Rice, May 1882. Grandaughter, Oguar, August 1891. Two boarders were living with him too.
1910 Census, 5 J-Precinct, Wood Co., TX. Rice Sr. Price is listed. Born in 1834 in South Carolina, 75 years old.
In the next household, Arcie PRICE resides with wife Mattie, daughters Christine and Galdis, and Sons Bernice and Ray J. as well as a boarder, Maggie Jackson.
In the next household, Same and Rozitta PRICE live with their sons Waddell, Sam Jr., and Colonel.
1920 Census, Hawkins, Wood Co., TX, Rice was a widower. He was 96 years old. Owned home, could not read or write. Born in SC, parents born in Virginia. Not working at this time. Home is "free", not mortgaged. Son, Rice Price Jr.1889, lives with him, Daughter in law - Arzuilea, Grandaughter?-Mister Fry, Lula Reed - daughter, Ples - son in law.
Most of the family believes he was born in Alabama.
From Sammy Price in Dallas' scrapbook, it says that Rice Price Sr. was born in Alabama as a slave. He came to Texas in 1850. He was freed in Starrville, TX in 1863 at the age of 16. He later came to Hawkins, TX. He married Jane Cooper and had six kids. He helped build the T&P railroad through Hawkins, TX. He also worked as a farmer and blacksmith. He purchased more than 300 acres of land in Hawkins, TX. He was one of the founders of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hawkins, TX. His children are: Sam Price Sr., Sally Price, Lulu Price, Arcie Price, Leota Price and Rice Price Jr.
Possible Slave Owners:
1860 precinct 3, Wood, TX, Quitman Post Office census.
1860 Slave Schedule - G.H. Price. He's the only Price listed in Wood Co. It looks like he has Rice 12.
1850 Slave Schedule - no Hitt's in SC.
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