John H. Rice, an old resident of Maple Flats, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. F. E. Dickinson,
Saturday, Nov. 17. He suffered greatly for the past six months of cancer of the stomach and death
was sweet release, as he longed to be at rest.
Mr. Rice was born Oct. 28, 1823, in the town of Athens, Greene county, and was the oldest of five
children, three sons and two daughters, none of whom survive. His great great grand parents on his
mother's side came over in the Mayflower. He came to Cleveland when he was twenty-six and had
lived in that vicinity ever since. May 25, 1853, he married Jane Ann Dodd, who died two years ago
last August. Since her death he had made his home with his children. After over fifty years of
happy married life spent in a very happy home, he felt very lonely and longed to go home and be
with her who had shared his joys and sorrows.
They were members of the Methodist church of Cleveland until lthe building of the Baptist church of
Maple Flats, when they joined that church to have a church near-by. He was a christian in every sense
of the word.
The funeral was held at F. E. Dickinson's at 12 Tuesday, prayer being offered by Rev. Mr. Briggs of
the Methodist church of Cleveland, and at the Baptist church of Maple Flats at two o'clock, Rev.
Jabez Ford, his pastor, officiating. Interment in the Maple Flats cemetery.
The children who mourn the loss of a much loved father are Mrs. F. E. Dickinson of Bernhard's Bay,
Mrs. Llewellyn Armstrong of Maple Flats, E. G. Rice of Cleveland, Mrs. F. H. Swanson of Camden,
and C. E. Rice of Fulton.
Back to the Dodd and Rice Page
Back to the Descendants of Earle Rice
Back to the Descendants of John Dodd
Back to Ann's Ancestry