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Asaph Rice

Male 1817 - 1872  (55 years)


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  • Name Asaph Rice 
    Born 13 Jan 1817  Farmington, Ontario, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1872  Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 5 Feb 1872  Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Source: Rice Pioneers: Family Groups and Stories, compiled by David Eldon Rice. Pocatello, Idaho. 1976. No copyright information listed. Editor’s note: This work contains a few minor changes to David Rice’s compilation. Courtesty of http://www.familyheritageseries.org.

      Life Sketch
      Asaph Rice, born 3 January 1817, was the second son of Ira Rice and Minerva Saxton. His parents lived in Farmington and Palmyra, New York—not far from where Joseph Smith and his family lived. Asaph had two sisters and two brothers when his mother died. He was seven years old at the time and oldest living child in his father’s motherless home. After the sadness of losing his mother, his father brought a new mother into their home. She was Sarah Harrington—a young woman about 25 or 26 years old.

      After his father married Sarah Harrington, the U.S. government offered land located in the wilds of Michigan to the veterans of the War of 1812. Ira Rice took his family there to take advantage of the offer. The country was wild; it was wooded and suffered cold winters. The wolves and Indians were constant terrors. Ira and his sons learned to be great bear hunters. Asaph slept under the heavy warm hide of many a bear, which he or his father had killed.

      Some time in the year of 1840, the Latter-day Saint missionaries found the Rice family, and all that were old enough to become members of the church were baptized. No record was kept of it, so Asaph was rebaptized in 1848, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The census records of Washtenaw County, Michigan, 1829, shows the Ira Rice family in Plymouth, Washtenaw County, Michigan. They were next found in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842. Asaph, his brother Bill, and his father were among the first to cross the Mississippi River in the winter of 1846. He arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, September 1847. The Rices were sent to North Cottonwood (Farmington), which extended to North Ogden at that time.

      Few men of the Church experienced more trials and setbacks than this Asaph Rice. He was left motherless at seven years of age; but he was a dutiful and kind son to his foster mother. At 23 he joined the Latter-day Saints. In Nauvoo in 1844 he suffered the sorrow of all good men at the death of his good friend and leader, Joseph Smith, and his esteemed friend, Hyrum Smith. He was respected and trusted constantly by his great friend and spiritual leader, Brigham Young. He was well acquainted with all the great men who were the church leaders of that trying day.

      Asaph had his patriarchal blessing under the hands of John Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois, a month before he and his father, and brother Bill crossed the river in the dead of winter to satisfy the mobs. He was a seventy in the 13th Quorum. He did not marry until he was 42 years of age, as he had been so constant in his efforts to help his family and friends.

      After Asaph married Louisa Busenbark Calkins, the widow of Edwin Calkins, they moved to what is now North Ogden. This family moved south at the time of the Johnston Army troubles and then back to North Ogden. Then they moved to Providence, Cache County, Utah in 1857. Ten years later they were again on the move to the land of Utah’s Dixie.

      In each settlement where Asaph lived, one finds lasting evidence of Asaph’s having lived there. In North Ogden, there is a creek called Rice Creek, and he is credited with helping to build the first house and the first meetinghouse there. The first school in Providence notes Asaph and his father as being those donating to its construction and helping to hire the first teachers in the school.

      He knew no other mode of travel than horseback, mule, walking, or by ox team. If he saw his few remaining grandchildren swiftly going over oil-surfaced highways in a few minutes, distances which he took days to cover, he would marvel. But his heart would ache to find so many of his great grandchildren disinterested and many disdainful of the church for which he was willing to give all just to be counted a member. He died in Panaca, Nevada on 3 February 1872. The ward records said Brother Asaph Rice died in full fellowship in the Church in good standing.
    Person ID I5738  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2006 

    Father Ira Rice,   b. 28 Oct 1793, Berkshire, Berkshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1868, Washington, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Minerva Saxton,   b. 3 Oct 1796, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1824, Wayne, Manchester, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 1814  Ny Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F49  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Louisa Busenbark,   b. 25 May 1827, Romulus, Seneca, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1885, Spring Valley, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1850  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Busenbark,   b. 14 Aug 1829, Hartland, Niagra, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1888, Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 1 Apr 1852  Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Invalid sealing-to-spouse temple code: SLC.
    Children 
     1. Leander Manning Rice,   b. 10 May 1853, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1896  (Age 43 years)
     2. Frank Saxton Rice,   b. 8 Feb 1855, North Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1880  (Age 25 years)
     3. Daniel Henry Rice,   b. 8 Apr 1857, North Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1896  (Age 39 years)
     4. Mary Jane Rice,   b. 2 Aug 1859, Farmington, Davis, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1945, Panaca, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. Joseph Hyrum Rice,   b. 2 Dec 1861, Providence, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1944, Las Vegas, Clrk, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     6. Hyrum Joseph Rice,   b. 2 Dec 1861, Providence, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1946  (Age 84 years)
     7. Martha Ann Rice,   b. 17 Aug 1863, Providence, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1943  (Age 80 years)
     8. Alvirus Julian Rice,   b. 13 Apr 1865, Providence, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1929  (Age 64 years)
     9. Alvira Juliette Rice,   b. 13 Apr 1865, Providence, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1865  (Age 0 years)
    +10. Margaret Ella Rice,   b. 22 Oct 1868, St. Joseph, Clark, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1950, Caliente, Lincoln, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Family ID F1346  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    RICE, ASOPH (1817-1872)
    RICE, ASOPH (1817-1872)

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