Sara Rice
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Sara Rice

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Sara A. Rice
Born 1950s.
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Sister of [private brother (1940s - unknown)] [half], , [private brother (1950s - unknown)] and
Mother of [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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Sara Rice has English ancestors.
Sara Rice has French origins.
Sara Rice has German Roots.
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Sara Rice has Scottish Ancestors.


Sara Rice[1] born in Battle Creek, Michigan. I have 4 older brothers. My parents were Wilfred E. Rice . b 1927 Battle Creek and Helene Smith b. 12 Aug 1927 Chicago, IL. I lived in Bay City, Michigan from 1964-1972 and then Battle Creek where I graduated from St. Philip and then Western Michigan University.
I taught secondary Spanish and History in Kankakee, IL., Homer, MI and Bellevue, MI. Later, I discovered my ancestors lived in all three places!

I went on to study graduate-level American-History. I presented research on a national level about my Italian family. I also studied Organizational Learning and Performance and have done extensive trainings on various mental health topics.

I am a published author through the publisher Seeking Safety. In 2023, I coauthored a book: Archway Cookies: A Taste of 20th Century Americana which is available on Amazon, Bookbaby Bookshop, Barnes and Nobles, Abe Books, Walmart, etc. Part of my research for the book included a genealogy of and of Harold Arthur Swanson 1904 - 1954 and Ruth Martin founders of the Archway Cookie Company.

I have worked on genealogy for 40 years and have contracted to do genealogy for others.

African Ancestry

Currently researching

There is no indication that my African ancestors came from the South. Likely, they escaped from NY or New England and went to Canada in the late 1700's

My African Ancestors were taken from Mali, Africa and married into my Palmer family- Rowley, MA > NY>MI.

My other African Ancestors were taken from Benin & Togo, Africa. We estimate that they most probably were brought to the USA about 1750. I am still looking for them:

Alexander Smith (3rd GGF) born around 1805 supposedly in Canada. His wife was Nancy White of German heritage, but she may be mixed-race as well. He lived in Toronto moved to Royalton & Niagara, NY about 1855 then to Leelanau, Michigan by 1870. My Ancestor William Smith (Great-Granddad), son of Alex served in the Civil War. He appears white with some African features.
Catherine Taylor (Great Grandma). I am not certain if she is mixed race. She married Wm Smith. She seems very white in appearance with light eyes and hair, although her complexion seems non-white. Supposedly, she was born in Plainfield, Kent, Michigan in 1856. Her parents are unknown.

She doesn't appear on a census until 1870 when she was working in Sebra Rathbun household, but no direct DNA to his immediate family. She married Wm Smith who also worked for Sebra Rathbun. Her census records indicate that she was illiterate. This seems odd for being raised in Michigan or coming from Western NY.

They lived in Allegan County, MI.

Other Genealogies I work on

Rice from Rhode Island
Schmid/Smith from Yamaska, Quebec
Tenney - Rowley, MA
Zanotti - from Cuceglio, Piemonte, Italia
Costa Zana - from Cuceglio, Piemonte, Italia
McCandlish from Wigtown, Scotland
Sheehan from Kill Parish, County Waterford, Ireland
Ronayne or Ronan from Kill Parish, County Waterford, Ireland
Looking for Edward W. Rice and spouse Deborah's last name.
Crosby line - Rowley, MA intersecting with Palmer line
Constance Brigham - Rowley, MA

My children's Line

  • Southern: VA, NC, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri.
Hicks, Lively, Reel, Forehand, James (as in Jesse), McGahan, Sisk, Barbee,
My children are connected to the Edmund Rice line. I am not.
  • Kalamazoo/GrandRapids, Michigan
Veenhuis, Hoogerheide
  • Hudson, Lenawee & Kalamazoo
White, Steger


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Hi Sara,

I just noticed a change that you added to. This profile back in 2020: Babcock-2692 Do you remember why you added “Aka Stanley” to her name? I have no knowledge of this name being associated with Ama Babcock in any way. Thanks! Kirstie


This is Chris from the Italy Project. As part of the annual project check-in, can you fill in the project survey? This will let us know that you are still interested in the project and which teams you'd like to participate in.

Thanks and have a great day!

posted by Chris Ferraiolo
I am related to Theresa Rice,she is a great grandmother to my Great Grandfather Salvador Alvin Armstrong.I was born and raised 21 years in Crystal City Texas/Zavala County. I don’t have a Picture of Theresa Rice unfortunately
posted by J. Armstrong
edited by J. Armstrong
Thanks for the sourcing you did this year, Sara!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl In the Money Milestone
Sara reached the In the Money milestone by sourcing 300 profiles in the December 2020 Sourcerers' Challenge
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Can you please enter the info here on your WikiTree Profile as to your connection(s) to Thomas Blackburn Rice (Rice-5804), and also his connection(s) to Deacon Edmund Rice (Rice-52).

I'm an Edmund Rice Descendant, and I'm also a cousin of yours down from John Prescott (Prescott-34).

Thank you.

posted by Carleton Procter
edited by Carleton Procter
Thomas Blackburn Rice is related to my children through their father and is not a relative of mine.

I am a descendant of John Rice of Rhode Island and absolutely no relation to Deacon Edmund Rice Rice-52

posted by Sara Rice
Thank you, Sara, for your more than one thousand contributions to our Shared Tree during the month of September. The Appreciation Team honors you for all of your efforts.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
You are doing a beautiful job on Sarah E. Yocom's profile. Thank you. Cari Yocom
posted by Cari (Van Tine) Yocom
Hi ,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Sara!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Greetings, 7th cousin!
posted by Katherine Gregory
Hi Sara,

Are you related to the Northrups? I'm wondering where I may fit in your tree as I was sent your profile and Northrup references. Very sincerely, Marcella Helene Northrup [email address removed]

posted by Marcella Northrup
I am researching Harold Swanson, son of Dora Northrup for Harold's granddaughters.
posted by Sara Rice
Hello, Sara!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Sara Rice, You have 1847 for the marriage date of Clement & Permulia (Tracy) Hoyt. It is correctly given as 1827 as you have it on their Profile page but I found it as 1847 in another location. I hope that one can be corrected.
posted by William Fox Jr.
Sara, Congratulations. By writing and improving 10 biographies in the Biography Builders Challenge, you are qualified to display our Achievement Sticker. Just add
Fountain Pen
Sara has written and improved ten profiles for the Biography Builders Challenge.
to your profile. Keep up the good work.

Thanks, Bob

posted by Bob Keniston Jr.

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