Ruth had a very challenging life. First her husband Henry Rice died as a result of dysentery from the Civil War. Then she married Nathan Norton who not treat her well and they divorced. Then her husband John Chambers dies after seven years of marriage. She was left penniless. She lived with John Chamber's daughter, Mrs. Dexter for a while and with her daughter, Ella, a short time around 1910 near Traverse City, Michigan. She ended up living at the Soldier's home in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the remainder of her life. She is buried with John Chambers in Bellevue, Eaton, Michigan
According to family member, Mary Hagelshaw Rice, wife of Robert L. Rice, Ruth was known as a beautiful woman. Ruth married Henry Rice on December 08, 1859. They had William and Ella. Henry died in 1865. She married Nathan Monroe Norton on 03 October 1869. By 1870, Ruth and Nathan Norton lived with her children at Grass Lake, Jackson County, Michigan. Before 1880, They moved to Bellevue in Eaton County. Nathan, Ruth and the kids lived with her father, Alvah Tenney.
While married to Nathan she filed a claim on behalf of her children for Henry Rice’s pension money. At some point over the next few years, Ruth divorced Nathan. Oral History relates that Nathan was rather mean. After the divorce, he moved back to New York. This made her children very happy, because they didn't like him.
In June 1897, Ruth married her 3rd husband, John Chambers, a local farmer in Bellevue, Eaton County, Michigan. John Chambers was originally from Ohio. He was previously married and had a few children with his first wife.
Ruth must have remained friendly with the Rice's because the children went to Grass Lake to visit often enough for William m to consider Grass Lake his home town.
Ruth appears sick at the soldier’s home in Grand Rapids in June 1913, where she was able to get treatment using Henry Rice’s service record.
Ruth suffered financial hardship and requested assistance from the Relief Corps.
Michigan Old Soldiers' Home, Kent County, Michigan Records. Grand Rapids, MI Public Library.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Ruth by comparing test results with other
carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Ruth:
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