Robert Rice (1802-1863) and Harwar Roe (1805-1899)


Robert Rice was born in Kentucky, and Harwar Roe was born in Madison County, Virginia.  They married in Garrard County, Kentucky, in 1825, and died in Monroe County, Indiana.


Robert's parents: Benjamin Rice and Delilah Alcorn (1786-1850)

Harwar's parents: William Rowe (1775-1851) and Elizabeth Gaar (1781-1812)


Children of Robert and Harwar:

  • Benjamin William Rice (1826-1863) married Sarah Elizabeth Cornwell (1829-1912)
  • John B. Rice (1830-1860) married Sarah Ann "Sally" Brown (1832-1894)
  • Thomas Elhane Rice (1832-1905) married Elizabeth Ann Cornwell (1834-1908)
  • Mary Elizabeth Rice (1833-1918) married William James Brown (1830-1919)
  • Robert Keal Rice (1835-1919) married Mary H. Burks, Nellie Burnett
  • Lucinda Jane Rice (1837-1865) married Charles M. Brown (1835-?)
  • Margaret Ann Rice (1838-1910) married William Wallace Fowler (1838-1918)
  • Nathan Lewis Rice (1841-1907) married Nancy Elizabeth Burks (1845-1927)
  • Sarah Ellen Rice (1843-?) died young
  • Joseph Henry Rice (1845-1930) married Mary Jane Gwin, Julia Ann Gardner (1849-1931)


US Census records:

  • 1850, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana; Robert, Harwar, and seven children in the household; Robert's occupation is farmer.
  • 1860, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana; Robert, Harwar, and two children (Nathan and Joseph) in the household; Robert's occupation is farmer.
  • 1870, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana; Harwar is listed and her occupation is farmer.
  • 1880, Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana; Harwar is listed and her occupation is "keeping house."


Sisters Harwar and Elizabeth Roe married brothers Robert and William Rice and moved with them to Monroe County, Indiana, in 1826.  These couples settled in the Richland area west of Bloomington, where Rice Road exists today.  There was a Rice School in this vicinity in the late 1800s.


Robert, Harwar, and their family were greatly affected by the Civil War (1861-1865).  Robert died in 1863 and so he did not see the end of the war.  Dr. Benjamin William Rice, the eldest son, served as captain of the Richland Mountaineers, part of the Monroe County militia organized in 1861; while trying to contain a typhoid epidemic in Monroe County in 1863, he contracted the disease and died.  Thomas Elhane Rice enlisted in the 57th Indiana Infantry (Company B) of the Union Army in 1864 and mustered out at the end of the war in 1865; he carried a ball (bullet) in his hip for the rest of his life.  William James Brown, a son-in-law, enlisted in the 50th Regiment (Company D) in 1862 and served until 1865.  Robert Keal Rice and Nathan Lewis Rice enlisted together in the 82nd Indiana Infantry (Company I) in 1862 along with cousins Benjamin C. Rice and James Henry Rice.  Robert Keal Rice mustered out at the end of the war in 1865; Nathan Lewis Rice and Benjamin C. Rice were honorably discharged in 1863 due to illness; and James Henry Rice died in the war in 1862.

Harwar, pictured here late in life, also went by the names Haraway and Harriet.  It is unclear which was her given name.  Her obituary in the Bloomington Telephone, July 28, 1899: "DIED AGED 94, And Lived to see a Great-great-grandchild!  Mrs. Harriet Rice died Tuesday, six miles west of Bloomington at Dow Filler's, whose wife was the granddaughter of the deceased, and with whom she had lived many years.  Mrs. Rice was a native of Virginia and emigrated to Kentucky.  She was born Sept. 21st, 1805; was married to Robert Rice in 1825; moved to Indiana in the spring of 1826, and settled in Monroe county, where she lived until her death.  To Mr. and Mrs. Rice were born 11 children – 7 sons and 4 daughters, 6 of whom are living to mourn her departure.  She had 43 grand children and 93 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  She would have been 94 years old Sept. 21st.  Mrs. Rice was a member of the Christian church for 70 years.  The funeral services were held at Garrison's chapel in charge of Rev. F.A. Eller and Rev. P.F. Breeden.  She was buried beside her husband in the Rice cemetery, 7 miles west of Bloomington.  Mrs. Rice was loved by all who knew her and there was a very large attendance of relatives and friends at her funeral."
Robert and Harwar are buried at the Garrison Chapel Cemetery (formerly known as the Rice Cemetery) at the southwest corner of Garrison Chapel Road and Rice Road.