- Beyond this point it is difficult to know if anyone is related to anyone as South Carolina had a huge number of Slave Masters. Especially in Bogansville. Where many of the Rice family stayed. Many simply adopted the name so it's difficult to trace. Remember, slavery was abolished[sic] in 1865. So, what haend was that you ended up with a huge number of freed slaves, greater than 60%, maintaining their owners Surnames and in many cases still living on the property and even still working on the property. This is why the 1870 Census is so important. If traced properly, we can find out what families owned slaves and then dig even deeper for family records of slaves names. Some of which are posted on the internet.
I found many dozens of Rice Families on the census. It's very confusing. I discovered a 100 year old Judy Rice living with another Rice Family. She was born in 1770. Again, she simply adopted the name so it's hard to know the relationship. I also bumped into a Lelund Rice who may have been her son, but it's very hard to tell.
Most of Rice Family aears to have been in Laurens and Union county, so, we will focus on those censuses.
For historical purposes, I will list all of the Slave Masters in the aforementioned counties.. and how many Mulatto children they may have had.
1860 Slave Census for Union County South Carolina:
William G. Rice - Laurens, County - Abt 52 Slaves
Spencer Rice - "" "" abt 32 Slaves, One 18y/o Mulatto Girl
H. B. Rice - Union, County - Abt 52 slaves
Elizabeth Rice - "" "" - Abt 56 slaves
Shencer or Spencer Rice - "" "" - 19 slaves
Ann Rice and Giles Gilbert = "" "" - Abt 51 slaves
Elice Rice - "" "" - abt 35 slaves
Another, Ann Rice - "" - 4 slaves, One Mulatto woman, 35 years of age.
- Another Rice Family:
1910 Census. Uncommon names mentioned - Edmonia, Mills, Eola, Pecola, Besari. - R. Finley Sr. 08-19-2007