Children of Elizabeth Brooks (1747/1750 – 1816) and Husband George Rice (abt. 1743 – 1792): Rebecca Rice (1783 – 1817) and Husband George W. Kiger (1782 – 1849)

Rebecca Rice and George W. Kiger up to Rebecca’s Death in 1817

A case in point: I haven’t been able to find a clear record of when Rebecca Rice was born. K. Grant’s well-researched and well-documented “Kiger-Madera-Lucas-Wells Tree” at Ancestry reports that an “old Hurst family bible (partial) rescued from a fire” and now held by the Donn A. Brill Collection at the Ohio Genealogical Society gives Rebecca’s date of birth as December 1783.[1]

The 1783 birthdate seems plausible, since, as we’ve seen, the sibling born immediately before Rebecca, her brother George Rice, was apparently born around 1780. As we’ve seen, that brother George had married by August 1802, but Rebecca did not marry until January 1809, a point discussed below, and an indicator that Rebecca was younger than George. In addition, Rebecca’s husband George W. Kiger was born in 1782 if an obituary notice for him in the Port Gibson Herald newspaper in Mississippi that will be discussed in the next posting has accurate information — and I suspect that it does.

As I’ve just indicated, Rebecca (“Becky”) was enumerated among the children of George Rice in the list of his children compiled in August 1802 for the lawsuit filed by Province McCormick against the executors of George Rice in Augusta County, Virginia, chancery court.[2] Her name appears again in the list of George Rice heirs compiled by Bartholomew Smith in his 15 April 1808 complaint against the heirs in another Augusta County chancery court case.[3] That list places Rebecca last among the children of George Rice and Elizabeth Brooks, and confirms that she was unmarried in April 1808.

Rebecca Rice appears with George Rice’s heirs who gave power of attorney on 27 October 1808 to Joshua Wilson in Nelson County, Kentucky, to act as their agent in selling 1,800 acres belonging to George Rice that county.[4] As we’ve seen (see the link just provided), Joshua was the husband of Rebecca’s sister Mary Rice. 

Bond of George W. Kiger for marriage to Rebecca Rice, Frederick County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds Bk. 8, 1806-1809, unpaginated and arranged chronologically, with digitized images at FamilySearch site

On 5 January 1809, Rebecca Rice married George W. Kiger in Frederick County, Virginia.[5] George had given bond for this marriage on 3 January 1809 with David Castleman Jr.[6] As has been previously noted, the Kiger family was among families of German background living in Frederick County in the 18th and 19thcenturies, a number of whom had close ties to the Brooks and Rice families. The family’s surname was originally Geiger/Guyger and had morphed to the Kiger spelling in Virginia by the latter part of the 1700s.

As another previous posting also indicates, Rebecca Rice and husband George W. Kiger were among the heirs of George Rice paid a share of the estate in August 1809 by William McCormick, widower of Rebecca’s sister Elizabeth, who was administrator of George Rice’s estate at this time.[7] Also in 1809, the case file for Bartholomew Smith’s lawsuit against the Rice heirs shows Rebecca and husband George W. Kiger filing an answer to Smith’s complaint in Frederick County on 27 December.[8]

As also discussed in a previous posting, Rebecca and her husband George Kiger were among George Rice’s heirs deeding land in Frederick County to Bartholomew Smith on 28 February 1811.[9] This deed was made in conformity to a judgment in the case Smith had filed against the heirs. 

Rebecca’s name appears again in a list of heirs of George Rice to whom John Burruss, John Lewis, John P. and Jane Tunstall, Henry W. and Jane Meriwether, and Mary and Sally Meriwether, infants under guardianship of John Burruss, along with Nicholas Meriwether, deeded a lot in Louisville, Kentucky, on 25 August 1813.[10] This deed cites a ruling made by Nelson County, Kentucky, circuit court in 1811.

4 October 1854 affidavit of Anna Jane Richards Kiger in pension file for George W. Kiger’s War of 1812 service, in NARA’s War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, RG 15, digitized at Fold3
7 June 1855 application of Anna Jane Richards Kiger for pension for George W. Kiger’s War of 1812 service in ibid.
24 May 1878 affidavit of Anna Jane Richards Kiger in pension clain for George W. Kiger’s War of 1812 service, in ibid.
Certificate received for land by Anna Jane Richards Kiger as widow of George W. Kiger, for War of 1812 service in ibid.

George W. Kiger served during the War of 1812 as a 1st lieutenant in Captain William Morris’s artillery company recruited in Frederick County.[11] In an affidavit George’s second wife Anna Jane Richards (whom he married after Rebecca Rice died) gave on 4 October 1854 as she applied for a pension on his service, Anna states that the artillery company in which George served was part of the 4th Regiment of Virginia Militia under Colonel Elisha Boyd.[12] Anna deposed that George and his fellow soldiers in this company marched from Frederick County to Norfolk about 26 February 1814 and served until 22 June 1814. In a separate pension claim Anna filed on 14 May 1878 in Buchanan County, Missouri, she describes George W. Kiger as 5’9” tall with dark hair, eyes, and complexion.[13]

Rebecca and husband George appear among the heirs of George Rice making deeds on 15 and 21 August 1815 in Frederick County to William and Province McCormick, as a result of the lawsuit Province McCormick had filed against the heirs.[14] As also previously noted, when Rebecca’s mother Elizabeth Brooks Rice made her will on 18 February 1816 in Frederick County, she named her daughter Rebecca as her primary legatee and made George W. Kiger her executor.[15] The will also makes a bequest of $1,000 to Emilia Luca Ried, George’s daughter by a spouse prior to Rebecca Rice, it appears, and bequests of $250 each to Rebecca and George’s sons Edwin Rice Kiger and George Rice Kiger.

Rebecca and husband George W. Kiger also appear in a previously discussed 1816 document: they are among the heirs of George Rice who quitclaimed on 12 August 1816 to John Jehu Rice, son of Elizabeth Rice (McCormick), their interest in Kentucky lands left to John by his uncle Edmund Rice.[16] Rebecca and George acknowledged this quitclaim on 5 November 1816 in Frederick County with Rebecca relinquishing her dower interest. 

At some point after this in the following year, 1817, Rebecca Rice Kiger died, according to the previously cited 24 May 1878 affidavit of Anna Jane Richards Kiger in Buchanan County, Missouri.[17] This affidavit states that George’s first wife was a Miss Rice, who had died in 1817 in Frederick County, Virginia. 

Winchester Gazette (6 April 1822), p. 1, col. 1

George W. Kiger Following Rebecca’s Death in 1817

I find a notice published by George W. Kiger on 23 March 1823 in the Winchester Gazette on 6 April, in which he advertises for “FIFTY to SIXTY slaves; boys and girls from 10 to 21 years old would be preferred.” The ad states that George was making the announcement on behalf of an unnamed acquaintance, on whose behalf George was evidently handling the business of buying enslaved people.

Five years after Rebecca’s death, George W. Kiger married Anna Jane Richards on 10 September 1822. Information about the marriage is provided in Anna’s pension claim file. George was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1821, 1822, and 1824, and in 1825-6, he represented Frederick County in the Virginia General Assembly.[18]

Port Gibson [Mississippi] Herald (31 August 1849), p. 3, col. 7

The pension application claims made by Anna Richards Kiger states that George W. Kiger died 4 August 1849 in Washington County, Texas.[19] This information is confirmed by an obituary published in the Port Gibson [Mississippi] Herald on 31 August 1849 which states that George W. Kiger had died on 4 August at the residence of his son D.J. Kiger in Washington on the Brazos, Texas.[20] The obituary states that George was of Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, and was in his 67th year when he died. This Washington County, Texas, death notice was evidently published in the Port Gibson paper because George’s son George Rice Kiger lived in that town.

The portrait of George at the head of the posting was uploaded by K. Grant to her previously mentioned “Kiger-Madera-Lucas-Wells Tree” at Ancestry. There is no indication of its source in this family tree.  

Rebecca Rice and George W. Kiger had the following children: Edwin Rice, George Rice, Mary Elizabeth, Daniel Jacob, and perhaps (more on the “perhaps” in the next posting) John Patrick, all with surname Kiger. As stated above, George also appears to have had a daughter prior to his marriage to Rebecca Rice whose name is given in the will of Rebecca’s mother as Emilia Luca Ried. Other documents show her as Emeline Lucia Kiger. I have not found information about a wife of George W. Kiger prior to Rebecca.

In my next posting, I will share the information I have about the children of Rebecca Rice and George W. Kiger.


[1] According to K. Grant’s Ancestry tree linked above, this document is in the Ohio Genealogical Society’s Donn A. Brill Collection in box 1, folder 6. Information about the Donn A. Brill Collection with a guide to its contents is online at the website of Ohio Genealogical Society

[2] Province McCormick vs. Exrs. of George Rice, Augusta County, Virginia, Chancery Court 1808-143, case 106.

[3] Bartholomew Smith vs. Exrs. of George Rice, Augusta County, Virginia, Chancery Court 1810-127, case 49.

[4] Nelson County, Kentucky, Deed Bk. 6, pp. 802-3.

[5] Eliza Timberlake Davis, Frederick County, Virginia, Marriages, 1771-1825 (1941; repr Baltimore: Geneal. Publ. Co., 1973), p. 45.

[6] Frederick County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds Bk. 8, 1806-1809, unpaginated and arranged chronologically, with digitized images at FamilySearch site.

[7] Frederick County, Virginia, Will Bk. 9, pp. 158-9.

[8] See supra, n. 3.

[9] Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Bk. 33, pp. 366-7.

[10] Jefferson County, Kentucky Deed Bk. K, pp. 176-180.

[11] T.K. Cartmell, Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: A History of Frederick County, Virginia (1908; repr. Baltimore: Clearfield, 1993), p. 106.

[12] War of 1812 widow’s pension application of Anna Jane Richards Kiger, in NARA’s War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, RG 15, digitized at Fold3.  

[13] Ibid.

[14] Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Bk. 37, pp. 338-345, 431-9.

[15] Frederick County, Virginia, Will Bk. 9, pp. 535-6.

[16] Frederick County, Virginia, Deed Bk. 39, pp. 150-5

[17] See supra, n. 12.

[18] See “George W. Kiger,” in the A New Nation Votes collection at the Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives; and Annual Reports of Officers, Boards and Institutions of the Commonwealth of Virginia, for the Year Ending September 30, 1917 (Richmond: David Bottom, 1918), pp. 278, 395.

[19] See supra, n. 12.

[20] Port Gibson [Mississippi] Herald (31 August 1849), p. 3, col. 7.

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