Henry and Mary Smith were the Great Grandparents of Rev. Ulysses S. Rice (1925-2014)
by Robin Foster
Rev. Ulysses S. Rice,
Jr. (1925-2014) was the great grandson of Henry and Mary Smith. Emory Wallace
Vance, Sr., my grandfather, was Henry’s sister’s, Jane Smith Johnson McCoy’s
grandson. With African American genealogy, the simplest relationships have to be
scoured over again and again.
I had at one time the oral history of Rev. Ulysses S. Rice, the letter of my grandfather, the historical findings I came across, a cousin, J. Martin Wall with Rev. Rice over the phone nightly to go over what I had found each day. I never got to meet Rev. Rice, but I am so glad I was able to prove that he was our cousin through my grandfather’s letter and by me finding historical documentation.
After putting Emory Wallace Vance, Sr., my grandfather, in line with his ancestor Lula Johnson Vance, mother, and Jane Smith Johnson McCoy, grandmother, I could see Henry Smith was is great uncle. Using Rev. Ulysses S. Rice, Jr.’s historical information and oral history (below under Minnie), I proved he was a descendant of Henry Smith:
Rev. Ulysses S. Rice, Jr.’s mother was Willie Ruth Cannon Rice. She was married in Buncombe County, NC to Ulysses Rice on February 4, 1925.
Willie Ruth Cannon Rice was at home with William and Minnie Smith Cannon and her siblings Laurens County, SC in 1920 :