RICE, Daniel

Daniel Rice was born in Strasbourg City, France, October 12, 1838. His parents dying during his infancy Daniel immigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen years, landing at New Orleans in 1851. After three years spent in horse trading he began merchandising, and continued at that business for two or three years, when he was taken sick with the yellow fever. Upon his recovery he went to Philadelphia, Penn., where he engaged for six months in the saloon business, after which he went to Wilmington, Del., where for several months he was engaged in superintending a concert. From there he came to Tennessee, locating at Charlotte, and began business as a traveling merchant in Dickson and Humphreys County. Our subject entered the Confederate Army in 1861, joining the Fourth Tennessee Regiment, and afterward traded places with a soldier in the Eleventh Tennessee, giving the soldier a quarter of beef to make the exchange. He was a musician for awhile, and afterward commissary sergeant. He was taken prisoner at Mission Ridge November 29, 1865. May 18, 1865, he was released from prison and returned to Charlotte, where he again engaged for a few months in merchandising, when he moved his business to Johnsonville, Tenn. While at the latter place he was seriously wounded by Tom Warrin, who was intoxicated, the ball passing entirely through his body. After spending twelve months in Johnsonville he returned to Charlotte and again entered business. His marriage with Blanch A. H. Long occurred April 26, 1868. She was born in Humphreys County November 11, 1849. After his marriage he moved to Tennessee and entered business. Six children have been born to them; those living are as follows: Sophia W., born July 7, 1872; Emily Lenora, born September 29, 1876, and Katie Elizabeth, born May 8, 1884. Our subject is a Democrat and is postmaster of his town.