Jarvis L Rice

Jarvis L Rice

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Jarvis L Rice
Birth Name Jarvis L. Rice
Other Names James Rice
Lived ca. 1826 - 14 May 1914
Birth Place Pennsylvania
Birth Country USA
Residence at Muster-In Waterford, Racine County, WI
Company at Enlistment Field Officers & Staff
2nd Company C
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 25 Feb 1862
Father Abel Rice
Father Lived 1775- 1845
Spouse Caroline R.
2nd Spouse Margaret A. Cummings
2nd Marriage Date Aug 1903

Jarvis L. Rice was born in Pennsylvania in about 1826. His father was born in Massachusetts and mother in Virginia. He moved to Wisconsin and granted 80 acres of farmland in Waupaca, WI, in 1856. He was also appointed postmaster in the same location.

Jarvis joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the "Norway Bear Hunters," but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed him as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 39. and married. He enlisted for three years on February 5, 1862, at Waterford, and mustered on February 25, 1862, at Madison, WI, as a Private (Menig). Rice was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant (Sersjant), and transferred to the Regimental Staff, on March 1, 1863. He transferred back to the Company as a Private (Menig) on December 23, 1864. Rice mustered out as a Private with Company C on January 1, 1865, at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he lived in Millrook, Graham, KS. He married Caroline and they had one child named Charles W. In 1890, he lived in Appelton City, Saint Clair, MO. In 1903, Jarvis married Margaret A. Cumings. In 1910, they were living in Leslie, Ingham County, MI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-5, 78-1; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.4, p.48; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p.428; 1855 WI Census; U.S. General Land Office Records, Document #17912; U.S. Appointments of Post-Masters, Vol#20B; 1880 Census, Roll: 382, Family History Film: 1254382, Page: 243D, Enumeration District: 100, Image: 0130; 1890 Veterans Schedules, Roll: 32, Page: 2, Enumeration District: 175; 1904 Michigan city directory, p.454; MI Marriage Index, Record #363, Film #77; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_651, Page: 2B, Enumeration District: 0084, FHL microfilm: 1374664; MI Death Records, Roll Number: 196, Certificate Number: 10.

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