Rev. David Rice

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Rev. David Rice

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Hanover County, Province of Virginia
Death: June 18, 1816 (82)
Green County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Rice and Susannah Rice
Husband of Mary Rice
Father of Rev William Rice
Brother of Matthew Rice; Mary Garland; Benjamin Rice; Elizabeth Saunders; William B. Rice and 1 other

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About Rev. David Rice

Info added per the DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood published in 1895 stating he was "of Kentucky" and he "acted in the capacity of clergyman and orator to the Hanover militia in 1775. He was a member of the convention which framed the first constitution of the State of Kentucky."


"Pioneer Minister of the Presbyterian Church in KY" and ordained Dec 1763.

Rev David Rice did missionary work in VA, NC, and especially Kentucky. He was known by the title, "The Apostle of Kentucky." He was instrumental in founding Hampton-Sidney College of VA, Transylvania University of KY, and Danville Theological Seminary at Danville, KY. He published several books, including an Essay on Baptism in 1787.

During the Revolutionary War, Rev Rice served as a chaplain and orator to the Hanover militia. In 1792, he was a member of the convention which framed the first constitution of KY. He was the first moderator of the first Presbytery, and the first moderator of the first Synod of KY.

He was a strong supporter of a gradual emancipation of slaves. He and his wife, Mary, were buried in the churchyard of the Danville Theological Seminary where, in 1892, a monument was erected by the Presbyterians of KY to honor his many achievements.

Parents: David Rice, b 1680 in New Kent Co, VA -- son of Thomas, the Immigrant Susannah Searcy, b abt 1700 in Hanover Co VA

Children of David and Mary: Frances Blair* Benjamin David* James Harvey* Elizabeth* Mary Jonathan Alexis* Chalia* William* Susannah

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Rev. David Rice's Timeline

1733
December 29, 1733
Hanover County, Province of Virginia
1816
June 18, 1816
Age 82
Green County, Kentucky, United States
June 18, 1816
Age 82
Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, United States
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