Sarah "Sally" Madden

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Sarah "Sally" Madden (Rice)

Also Known As: "Harpe", "Thompson"
Birthplace: Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Death: after 1834
Laurens County, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Preacher John Rice and Edith Rice, “Eadie”
Wife of Wiley "Little" Harpe; James Thompson and unknown Madden

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About Sarah "Sally" Madden

The Harpes lived only about four miles from the John Rice home. It is said that Sally Rice was a beautiful frail blonde girl less than 20 years of age when Willie Harpe charmed her into marrying him. The father, Preacher John Rice, apparently was also deceived by this smooth-talking neighbor boy, and performed the wedding ceremony on Oct. 5, 1797, according to Knox County TN Marriage Records.


Little Harpe married Sally Rice, the daughter of a Baptist minister.[8]

According to Jon Musgrave, the Harpe women, after being freed from cohabitation with the brothers, led relatively respectable and normal lives. Upon the death of Micajah "Big" Harpe in Kentucky, the women were apprehended and taken to the Russellville, Kentucky state courthouse but later released. Sally Rice Harpe went back to Knoxville, Tennessee, to live in her father's house. ... In 1820, Sally Rice, who had remarried, traveled with her husband and father to their new home in Illinois via the Cave-In-Rock Ferry

Birth: 1781 Alabama, USA Death: unknown South Carolina, USA

It is said she was a very pretty beautiful blond.

1)Marriage #1: Willie Harpe June 1,1797 Knox Co,TN, Willie was a neighbor. Father John Rice married them at the Rice Family home. Later John Rice went and picked up his daughter and brought her home. Willie died in a Crime spree.

  1. 2: James Thompson 10-5-1819 in Madison AL.
  2. 3)Marriage #3 was to ukn Madden.

Census 1830, Lauren,SC shows Sally Rice Madden living alone.

Family links:

 John Rice (1760 - 1834)
 Edith Brown Rice (1761 - 1855)
 Hannah Rice Brown (1780 - 1852)*
 Sarah Rice Madden (1781 - ____)
 Martha Rice Surratt (1783 - 1862)*
 John Rice (1785 - ____)*
 Elijah Rice (1787 - ____)*
 Lydia Rice Sandridge (1789 - ____)*
 Daniel Rice (1793 - 1836)*
 James Albert Rice (1800 - 1877)*
 Ephraim Rice (1805 - ____)*
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Burial: Unknown

Maintained by: mlrice Originally Created by: Jerri Sellers Paynter Record added: Jun 27, 2016 Find A Grave Memorial# 166129683

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Sarah "Sally" Madden's Timeline

Knox County, Tennessee, United States
Age 53
Laurens County, South Carolina, United States