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William M. Galloway Ice, I

Also Known As: "Chief Billy Van Ice", "Indian Billy Iaac", "Ten Ice", "William Eyck", "Indian Billy Ice"
Birthdate: (95)
Birthplace: South Branch of Potomac River, Hampshire County, Virginia, now, West Virginia, Colonial America
Death: February 16, 1826 (95)
Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Barrackville, Marion County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Fredrick "Daddy Ice" Ice, II and Mary Ice
Husband of Pheasant Catherine Ice, Shawnee; Margaret Ice; Mary Ice and Elizabeth Ice
Father of (6 Children Between 1750 & 1766); Clarinda Oota Dabon Nelson; George Washington Ice, I; Sarah Elizabeth Youst; Margaret Bayles and 14 others
Brother of John "Old Lonely' Ice and James Snodgrass Ice
Half brother of Mary "Young Eagle"; Christina Ice / Iaac; Andrew Ice, I; Magdalene Ice; Frederick Ice, III and 2 others

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About William "Indian Billy" Ice

William "Indian Billy" Van Ice was a very colorful character who is the father of most modern day Ice families (mine not being one of them). The reason he is considered the father of most Ice families is because he had at least 17 children by 3 different wives. William Galloway Ice was the second son of Frederick Iaac (Ice). The following story is from the genealogical account as compiled by Albert Leo Ice.

William was ten years old when he was captured by the Mohawk Indians and carried to their camp. This camp has been designated as near where Chillicothe, Ohio now stands, but Chillicothe in the Indian tongue may only have meant Old Campsite, as an old paper written by George Harmon Bayles stated that the camp might have been on the forks of Quarry Run. Virginia Ice Conaway, in her book "Ice's Ferry" wrote about the escape and travels of Indian Billy. She wrote, "I have heard my father, T. F. Conaway, tell how his grand Uncle Bill Ice, as they called him, escaped from the Indians. He (Indian Billy) said that the Indians were away out beyond the Ohio River and once they started on a trail through the woods and took him and one of the young Indian boys along. Eventually, they stopped and left most of their horses for him and this boy to take care of. He and Indian Boy got into a fight and he got the best of the Indian in the fight. Then he went into the wigwam. "I did not like the look the boy gave me and decided to leave. The horses were together near camp and I took a horse and followed the trail of the Indians who had left us, and in a few miles, found myself opposite a town. I swam my horse across the river and fastened it in the bushes and walked into Pittsburgh. A white man was sitting in the street and asked me if I was a prisoner of the Indians. I said that I was. He told me "if you want to escape, go into the house and stay until the Indians leave town. I will take care of you." I told this man where I left my horse. He gave me good clothes to wear. I had worn Indian clothes while I was with them. I could talk English learned from other prisoners. I worked awhile in Pittsburgh, then went to Canada and stayed awhile; From Canada I went to Paris, France and then came back to America, landing in Philadelphia just as they were getting hands to cut the Mason and Dixon line. I joined and worked with them until I came to Ice's Ferry. My stepmother was talking to one of the men who belonged to the camp, and told her they had a man who had been with the Indians. She took me home and Father found that Brother John was still with the Indians and arranged to bring him home." Later in her story, she was telling the story told to her by Grandmother Hall, by Andrew Ice who was grandmother Hall's father. (Written as Andrew Ice speaking) "Brother Bill stayed in Pittsburgh several years after he escaped from the Indians and Daddy (Frederic) was in Pittsburgh several times in those years, but did not hear of him. Mother found Bill. She always saw everything that there was to be seen". Andrew was Bill's half brother. Andrew was also a full brother to my ancestor, David Adam Ice. This story was written some 30 years or more after it had been handed down to Virginia by her grandmothers, but nevertheless appears to have been accurate and very substantial as was the rest of her book.

The Mason and Dixon Line was started in 1763, but stopped. It was again started on June 4, 1766 and reached the top of Allegany Mountains. On June 17, 1767, they again started west in Somerset Co., Pa., and pushed on to the Monongahela River in October, 1767. This was to the Warrior Branch, near the second crossing of Dunkard Creek on Indian Trail. If the kidnapping by the Indians was in 1745 when Billy was ten years old and the time he spent with the Indians was approximately 5 to 7 years, then Indian Billy would have spent 1750 or 1752 to 1767 or some 15 to 17 years of which there is no record, except the 'several' years spoken of in Pittsburgh and his trip to Canada and France. During this time, the French and Indian War was taking place and as a prisoner, or possibly as an interpreter or scout with the French who originally built the Fort at Pittsburgh. However, other stories exist to the effect that Indian Billy returned to his people immediately after his escape from the Indians.

From NOW AND LONG AGO: A HISTORY OF THE MARION COUNTY AREA by GLENN D.LOUGH 1969 on pg.122-126 J.

Mahon tells that his Uncle Willey was killed by two Indians,Willey got 1 that had a scalp of a 4 year girl on his belt but 1 Indian got away.The way they knew that there was 2 Indians "was John Ice found sign in some willows where the fracus was, that told that two Indians had hid there. John Ice was a hard man to get along with, but he was the best tracker there was around here. people called him Old Lonely Ice because he always lived around by himself and wasn't very friendly. He told that the Indians had murdered his mother and his sweetheart, and stolen off his brother and two sisters, and that he had killed sixteen of them for it. And I guess he had." The account continues about the murder of John Ice in 1797 not by Indians but by a group of outlaws called "OLD DOANES WHELPS" while working for President Madison. an interesting story! Source 1

Taken captive by the Indians with his two sisters and possibly a brother. His mother was killed and possibly another sibling killed by the Indians when his father and brother were away. Escaped from the and ended up in Pittsburgh, PA. His fathers new wife had seen him and reconnected him with his father and brother.

VA Militia, received pay at Pittsburgh, PA in 1775


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William Galloway Ice, Sr. was born on Patterson Creek of the South Branch of Potomic River in Spotsylvania Co., Virginia (area later became Orange, Augusta, Frederick, & Hampshire Counties) on April 1, 1730, son of Fredrick Iaac, Jr. (1713-1795) and Mary (Galloway) (c1710-1745). He was raised in Spotsylvania/Orange/Augusta/& Frederick Co., Virginia. [This area later became Hampshire Co., (W.) Virginia, in 1753]

William "Indian Billy" Ice was about 15 years old when he was captured and taken away by the Mohawk Indians about 1745 and carried to their camp. This camp has been designated as near where Chillicothe, Ohio, now stands. He lived with these Indians for about 10 years before escaping. While with the Indians, he was married to Catherine (Pheasant) in Ohio in 1750, and had 6 children with her.

After 5 to 10 years of Indian captivity, Indian Billy escaped. He went to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In the meantime, Billy's father, Frederick Iaac Jr, had, about 1759, moved to Ice's Ferry on the Cheat River near present day Morgantown, W.Va. As the story goes, Indian Billy was working on the survey for the Mason-Dixon line when his work crew came within about 10 miles of Frederick's new (W.) Va. home. The Mason and Dixon Line was started in 1763, but stopped. It was again started on June 4, 1766 and reached the top of Allegany Mountains. He was eventually found and was reunited with his family in the 1750/early 1760's.

William G. Ice married Miss Margaret (Higginbotham) in (W.) Virginia in 1766, and they settled on Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia, where they raised a family of 10 children.

William was an early settler on Buffalo Creek in Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia. The record of surveys show that he had a tract of 400 acres surveyed on both sides of Buffalo Creek May 28, 1785, to include his settlement "made in the year 1770."

He served in the Virginia Militia, and received his pay at Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1775.

On May 3, 1796, he had an additional survey for 56 acres also on Buffalo Creek. He sold 35 acres to Thomas Scott on Sept. 12, 1797.

On 12 September 1797, William and Margarett ICE convey to Thomas SCOTT, Northwestern Territory, 35 acres on the north side of Buffeloe Creek, part of a larger tract granted to Ice and on which Ice now lives. ... Del [Delivered]: to Thomas Scott, 3 April 1800." [Monongalia County (West) Virginia Deedbook Records 1784-1810 (Old Series Volumes 1-4), Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1994, Toothman, p. 34]

On 12 July 1800, Thomas and Mary SCOTT, North western Territory, to Ezekiel ASHCRAFT, 35 acres on the north side of Buffelow, part of a larger tract granted to William Ice. ... Signed: Thomas Scott, Mary Scott. ... Del [Delivered]: to E Ashcraft, 2 November 1803." [Monongalia County (West) Virginia Deedbook Records 1784-1810 (Old Series Volumes 1-4), Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1994, Toothman, p. 135]

After his wife (Margaret's) death in Monongalia Co., (W.) Virginia, between 1798-1801, he remarried to her widowed sister, Mrs. Mary (Higginbotham) Scott, in 1802, and they had 1 son before she died in July 1803.

For his 4th wife, William G. Ice married Elizabeth (Shreve) in Harrison Co., (W.) Virginia, on March 14, 1804, and they lived on Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia. To this union, 4 additional children were born and raised.

In 1811, William Ice conveyed 100 acres to the heirs of Joshua Baker.

He could not read or write and did not know the alphabet.

William G. Ice, Sr. died at Barrackville, Monongalia Co. (later Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia, about April 1826, at the age of 96 [between 03/23/1826 when he witnessed a deed in Monongalia County & 09/16/1826]. He is buried in the Ice Cemetery, Barrackville, Marion Co., W. Va.

William's land was divided among all of his children by all 3 American wives folllowing a lawsuit by the children of the first two marriages against the children of the third marriage. The final decree of the Superior Court of Chancery held at Clarksburg, (W.) Va., May term of 1829. The 16 partitions of the lands of William Ice, decd: #1, 56 acres to Elizabeth Ice, relix of the said William Ice, decd; #2, 10 3/4 acres to Sarah Ice junior, one of the children and heirs of said William Ice, decd; #3, 10 1/2 acres to John Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #4, 10 acres to Aden B. Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #5, 10 3/4 acres to Thomas Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #6, 12 acres to Abraham Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #7, Frederick Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #8, 11 acres to Eve Scrieves, late Eve Ice, one of the heirs of said William Ice, decd; #9, 14 acres to the children of George Ice, decd, who was one of the children and heirs of said William Ice, decd-Mary Martin late Mary Ice, Margaret Dunn late Margaret Ice, Uriah Ice, Milley Ice, Surrenia Ice, Elizebeth Ice, John Ice, Sarah Ann Ice, and George Ice; #10, 11 acres to Isaac Ice, one of the children and heirs of William Ice, decd; #11, 9 1/4 acres to Benjamin Ice, one of the children and heirs of do do; #12, 9 1/4 acres to Margaret Bails, late Margaret Ice, one of the heirs of do do; #13, 9 1/4 acres to heirs of Sarah Watson decd, late Sarah Ice, who was one of the children and heir of William Ice, decd- George Watson, Mary Freland, Sarah Youst, Susannah Owens, and William Watson, decd (John Watson, James Watson, and Elizabeth Watson, children and heirs of William Watson, decd); #14, 12 1/2 acres to William Ice, one of the children of William Ice, decd; #15, 20 acres to Mary Scrieves, late Mary Ice, one of the heirs of do do; and # 16, 24 acres to James Ice, one of the children and heirs of William Ice decd. Signed William Haymond, CM, Sept. 17, 1829; Filed Oct. 5, 1829.


William Galloway Ice, Sr. was born on Patterson Creek of the South Branch of Potomic River in Spotsylvania Co., Virginia (area later became Orange, Augusta, Frederick, & Hampshire Counties) on April 1, 1730, son of Fredrick Iaac, Jr. (1713-1795) and Mary (Galloway) (c1710-1745). He was raised in Spotsylvania/Orange/Augusta/& Frederick Co., Virginia. [This area later became Hampshire Co., (W.) Virginia, in 1753]

William "Indian Billy" Ice was about 15 years old when he was captured and taken away by the Mohawk Indians about 1745 and carried to their camp. This camp has been designated as near where Chillicothe, Ohio, now stands. He lived with these Indians for about 10 years before escaping. While with the Indians, he was married to Catherine (Pheasant) in Ohio in 1750, and had 6 children with her.

After 5 to 10 years of Indian captivity, Indian Billy escaped. He went to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In the meantime, Billy's father, Frederick Iaac Jr, had, about 1759, moved to Ice's Ferry on the Cheat River near present day Morgantown, W.Va. As the story goes, Indian Billy was working on the survey for the Mason-Dixon line when his work crew came within about 10 miles of Frederick's new (W.) Va. home. The Mason and Dixon Line was started in 1763, but stopped. It was again started on June 4, 1766 and reached the top of Allegany Mountains. He was eventually found and was reunited with his family in the 1750/early 1760's.

William G. Ice married Miss Margaret (Higginbotham) in (W.) Virginia in 1766, and they settled on Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia, where they raised a family of 10 children.

William was an early settler on Buffalo Creek in Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia. The record of surveys show that he had a tract of 400 acres surveyed on both sides of Buffalo Creek May 28, 1785, to include his settlement "made in the year 1770."

He served in the Virginia Militia, and received his pay at Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1775.

On May 3, 1796, he had an additional survey for 56 acres also on Buffalo Creek. He sold 35 acres to Thomas Scott on Sept. 12, 1797.

On 12 September 1797, William and Margarett ICE convey to Thomas SCOTT, Northwestern Territory, 35 acres on the north side of Buffeloe Creek, part of a larger tract granted to Ice and on which Ice now lives. ... Del [Delivered]: to Thomas Scott, 3 April 1800." [Monongalia County (West) Virginia Deedbook Records 1784-1810 (Old Series Volumes 1-4), Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1994, Toothman, p. 34]

On 12 July 1800, Thomas and Mary SCOTT, North western Territory, to Ezekiel ASHCRAFT, 35 acres on the north side of Buffelow, part of a larger tract granted to William Ice. ... Signed: Thomas Scott, Mary Scott. ... Del [Delivered]: to E Ashcraft, 2 November 1803." [Monongalia County (West) Virginia Deedbook Records 1784-1810 (Old Series Volumes 1-4), Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1994, Toothman, p. 135]

After his wife (Margaret's) death in Monongalia Co., (W.) Virginia, between 1798-1801, he remarried to her widowed sister, Mrs. Mary (Higginbotham) Scott, in 1802, and they had 1 son before she died in July 1803.

For his 4th wife, William G. Ice married Elizabeth (Shreve) in Harrison Co., (W.) Virginia, on March 14, 1804, and they lived on Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia Co. (now Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia. To this union, 4 additional children were born and raised.

In 1811, William Ice conveyed 100 acres to the heirs of Joshua Baker.

He could not read or write and did not know the alphabet.

William G. Ice, Sr. died at Barrackville, Monongalia Co. (later Marion Co.), (W.) Virginia, about April 1826, at the age of 96 [between 03/23/1826 when he witnessed a deed in Monongalia County & 09/16/1826]. He is buried in the Ice Cemetery, Barrackville, Marion Co., W. Va.

William's land was divided among all of his children by all 3 American wives folllowing a lawsuit by the children of the first two marriages against the children of the third marriage. The final decree of the Superior Court of Chancery held at Clarksburg, (W.) Va., May term of 1829. The 16 partitions of the lands of William Ice, decd: #1, 56 acres to Elizabeth Ice, relix of the said William Ice, decd; #2, 10 3/4 acres to Sarah Ice junior, one of the children and heirs of said William Ice, decd; #3, 10 1/2 acres to John Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #4, 10 acres to Aden B. Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #5, 10 3/4 acres to Thomas Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #6, 12 acres to Abraham Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #7, Frederick Ice, one of the children and heir of said William Ice, decd; #8, 11 acres to Eve Scrieves, late Eve Ice, one of the heirs of said William Ice, decd; #9, 14 acres to the children of George Ice, decd, who was one of the children and heirs of said William Ice, decd-Mary Martin late Mary Ice, Margaret Dunn late Margaret Ice, Uriah Ice, Milley Ice, Surrenia Ice, Elizebeth Ice, John Ice, Sarah Ann Ice, and George Ice; #10, 11 acres to Isaac Ice, one of the children and heirs of William Ice, decd; #11, 9 1/4 acres to Benjamin Ice, one of the children and heirs of do do; #12, 9 1/4 acres to Margaret Bails, late Margaret Ice, one of the heirs of do do; #13, 9 1/4 acres to heirs of Sarah Watson decd, late Sarah Ice, who was one of the children and heir of William Ice, decd- George Watson, Mary Freland, Sarah Youst, Susannah Owens, and William Watson, decd (John Watson, James Watson, and Elizabeth Watson, children and heirs of William Watson, decd); #14, 12 1/2 acres to William Ice, one of the children of William Ice, decd; #15, 20 acres to Mary Scrieves, late Mary Ice, one of the heirs of do do; and # 16, 24 acres to James Ice, one of the children and heirs of William Ice decd. Signed William Haymond, CM, Sept. 17, 1829; Filed Oct. 5, 1829.

Another account: William Galloway Ice was supposedly born on April 1, 1730, although there is much speculation about that. Also, I've never seen proof that his middle name was Galloway but it could very well be. His parents were Frederick Ice born in Holland and Mary Galloway, born about 1692 in Philadelphia. Mary's parents were John Robert Galloway, born about 1654 in Scotland and Christina Bruin, born either in Germany or Holland. One unnamed source stated, " "Mary Galloway married Frederick Ice, Jr. a few weeks after meeting him in church in Philadelphia in 1727. "

When William was about 10, his father and his older brother, John, went to the "store". Back in those days, the store was many miles and many days away. That left the mother, Mary, and the younger children, at least two girls-Mary and Margaret, and William at home. While Frederick and John were away, the Indians came to the house. (Some say they were Mohawk, some say Delaware, but I tend to believe it was the Shawnee.) Mary, the mother, was killed and the three children were taken captive by the Indians. Family history says that the sister Mary became the wife of Pucksinwah, a Shawnee chief, and became the mother of Tecumseh and his 6 brothers and sisters. So, this is where I sincerely question the truth of this story. I don't doubt that they were kidnapped. I doubt the stories about which tribe and that Mary was Tecumseh's mother. First of all, several sources state that she was Tecumseh's mother but that Tecumseh was either Delaware or Mohawk. It is well known and documented that he was Shawnee. Also, as I mention in my last post, I have discussed this with a couple of college professors who teach Ohio history and they are sure that Tecumseh's mother was probably a Creek Indian.

Anyway, on with William or Indian Billy as he came to be known. After about 5-10 years, he did escape from the Indians and apparently went to Pittsburg. Some sources say that he went to Paris and then back to America. Some say he was an interpreter for the Indians. Some say he was working on the Mason Dixon line when he accidentally met his stepmother. Who know what is true. Descendants and historians have written books about him and they all seem to differ.

At any rate, William did find his father who had moved from Virginia about 1759 to the Cheat River area near what is now Morgantown, West Virginia. Frederick had remarried and had 5 more children. Frederick had settled in a location which became known as Ice's Ferry. He was a millwright and cut the heavy millstones from the sandstone of that region to be used by his sons in Ice settlement in Marion County, West Virginia. In 1784, George Washington was studying a possible water route from the Potomac to the Monongahela. His diary relates that on Sept. 25, 1784 he was at Ice's Ferry and asked Frederick Ice if a canal could be built. Frederick told him that it could not be done. There is a plaque on the side of the hill which states this as well as an old mill stone which Frederick had cut. Ice's Ferry is also mentioned in "The Frontiersman" by Allan Eckert. As a note of interest, Frederick Ice is buried under what is now Cheat Lake. This used to be the Cheat River and was dammed up to become the lake. I remember sitting in a window of the lodge at Cheat Lake looking out at the lake and thinking about how Frederick was under all that water somewhere. Poor guy!

So, what is true and what is made up about Indian Billy and his family, I doubt we will ever know for sure. Billy did have 4 wives and 16 children. His first wife was an Indian woman and he had a daughter, Mary, by her. His second wife was my g.g.g.g. grandmother, Margaret Higgingbotham. She was born about 1749 and was the daughter of Ralph Higgingbotham and Mary (Henthorn?). Billy and Margaret had 10 children.

  1. 1 Susannah Ice b. about 1768 married Henry Gase or Yost.
  2. 2 Sarah/Sally Ice b. about 1769 married John or Henry Watson
  3. 3 Margaret Ice b. 06 Jun 1770 married Aden/Hayden Bayles
  4. 4 John Ice b. 1775 married Nancy (Fortney).
  5. 5 Thomas Ice b. about 1777 married Drusilla White
  6. 6 Abraham Ice b. 1781 married Mary "Polly" Lewman
  7. 7 Eve Ice b. 1782 married Benjamin Shrieves
  8. 8 George Ice b. about 1785 married Eve ?
  9. 9 William Ice Jr. b. about 1785 married Rebecca Bogard. (my g.g.g.grandparents)
  10. 10 Isaac Ice b. 1788 married Mary Fortney.

Indian Billy married #3 Mary Scott McMullen and had 1 son, Aden or Hayden Bayles Ice born 18 Jul 1803. He married Elizabeth Shaefer.

Indian Billy married #4 Elizabeth Shrieves and had 4 children.

  1. 1 James S. born about 1805 married Barbara Burton
  2. 2 Frederick William born 17 Mar 1807 married Mary "Polly" Martin
  3. 3 Benjamin Shreve born 07 Oct 1809 married Sidney Evans
  4. 4 Sarah "Sally" born 1812 married Abner Brown

Indian Billy died at the age of 96 at his home on Ice's Run, Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia County, Virginia (present day Marion County, West Virginia.) At the time of his death he was almost totally deaf and blind. He is buried in the Ice Cemetery, Barrackville, West Virginia. I visited the cemetery and took pictures of the grave marker which has William Indian Billy Ice on it. Unfortunately, I don't know where the pictures are now. Guess that's an excuse to go back and visit.

The following is the controversial last will and testament of William Galloway Ice. This will was contested in 1829, the judgement of the court follows: In the name of God, Amen. I, William Ice of Buffalo Creek, Monongalia County and the State of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God. Calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say, principally and first of all to give and recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my wife. Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First: I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Ice all my household goods and debts. I give and bequeath to my loving wife Elizabeth Ice all my land as long as she lives and keeps my name, and if she alters my name then only her thirds. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Ice all my horses, cattle, sheep and hogs and farming utensils. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Ice fifteen shillings. I give and bequeath to my son John Ice fifteen shillings. I give and bequeath to my son William Ice ten dollars. I give and bequeath to my son George Ice fifteen dollars. I give and bequeath to my son Abraham Ice fifteen dollars. I give and bequeath to my son Adam Ice fifteen dollars. I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Bayles fifteen shillings and I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Shrieves fifteen shillings, and to my daughter Eve Shrieves fifteen dollars, none of these heirs to be paid till Benjamin Ice my youngest son comes of age. I give and bequeath unto James Ice and Frederick Ice and Benjamin Ice all my land to be equally divided quantity and quality James to first choice, Frederick second choice, and Benjamin the last choice, and these three boys to pay my daughter Sally Ice one hundred dollars a piece. I continue make and ordain my loving wife Elizabeth Ice my sole executrix of this my last will and testament by them freely enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all and every other former testaments in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth of July 1818. William Ice (his mark) Witnesses Charles Conaway Elizabeth Conaway Alexander Cossett The will was contested by the children of William's second and third marriages against the children of the fourth marriage. The allegations being that William was too old and feeble of mind to properly decide his bequeaths. Many of William's acquaintances testified on behalf of the defense as to hiss ability to make sound judgements. However, in the final outcome the prosecution prevailed. On September 17, 1829 and filed on October 05, 1829 the Superior Court of Chancery held at Clarksburg, Virginia, Judge Henry St. George Tucker presiding, decreed the following settlements: 56 acres to Elizabeth Ice 10 3/4 acres to Sarah Ice junior 10 1/2 acres to John Ice 10 acres to Aden B. Ice 10 3/4 acres to Thomas Ice 12 acres to Abraham Ice Deed. #7 to Frederick Ice 11 acres to Eve Ice/Scrieves 14 acres to the children of George Ice; Mary Ice/Martin, Margaret Ice/Dunn, Uriah Ice, Milley Ice, Surrenia Ice, Elizabeth Ice, John Ice, Sarah Ann Ice, George Ice. 11 acres to Isaac Ice 9 1/4 acres to Benjamin Ice 9 1/4 acres to Margaret Ice/Bails 9 1/4 acres to to heirs of Sarah Ice/Watson; George Watson, Mary Freeland, Sarah Youst, Susannah Owens, William Watson (to his heirs; John Watson, James Watson, Elizabeth Watson) 12 1/2 acres to William Ice 20 acres to Mary Ice/Scrieves 24 acres to James Ice Signed: William Haymond, CM, September 17, 1829

I have a copy of the will and court proceedings. Really interesting reading. The children of the 2nd and 3rd marriages contended that his last wife took advantage of his illness, his age, his deafness and blindness and made him sign a revised will.

Needless to say, Indian Billy had a colorful life which continued after his death as evidenced by the court action taken against his will. His father also was the proginator of many, many descendants. If your name is Ice or you have Ice ancestors, chances are you are descended from Frederick.

While googling Frederick Ice I found this blog. It is written by Rhoderick Ice, a descendant of Indian Billy's through his son, William, who happens to be my ancestor. He has written some history of Frederick as well as chapters from a book he has written about Frederick. Interesting reading if you have some time.

I love the Ice family. They have made for a lot of research, family stories, and hours of thinking about what is true and not true. But in the end, it has been fun--and to me that's what genealogy is all about.

Story: Mary, the sister of Indian Billy was kidnapped at the same time he was. Family tradition states that Mary Ice was the wife of the Shawnee Chief Pucksinwah and the mother of his children including Tecumseh the great Indian chief.Most histories state that Pucksinwah's wife was a Creek Indian. Some say that Tecumseh had blue or hazel eyes . Pictures show that he wore a medallion around his neck which some people felt was a profile of a white woman, his mother. Apparently, though, this was a medallion with the likeness of King George III on it. Family history states that Mary returned to visit her family when she was very old but despite pleas from her family returned to live with the Indians. I have talked to a couple of college professors who teach Ohio history and they say that this family story is totally fiction and that Tecumseh's mother was an Indian not a white woman. Descendants of Mary Bayles (wife of Andrew Ice who was half brother of Mary and Indian Billy Ice) and family historian, Norman F. Kendall state that Mary Bayles was the mother of Tecumseh but also state that his father was Young Eagle which is known to be untrue. This tradition states that Mary Bayles returned to her family with Tecumseh and he lived among the whites until age 15 but threats against his life prompted William "Indian Billy" Ice to return him to the Shawnees. I have read many books and stories about Tecumseh and nowhere have I read that he lived with the whites for several years. Soooo-it would look like this is another fictional family story. I'm not sure why these families wanted so badly to be so closely identified with Tecumseh.

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William "Indian Billy" Ice's Timeline

1730
April 1, 1730
Hampshire County, Virginia, now, West Virginia, Colonial America
1751
1751
Age 20
1765
1765
Age 34
Yorktown, York County, Virginia, United States
1767
1767
Age 36
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, Colonial America
1768
1768
Age 37
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, Colonial America
1770
June 6, 1770
Age 40
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, United States
1772
1772
Age 41
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, United States
1773
November 23, 1773
Age 43
Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia County, Virginia