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William M. Galloway Ice, I

Also Known As: "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: Died in Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Barrackville, Marion County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Federick Ice, II and Mary Ice
Husband of Pheasant 'Catherine', (Native American); Margaret Ice, twin; Mary Ice and Elizabeth Ice
Father of (6 children between 1750 & 1766); George Washington Ice, I; Sarah Elizabeth Youst; Margaret Bayles; Thomas Ice and 12 others
Brother of John "Old Lonely' Ice; James Snodgrass Ice; Christina Ice / Iaac and Methotasa
Half brother of Andrew Ice, I; Magdalene Ice; Frederick Ice, III; Abraham Ice and David Gallion Ice

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About William "Indian Billy" Ice

William "Indian Billy" 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.


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 "Indian Billy" Ice's Timeline

April 1, 1730
Hampshire County, Virginia, now, West Virginia, Colonial America
Age 20
Age 36
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, Colonial America
Age 37
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, Colonial America
June 6, 1770
Age 40
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, United States
Age 41
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, United States
November 23, 1773
Age 43
Buffalo Creek, Barrackville, Monongalia County, Virginia
Age 43
Barrackville, Monongalia County, now, Marion County, West Virginia, United States