He was born on 25 December 1827 (4, 7, 12 (Dec 1827); 2 (37 in 1864), 9 (32 in 1860), 10 (43 in 1870), 11 (52 in 1880), 12 (72 in 1900), 14 (22 in 1850)). He was born in Port Royal, Juniata, Pennsylvania (2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14). He was born to Jesse R Rice and Nancy Fogle (4, 7).
In 1850, he was living in Lack Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania (14). He was living with his parents, siblings, and others (14). The census does not list a job for him (14).
His father taught him the millwright trade (4). He moved to a farm at Waterloo, Pennsylvania (4).
He married Sarah J Barton in 1850 (4, 7). She was born in December 1826, in Pennsylvania (12). They had eight children (4):
In 1860, he was living in Lack Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania (9). He was living with his wife Sarah and children James, Jesse, Margaret, John, George, and Mary (9). He was a farmer, and owned $300 in personal property (9).
When he enlisted, he was a far[mer] (2).
when he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair (2).
He was drafted (1). He enlisted and was mustered into service on 27 September 1864 (1, 2, 3, 5, 8). He was enlisted for one year, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (2, 3). His enlistment was credited to the 14th congressional district (2, 3). He was a private in company C (1, 15-16).
He lived on a farm near McCulloch's Mills (4).
In 1870, he was living in Lack Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with his wife Sarah, and children James, Jesse, Margaret, John, George, Mary, Elizabeth, David, and Jane, along with Margaret Barton (10). He was a farmer, and owned $7,000 in real estate and $800 in personal property (10).
On 13 June 1875, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension (6, 8).
In 1880, he was living in Lack Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania (11). He was living with his wife Sarah, children George, Lizzie, and David, and with Margaret Barton (11). He was a farmer (11).
In December 1884, he was hurt by a falling frame, as he and others helped Michael Crouse build a new barn (13).
In 1890, he was living in Lack Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania (post office: Waterloo) (5). He had had chronic diarrhea (5).
In 1900, he was living in Lack Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania (12). He was living with his wife Sara and granddaugter Maud (12). He was a pensioner (12).
His wife, Sarah J Rice, died in 1903 (7).
He held several township offices, and was a Juniata County commissioner (4). He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, McCulloch's Mills (4).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Absalom Rice)
2 company C, descriptive book, entry 126 (Absalom Rice)
3 company C, untitled list, probably of status at muster out, entry 53 (Absalom Ries)
4 Clint's entire family tree (Absalom Rice)
5 1890 US census, veterans' schedule, Pennsylvania, [Juniata] County, [Lack] Township, supervisor's district , enumeration district , page  (Absalon Rice)
6 pension index, by name (Absalom Rice)
7 Goshorn Family History, compiled by Floyd Goshorn (accessed 10 November 2007) (Absolom Rice)
8 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company C (Absalom Rice)
9 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Juniata County, Lack Township (post office: Peru Mills), microfilm series M653, film 1119, page 645 = 157 handwritten (Absalom Rice)
10 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Juniata County, Lack Township (post office Waterloo), microfilm series M593, film 1353, page 395 = 16 handwritten (Absalom Rice)
11 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Juniata County, Lack Township, supervisor's district 7, enumeration district 144, microfilm Series T9, film 1137, pages 516 D = 16 handwritten to 517 A = 17 handwritten (Absalom Rice)
12 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Juniata County, Lack Township, supervisor's district 12, enumeration district 117, microfilm series T623, film 1417, page 73 B = 7 handwritten (Absalom Rice)
13 'Absalom Rice injured', from Port Royal Times 11 December 1884, quoted in 'My Mother's family', a gedcom, available at RootsWeb WorldConnect, updated 23 Apr 2009, contact John, accessed 24 May 2009 (Absalom Rice)
14 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Juniata County, Lack Township, microfilm series M432, film 786, page 175 verso = 350 handwritten (A Rice)
15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Absalom Rice)
16 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Abraham Rice)
|Name||J Rice||M Rice||A Rice||M Rice||M Rice||M Rice||W Rice||H J Rice||S F Rice||M Logger [?]||M Logger [?]|
|Sex||" [sc. m]||f||m||"||f||"||m||f||"||"||m|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||" [?] [sc. Farmer]||None|
|Real estate owned|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Pa]||"||"||"||"||"||"||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1||1||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Dwelling number||1096|| |
|Family number||1100|| |
|Name||Absalom Rice [could be 'Rise']||Sarah J. "||Jas B "||Jesse A "||Margaret A "||John "||Geo W "||Mary N "|
|Color||" [sc. W?]||"||"||"||"||"||"||"|
|Value of real estate owned|| |
|Value of personal estate||300|| |
|Place of birth||" [sc. Pa]||"||"||"||"||"||"||"|
|Married within year|| |
|Attended school within year||-||-||-|
|Cannot read & write|| |
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|| |
|Name||Rice Absalom||- Sarah||- James||- Jesse||- Margaret||- John||- George||- Mary||- Elizabeth||- David||- Jane||Barton Margaret|
|Occupation||Farmer||Keeping house||Works on farm||Works on farm||At home||At home|
|Real estate value||7000|
|Personal estate value||800|
|Father foreign born|
|Mother foreign born|
|Birth month if born within year||Sept [sic]|
|Marriage month if married within year|
|Attended school past year||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old||1|
|Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...|
|dwelling visit #||141||141|
|family visit #||146||146|
|name||Rice Absalom||Sarah||Rice George||- Lizzie||- David B||Barton Margaret|
|month born if born in year|
|married during year|
|occupation||Farmer||Keeping house||Farmer||Farm laborer|
|school this year||1||1|
|name||Rice Absalom||- Sara J||- Maud [sic]|
|birth date||Dec 1827||Dec 1826||June 1891|
|# years married|
|mother of how many children?||[blank]|
|# of children living||[blank]|
|# years in USA|
|# months not employed|
|# months in school||8|
|free or mortgaged|
|# of farm schedule|