Saturday, April 04, 2015

 

Condoleezza and Susan Rice? Match Found! The Rice Connection to the Robinson Family Tree

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                              

In writing one of my articles in defense of Israel, I came across Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State,  and Susan Rice and their involvement.  I wondered if they were sisters, being they were both involved in politics in the Obama Administration.  Condoleezza was born in 1954.  She has earned a PhD and was Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009.

Then I had another thought.  Rice sounded familiar in another way.  I checked my family tree maker program and sure enough, in my extensive New England Robinson family tree, I had 25 Rice people listed.  Oh my gosh!  Don't tell me!  We could be related!

Somewhere along the line, Black people took on the surname of their owners.  Though my Robinson--Rice people were New Englanders, somehow, either they connected with them or Rice had an awful lot of slaves who were distributed all over the states then part of the USA.
                                                                   
Dr. Condoleezza Rice b: 1954 Birmingham, Alabama
Condoleezza Rice's genealogy had been done in August 2010 by the TV program, Finding Your Roots, done by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a very well loved program that I have enjoyed watching.  He stated that he traced her family back to her great great grandmother, Sinai or Zina by name, a single woman with 5 children.  Blacks were used to breed more slaves, and this evidently was what was happening.  Truly, her ancestors were slaves in the USA.
                                                                         
Condi, as she is called, was born on November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama to John Wesley Rice Jr., a minister, and Angelina Rice nee Ray.   Her mother,  Angelena Ray,  was the daughter of Albert Robinson Ray III. (There's a Robinson connection).  He had worked in several jobs including builder, miner, and blacksmith. He had been born somewhere between 1893 and 1895. He ran away from home at 13. Her mother was Angelina Ray.  I looked at my tree and of course, I had 13 Rays listed.  
 http://www.indepthinfo.com/condoleezza-rice/antecedents.shtml

I did not see a connection, though it did connect with a Robinson.

Then I looked at my Ray list.  I have an Albert Ray on my tree! The year coincides!  Could it be the same man?
Descendants of Albert W. Ray

1   Albert W. Ray b: June 14, 1871 in Wilmington, Vermont d: June 06, 1951 in Wilmington, Vermont
.. +Corrine Blodgett b: Abt. 1871
*2nd Wife of Albert W. Ray:
.. +Oral M. Blodgett b: Abt. 1872

Her African ancestors were sharecroppers.  She, from DNA testing, is 51% african, 40% European and 9% Asian which would be Native American.  Her mtDNA haplogroup is from the Tikar people in Cameroon which is in Central Africa.  It could be L1, common in Central Africa, but I'm not sure as it's not listed in her article.    Her family tree can only go back 3 or 4 generations, found here.
                                                                     
Susan Elizabeth Rice was born November 17, 1964 in Washington DC. to Dr. Emmett J. Rice (1919-2011) and Lois Dickson Rice nee Fitt.  Her maternal grandparents were Jamaican.

 She is our 24th National Security Advisor appointed July 1, 2013.    She was the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, confirmed in 2009.  It was she who walked out when Netanyahu was about to give his speech in the UN for an important luncheon date that infuriated me!  Now I find out that  our Rice ancestor, Edmund Rice b: 1594 match!  He's on both our trees!

These ladies, born in the same month but 10 years apart, are in the same occupation and under the same president, Barak Hussein Obama.  This is quite a coincidence.

The only way to see if we share a connection is to have an autosomal DNA test.  This at Family Tree DNA is called the familyfinder test.  It's also offered at 23&Me.  I'm listed in both companies.  If we share so much as 5cMs on one of our 23 chromosomes, the test would pick it up.  It would have to be that a Rice owner was the sire of some of his slaves of which one of these ladies had as an ancestor.  It's entirely possible.

Part of my Rice Tree is as follows:
Descendants of Thomas Rice

1   Thomas Rice b: Abt. 1572 in prob. England
.. +Catherine Howard b: Abt. 1573 in prob. England
. 2   Edmund Rice b: Abt. 1594 in prob. England d: May 31, 1663 in Marlboro, Middlesex, Massachusetts
..... +Mercie Hurd b: Abt. 1595
..... 3   Ruth Rice b: September 29, 1659 in Sudbury, Connecticut d: March 1741/42
......... +Samuel Welles b: April 13, 1660 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut d: August 28, 1731 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
..... 3   Ann Rice b: Abt. 1661 in prob. Connecticut
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Here's a very New England Rice family:
Descendants of Moses Rice

1   Moses Rice b: Bet. 1755 - 1760 in Bennington, Vermont
.. +Lydia Robinson b: January 17, 1761 in Hardwick, Massachusetts d: May 1827
. 2   Moses Rice b: 1778 d: 1814
. 2   Aaron Rice b: 1779
. 2   Samuel Rice b: 1781
. 2   Lydia Rice b: 1784
. 2   Liefe Rice         b: 1786
. 2   Benjamin Rice b: 1788
. 2   Elijah Rice b: 1790
. 2   Heman Rice b: 1792 in Broom, New York
. 2   Junio Rice         b: 1794
. 2   Ruth Rice         b: 1796
. 2   Susanna Rice b: 1799
. 2   Child Rice         b: 1801
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Descendants of Seith Rice

1   Seith Rice b: Abt. 1709
.. +Dorothy Robinson b: April 19, 1709 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts d: October 27, 1767
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Descendants of Alvina Abigail Rice

1   Alvina Abigail Rice b: September 1873 in Sherwood. Langlade, Wisconsin
.. +Louis Albert Robinson b: April 15, 1858 in Calumet, Menasha Ward 1, Winnebago, Wisconsin d: October 13, 1944 in Phlox, Langlade, Wisconsin
. 2   Orral Austin Robinson b: July 20, 1900 in Wisconsin d: October 15, 1971 in Gleason, Lincoln, Wisconsin 54435
..... +Rita M. b: 1909 in Wisconsin d: January 21, 1966 in Wisconsin
..... 3   Evelyn F. Robinson b: 1925 in Wisconsin
..... 3   James A. Robinson b: 1928 in Wisconsin
..... 3   Gerald G. Robinson b: 1929 in Wisconsin
..... 3   Barbara Robinson b: 1931 in Milwaukee, WIsconsin
..... 3   Anna Robinson b: 1932 in Milwaukee, WIsconsin
. 2   First Twin Robinson b: October 10, 1903 in Norwood, Langlade, Wisconsin
. 2   Second Twin Robinson b: October 10, 1903 in Norwood, Langlade, Wisconsin
. 2   Lillian R. Robinson b: 1905 in Norwood, Langlade, WI
. 2   Arthur J. Robinson b: 1907 in Norwood, Langlade, WI
..... +Unknown
. 2   Myrtle M. Robinson b: 1908 in Norwood, Langlade, WI
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Descendants of Beulah Rice

1   Beulah Rice b: 1763 in Worcester, Massachusetts d: July 13, 1844 in Cotton, Switzerland, In
.. +Winthrop Robinson b: April 22, 1761 in Stratham, Rockingham, New Hampshire d: November 05, 1836 in Cotton, Switzerland, In
. 2   Algernon Sidney Robinson b: July 23, 1787 in Massachusetts d: September 22, 1862 in Edgington, Rock Island, Illinois
..... +Abigail Harding b: April 10, 1803 in Ontario, New York
..... 3   Isabella Robinson b: May 23, 1833 in Indiana d: Bet. 1897 - 1899 in Arapahoe, Furnas, Nebraska
......... +Eli Nie Allen
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Descendants of Susan Mack Rice

1   Susan Mack Rice b: Abt. 1749
.. +Ebenezer Pitman b: Abt. 1749
. 2   Lydia Pitman b: March 25, 1769 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire d: March 23, 1859 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
..... +John Robinson b: May 03, 1759 in Meredith/ Belknap, Stratham, Rockingham, New Hampshire d: March 07, 1848 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
..... 3   Susan Robinson b: 1785 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire d: 1864
......... +Abram Swain b: Abt. 1785
..... 3   Ebenezer Robinson b: August 25, 1787 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire d: June 09, 1826 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
......... +Betsey Tenney Shaw b: 1793 d: 1878 in Prob. Meredith, Belknap, New Hapshire
..... 3   Chase "Charles" Robinson b: October 26, 1789 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire d: July 09, 1880 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
......... +Sally Sarah Wadleigh b: March 16, 1793 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire d: April 16, 1879 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
..... 3   Sally Robinson b: July 24, 1792 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
......... +Timothy Chase b: Abt. 1792
..... 3   Noah Robinson b: September 03, 1794 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire d: August 12, 1874
......... +Betsey St. Clair b: 1778 d: 1855
..... 3   Jonathan Robinson b: August 22, 1797 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire d: November 30, 1850 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
......... +Charlotte Smith b: 1801 in New Hampshire
..... 3   JOSHUA Robinson b: July 1801 in prob. Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire/Vermont
......... +Sophiah Ervine b: Abt. 1820 in Beaver Valley, Columbia, Pennsylvania
..... 3   Abigail Robinson b: 1802 in Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
..... 3   John Pratt Robinson b: October 03, 1805 in prob. Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
..... 3   Betsey K. Robinson b: November 28, 1815 in prob. Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire
......... +Daniel Randlett b: Abt. 1814
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Descendants of Edmund Rice

1   Edmund Rice b: Abt. 1594 in prob. England d: May 31, 1663 in Marlboro, Middlesex, Massachusetts
.. +Mercie Hurd b: Abt. 1595
. 2   Ruth Rice b: September 29, 1659 in Sudbury, Connecticut d: March 1741/42
..... +Samuel Welles b: April 13, 1660 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut d: August 28, 1731 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
..... 3   Thomas Welles b: February 14, 1691/92 d: May 14, 1767
......... +Martha Pitkin
. 2   Ann Rice b: Abt. 1661 in prob. Connecticut
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My Edmund Rice above matches Susan Rice's ancestor, Edmund Rice!  Lo and Behold!  What a shock!  But the two ladies don't seem to be related to each other at all!  
Deacon Edmund Rice
Born about  in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of  — married  in Bury St. Edmunds, England
Husband of  — married  to  inMarlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Husband of  — married  in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Died  in Marlboro, Middlesex, Massachusetts Resource: http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rice-52
Resource:  http://www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots/blog/condoleezza-rice-and-the-complexities-of-race-in-america/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condoleezza_Rice
http://www.biography.com/people/condoleezza-rice-9456857#political-career
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Rice
http://rootsrevealed.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-tikar-people-of-cameroon.html
http://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Rice-Family-Tree-1085

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