It's not everyday you get to meet three of your 3 times great grandparents! I was digging through a shoe box full of loose photographs and came across a handful of particularly old photos. Before sticking them into the scanner, I always check the front and back for writing so when I save them, I can add that to the file name for future reference. I gasped when I saw the writing on these two pictures. The above photo is Martin Luther Rice and below is his wife Amanda Virginia Smith Rice. Neither one have I ever seen in flesh until today.
Martin Rice served in the Civil War and I wrote about his life awhile back in this post. His wife Amanda, I haven't written about directly but have alluded to her story before. She is one of the few lines of my family tree that extends into the southern United States. Her family was one of the early pioneers in Iowa after immigrating from Virginia in the years leading up to the Civil War.
Her family is also the cause of a circle within my family tree. Amanda's grandfather would have four kids, three sons and two daughters. One of those sons married and produced daughter Amanda Virginia Smith. The other son would marry and also have three sons and a daughter. One of those sons was named Abraham Smith. So Amanda Virginia Smith and Abraham Smith would be cousins.
Amanda Virginia Smith would marry Martin Luther Rice and have 11 children, one of which was a daughter named Annetta Jane Rice. Abraham Smith would marry a woman by Clementine Carr (see my next blog post for more about her) and produce two children, one of which was a son named Isaac Franklin Smith though he went by Frank.
Isaac Franklin (Frank) Smith, my 2 times great grandfather would marry Annetta Jane Rice his second cousin and my 2 times great grandmother. Their marriage would produce two children, the daughter of whom my first born daughter shares a name with and who is my great grandmother. Think that is confusing, try separating three Smith family lines in a family tree. Fortunately two of those lines eventually converged leaving me with only two distinct lines further back. Unfortunately Smith is a very very common name and will probably prevent me from going back on either of them as I have other lines of my family tree.