Notes for Solomon "Governor" TICE


!Burial: Tice Cemetery,Ludlow,Washington,Ohio.

Tice Cemetery is in New Matamaoras,Ludlow Twp. Section 29 off Co. Rd. 406

!Burial: Tice Cemetery,Ludlow,Washington,Ohio.

Tice Cemetery is in New Matamaoras,Ludlow Twp. Section 29 off Co. Rd. 406

An article in Parkersburg News, Sunday, March 19, 1989 by Diana McMahan,
Corerespondent..Th e following:

New Matamoras, Ohio --Solomon Tice Sr., the first settler in what is now
Ludlow Township, wa s a man who wore "many hats."  A veteran of the American
REvolution, Tice could also claim t o be a blacksmith, farmer, miner, hunter,
and a write in candidate for governor of the Stat e of Virginia!

Born about 1750, this patriarch of the Tice family was known by his nickname,
"Governor," a s long as he lived.  Although the Tice family was originally
from New York State, it lived fo r a while in Virginia before making the
permanent settlement in Ohio. During their stay in Vi rginia, a friend,
probably being humorous, wrote Solomon Tice's name on the ballot for goveno r
of the state.  Although he received only the one write-in vote, the name stuck
and followe d him to Washington County, Ohio, where he lived until his death
in 1838.

Tice Settlement:  The Tice family built a log cabin home at the mouth of Tice
Run, where it f lows into the Little Muskingum River, not too far from the
Rinard Covered Bridge.  (The roa d known as the Rinard Cut-off, which runs
from Pool's to the bridge, crosses Tice Run near th e Little Muskingum Baptist
Church.)

It was always the dream of Solomon "Governor" Tice to be a rich man.  In 1833,
he began diggi ng for silver on "Silver Mine Run." later called Campbell's
Run.  At one time, he thought he' d found a rich deposit of ore, for the soil
contained many tiny fragments of a shiny, metali c substance.  Tice sifted and
sorted until he had accumulated nearly a half bushel of the mat erial, and
transported it to Wheeling to be tested. Unfortunately, his hopes came to
naught , for the material tested not to be silver.

Another time, he bored for salt on Fifteen Creek, hoping to make his fortune. 
After diggin g 300 feet, which was a great depth for methods used at that
time, he struck what he called " devil's grease," a shallow deposit of oil,
and gave up the project in disgust.  (This was no t too far from the famous
Low Run oil field.)

"Williams' History of Washington County," printed in 1881, contains several
anecdotes on Solo mon Tice Sr.  "Throughout his long life, he boasted that he
never attended church.  His famil y was remarkaable for longevity.  He had 70
grandchildre, 18 great-grandchildren, and a few g reat-great-grandchildren
before he died.  He was noted for his wit and socialability,.  He re lated
ashis own experience the well-known story of the capture of seven Indians by
knocking t he wedge from a partially split log which they had been induced to
try to pull apart."

Solomon Tice Sr. was the son of Martin and Mary Tice, and he married Mary Ann
Collier (1760-1 837).  They had eight children.

1. James, born 1775, died 1851 in Oregon.  He married Sarah Strimback, had a
sawmill on Hende rson Run and owned 600 acres of land.

2.  Martin died young.

3. John born in 1780, married first Catherine Cline and second, her sister,
Christina.  The y settled in Ludlow Township

4. Solomon Jr. married Rosanna Cline and settled at Archer's Fork with their
children, David , Catharine, Susan, John, Mary, Solomon, Lavina, Louis,
Amaziah, George and Cynthia.

Jacob accidently shot himself at a sugar camp while trying to start a fire
with a loaded gun.

6.Mary died in infancy

David settled in Virginia and later moved to Missouri.

Sarah born in 1798, was the only one still living in 1881,.  She married Jacob
Newlin, a sold ier of 1812.  She was said to have been the first white child
born in Ludlow Township

The Tice cemetery was made fromland fromtheir own farm.  It is in Ludlow
Township, Section 29 , just off County Road 406 on the Hearm Farm.Tice Run
flows into the Litle Muskingum near th e graveyard, which is on higher ground.

Buried here are Solomon Tice, Sr., who lived to be 88 years old, and Mary Ann
Collier Tice, w ho lived to be 77.  Both stones are in particularly good
condition, considering their age.  H is is topped with a weekping willow,
which was a common disgin for stones of that period.  Ma ry Ann Tice did a
year before her husband and her stone must have been chosen by him.  Her ma
rker is topped with a graceful carving of a native  wildflower, known as
"Solomon's seal."

Other family members buried inthe Tice cemetery are Rosana Tice (1793-1872);
Slomon Tice Jr. , (1783-1864); Margaret, daughter of J. and C. Tice
(1850-1874); and Dienna, wife of George T ice (1821-1865). ( I, Sarah, don't
know to whom Margaret is/ was a daughter to...(1850-1874)

Other cemeteries in the immediate area in which members of the Tice family are
buried includ e Bell Ridge Cemetery on County Road 9, the old Fleming
graveyard (on a ridge overlooking th e Hune covered bridge), and the Hooper 
(or Graham) cemetery.
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