Anybody have anything on the ancestry of the William Rice mentioned in the following historical account of the Muncey Massacre in 1840s Collin County, Texas. Also very interested to know if anybody has a given name for the Rice boy that was killed. A descendant of this Rice family intermarried with one of my Harvell cousins in Collin County. Thanks, Roger Harvell
THE MUNCEY MASSACRE
COLLIN COUNTY'S LAST FATAL INDIAN RAID
In 1840 and 1842, Texas pioneers McBain Jameson and Jeremiah Muncey settled near this site.
They were part of the post-Texas Revolution wave of settlers. As with much of the West during that era, Texas was a wild and often savage place. While hunting in late 1844, two other local settlers, Leonard Searcy and WILLIAM RICE came to the Muncey hut. They found the brutally massacred bodies of Jameson, Muncey, Mrs. Muncey and their small child. Recognizing the obvious signs of an Indian raid, Searcy and Rice hurriedly left to find their own sons, who were hunting in the area.
Searcy's son was safe, but RICE's son had been massacred. The victims are buried at this site.
Along with the deaths of the Munceys, two other Muncey boys disappeared, presumed stolen, and were never found. Although Indian raids continued well into the late 1800's, and were fought by Texas Rangers, the Muncey Massacre was the last Indian raid in Collin County. The Texas
Historical Commission permanently recognized this site in 1974.
The Collin County Historical Association
The marker donated by Wm. Stephen Chambless, M. D., 1999