Roy E. and Gloria Rice West Family History
Updated May 2, 2010
|About Our Family Research
"Lo, these large ancestors have left a trace of their strong
souls in mine; defying death and time."
My name is Gloria Rice West. I was born January 10th,
1942 in Eldorado, Oklahoma, the daughter of William
Clinton and Myrtle Marie Amyx Rice. I married Roy E.
West, born 8-18-1938 in Eldorado,OK., the son of Homer
Tatum and Sarah Elizabeth Boles West.
I have written two books on my families and one on
Roy's. They are: "Amyx And Allied Ancestors Sixteenth
Century To Twentieth Century", "Annals Of Our Ancestors
The Durham and West Families From The Old World To
The New World", and "Records Of Our Rice-Tyson-Hurst-
Neil-Morris-Epperson Relations Eighth Century To The
Families included are: Amyx,Beeman,Brooks,Boles,Bolt-
White,West,Wantlands,Wax and Winsteads.
Roy and I first started our genealogy research in 1991
when we went to Maryland to visit our daughter, Laura
and her family. Laura took us to Roanoke and Fin-
castle, VA. Botetourt Co. to start our research on the
Amyx family. That was the first of four trips there.
Our other trips have taken us to KY, TN, TX, AR; plus
numerous phone calls, letters and searching of the
internet genealogical websites. Needless to say,
genealogy is our prime hobby and past-time. We enjoy
traveling and visiting the courthouses, libraries,
cemeteries, and visiting new found relatives and
We have four children, Debra Hignite, Sarah Doherty,
Chris West, and Laura Miller. They have blessed
us with 9 wonderful grandchildren: Heather, 16;
Rachel, 15; Christopher, 14; Aaron, 13; Katie, 11;
Joshua, 11; Savannah, 10; Brendan, 7 1/2; and Emily,
6. It is to them I want to leave the legacy of their
ancestors in written form and word.
Roy is a member of the SAR and SRT, plus one of my
staunch supporters for the Huguenot Society of
Oklahoma. I am a member of the William Rives chapter
of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century in
Oklahoma City. I am a
member of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the DAR Society.
Currently I have just finished one two-year term and
going into another two-year term as President of the
Oklahoma Huguenot Society of Manakintowne Virginia.
John Lanier, SR. was my immigrant ancestor to Virginia.
He was the grandson of Nicholas Lanier, Gentlemen of
the Kings Court in France and later to Queen Elizabeth
of England. Nicholas was a musician for the royal courts
of France and England. After becoming a protestant in
France after the great reformed movement of John Calvin,
later to be know as leader of the Huguenots; he had
to flee to England. The Lanier family lost their
fortunes, but was later recompensed by Queen
Elizabeth of England.
Nicholas married Lucreece Bassano, daughter of Anthony
Bassano, son of Jeronimo Bassano; who had been Master
of Music to the Dogge of Venice, Italy. Nicholas and
Lucreece's descendants were musicians for the royal
family of England for three generations. Jeronimo's
five sons had immigrated to England where they were
also musicians to the Kings and Queens of England.
The Bassanos were instrument makers of England from
1531 to 1665.
Roy's families start with the Puritan lines coming from
England to New England. Eleazer III went south to IL, took a wife
and ended up in Navarro Co. TX. where they were allied
with southern families.
Next to genealogy, traveling is and has been one of our favorite hobbies. We have included pictures of our trips to England, France, Israel, Egypt, Greece and Italy. I hope you enjoy viewing these pictures.
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- Homer Tatum West, Sr. & Sarah Boles Lafferty (91 KB)
This is Homer and Sallie when they were
dating in highschool at Eldorado, OK
- Rice Family Reunion, 1995 (161 KB)
This picture was taken at the
Family Life Center of the First
Baptist Church Yukon, OK in 1995.
this was the first Rice Reunion we
had in about five years.
- H.P. West and his Deputies (208 KB)
This is Hezekiah Preston West, Sheriff
of Navarro Co. TX. in Corsicana.
He helped stop the Range War in Texas.
- Bill and Myrtle Amyx Rice (103 KB)
This is Mother and Daddy the
afternoon of the Robinson 50th anniversary reception
held at our home in Eldorado, OK.
- Jolene Rice Gilbert and Family (49 KB)
This is Jolene with husband, Billy Wayne and children and grandchildren.
- Bill and Myrtle, 1919 (75 KB)
This was just prior to Mother and Daddy's
wedding November 26, 1919.
- Abraham's Well & Solomon's Temple (254 KB)
We are Abraham's Children of Faith. Here we are on our way back from Egypt going to Tel Aviv for our return trip back to the States. We stopped off at Father Abraham's Well, couldn't get a drink, but we already had the "Living Water". Next photo is down under the ruins and excavations of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. We are the true Jews, not of the circumcision of flesh, but circumcision of hearts. For he is not a Jew that is born of the flesh, but he that is born of the Spirit.
- Harriet Florence Tatum West (156 KB)
This is a picture of "Granny" as we all
called her. She was so beautiful and kind
and always wrote to everyone keeping up
on all the family. She lived to be almost
91 years of age.
- All 8 children of W. C. Rice and Myrtle Amyx Rice (257 KB)
This picture was taken in the
home of Gloria Rice West in 1983
after Mother passed away. From left to
right top standing: Jolene, Gloria,
Voncil, Clara, and Nancy; seated:
Floyd, Margaret and Lewis Rice.
- Mt. Sinai and The Eastern Gates (163 KB)
This is where God appeared as The Great I Am to Moses on Mt. Sinai. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Elat, Egypt on the Red Sea and our journey though the Sinai Desert to Mt. Sinai. The next picture is of The Golden Gate in the Wall that surrounds Jerusalem. This is where Jesus Christ will appear as King of Kings and Lord of Lords the second time he appears on Earth.
- W.C. Rice Family May 1952 (386 KB)
These are pictures taken the night
that Floyd and Clara graduated from
highschoolin Eldorado, Oklahoma.
They are the only pictures I have
of our whole family together.
- Sightseeing in Paris, France - 1990 (116 KB)
When Roy and I went to England and France Christmas of 1990 to visit Laura and Family, we took a tour with Lackenheath Air Force Base to France. Top photo is Arc de Triomphe and Gloria standing in front of the fountain called Place de la Concorde.
- Rev. Lewis F. Rice and wife, Margie Hawkins Rice (67 KB)
This is oldest son of Bill and Myrtle Amyx Rice, Lewis and Margie Rice.
- Riley Samuel & Miverva Pearson Amyx Family Reunion (172 KB)
This family reunion picture was taken
about 1908-1910 in Hancock Co. TN at
the Riley Samuel Amyx homeplace.
- W.C. Rice Farm in Eldorado, OK (173 KB)
This is our home. Daddy finished
building this home in 1950. It was
the third new home that he had built
for the Rice family.
It is located 3 1/2 miles east of Eldorado,
OK and is still being lived in today.
- Palace of Versailles & Cruise on River Seine (179 KB)
This is Palace of Versailles behind the gold leaf wrought iron fence. Three famous kings of France lived here Louis XIV, XV and XVI. Behind the Palace Roy and I are standing on the steps that overlook the fountains and spacious grounds and gardens of Versailles. Of course at Christmas there aren't any beautiful flowers blooming. Nevertheless, that didn't alter the beauty of the place. Next is Roy and I as we cruise the River Seine on the Bateaux Mouches river boats under the romantic "bridges of Paris". These are spectacular night cruises. Paris, "The City of Lights" is my favorite city in the world.
- Jimmy and Margaret Rice Walker's 50th Anniversary (84 KB)
This picture of Margaret and Jimmy was taken August of 1999 on a cruise with their two daughters, Bev and Karen with spouses and children. They were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Margaret and Jimmy.
- Rice Reunion at Ewin and Sabra Wilson Rice Home (255 KB)
This Rice reunion picture was taken about1953 in Memphis,Texas. It was the home of Ewin and Sabra Wilson Rice.
- James Madison and Zana Seale Trent (92 KB)
This is my great grandparents on my
mother's maternal side.
- Gloria Rice West and Family at Huguenot Banquet (194 KB)
In 2006 the Oklahoma Branch of the Manakin Huguenot Society hosted the National Huguenot Assembly at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK. Here I am with my children and their spouses and my 5 beautiful granddaughters.
- Roy and Gloria West in Durham, England (70 KB)
This picture was taken in front of the entrance of the Durham Castle in Durham, England. Roy and Gloria went over in 1990 when Laura had Savannah Jean. Roy and I took the Brit Rail up to Durham, home of his ancestors, the Durhams.
- Five Rice Generations (314 KB)
This is Temperance Rice Rice Campbell
with her descendants: Clinton Younger and
Nancy Ann Hurst Rice, Evan Spencer and
Lillie Lee Tyson Rice, Wm. Clinton
and Myrtle Amyx Rice and Roy E. and
Gloria Rice West.
- 2006 on Fathers Day at Yukon Park (372 KB)
This was taken in the Summer of 2006 on Father's Day at the Yukon Park. It was very very hot!!! We were all together and had our family pictures taken.
- Dick and Nancy Rice Barfell with family (101 KB)
This is the family of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Barfell and their daughter Glenna and her family.
- Amyx Family Reunion, Denton Co. TX. 1957 (328 KB)
This was one of the largest Amyx family reunions we ever had and the last one where all eleven children of Wm. Harvey and Orlene Trent Amyx
- Voncil Rice Hudson and Family (153 KB)
This picture was taken after Voncil's husband, Gene had passed away. This is Voncil's four children, Nancy, Marsha, Howard and Steve with their spouses.
- Roy and Gloria West in Italy and Greece (174 KB)
In 1999 Roy and I took an Educational Tour with one of my teacher friends, Rita Norton to Italy and Greece. The top phot is Roy and Gloria in Delphi, Greece overlooking the mountains and the mediterranean. Bottom picture is Rita (blonde) and her daughter to the right, Janet, Jan Brown, my friend at work, Roy and Me in front of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
- Riley Samuel and Minerva Pearson Amyx (63 KB)
My great grandparents on my Mother's
- Evan S. and Lillie Rice, W. S and Virginia Tyson (116 KB)
My grandparents and great grandparents on my father's paternal side.
- Temperance Rice with C. Y. and Alzira (193 KB)
This is my 2nd g. grandmother with her
son, C. Y. and Nancy Hurst Rice, and her daughter
Alzira Walker and husband.
- Wm. Harvey and Orlena Trent Amyx (258 KB)
This is a picture of Myrtle Amyx Rice's
parents, Wm. Harvey and Orlena Trent Amyx.
- Roy and Gloria on Isle of Capri & Ruins of Pompei (161 KB)
Roy and I on the Isle of Capri and at the ruins of Pompei, Italy in 1999.
- John Dennis & Laura Melissa White Tatum (286 KB)
This is a picture of Roy's great
grandparents on his father's maternal
- Trevi Fountain in Rome and Vatican City (199 KB)
Roy sitting in front of the Fountain Trevi in Rome, Italy and us in the Courtyard of the Bascilica, where St. Peter's Cathedral is and where Pope John Paul lives.
- Gloria Rice West, Christmas 2001 (319 KB)
I will turn 60 January 10, 2001, so I decided I wanted a picture of myself before that date. I also wanted to give Roy a picture of me for Christmas. Here I am!
- London, England; St. Paul's Cath. and Big Ben (129 KB)
Big Ben and St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England when Roy and I went there Christmas of 1990. We flew over on Christmas Day to visit Laura, Mark and their first new baby, Savannah Jean Miller.
- Hezekiah Preston and Mary Florence Durham (210 KB)
This is Roy's great grandfather,
Hezekiah Preston West and wife.
They raised Homer, Rob and Josephine.
He was born in Mayfield, KY and went
to Navarro Co. Tx. as a young man.
Became the Sheriff of Corsicana, TX.
Later homesteaded in what was then,
Greer Co. TX, later to become
- "The Hall" - Isleham, Suffolk, England (166 KB)
The Hall was the servants quarters at Lord and Lady Peyton's Manor house in Isleham. Now it is a farm where sheep are raised and beets, among other things. It has been turned into an apartment house. This is where Mark and Laura West Miller lived in 1990 when Roy and I went to England at Christmas time to visit them. It was truly a romantic trip that took us back in time.
- Homer Tatum & Sarah E. Boles Lafferty West Family (218 KB)
This is a family picture of Homer and
Sally and their sons taken when Homer
Jr. was in the Navy about 1948-1950.
Top from left to right is Roy, Pete,
Homer Jr. Bottom from left to right
is Homer Sr., Jerry and Sarah Elizabeth
West & Bobby.
- Three Tuns Roadside Inn Durham, England (127 KB)
When Roy and I took the Brit Rail up to Durham, England, we stayed at the "Three Tuns Tavern" or Roadside Inn. Gloria is in the Lobby in front of a roaring fireplace. Roy is coming up to our room bringing the luggage and I caught his picture. He looked so tired! Ha.
- Ara Vestal Dunn Boles and Family (198 KB)
This is Roy's grandmother on his mother's
side. Ary married a Dunn and had Lewis
Dunn. She then married Eli M. Boles and
had Wm. Riley Boles (Woods) and Sarah
Elizabeth Boles (Lafferty). Ary died
when Sallie was over 2 years old and
Bill and Sarah were raised by Woods
and Lafferty families.
- Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, "Welcome to Israel (214 KB)
We are so excited, Israel, The Holy Land Trip of a lifetime. Here we are in front of the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv just after our arrival. Inside we are waiting to go through customs, ugh! Really it wasn't so bad. But look at all that luggage we had to cart around!
- Harriet Florence and Homer Tatum West, Sr. (195 KB)
This is Harriet Florence Tatum West and
her first born, Homer Tatum, Sr.
- Clara, Ron, Ronda, Derek Duckers and Children (78 KB)
This is a picture of Clara Rice Duckers and her husband, Ron with children and grandchildren.
- Roman Aqueducts near Ceaserea (205 KB)
These are the great Roman Aqueducts engineered and built by King Herod. They run through the whole country of Palestine and Israel to beneath the ruins of King Solomon's Palace in Jerusalem.
- Floyd and Betty Rogers Rice (71 KB)
This was taken about five years ago of Floyd and Betty. The photo of family was in California about 33 years ago.
- Riding Camels in Jericho (221 KB)
Looks like Roy and I are real camel jocks, right? Well, we were brave, (few were) and took a ride right there in Jericho where Joshua fought the Battle of Jericho. It just takes faith.
- "We Are Standing On Holy Ground" (244 KB)
Roy and I are standing on Temple Mount in Jerusalem in front of a Gazebo right over where the Ark Of The Covenant is supposed to be down-under in the ruins of Solomon's Temple. We took a tour through half of the ruins, but the Ark of the Covenant is on the Moslem side and the Jews cannot excavate that side. The other photo is in Capernaum at the ruins of the White Synagogue. This is where Jesus preached and performed his miracles.
- Holy Land Trip to Israel and Egypt (282 KB)
In 1998 Roy and I took a Holy Land Tour with Cathedral of Praise in OKC. We went to Israel and Egypt. It was the 50th Anniversary of Israel being a Nation, re-established in 1948. What a year to go! This picture was taken on "The Mount of Olives" in the Garden of Gethsemane, where we had a sunrise service and prayed for one hour. "Can you not tarry with me but one hour, Jesus asked His disciples?"