"The John W. Van Valkenburg (S 1/2) and De Witt C. Rice (N 1/2) burial plot, Lot 5 in Section 30, in the Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, NY [March 2000: A note at http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyalbany/cemeteries.htmlhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~nyalbany/cemeteries.html places this cemetery in Menands, and gives the phone number 518-463-7017.] Interments: 1. Rufus Palmer, M. D. Sept 11, 1864 [south half, southwest corner] 2. Mary R. Van Valkenburgh January 4, 1883 (south half, middle row, between #13 and #3] 3. Anna L. Lyon January 12, 1872 [south half, next to #2] 4. [at the foot of #13] 5. [at the foot of #3] 6. Mary - 34 years old remains brought here 1862 [north half, western border] Sophia P. - 5 years 6 months William H. Wright - 7 years 7. Mary C. Rice June 14, 1877 [north half, middle of second row, between #12 and #8] 8. Silas T. Rice December 19, 1839 [north half, next to #8] 9. Horatio N. Wright 1866 [north half, 3rd row, next to #10 and the empty space #17 which is on the bisector of north and south] 10. Louisa M. G. Wright April 17, 1896 [north half, between #9 and #11] 11. Mary Louise Wright 1857 [next to #11, north side of plot] 12. De Witt C. Rice 1824 June 6, 1901 [next to #7, in north half of plot] 13. John Van Valkenburg April 13, 1904 [south half, next to #2] 14. De Witt C. Van Valkenburg December 13, 1907 [perpendicular to the other graves, at the far western border of the plot, bisecting the north south, next to empty-space #16] 15. Louisa A. Van Valkenburg January 31, 1913 [south half, next to #1] 16. space 17. space 18. space 19. space 20. space; handwrtten: Marie Louise Rice Carter 1876March 1945 [one of four graves on the eastern border of the plot, between 19 and 21.] 21. space 22. space Also on the lot are Jennie Van Valkenburg - August 4, 1895 age 20 years and De Witt C. Van Valkenburg, age 8 months and 14 days.They are presumably interred in graves Nos. 4 and 5. A road borders the east side of the plot.
#20 is my great grandmother, daughter of Dewitt Clinton Rice (#12) and Susan Townsend Rice (abt 1858-1914) who is said to be buried in somewhere in Northern New Jersey.
They were quite wealthy when he died, living just off Central Park in Manhattan, and she is said to have died penniless. My great aunt's recollection was that he was an officer at American Express downtown.I've speculated that he made his money in some way associated with building the railroads.I've wondered whether he was previously married.
A Dewitt Clinton Rice shows up in Davisville, California in 1868. But I've got no proof it is this one.