Bio: Ice, James (1831 - )

Contact:  Stan

Surnames: Ice, Parsons, Merrill, Shansbook, Southern, Bear, Snell, Sutherland

----Sources: 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin, Census, State Records

JAMES Ice, lumberman. Black River Falls, was born in Pennsylvania, Dec. 2, 1831; he came to Wisconsin in 1855 to look up a location, only staying two months and then returning to Pennsylvania. In 1859, came to Wisconsin with the intention of remaining here, and settled in Black River Falls where he opened a hardware store in a building which stood where the Jackson County Bank now stands, said store being destroyed by fire in 1860. Mr. Ice then opened a general merchandise store, in partnership with Frank Parsons, which he continued one year, and then started in the lumber business, but only followed it a short time; moved to Hixton, where he kept a general merchandise store in company with L. G. Merrill. Remained there three years, and then returned to Black River Falls, and started in the lumber business again, at which he still continues, and has made Black River Falls his home since. He has held the offIce of Assessor and Supervisor in his town and county; is a member of the I. O. O. F., Albion Lodge, No. 134, and of the Encampment. Was married to his first wife. Miss Sarah J. Shansbook, Dec. 25, 1852; she was a native of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Ice died in February. 1855, leaving two children, Ella J., now Mrs. Albert Dudley Merrill, and Franklin S. Mr. Ice was married to his second wife. Miss Elizabeth Southern, April, 1859; she was born in Pennsylvania, in 1828, and by whom he has four children—James S., Laura J., Mary and Thuey. Mr. Ice now owns 3,200 acres of land in Texas, 200 in Kansas, and 800 acres of pine land in Wisconsin.

----Sources: William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas

JAMES ICE, banker and farmer, was born in Clinton County, Pa., December 2, 1831, and received his education in the common schools of the same State. At the age of twenty-one he emigrated to Jackson, Wisconsin, where he was engaged in farming, milling, lumbering and merchandising. He was married in Lock Haven, Pa., to Sarah J. Shanabrook, in 1852, by whom he has one child living, Mrs. A. D. Merrill, living in Franklin, Wis. Mrs. Ice died in 1855. He was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Southerland, of Clinton County Pa., by whom he has three children - James S., married to Miss Jennie Snell, of Jackson, Wis., now living in Mound Valley; Laura Jane, Mary S., Married to E. S. King, and living in Minnesota. Mr. Ice, besides carrying on his large and beautiful farm of 480 acres of land near the town of Mound Valley, does quite an extensive business in real estate, loan and insurance.

Family Notes

James Ice, b. 2 Dec 1831 in PA
Occupation: Lumberman
Marriage 1 Sarah J. Shansbook b: in PA
Married: 25 Dec 1852
Ella J. Ice b: Bef 1855
Franklin S. Ice b: Bef 1855
Marriage 2 Elizabeth Southern b: 1828 in PA
Married: Apr 1859
James S. Ice
Laura J. Ice
Mary Ice
Thuey Ice

1860 Federal Census, Black River Falls, Jackson Co., Wisconsin, pg. 7, family 51

James Ice
age: 28 years
estimated birth year: 1832
birthplace: Pennsylvania
gender: Male

Eliza A Ice
age: 30 years
estimated birth year: 1830
birthplace: Pennsylvania
gender: Female

Eliza E Ice
age: 5 years
estimated birth year: 1855
birthplace: Pennsylvania
gender: Female

James Ice
age: 0 years
estimated birth year: 1860
birthplace: Wisconsin
gender: Male

1870 Federal Census, 4 June, Albion, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 15, Dwelling 114, Family 119, by D. F. Mason

James Ice, white, male

Estate: $1,000

Household Members
James Ice M 38y (1832 Pennsylvania)
Elisa Ice F 40y (1830 Pennsylvania)
Ella Ice F 16y (1854 Wisconsin)
James Ice M 10y (1860 Wisconsin)
Laurie Ice F 7y (1863 Wisconsin)
Mary Ice F 5y (1865 Wisconsin)
Theo Ice F 2y (1868 Wisconsin)

1875 Wisconsin State Census, Albion, Jackson, Wisconsin

James Ice
number of white males: 4
number of white females: 3
number of black males: 0
number of black females: 0
line number: 19

1880 Federal Census, Alma, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 262

A. D. Merrill, married, American male
birthdate : 1850
spouse's name : Ella Merrill (daughter of James Ice)

Household Members
self A. D. Merrill M 30 Maine, United States
wife Ella Merrill F 25 (1854 Pennsylvania, United States)

1900 Federal Census, ED 42 Alma town, east side Merillan village, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 8, family 168

Ella E Merrill (daughter of James Ice)
titles & terms:
event: Census
event date: 1900
event place:
birth date:
birthplace: Pennsylvania
relationship to head of household: Wife
father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania
race or color (standardized): White
gender: Female
marital status: Married
years married: 25
estimated marriage year: 1875
mother how many children: 3
number living children: 0

Household Members
head Dudley Merrill M 49 (May 1851 Maine)
wife Ella E Merrill F 46 (Apr 1854 Pennsylvania)

1910 Federal Census, Merrillan, Jackson, Wisconsin, page 7, family 10

Ella E Merrill
birthplace: Pennsylvania
marital status: Married 25 yrs.
race : White
gender: Female
father's birthplace: Pennsylvania
mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania

Household Members
self Albert D Merrill M 58y Maine, Real Estate Dealer
wife Ella E Merrill F 55y Pennsylvania

1920 Federal Census, Jackson, Wisconsin

Ella Merrill
estimated birth year: 1855
age: 65
birthplace: United States
relationship to head of household: Self
gender: Female
race: White
marital status: Widowed
father's birthplace: United States
mother's birthplace: United States

Pennsylvania Marriages

Eddie S. Ice
marriage date: 27 Jul 1912
event place: Beaver, Pennsylvania, United States
age: 28
estimated birth year: 1884
father: James Ice
mother: Sarah Jane Ice
mother's titles & terms:
spouse: Bell Wilrich
spouse's age: 20
spouse's estimated birth year: 1892
spouse's father: Thomas B Haddington
spouse's mother: Ella Haddington

Wisconsin Marriages

Albert Dudley Merrill
bride's name: Ella Elizabeth Ice
marriage date: 05 May 1875
marriage place: Black River Falls, Jackson, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: Leander G. Merrill
groom's mother's name: Nancy Merrill
bride's father's name: James Ice
bride's mother's name: Sarah Jane Ice

James S. Jr. Ice
bride's name: Jennie L. Snell
marriage date: 01 May 1882
marriage place: Jefferson, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: James Sr. Ice
groom's mother's name: Elizabeth Bear
bride's father's name: Joseph Snell
bride's mother's name: Amy Snell

Albert Dudley Merrill
bride's name: Ella Elizabeth Ice
marriage date: 05 May 1875
marriage place: Black River Falls, Jackson, Wisconsin
groom's father's name: Leander G. Merrill
groom's mother's name: Nancy Merrill
bride's father's name: James Ice
bride's mother's name: Sarah Jane Ice

Wisconsin Deaths

Mrs Elizabeth Ice
event: Death
event date: 18 Feb 1902
event place: Jackson, Wisconsin
page: 0407

Elizabeth Ann Ice, d. 19 Feb 1903, Jackson Co., Wis., vol. 4, pg. 52

Ella Ice Merrill, 1854 - 1924, Riverside Cemetery, Black River Falls, Wis., tombstone reading

Elizabeth Ann Sutherland Ice
gender: Female
burial place: Mound Valley, Kansas
death date: 18 Feb 1903
death place: Merrillan, Jackson, Wisconsin
age: 80
birth date: 25 Dec 1822
birthplace: New West, Liberty, Pa.
race: White
marital status: Widowed
spouse's name: James Ice
father's name: Peter Sutherland
mother's name: Sarrah Sutherland



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