NOAH N. RICE was born in Hopkins, now Webster County, Ky., December 23, 1830, a son of James R. and Elizabeth (Nichols) Rice, natives of North Carolina and Kentucky, respectively. The father served an apprenticeship to the carriage-maker's trade, but in later years gave his attention to farming pursuits. The parents had eight children, all of whom grew to maturity, and of whom there are five living: N. N., Laban M., Mary, Nancy and James L. Our subject remained in his native county until becoming of age, when he removed to Caldwell County, where he was engaged in farming until 1867, when he came to this county, and has since resided here engaged principally in the mercantile, sawmill, and tobacco business. He has served eight years as justice of the peace, and is the present police judge of Lamasco. He married Miss Mary A. Kevil, a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Kevil. Of this union there are seven children now living: Sarah E., now Mrs. J. J. Nall; James T.; Fannie A., wife of John W. Jackson, of Caldwell County; Macie A.; Manson K.; Isabella L. and William C. The squire is a man of public spirit and is highly respected by the community.
Source: J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Pages 862-863.