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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 1 - Favorite Female

March is National Women's History Month. Lisa Alzo,  is back for the 4th year giving us Blogging prompts to write each day about a female ancestor we would like to celebrate and honor.

March 1 — Lisa Asks:  Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.

This year I would like to learn more about my Great Great Grandmother, Sarah (Salllie) Rice Ames. Sallie was born in Greene County, New York to Ephraim Ames and Sarah Johnson in 1811. I have no pictures of Sallie. I would like to find information on her growing up and information on what it was like to live in the wilderness of Western Pennsylvania in Liberty Township, McKean County. I do know that her husband was part Native American, Lenape.

Sallie had two brothers that I know about. Ira Rice and Joel H. (Jack) Rice. Joel was a Methodist Circuit Rider. I am hoping to find some of Joel's diaries. I have a feeling that
Joel married Sallie and her spouse, Adolphus Ames. I am hoping to find that information.

This is what women looked like in 1840. I do not have any pictures of Sallie Rice.

I do not know if their children were Baptized so will look for that in my research.


  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
  • No specific age is named, but the expectation is that pastors will encourage baptism to be received promptly AND on a schedule compatible with having appropriate time for meeting with parents, sponsors, and others who are involved most directly in ensuring that the child to be baptized will be nurtured in an environment that will lead her or him to a commitment to personal discipleship to Jesus Christ in the life of the church.
I am a Lutheran and we believe that you must have Baptism to be saved. Methodists do not believe that you need Baptism to be saved.  However, baptism is a gift of God's grace to be received as part of the journey of salvation. To refuse to accept baptism is to reject one of the means of grace that God offers us.  Reference:

I am going to Salt Lake City in 2015 and plan to look for sources in the catalog at the Family History Center: Books and Films. I also plan to continue to search on line and of course source all of my findings.

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