Ice Family


From: Eric Ice

From a collection of material from various sources compiled and shared with our family by Mr. Joweph P. Skowronski.Jr of Danville, IL: Frederick Ten Eyck or Ten Eycke, who was born in Holland. Some of the family still live near Amsterdam. An alternative spelling of the name, both in Holland and America, was Iaac (pronounced eye-ack"). Mrs. Virginia Ice Thomas places Frederick Ten Eyck's birth in Holland in 1673 and his death in Monongalia Co. "by actual court records" at age 115. He was living on Jan. 30, 1791, and his death was referred to in a writing of 1794. The name was recorded in America with the spelling "Ice" and became the family name. He married and settled in (then) Hampshire County, Virginia, "on the Nobly Mountain and the drains of Patterson's Creek".

Frederick Ice lost his first wife and several children in an Indian raid in 1752 The birth dates of the children of this first marriage are not certain. The children captured were Christine, and William (Indian Billy) and Mary. There may also have been a third daughter, Margaret, taken by the Indians along with the mother but, brother John (Old Lonely) Ice only mentioned losing two sisters to the Indians, not three. Mrs. Virginia Ice Thomas (Conaway), a descendant of Frederick Ice's second marriage, has been researching this since she was 9 years old, recorded this verbal family story from her grandmother Elizabeth Ice Hall in her book "Ice Family History": "Grandmother Hall told me that her grandfather, Frederick Ice, said to Andrew that the settlement on the South Branch of the Potomac was doing well, they had cleared ground enough to raise plenty for them to eat, and with the abundance of game and fish that abounded in that country the pioneer was satisfied.

In the year 1745 had a remarkably good crop, after living at this place for several years. He and several of the men went to mill. They had a long distance to go, probably to Winchester, Va. which at that time was the center of trade for north-eastern Virginia. When they returned to the settlement, they found that the Mohawk Indians had raided it, killed or taken prisoners the inhabitants, burned the homes, destroyed the crops, and driven off the livestock." The first wife of Frederick Ice, named Nelly (? some accounts have her as Mary), and three of her children were captured in an Indian raid probably in 1752. Ttaken by the Indians along with the mother, were Christine, and William and Mary. .There may also have been a fourth daughter, Margaret, but, John Ice (with father Frederick trading during the raid) mentioned losing two sisters to the Indians, not three.

The birth dates of the children of this first marriage are not certain. 1. Mary Ice (born about 1737, died after 1825) - Captured by Indians, visited the Ice family when an old woman (1825) but preferred to stay with the Indians. Tradition has it that she was the mother of Tecumseh. (not proved and now doubted). 2. Christena Ice - Captured by Indians, married an Indian, had 3 children, died of natural causes at about age 25. (not proved). 3. William Ice (born about 1740?, died 1826) ("Indian Billy") was captured by Indians, escaped, returned to his family, was an Indian fighter, Revolutionary soldier, buried at Ice Cemetery, Barrackville, W. Va. He married 3 times, with at least 16 children According to an anecdote told at the 12th annual Ice Reunion in Monongalia County in 1935, after living with Indians for some years he escaped, went east to Pittsburgh, then to Philadelphia and to Europe where he visited the country his father had come from. Returning to America, he hired out to work on the Mason and Dixon Line survey (this would be between 1763 and 1767, probably closer to the latter). Frederick Ice's second wife, learning that a worker on the Line (only 2 miles from the Ice Ferry) had once been captured by Indians, investigated and found that it was her husband's son William. It was a happy reunion.

Another tradition passed down has it that William enjoyed indian life and did not want to leave the tribe. Note: Indian Billy's brother .John "Old Lonely" Ice (born about 1739, murdered in 1796) Unmarried. He lived at the Forks of Buffalo Creek (present Mannington, W. Va.) and had a trading post there. He he became famous in life for a hatred of all indians (killed a known sixteen) revenging the loss of his sweetheart, his sisters, and his mother. He became the best tracker in the area and was included in many rescue attempts of indian captives and served as a scout in the Revolutionary Army during the war.

Frederick Ice remarried to Elinor Livingstone (Ellen, or Nelly), a widow with one child. (Her name is given as Leviston in some Bible records.) She is said to have been the daughter of a Scottish army officer. Frederick Ice came across the mountains (west) in about 1759, where he established Ice's Ferry on the Cheat River in (now) West Virginia just south of the Pennsylvania border. The town Fredrick Ice established "Ice's Ferry" was covered when the river was dammed in the 1920's. A memorial to the town and the family cemetery can still be located beside the lake. Eric L. Ice Phoenix, AZ


From: Dorothy McCann-Phillips

Just wanted to check in with you as to my connection with William (Indian Billy) Ice. I was delighted to find this source, as what we have is a lot of information about the Ice family, however what we have says that Williams mother and all the children were killed. by the Indians, but it seems that is NOT the case after reading of Col. Beuchuet's captives released. They evidently survived, so I need to re-write this history for my family book. I am descended from William Ice through his son Isaac Ice. Issac married Mary Fortney, their daughter Emmaline Ice married my great grandfather, Elzy Van Camp . His daughter Aldarada Van Camp married William Jasper McCann, my grandfather. I have much information about the Ice family, however it is much too large to e-mail. I have done the pages using Printshop Deluxe in Dos. I have printed pages however, and I can send them to you via mail if you like. Anyway, thanks so much for providing your page!


Wichterman lfwclw@bedford.net : The following is based - in part - on Glen Lough's book, "Now and Long Ago", a history of Marion County, West Virginia, and partly on family tradition. Frederick Ice was an early settler on the South Branch of the Potomac River in Frederick County, Virginia. Early one morning (possibly 1752, but perhaps much earlier) indians raided their cabin. Frederick and his oldest son, John, were away from home at the time. Frederick's wife, Mary (Galloway), was killed outside the cabin. Their other children, William, Christina, and Marguerite, were taken away by the indians. Christina and Marguerite (Mary) were never to return, although they were reported to have been seen by indian traders and refused rescue. They both are said to have married indians and became willing members of the indian community. William lived with the indians for a number of years before he escaped or was released by Col. Bouquet. He eventually found his father, who had remarried and moved further into the frontier to what is today Monongalia County, West Virginia. He became very useful to other settlers because of his knowledge of indian ways. William was friendly to many indians who traveled through the area, but was very fearsome in times of troubles with them.


Kathy Yalen: I am a descendant of William Ice who is on the list as being released by Col. Bouguet. William or "Indian Billy" as he was known was my 6th great grandfather. Family tradition states that William Ice escaped from the Indians and returned home after living with them for several years. William lived in Monongalia Co. WV and Marion Co., WV. He is buried in Barrackville, Marion County in the Ice cemetery. Family history also states that his sisters Catherine and Eve decided to stay with their Indian captures and married them. There is much written on the Ice family, however alot of it was word of mouth handed down through the generations. I was very happy to see this web site, it is a very good one. If I can be of any help, let me know.


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