John Jackson Grice was born August 21, 1833 in Meriwether County, Georgia, on a farm about five miles west of Warm Springs. He was the oldest child of seven children born to William W. and Lucinda Gray Grice who were married in Pike County, Georgia, in 1832. John married Lucinda I. Johnston, daughter of Oliver Johnston, on January 9, 1854, at the home of her father. Lucinda was born about 1833 in Jones or DeKalb County, Georgia.
John Jackson Grice enlisted as a Private in Company B, 37th Alabama Infantry Regiment, in Chambers Country, Alabama, on April 20, 1862. While in the military, John fought in numerous battles and Campaigns, including Chickasaw, Boyou, Ikta, Ressca, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta and Carolina Campaign. On October 5, 1862, John Jackson Grice was wounded at the Battle in Corinth, Mississippi.
Upon returning from the War in 1867, John moved his family to Upshur County, Texas. There he established the Community named after him, “Grice”, Texas. He ran a General Store, and later became the first and only Post Master in Grice, Texas. The Post Office closed in 1905. It is said that after the closure of the Post Office, John moved with a daughter, Ann Tucker Echols, to Oklahoma.
John Jackson Grice died June 1910; and is believed to be buried in the Holly Creek Community in Oklahoma on the family farm and no marker or his current resting place was found. Family legend has it; his body was to be buried in Grice, Texas, a Community named after him. However, the Red River was at flood stage at the time of his death and his body could not be returned to Texas.
In 1899, John J. Grice filed for a Confederate pension, but he was denied.
Jared W. Jones
SCV Member of the Upshur Patriots Camp 2109