Rice Wells was born March 15, 1892 at Brown County, Texas. He was one of nine children born to James Madison “Uncle Matt” and Louisa Ballard Wells. Matt and Louisa were married on December 24, 1881 by J. L. Robertson, minister of the gospel.  Matt had a little grocery store in the Liberty Grove Community, northeast of Rowlett, Texas. The store was located at the corner of Elm Grove and Vinson Road.  My uncle Carl Foster was married in his store on December 9, 1934.

Rice and Sadie Forster Wells

Rice and Sadie Forster/Forster Wells

Rice married Sarah “Sadie” Elizabeth Forster on November 22, 1914 in Dallas County, Texas. Rice hitched up the buggy shortly after their marriage and they headed off to Garland to take in a picture show. Both Rice and Sadie fell asleep in their buggy on the Way back. They awoke later, only to find that their devoted horse had delivered them safely home and stopped just as the buggy reached their front porch.


Sadie Forster was born March 15, 1898 in the Elm Grove community, just northeast of Rowlett, Texas. She attended Elm Grove School.  Her parents were George Washington and Mary Emma Lauretta Southworth Forester. Her grandparents were John and Elizabeth Rhoads Forster on her father’s side, and Jack and Sophroni Vaughn Southworth on her mother’s side.

Children of Rice and Sadie Wells were Teddy Pless who married Doris Cleveland; Allie Lucille who married OCL Todd; Clessie Mae who married Lloyd Gideons, and Margalee Wells who married Lloyd Hall.

I’ll always remember looking forward to visiting their home at Liberty Grove. They had the best tasting well water in the country. Both were devout members of the Cottonwood Church of Christ. Rice died on June 15, 1977 and Sadie followed on November 5, 1977. Both Rice and Sadie are buried in Cottonwood Cemetery Dallas County, near the Collin and Rockwall County line.

Other Liberty Grove history can be found here.  Additional Rowlett history can be found here.