Samuel L. Rice was born in 1842 in New York, the son of Chester (b. 1820) and Sarah (b. 1826).
New York natives Chester and Sarah were married, probably in New York sometime before 1842 and moved to Michigan sometime between 1842 and 1852, and by 1860 Samuel was a farmer living with his family in Tallmadge, Ottawa County, where his father worked as a clothier.
Samuel was 19 years old and possibly living in Kent County when he enlisted in Company B on May 13, 1861. He was wounded May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, and subsequently died from his wounds either on June 3, 1862, at Mill Creek, Virginia, or on June 5 at Chesapeake hospital in Fortress Monroe, Virginia. He may have been buried initially at Chesapeake hospital, Fortress Monroe, but was reinterred in Hampton National Cemetery: section D, grave no. 2520 (old row 17, grave 32).
No pension seems to be available.
His parents were still living in Tallmadge in 1870.