Edmund Rice

Edmund Rice

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Deacon Edmund Rice
Born about in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Bury St. Edmunds, England
Husband of — married to in Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Husband of — married in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Died in Marlboro, Middlesex, Massachusetts
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God hath been pleased to increase our children,
which are now, divers of them, ...[1]

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Edmund Rice

"Edmund Rice was born in 1594, and came to this country from Barkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England. He was twice married. His first wife, Tamazine, died at Sudbury, where she was buried June 18, 1654. His second wife, whom he married March 1, 1655, was Mercie (HURD) BRIGHAM, widow of Thomas Brigham of Cambridge. He had twelve children, nine of whom were born in England, and the others in Sudbury: Henry (born 1616), Edward (born 1618), Edmund, Thomas, Mary, Lydia (born 1627), Matthew (born 1629), Daniel (born 1632), Samuel (born 1634), Joseph (born 1637), Benjamin (born 1640), Ruth (born 1659), and Ann (born 1661). Mr. Rice died May 3, 1663, at Marlboro, aged about sixty-nine, and was buried in Sudbury. His widow married William HUNT of Marlboro. Mr. Rice was a prominent man in the settlement. He early owned lands in and out of the town, some of which came by grant of the General Court. His first dwelling-place at Sudbury was on the old north street. September 1, 1642, he sold this place to John MOORE, and September 13 of the same year leased, for six years, the Dunster Farm, which lay just east of Cochituate Pond. He bought of the widow Mary AXDELL six acres of land and her dwelling house, which were in the south part of the town, and some years afterwards he bought of Philemon WHALE his house and nine acres of land near "the spring" and adjacent to the Axdell place; and these taken together, in part at least, formed the old Rice homestead, not far from the "Five Paths" (Wayland). This old homestead remained in the Rice family for generations. ... Mr. Rice was one of the substantial men of the Sudbury plantation. He was a freeman May 13, 1640, and was one of the committee appointed by the Colonial Court, September 4, 1639, to apportion land to the inhabitants. He served as selectman from 1639 to 1644, and was deputy to the General Court several successive years."[2]

In 1648, Edmund Rice was ordained as a Deacon in the Puritan Church at Sudbury.[1][1]

Origins

Genealogical Research on Parentage and Ancestry

Attempts have been made by well recognized researchers to discover the parentage of Edmund Rice. Mary Lovering Holman got negative results searching the parish records near Stanstead and Sudbury, Suffolk County, England. See “English Notes on Edmund Rice”, The American Genealogist, Volume 10 (1933/34), pp. 133 - 137. The Edmund Rice (1638) Association, in 1997, asked Dr. Joanna Martin, who lives a short distance from Stanstead and Sudbury, to search again. Once again no records were found. Some of the parish registers for likely years of Edmund's birth do not even exist. Mary Holman did however discover the baptisms of Edmund's first three children.

Several erroneous and/or speculative sets of parents have been published and are proliferated in internet trees and databases: Henry Rice and Margaret Baker, Henry Rice and Elizabeth Frost (whose marriage was recorded 23 Aug 1619 at Stanstead), Thomas Rice and Catherine Howard, and Thomas Rice and Elizabeth Frost.

An investigation by Donald Lines Jacobus, published first in The American Genealogist, "Pre-American Ancestries: IX. Edmund Rice," volume 11, (1936), pp. 14-21, and reprinted in the fall of 1968 and the winter of 1998 issues of Newsletter of the Edmund Rice (1638) Association, determined that many of the false accounts first occured in a book by Dr. Charles Elmer Rice, "By the Name of Rice”, privately published by Dr. Rice at Alliance, Ohio in 1911.

"In his address to the 1999 annual meeting of the Edmund Rice (1638) Association, Gary Boyd Roberts, Senior Researcher, New England Historic Genealogy Society, reviewed all of the genealogical sleuthing on Edmund's parentage. Mr. Roberts is well known for his research on royal lineage. He concluded that there was no evidence whatsoever that supports the published accounts of Edmund Rice's parents and no evidence that Edmund Rice was from a royal lineage."[3]


Early Settler & Leader in Sudbury

Edmund Rice arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1638, although no passenger list survives that names him. The first record of his presence is in the Township Book of the Town of Sudbury in the year 1639.[4]

As yeomen farmers Edmund Rice and the other early settlers at Sudbury were well prepared for the tasks of forming and governing a new community. As yeomen they had assumed both personal and community responsibilities back in England. As Protestant churchmen they had been encouraged to read and write so that they could study and understand their Bible. Although not of the noble class, they had shared many community and church responsibilities in their former communities in England.[4]

Edmund Rice was one of the prominent leaders of his community at both Sudbury and Marlborough. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Puritan Village, The formation of a New England Town, Sumner Chilton Powell sums up the high regard that his fellow citizens had for Edmund: "Not only did Rice become the largest individual landholder in Sudbury, but he represented his new town in the Massachusetts legislature for five years and devoted at least eleven of his last fifteen years to serving as selectman and judge of small causes." He adds, "Two generations of Sudbury men selected Edmund Rice repeatedly as one of their leaders, with the full realization that they were ignoring men of far more English government experience who had come with him." [5][6]

He was appointed to apportion land in 1639, and became a Deputy to the General Court, a magistrate in 1641, and a selectman in 1644, and some years following.[7]

”Far-reaching interest attaches to a pen-and-ink drawing by Pauline Atlee Long, reproduced above, which has for subject the Deacon Edmund Rice homestead, built in Wayland, Mass., in 1650. Deacon Rice was a Pilgrim, born in Buckinghamshire, Eng. in 1594. He settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 1638, according to a tablet that has been erected near the site of the house pictured above.”[8]

In the "History of Sudbury," by A.S. Hudson, are the following passages:

"Mr. Rice was a prominent man in the settlement. He early owned lands in and out of the town, some of which came by grand of the General Court. His first dwelling-place at Sudbury was on the old North Street. September 1, 1642, he sold this place to John More, and Sept. 13 of the same year leased for six years the Dunster Farm, which lay just east of Cochituate Pond. He bought of the widow Axdell six acres of land and her dwelling-house, which were in the south part of the town, and some years afterward he bought of Philemon Whale his house and nine acres of land near 'the spring' and adjacent to the Axdell place; and these taken together, in part at least formed the old Rice homestead not far from the 'Five Paths' (in Wayland).
"This old homestead remained in the Rice family for generations. Edmund sold it to his son, Edmund, who passed it to his sons, John and Edmund, and afterward John transferred his share of it to his brother Edmund -- by whom it passed to other members of the family, who occupied it till within the last half century.
"Before the plantation of Sudbury was commenced there passed through the southeasterly corner of its territory a memorable trail. This was part of the 'Old Connecticut Path.' This highway extended from the seaboard settlements far into the interior. From Watertown it passed through what is now Waltham and Weston to that section of Sudbury now Wayland; from thence south-westerly to the north side of Cochituate Pond, and on through the wilderness toward Connecticut. It is, we believe, the road now traveled from Weston Corner by 'Five Paths' Wayland to Framingham mention is made of this way in the town recording as early as 1643 and again in 1648.
"Where it passed through the town it was called 'the road from Watertown to Dunster Farm,' a tract of 600 acres granted 1640 to President Dunster of Harvard College, bounded on the west by Cochituate Pond and early leased by Edmund Rice of Sudbury. This trail was first made known to the English by some Nipnet Indians who came to Boston bringing corn at ta time when there was a scarcity of it in the colony.
"Over this path the settlers went who founded Weathersfield, Conn. This path is now supplied every few miles by markers -- stating it to be the Old Connecticut Path."[2][9]

Founding member & leader in Marlborough

In 1656, Edmund Rice was one of thirteen petitioners belonging to Sudbury, who besought the General Court for a new plantation, saying,

"Whereas your petitioners have lived divers years in Sudbury, and God hath been pleased to increase our children, which are now, divers of them, grown to man's estate, and wee, many of us grown into years, so as that wee should bee glad to see them settled before the Lord take us away from hence; as also God having given us some considerable quantity of cattle, so that wee are so straightened, that wee cannot so comfortably subsist as could be desired; and some of us having taken some pains to view the country, wee have found a place, which lieth Westward about eight miles from Sudbury, which wee conceive might bee comfortable for our subsistence," &c.

Sudbury at that time contained less than seventy-five families, and in territory included what is now Wayland. One would naturally think they were "straightened" for the want of neighbors, rather than for want of room for themselves, or meadows wherefrom to procure subsistence for their cattle; and so they found it, even twenty years later, when the town, with an increased population, was broken up and nearly destroyed by the Indians. Their petition was granted, and the plantation laid to them was incorporated by the name of Marlborough in 1660; whereto he removed and had a house lot of fifty acres granted to him by the proprietors of that town, with the rights appertaining thereto in after divisions.[1]

His house lot in Marlboro', on which he built and resided, was in the westerly part of the town, on the old county road leading from Marlboro' to Northboro', and in the bend as it passes round the northerly side of the pond, a short distance northerly of the ancient "Williams tavern." [1]

The following might describe his home in Marlborough:

"In a leas still preserved are these specifications for a house to be built by Edmund Rice prior to 1655. The house was to be 30 foot long, 10 foot high, 1 foot sill from the ground, 16 feet wide with two rooms, both below or one above the other , all the doors, walls, and stairs with convenient fixtures and well planked underfoot and boarded sufficiently to lay corn in the story above-head."[8]

He was elected a Selectman at Marlborough in 1657.[4]

He was honored with several appointments by the General Court and denominated therein as "Goodman Rice". He was appointed to solemnize marriages in Marlborough.

Later generations of Rices were founding members of many new communities, first in New England and Nova Scotia, and later across the United States and Canada.[4]

Family

Edmund Rice married first Tamazine Frost on October 15, 1618,[10] by whom he had ten children:[4]

  1. Marie Ryce, bapt. August 23, 1619, in Stanstead, Suffolk, England[11] She was unmarried and died before her father.[11]
  2. Henry Ryce, bapt. February 13, 1620/21, in Stanstead[11] died February 10, 1709–-10, married Elizabeth Moore February 1, 1641–42.
  3. Edward Rice, born October 20, 1622, died August 15, 1712, married (1) Anna, (2) Agnes Bent 1646. The Holman TAG article lists the baptism of Edmund Ryce, son of Edmund Ryce, bapt. 26 October 1622 in Stanstead.[11] The recorder of baptisms, it would seem wrote the wrong name, and it should be Edward. See Note below.
  4. Thomas Ryce, bapt. January 26, 1625/6[11], died November 16, 1681, married Mary King 1652.
  5. Lydia Rice, bapt. March 9, 1627/8, in Berkhamstead[11], died April 5, 1675, married Hugh Drury 1645.
  6. Matthew Rice, bapt. February 28, 1629/30, Berkhamstead,[11] died 1717, married Martha Lamson November 2, 1654.
  7. Daniel Rice, bapt 1 Nov 1632, Berkhamstead, buried there 10 Nov. 1632.[11]
  8. Samuel Rice, bapt. November 12, 1634, Berkhamstead[11], died February 25, 1683–84, married (1) Elizabeth King, (2) Mary Dix September 1668, (3) Sarah White December 13, 1676.
  9. Joseph Rice, bapt March 13, 1637/8, in Berkhamstead,[11][12][13] Children of Edmund and Mercy:[4]
  1. Lydia Rice Holman does not mention this Lydia
  2. Ruth Rice b. 29 Sept 1959, Sudbury; m. Samuel Wells[11]

After Edmund died, Mercy married (third) William Hunt. [14][13]

Death & Legacy

Edmund Rice died May 3, 1663, age about 69, in Marlborough, Massachusetts and was buried in the Old Burying Ground in what is now Wayland, Massachusetts.[10]

Edmund Rice left no will. The inventory of his estate was taken both at Sudbury and Marlborough on 16 May 1663. His widow, Mercy (Hurd) (Brigham) Rice, survived him and as admnistratix, settled his estate.[citation needed]

Of his twelve children, ten survived to have children of their own. According to the records, in 1858 this family numbered 1400 families and 7000 individuals.[4]

DNA Testing

The Edmund Rice (1638) Association has conducted extensive ancestral haplotype DNA testing on males believed to have descended from Rice, identifying descendants from five of his sons. The testing also revealed an unrecorded adoption or illegitimacy that occurred.[4]

Edmund Rice, an early immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony and a founder of Sudbury and Marlborough, belonged to haplogroup I1.[15]

See Rice Family Y-DNA Project for more information

Images & Documents

Images

Edmund Rice Signature [16]
Homestead, 2nd Home, Farm Sketch [16]
Homestead Marker, Memorial, Plaque [16]
The Ancient Abbey, Saint Mary's Church [16]
St James, Stanstead, St. Peter's Church in Berkhamsted [16]
Map of the First Roads & Houses of Sudbury[16]

Attached Documents

  • Harriet Augusta Robinson, "Brewer Genealogy", Robinson, 1903 - History - 49 pages (Google eBook) - Page 9. [17]
  • William Richard Cutter, "Genealogical and personal memoirs", - pg 598, pg 599. [17]
  • William Barry, "A History of Framingham, Massachusetts: Including the Plantation, from 1640 to the Present Time, with an Appendix, Containing a Notice of Sudbury and Its First Proprietors; Also, a Register of the Inhabitants of Framingham Before 1800, with Genealogical Sketches", J. Munroe and Company, 1847 - 456 pages (Google eBook), - page 3, page 4, page 5, page 8, page 154, page 155, page 371, page 372, page 373. [17]
  • Andrew Henshaw Ward, "Ward family; descendants of William Ward: who settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 1639", S. G. Drake, 1851 - Reference - 265 pages (Google eBook) - page 17. [17]
  • Colonial Records of Marlborough, MA. Page 3. [17]
See all attached documents.

Citing this Record

WikiTree contributors, "Deacon Edmund Rice (c. 1594 - 1663)," WikiTree, http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rice-52 (accessed March 29, 2015).

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Andrew Henshaw Ward, A Genealogical History of the Rice Family: Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice, who Came from Berkhamstead, England and Settled at Sudbury, Massachusetts, in 1638 or 9, (1858), p. 1: as quoted in a petition by Rice and 12 other Sudbury residents seeking a new "plantation" which would become Marlborough, MA. Cited by Michael Lechner
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alfred Sereno Hudson, The History of Sudbury, Massachusetts 1638-1889, (No location):R. H. Blodgett (1889), p. 41.
  3. Quote and information in this section from "Who were Edmund Rice's ancestors?" Edmund Rice (1638) Association.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Edmund Rice (1638) Association
  5. Sumner Chilton, Powell, Puritan Village, The formation of a New England Town, Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press (2011), p 21.
  6. John Buczek, History of Marlborough: An In Depth Look Source Program Book - Marlborough Tercentenary Celebration," Marlborough Tercentennial Commission; Retrieved 27 June 2009. mrl
  7. Clayton Silas Rice, ‘’We sought the wilderness,’’ (1949) p. 23.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mary Evaline Burroughs, “Burroughs Genealogical Notes” from ‘’Memoirs of a War Bride,’’ Danton Burroughs Family Archive; in some cases citing Lillian Kimball Stewart, The Hudson Thompson Memorial (1941).
  9. Entered by Molly Rice. #Rice
  10. 10.0 10.1 Edmund Rice (1638) Association. #Broadfoot
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 Holman, Mary Lovering. "English Notes on Edmund Rice." The American Genealogist 10:133)
  12. Willard Irving Tyler Brigham, History of the Brigham Family, NY, NY: Grafton Press (1907-1927), p. 69. mrl
  13. 13.0 13.1 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers, Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Co. (1862), Volume 1, p 252. mrl
  14. "Rice Family DNA Project," Edmund Rice (1638) Association. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  15. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Entered by mrl.
  16. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Entered by Michael & Ted Lechner. mrl


See also:

  • Mary F. Vance-Shaw Hosmer Heritage, Medium: Book
  • Harriet Augusta Robinson, "Brewer Genealogy", self-published (1903) Page 9. [17]
  • William Richard Cutter, "Genealogical and personal memoirs", New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Co (1910) - pg 598, pg 599. [17]
  • William Barry, "A History of Framingham, Massachusetts: Including the Plantation, from 1640 to the Present Time, with an Appendix, Containing a Notice of Sudbury and Its First Proprietors; Also, a Register of the Inhabitants of Framingham Before 1800, with Genealogical Sketches", Boston, MA: J. Munroe and Company, 1847 - 456 pages (Google eBook), - page 3, page 4, page 5, page 8, page 154, page 155, page 371, page 372, page 373. [17]
  • Andrew Henshaw Ward, "A Genealogical History of the Rice Family: Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice, who Came from Berkhamstead, England, and Settled at Sudbury, Massachusetts, in 1638 Or 9", Boston, MA: C.B. Richardson (1858) - 379 pages, Questionable quality (significant errors have subsequently been revealed; use with caution) (Google eBook)
  • Andrew Henshaw Ward, ‘’Ward family; descendants of William Ward: who settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 1639’’, Boston: S. G. Drake (1851) - (Google eBook) - page 17. [17]
  • Edgar John Bullard, Bullard and Allied Families, Detroit, Mich.: E.J. Bullard (1930), p 113. Digital version available to subscribers of Ancestry.com.
  • Ernest Flagg, Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England, Hartford, CT: Clearfield Co. (1926); Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. (1990, 1996). Digital version available to subscribers of Ancestry.com.
  • “Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850,” Database, www.newenglandancestors.org, New England Historical and Genealogical Society.
  • Lucius Robinson Paige, History of Cambridge, MA 1630-1877, Cambridge, MA: H.O. Houghton (1877).
  • Ebenezer Parker, The Story of the Rice Boys: Captured by the Indians, Westborough Historical Society, 1906
  • Elsie Hawes Smith, Edmund Rice and His Family Boston, MA: Meador press (1938)
  • “Sudbury Records - Vitals taken from Middlesex records,” in ‘’NEHG Register,’’ Boston, MA: NEHGS 17(Jan 1863):170-172; 254-260; 311-315; 18(1864):45-48;… more?...
  • Mary Lovering Holman, “English Notes on Edmund Rice,” in The American Genealogist, New Haven, CT: D.L. Jacobus; 10 (1933/34): 133-137.
  • Harold F. Porter, Jr., “The Paternal Ancestry of Thomasine Frost, wife of Deacon Edmund(1) Rice of Sudbury, MA," in The American Genealogist, Demorest, GA: 63(Jul 1988):129.
  • Systematic History Fund, ‘’Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849,’’ Worcester, MA: Franklin P. Rice (1908).
  • Wikipedia Contributors, “Edmund Rice (1638),” ‘’Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,’’ 15 Aug 2013 (last revision); retrieved 7 Sept 2013.
  • Justin Winsor, Narrative and Critical History of America], Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4. More volumes are available through Google Books.
  • Dee Christophel D'Errico, "Descendants of John Howe," citing: Charles Hudson, "History of the Town of Marborough," [Publisher, Date], p 431.

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More about Edmund Rice

Edmund Rice is well documented. The Edmund Rice (1638) Association is one of the oldest family associations in the United States. Please consult their publications before merging or making profile changes. "Until someone can cite such a record, the Association must state emphatically that Edmund Rice's parents and ancestry are not known and that Edmund Rice's descendants cannot claim royal ancestry. There is no proof that he was the same person as Edmund Rice, of Suffolk.

Edmund Rice was born in England about 1594, probably in Stanstead, Suffolk, England. His parentage is unknown. He married Thomasine Frost at St Mary's in Bury, Suffolk, on 15 October 1618. Thomasine (also known as Tamazine), daughter of Edward Frost and Thomasine Belgrave, was born in Stanstead on 11 August 1600. They had eight children in England before emigrating to the American colonies, probably in 1638, where two more children were born. Thomasine died in Sudbury Massachusetts on 13 June 1654 and Edmund married Mercy Hurd (also known as Mercie, Mary, and Merrie) widow of Thomas Brigham of Cambridge, Massachusetts in Sudbury on 1 March 1655/6. Mercy had two daughters and three sons by her first marriage. Edmund was buried in Sudbury on 3 May 1663, "age about 69".


Biographical Sketch

[While duplicative of the above, the following is well written and we should examine how best to integrate or otherwise use this in the final profile.]

The information here came from the Edmund Rice Association Website http://www.edmund-rice.org/edmund.htm

Edmund Rice was born in England about 1594, probably in Stanstead, Suffolk. He is believed to have been the younger brother of Henry Rice, who married Elizabeth Frost, sister of Edmund's wife, Thomasine Frost. The marriage of Edmund Rice and Thomasine Frost was recorded on the register of St Mary's in Bury, Suffolk, 15 October 1618. Thomasine was born in Stanstead 11 August 1600, the daughter of Edward Frost, and Thomasine Belgrave. Her father was a wealthy "clothier", a cloth manufacturer.

Knowing the names of Edmund Rice's children, family historians have traced his family back to England using church baptismal records for his children and, eventually, to his marriage to Thomasine Frost. However, no record of his baptism nor any other record that names his parents has been found.

The Rice family lived first in Stanstead, Suffolk, England; later in Great Barkhamstead, Hertfordshire. They emigrated to New England about 1638, and were settled in Sudbury by 1639. The first record of his presence in the New World is in Township Book of the Town of Sudbury in the year 1639. Regrettably, no ship's passenger list has survived and we have no record of Edmund Rice and his family before 1639 so we can not be certain exactly when or where he and his family arrived in the New World.

Edmund Rice and the other early settlers at Sudbury were well prepared for the tasks of forming and governing a new community. As yeomen they had assumed both personal and community responsibilities back in England. As Protestant churchmen they had been encouraged to read and write so that they could study and understand their Bible. Although not of the noble class, they had shared many community and church responsibilities in their former communities in England.

He was one of the substantial men of the plantation, owning lands in and out of the town, some by grant of the court. He shared in all the divisions of uplands and commons and the total number of acres which he received as an original inhabitant was 247 acres. His first dwelling in Sudbury was on the old North Street. This he sold in 1642 to John Moore, and bought of Widow Mary Axtell six acres of land with her dwelling house, in the south part of the town. Some years afterwards he bought of Philemon Whale his house and nine acres adjacent to the Axtell place. All this together formed the old Rice homestead in Sudbury, which remained in the family for many years. In 1654 Edmund deeded it to his son Edward, who conveyed it to sons John and Edmund. In 1647 he took a ten-year lease on the Glover farm, mostly in what is now Framingham, and in 1657 he bought 200 acres more. In 1659, he bought the Dunster farm.

Edmund Rice was one of the prominent leaders of his community at both Sudbury and Marlborough. He was made a selectman of Sudbury in 1639, took the freeman's oath 13 May 1640, and subsequently, was made Deacon of the church in 1640, and represented Sudbury at the General Court at Boston in 1654. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Puritan Village, The formation of a New England Town, Sumner Chilton Powell sums up the high regard that his fellow citizens had for Edmund: "Not only did Rice become the largest individual landholder in Sudbury, but he represented his new town in the Massachusetts legislature for five years and devoted at least eleven of his last fifteen years to serving as selectman and judge of small causes," and "Two generations of Sudbury men selected Edmund Rice repeatedly as one of their leaders, with the full realization that they were ignoring men of far more English government experience who had come with him."

Thomasine died in Sudbury, Massachusetts, on 13 June 1654 and Edmund remarried nine months later, on 1 March 1655/6, to Mercy Hurd, widow of Thomas Brigham of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mercy had two daughters and three sons by her first marriage.

Although much respected by his fellow townsmen, Edmund seems to have had an independent side to his nature. In 1656 Edmund Rice and others petitioned the Massachusetts General Court for a new town which became the City of Marlborough. Edmund moved his immediate family and was elected a Selectman at Marlborough in 1657. Later generations of Rices were founding members of many new communities, first in New England and Nova Scotia, and later across the United States and Canada.

Deacon Edmund Rice died on 3 May 1663 at Sudbury, Massachusetts, "age about 69". He was buried at Old Burying Ground, Wayland, Massachusetts. One possible site of the grave is marked by a monument designed by Arthur Wallace Rice of Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated by the Edmund Rice Association on 29 August 1914. A boulder with a bronze tablet was also erected by the Association and it marks Edmund's homestead on the Old Connecticut Path in Wayland.





Edmund Rice was the progenitor of many eminent descendants. Among them were:

  • U.S. President John Quincy Adams
  • U.S. President Calvin Coolidge
  • U.S. President Ulysses S Grant
  • Julia Ward Howe, writer and poet, author of Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Francis E Willard, philanthropist, reformer, educator, and President of the Women's Christian Temperance Union
  • Clara Baron, Civil War nurse, American Red Cross founder
  • Mary A. Rice Livermore, Civil War nurse
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
  • Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the electric telegraph
  • Ransom Eli Olds of Oldsmobile fame
  • Brigadier General Edmund Rice
  • Congressman Edmund Rice
  • Senator Henry Mower Rice
  • Steve Young, NFL football player
  • Stillman Pond, Mormon Pioneer

Sources/Further Reading

  1. American Genealogist. "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost Wife of Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass"; Harold F. Porter, Jr; January/April 1986; Vol. 61; pages 161-166
  2. American Genealogist. "The Paternal Ancestry of Thomasine Frost, Wife of Deacon Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.; Harold F. Porter, Jr.; July, 1988; Vol. 63, No. 3; pages 129-137
  3. Brigham, Willard Irving Tyler, and Emma Elisabeth Brigham. The History of the Brigham Family: A record of several thousand descendants of Thomas Brigham, the emigrant, 1603-1653. (New York : Grafton Press ; Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle, c1907-c1927), p. 69, 1907-1927.
  4. Buczek, John, History of Marlborough: "HISTORY: An In Depth Look Source Program Book - Marlborough Tercentenary Celebration"
  5. Bullard, Edgar J. (Edgar John), and Gail Wheeler Pritchard. Bullard and Allied Families: the American Ancestors of George Newton Bullard and Mary Elizabeth Bullard. (Detroit, Michigan: E. J. Bullard, 1930), p 113.
  6. Cutter, William Richard, and William Frederick Adams. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts;. New York: Lewis Historical Pub., 1910. Google Books. Web. 13 Mar. 2013. <https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=kmujIJi3_FkC&rdid=book-kmujIJi3_FkC&rdot=1>
  7. Flagg, Ernest. Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England: My Ancestors' Part in that Undertaking. (Hartford, Conn.: Case, Lockwood & Brainard, 1926)
  8. Holman, Mary Lovering, "English Notes on Edmund Rice", The American Genealogist, volume 10 (1933/34), p. 133-137
  9. Hudson, Charles. History of the town of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts: from its first settlement in 1657 to 1861; with a brief sketch of the town of Northborough, a genealogy of the families in Marlborough to 1800, and an account of the celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town. (Boston, Massachusetts, United States: T R Marvin & Sons, 1862)
  10. Jacobus, Donald Lines, "Pre-American Ancestries: Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.", The American Genealogist, Vol II (1936), pp 14-21
  11. King, Ella D., An Interim Tracing of the Ancestry of Valarie Daly King, 1956; p. 24
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On January 9, 2015 at 20:30GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Rice-52 and Rice-5873 are not ready to be merged because: IF you merge them, the resulting merge needs to be detached from parents and exclude specific birth/baptism date. the parents and exact origins of the immigrant Deacon Edmund Rice have NOT been documented. Thanks.

On January 9, 2015 at 20:29GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Cheryl and others, just be aware that the origins/parents of immigrant Deacon Edmund Rice have NOT been identified. So if we complete this merge, we need to detach the speculative parents.

On January 9, 2015 at 19:57GMT Cheryl Hammond wrote:

Rice-5873 and Rice-52 appear to represent the same person because: Birth, death, relatives fundamentally DO match - there are a ton of name spelling variations and disputed maiden names and other merges/cleanup needed as well, which I am working on proposing now! Thanks :)

On October 1, 2014 at 12:12GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Wesley, thanks for your notes and the links. As you can see on Mercy's page, there is concern that Hurd was a misread of Hurt, surname of her first husband. Until confirmation of her maiden name can be located in original records, we stay with Unknown. Thanks again.

On September 30, 2014 at 17:23GMT Wesley Doughman wrote:

This is still from Angel Fire

Children of Deacon Edmund Rice and Mercy Hurd: Lydia, b. ----; m. Hugh Drury. Ruth, b. September 29, 1659; m. Samuel Wells. Ann, b. November 19, 1661; m. November 12, 1685, Nathaniel Gary (or Gery) of Roxbury who was born July 4, 1663, son of Nathaniel Gery and Ann Douglas, who were married at Roxbury October 14, 1658. Arthur Geary was one of the first settlers at Roxbury.

On September 30, 2014 at 17:20GMT Wesley Doughman wrote:

Edmund Rice's second wife was Mercy Hurd (?), who he married on 1 March 1655 at Sudbury, Massachusetts. Deacon Edmund Rice died 3 May 1663, and was buried at Old Burying Ground in Wayland, Massachusetts. His grave is marked by a monument designed by Arthur Wallace Rice of Boston, Massachusetts, and was dedicated by the Edmund Rice Association on 29 August 1914. A boulder with a bronze tablet was also erected by the Association and marks Edmund’s homestead on the Old Connecticut Path in Wayland

On September 30, 2014 at 17:20GMT Wesley Doughman wrote:

http://www.angelfire.com/oh4/civwar/family/rice.html

His second wife may I repeat may have been a HURD. See other comment.

On May 1, 2014 at 14:08GMT Rolland Rice wrote:

Rice-4766 and Rice-52 appear to represent the same person because: Rice-52 is correct information.

On April 30, 2014 at 13:11GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

I detached Hosmer-1188 as spouse of Edmund Rice and as mother to any of his children.

On November 1, 2013 at 14:02GMT Becky Syphers wrote:

Other sources have Edmund Rice's wife as Tamizine (or Tamisine) Frost. This profile MIGHT have matches with these different identities.

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