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Thomas Rice was born January 1626 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom to Edmund Rice (1594-1663) and Thomasine Frost (1600-1654) and died 16 November 1681 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Mary King (1629-1714) 1652 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.
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Biography

Thomas Rice resided at both Sudbury MA and Marlboro MA. He was the last of the 13 signers on the 1657 petition for the creation of Marlboro. Thomas was a proprietor at Marlboro and died there 16 Nov 1681.

Boston Gazette Article

The 26 Dec 1768 issue of The Boston Gazette, contains a article on the subject of the longevity of his children, in which it was said he died "at the age of 70 years" consequently born about 1611. That his age was 70 years is manifestly an error, as it makes him only 17 years younger than his father, and about 43 years old before he had a family.

The Will of Thomas Rice

The Will of Thomas Rice, recorded 11 Nov 1681 and proved 04 Apr 1682, gave to sons Thomas, Peter, Nathaniel and Ephraim, residue to wife Mary, and at her decease to go to "the younger children not mentioned above." "My three brothers, Henry and Mathew Rice and Pter King to be overseers of my will," etc.

The Will of his widow Mary, record on "May 10, in the 8th Year of Queen Ann's reign (1710)", proved 11 Apr 1715, gave to sons THomas of Marlboro, Peter, Nathaniel, Ephraim, Gershom, James, Jonas and Elisha and to daughers Mary White, Sarah Adams, Frances Allen and Grace Moore.

Family & Marriage

Married to Mary King (1629-1714), they resided in both Sudbury MA and Marlboro MA. The births of six children are recorded at Sudbury and the younger ones at Marlboro.

See also the 26 Dec 1768 article in The Boston Gazette for more info about the children.


  1. Grace Rice (1653-1653) - born/died on 03 Jan 1653/54 at Sudbury MA
  2. Thomas Rice (1654-1747) - md 1) Mary and 2) Anna Rice (1661-1731) - his cousin.
  3. Mary Rice (1656-1733) - md Josiah White
  4. Peter Rice (1658-1753) - Md Rebecca Howe
  5. Nathaniel Rice (1659-1710) - md Sarah
  6. Sarah Rice (1662-1741) - md Mr Adams and died ag age of 80 (Boston Gazette)
  7. Ephraim Rice (1664-1732) - md Hannah Livermore
  8. Gerham Rice (1667-1768) - md Elizabeth Haynes
  9. James Rice (1669-1730) - md Sarah Stone
  10. Frances Rice (1671-1721) - md Benjamin Allen
  11. Jonas Rice (1673-1753) - md Mary Stone
  12. Grace Rice (1675-) - md Nathaniel Moore
  13. Elisha Rice (1679-) - md Elizabeth




Children


Offspring of Thomas Rice and Mary King (1629-1714)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Grace Rice (1653-1653) 3 January 1654 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 3 January 1654 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Thomas Rice (1654-1747) 30 June 1654 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 26 December 1747 Westborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mary Unknown Rice (c1655 )
Anna Rice (1661-1731)

Mary Rice (1656-1733) 4 September 1656 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 22 August 1733 Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Josiah White (1643-1714)
Thomas Sawyer (1649-1736)

Peter Rice (1658-1753) 24 October 1648 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 28 November 1753 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Rebecca Howe (1668-1749)

Nathaniel Rice (1659-1710)
Sarah Rice (1662-1741)
Ephraim Rice (1664-1732)
Gerham Rice (1667-1768)
James Rice (1669-1730) 31 March 1669 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 14 October 1730 Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Sarah Stone (1675-1730)

Frances Rice (1671-1721) 3 February 1671 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 12 August 1721 Lincoln, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Benjamin Allen (1662-1721)

Jonas Rice (1673-1753)
Grace Rice (1675-)
Elisha Rice (1679-)

Siblings


Offspring of Edmund Rice and Thomasine Frost (1600-1654)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Rice (1619-1680) 23 August 1619 Stanstead, Suffolk, England 9999 Massachusetts Thomas Axtell (1619-1645)
John Maynard (1598-1672)

Henry Rice (1621-1711) 1621 Stanstead, Suffolk, England 10 February 1711 Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United Kingdom Elizabeth Moore (c1628-1705)

Edward Rice (1622-1712) 13 October 1622 Stanstead, Suffolk, England 15 August 1712 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Agnes Bent (1631-1713)

Thomas Rice (1626-1681) January 1626 Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom 16 November 1681 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States Mary King (1629-1714)

Lydia Rice (1628-1675) 9 March 1628 Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England 5 April 1675 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Hugh Drury (1616-1689)

Matthew Rice (c1629-1717) 1629 United Kingdom 1717 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States Martha Lamson (1634-1717)

Daniel Rice (1632-1632) 1 November 1632 Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England 10 November 1632 Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Samuel Rice (1634-1685) November 1634 Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom 25 March 1685 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States Elizabeth King (-1667)
Mary Dix (1639-1675)
Sarah White (c1643-1711)

Joseph Rice (1638-1711) 1638 23 December 1711 Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mercy King (1639-1659)
Martha Unknown Rice (c1640-1669)
Mary Beers (-1677)
Sarah Unknown Rice

Benjamin Rice (1640-1713) 31 March 1640 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 19 December 1713 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mary Brown (1643-1691)
Mary Graves (1669-)

Offspring of Edmund Rice and Mercy Hurd (1616-1693)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lydia Rice (c1657-1718)
Ruth Rice (1659-1742)

References

  • Genealogical History of the Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice - pg 4-7 - publ 1858 by Andrew H Ward. Free on Google Books.



Namesakes of Thomas Rice (1626-1681)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
Thomas Rice (1700-1779)Warwick, Kent County, Rhode IslandWarwick, Kent County, Rhode IslandJohn Rice (1675-1755)Elnathan Whipple (1675-1671)Mary Holden (1699-1738) + Ann Low (1710-)
Thomas Rice (1626-1681)Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United KingdomMarlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United StatesEdmund Rice (1594-1663)Thomasine Frost (1600-1654)Mary King (1629-1714)
Thomas Rice (1654-1747)Sudbury, Middlesex County, MassachusettsWestborough, Middlesex County, MassachusettsThomas Rice (1626-1681)Mary King (1629-1714)Mary Unknown Rice (c1655 ) + Anna Rice (1661-1731)
Thomas Rice (1767-1847)Warren, Worcester County, MassachusettsWarren, Worcester County, MassachusettsTilly Rice (1724-1803)Mary Buckminster (1728-1795)Sally Makepeace (1767-1849)



Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • Baptism on 26 Jan 1626 at St James Church in Stanstead, Suffolk, England



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