Rice (Rhuys) Hooe, I (1599 - c.1655)

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Birthplace: Wales, England
Death: Died in Charles City County, Virginia
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Rice Hooe I (Ryce Howe, Ryce Hoe) initially came to Virginia on the ship "Gifte" in 1618. He is not listed in the census records of 1623, but his name is found on the Virginia muster, January 22, 1625.

A Mr. Ryce Hooe was Burgess from Shirley Hundred Island, 1632-1634. This may be the father of the Rice Hooe who emigrated from Gravesend in 1635 on the ship "America," or Rice Hooe may himself have been in Virginia prior to 1635, returning to England for a time. If so, then he may be the same as the Rice Hooe who was a passenger on the ship "Gifte" in 1618. The "America" landed at Jamestown, Virginia.

Rice Hooe was Burgess from Charles City County, Virginia, from 1644 or 1645 to 1647. In June, 1641, he and three others (Walter Austin, Joseph Johnson, and Walter Chiles) petitioned the Virginia Assembly for permission to discover a new river or unknown land, "West-Southerly from Appomattake river, with all rights confirmed to them for 14 years from Jany., 1641." This petition was granted in March, 1642, "receiving one-fifth of all Royal Mines, &.." The explorers were to have trading rights with the Indians for 14 years. It is not known how this venture turned out. In a letter from Governor Berkely to Lord Arlington written 14 years after Rice Hooe's death in 1655, the Governor said, "There were no such scruples. . .in 1643, when the assembly authorized Walter Austin and Rice Hooe to undertake the discovery of a new river and unknown land."

In 1651 Rice Hooe and Edward Bland opened the Occaneechi trading "path" in order to trade with the Indians for skins. At the time of his death in 1655 he was a Justice of Charles City County and a member of the vestry of St. Paul's Parish.

The name "Hooe" appears in Burke's General Armory as Hoe or Hooe. Another variant is Howe. It is "a corruption of the Saxon HOUGH, and signifies high and noble."

--A History of Chapman and Alexander Families, genealogy.com, pp. 172-173. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rice Hooe, I b. 1599, England, d. 1655, Charles City Co., VA, m. Sarah d. by 3 Oct 1665, Charles City Co., VA. Rice was 20 years of age when he came to Virginia in the Gifte in 1618. In 1624/25, he was living at West and Sherley Hundred with his partners John Higgins and Christopher Woodward. Although he wasn't listed in the census records of 1623, he can be found in Virginia on 4 Apr 1625, when he testified with 4 other men, that, Andrew Dudley was slain by Indians on 18 Mar 1623. In 1626, Rice acted as an agent for William Besse "late of Joradn's Journey." He represented Sherley Hundred Island in the House of Burgesses, 1632-33 and for Charles City County 1644-46. Between these terms of service he evidently returned to England for on 23 Jun 1635, "Ryce Hooe, aged 36" is listed as one to be transported to Virginia on the America, and was certified by the minister of the town of Gravesend as conforming to the "orders and discipline of the Church of England." Rice patented 1,200 acres in Charles City Co., VA near Martin's Brandon on 2 May 1636, with himself and his wife as headrights. He also patented land in James City Co., VA on 9 May 1638, "at a place called Capt. Martins shipps" and repatented the tract of 700 acres, 16 Oct 1643, adding additional acreage." On 6 Feb 1655, William Fry patented 252 acres in James City County, the patent reciting that it was "part of a patent granted to Richard Hooe, Oct 1643." An assignment of land made by Hooe, 20 Mar 1654/55 was recorded 20 Aug 1655 in Charles City County. He was deceased by 3 Dec 1655, when his wife was granted administration of "the estate of her late husband, Mr. Rice Hooe, deceased."

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Rice Hooe, I's Timeline

1599
1599
Wales, England
1635
1635
Age 36
1636
1636
Age 37
James City County, Virginia
1655
1655
Age 56
Charles City County, Virginia
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