Silas Rice (1695 - 1779)

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Nicknames: "Jacques", "TANNHAHORENS", "Tookanowras"
Birthplace: Marlboro, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Kanawake, Canada
Managed by: David Prins
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About Silas Rice

Four members of the RICE family were made captives of the Caughnawaga Mohawks on Aug. 8, 1704 at Marlboro (now Westboro) Mass. While gathering flax in a field with other members of the family they were attacked by 7 to 10 Indians. Nahor, being too small to make the trip to Canada, was struck on the head and instantly killed. Ashur and Adonijah-sons of Thomas Rice and Ann Rice, as well as Silas and Timothy- sons of Edmund Rice and Ruth Parker, were carried off to Canada.

Ashur was ransomed by his father and was returned about four years later. Adonijah stayed in Canada for awhile with the Indians by whom he was called, "ASAUNDUGOOTON' and, according to Parkman, was married twice, first a French girl, second a Dutch girl. He had a farm on the north side of the St. Laurent River.

Nine year old Silas and seven year old Timothy were adopted into the Caughnawaga tribe and were called Jacques TANNHAHORENS (He splits the door) and Sak OSEROKOHTON (He passes through the year).

Silas married an Indian girl, Marie TSIAKOHAWI. They had five children who married and left many decendants. In a book by Emma Coleman, she states that according to Father Forbes, in 1900 "the decendants of Silas numbered at least 1350, a large portion of all the Iroquois in Canada and the U.S.".

His grandaughter, Marie Anne GONATEBENTON, married Thomas THORAKWANEKEN in 1779; Thomas was the grandson of Eunice Williams (a captive of the Deerfield Massacre). They had over 10 children. One of them, Eleazer, after receiving (because of his Williams relatives) an education at Longmeadow, Mass, became an Episcopal Missionary to the Onieda Indians and was instrumental in getting them to give up their homeland, moving to a reservation in Wisconsin. He was a self professed American Agent in the War of 1812, and later became the best known of the many who claimed to be the "Lost Dauphine".

Timothy, brother of Silas, was baptized a Catholic and married Catherine OSENNENHAWE (She bears a name) and became a great Clan Chief. Coleman says that according to Forbes only the baptismal record of one child-Pierre - (1741) has been found. He visited Boston in 1739 regarding a planned visit of the Rices to Albany the following Sept. By then he had forgotten his native tongue and required an interpretor. On 5 July 1744 he was in Quincy, Mass. with three other Mohawks. He was the Mohawk who made a speech to British General Gage in 1755, after the fall of Montreal.

http://www.schueths.com/doug/genealogy/publicvers/gleanedwithnotes/pafn2170.htm#58088

http://miller-malcom-familytree.net/rice_family_from_england.htm

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=DESC&db=laverner1&id=I15599

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Silas Rice's Timeline

1695
April 10, 1695
Marlboro, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
1735
1735
Age 39
1737
April 25, 1737
Age 42
Chief, Mahnomen, Minnesota, USA
1739
1739
Age 43
1740
1740
Age 44
1741
1741
Age 45
1742
1742
Age 46
1779
May 16, 1779
Age 84
Kanawake, Canada
1779
Age 83
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