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Henry Rice, of Framingham

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: St. James, Stanstead, England
Death: February 10, 1710 (88)
Framingham, Middlesex, MA
Place of Burial: Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Deacon Edmund Rice and Thomasine Rice
Husband of Elizabeth Rice
Father of Mary Brigham; Elizabeth Brewer, of Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA; Hannah Taylor; Jonathan Rice; Abigail Smith (Rice) and 5 others
Brother of Mary Maynard, of Sudbury; Deacon Edward Rice; Thomas Rice, Sr.; Lydia Drury; Matthew F. Rice and 5 others
Half brother of Lydia Hawkins and Ruth Welles

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Linda LaConte
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About Henry Rice, of Framingham

Do not confuse him with Henry Rice, of Dover.

from findagrave.com:
Henry Rice was born in England and baptised at St. James' Church in Stanstead, Suffolk on February 13, 1620-21. His parents were Edmund and Thomasine Frost Rice. Around 1626 the family moved from Stanstead to Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire. The reason for the move was probably Edmund's hunger to have his own land. That hunger led Edmund to move his family to New England in 1639, where he was one of the original settlers of Sudbury, Massachusetts. Henry received a home lot next to his father's land. In 1642, the Rices sold their land to John Moore and received another grant of land from the town. Henry married Elizabeth Moore, daughter of John Moore and his first wife, Elizabeth, in Sudbury on January 1, 1643-4. Henry was granted more land in 1645 and in 1648, Henry took the freeman's oath and was granted even more land in Sudbury. Henry was a selectman and served on a jury in 1652. Henry and Elizabeth had ten children between 1646 and 1670.

Henry, along with his father, was among the petitioners for a new town west of Sudbury in 1656. That town, Marlborough, was incorporated in 1660. Edmund settled in the new town, but Henry stayed in Sudbury. Henry's relations with the town weren't always good, in 1658, he was presented in court for operating a tavern without a license. Henry served on various committees and was again selectman from 1664 to 1668.

In 1675, King Philip's War began, and on April 21, 1676, the natives attacked and burned part of the town of Sudbury. Henry and some of his sons were members of the garrison at Sudbury. Henry himself suffered the loss of stock and buildings worth 180 Pounds during the war. In 1700, Henry and others whose land was in Sudbury, but far from the town center, petitioned to have their land included in the new town of Framingham.

Elizabeth died in August 1705, and Henry made his will two months later. He willed all his sons land, and all his daughters money. Henry died in Framingham on February 10, 1710-11. His estate was valued at 527 Pounds, but he had already disposed of much of his land by giving it to his sons.

Henry swore an oath of fidelity at Sudbury, Mass. on 9 July 1645. He was designated a Freeman on 10 May 1648 at Massachusetts. He received one lot in the Sudbury two Miles Grant in 1655. He was one of the thirteen Sudbury petitioners for the grant of Marlborough in 1656. He received 50 acres in 1659 at Rice's End from his father, where he built a house.

He stated in a court action that he was 50 years old on 25 January 1667 at Massachusetts. He was an original member of the church in Framingham in 1710. He left a will on 3 October 1705. The will mentions sons Jonthan and David, daughter Elizabeth (Brewer), Hannah (Taylor), Abigail (Smith), Tamasin (Pamenter), Rachel (Drury, Lydia (Wheelock), Mercy (Allen), and granddaughter Mary (Brigham).

  • note: Genealogical History of the Rice Family, Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice.


Resided at Sudbury and Framingham (Massachusetts)

Baptized 1620/1; died 1710/11

This family is well documented to the left in the family tree. Notably, see Henry Rice, James, Rice, and Thomas Rice.

Source: A genealogical history of the Rice family, by Andrew Henshaw Ward, p. 5

HENRY RICE, son of Deacon Edmund and Tamazine Rice, was born in England about 1617. (He called himself 50 years old in a deposition in court, January 25, 1667.) He married on February 1, 1643, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Whale) Moore of Sudbury,Massachusetts (see Moore I), who died August 3, 1705. Henry Rice came with his parents to Sudbury, Massachusetts, and after his marriage removed to Framingham, where he took the oath of fidelity July 9, 1645. His first grant of land was in 1643, and in 1659 his father deeded him a tract of land in the wilderness then called "New Trouble," and, about the same time, land south of Cochituate brook, which was later confirmed by Indian deeds, dated March 10, 1672-3. He lived in the section of the town of Framingham that was called "Rice's Grant," and died there February 10, 1710-11. His will, dated October 3, 1705, was proved at Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 29, 1710-11. He bequeathed to sons Jonathan and David, and to daughters Elizabeth Brewer, Hannah Taylor, Abigail Smith, Tamazine Parmeter, Rachel Drury, Lydia Wheelock, Mercy Allen, and granddaughter Mary Brigham. The children of Henry and Elizabeth (Moore) Rice are recorded at Framingham,MA.


From "A Genealogical Register of Edmund Rice Descendants", compiled by The Edmund Rice (1638) Association, Inc.; privately published for the Association by Charles E. Tuttle Company: Publishers, 1970, Rutland, VT

Henry Rice, son of Edmund Rice and Thomasine Frost, was baptized 13 Feb. 1620/1, Stanstead, Suffolk, England; died 10 Feb. 1710/11, Framingham (MA). Married Elizabeth Moore 1 Feb. 1643, Sudbury (MA), daughter of John Moore and his 1st wife, name unknown. She died 3 Aug. 1705.

Rice children:

Mary, born 19 Sep 1646, married Thomas Brigham

Elizabeth, born 4 Aug 1648, married John Brewer

Hannah, born about 1652, married Eleazer Ward,

            married 2nd Richard Taylor

Jonathan, born 3 Jul 1654, married Martha Eames,

              married 2nd Rebecca Watson,
              married 3rd Elizabeth Wheeler

Abigail, born 17 Jun 1657, married Thomas Smith

David, born 27 Dec 1659, married Hannah Walker

Tamasine, born 2 Feb 1661, married Benjamin Parmenter

Rachael, born 10 May 1664, married Thomas Drury

Lydia, born 4 Jun 1668, married Samuel Wheelock

Mercy, born 1 Jan 1670, married Elnathan Allen

Christening: 13 Feb 1621 Stanstead, Suffolk, England 1 Burial: Framingham, Mass. Swore Oath Of Fidelity: 9 Jul 1645 Sudbury, Middlesex Co., Mass. 1 Freeman: 10 May 1649 Mass., U.S. 1
A Brief History of Jacob Wismer and a Complete Genealogical Family Register With Biographies of His Descendants from the Earliest Available Records to the Present Time By A J Fretz, Eli Wismer


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VI. Elizabeth Gehman, bn. Nov. 8, 1852. Mrd. Henry Rice, Dec. 9,1878. Farmer. Menn. Children:

VII. Abraham Rice, bn. Oct. 27, 1882.

VII. Anna Rice, bn. Oct. 13, 1884.

VII. Hannah Rice, bn. Sept. 7, 1886.

VII. Samuel Rice, bn. Aug. 23, 1888.

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Henry Rice, of Framingham's Timeline

February 13, 1620
Stanstead, Suffolk, England, UK
February 13, 1620
Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
February 13, 1621
St. James, Stanstead, England
February 13, 1621
February 13, 1621
Stanstead, Suffolk, England
February 13, 1621
Stanstead, Suffolk, England
February 13, 1621
Stanstead, Suffolk, England
February 13, 1621
Stanstead, Suffolk, England
Age 16
Age 17
Sudbury, Massachuttes