John Rice, of Dedham

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John Rice, of Dedham

Birthplace: England
Death: July 09, 1686 (55-70)
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Dominion of New England (Present Massachusetts)
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of John Rice of Dedham and unknown mother of John Rice of Dedham
Husband of Ann Rice
Father of John Rice, died young; Mary Rice; Sarah Rice; Samuel Rice; John Rice and 3 others

Occupation: Yeoman Farmer
Managed by: Lori Lynn Wilke
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About John Rice, of Dedham

John Rice

  • Birth: 1624 - England (see 1, below)
  • Married: Ann Hackley in 1649 at Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  • Death: 1688 - Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts


Children born at Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts

  1. John b: 26 Oct 1650 (died young) (1)
  2. Mary b: 6 Sept 1652 (1)
  3. Sarah b: 2 June 1654 (1)
  4. John (again) b: 18 Aug 1656. (1) Married Elizabeth Wilson.
  5. Samuel Rice b: 10 April 1657/8. Married Rebecca Mills
  6. Rachel b: 3 Sept 1664. (1) Married 1) Jedediah Everett 2) Samuel Dolliver
  7. Ann Rice b: 1666
  8. Elizabeth Rice b: 1668. Married Samuel Ware


  • Father of John, Mary, Sarah, John (again), Rachel - confirmed by Dedham Vital Records
  • unconfirmed: Samuel, Ann, Elizabeth


Y-DNA evidence indicates John was not the son of Edmund Rice. For further information, please see the Wikipedia article, which includes a discussion of what STR's have shown in genetic tests.

Several internet-based genealogical sources claim royal ancestry of Edmund and his descendants. These claims of royal ancestry with connection to Rhys ap Gruffydd (c 1508-1531) of Wales and his son William Rice (1522-1588) of Buckinghamshire are most certainly in error. All these claims of royal ancestry have been traced by Gary Boyd Roberts and others to a 1911 book By the Name of Rice written and self-published by Charles Elmer Rice of Alliance, Ohio.

We don't know John Rice's age. Some people say he was born September 1624 at Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England, but that seems to be left over from the old days when many thought he was a son of Edmund Rice.

Dedham was incorporated in 1636. The first mention of John Rice is his 1649 marriage to Ann Hackley. It seems likely that he was there earlier, perhaps underage and living in the household of a relative.


  1. "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2014-01-19), entry for John RICE. says he was christened 1624 in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England but this data depends on the now disproven connection to Edmund Rice.
  2. Dedham Vital Records 1649. "John Rice & An Hackly was married the 27 of the 9 mo."
  3. Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts : a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches, and other contemporaneous documents (Baltimore : Geneal. Pub., 1991), p. 383
  4. Dedham historical register Published 1890 by Dedham Historical Society in Dedham, Mass . Written in English.  volume IX, 1898.  "John Rice of Dedham" by Edward F. Everett, pages 5-7.   
  5. Edmund Rice (1638) Association Newsletter.  Vol. 76, No. 4 Fall 2002.  Genealogy of other Rice/Royce Families.  "Another John Rice from England married in 1649 at Dedham, Mass. and a son, Samuel, b 1658 at Dedham migrated to Woodstock, Conn., establishing a Rice family in northeastern Connecticut.. We have not found any connection to Edmund Rice but are searching for a living male Rice of this family for DNA analysis.' 


  1. The Early records of the town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1636-1659 edited by the town clerk, Don Gleason Hill. Published 1892 by Printed at office of the Dedham Transcript in Dedham, Mass . Page 231 - index page for John Rice.
  2. A New England Town : The First Hundred Years : Dedham, Massachusetts, 1636-1736 (Norton Essays in American History) by Kenneth A. Lockridge. 1985
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John Rice, of Dedham's Timeline

Age 4
Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 4
Berkhamstead, Hartfordshire, England
October 26, 1650
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
September 6, 1652
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
June 2, 1654
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
August 18, 1656
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
April 10, 1658
Probably, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
November 19, 1661
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, present United States