Capt. Sylvanus Rice, Sr.

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Capt. Sylvanus Rice, Sr.

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Death: April 6, 1819 (90)
Charlemont, Franklin Co., Massachusetts, USA
Place of Burial: Charlemont, Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Moses Rice and Sarah King
Husband of Esther Rice
Father of Luther Rice; Calvin Rice; Abigail Rice; Huldah Rice; Sylvanus Rice, Jr. and 3 others
Brother of Samuel Rice; Peter Rice; Abigail Heaton; Aaron Rice; Tamar Rice Wells and 4 others

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About Capt. Sylvanus Rice, Sr.

Sylvanus Rice commanded a company of minute men at the Lexington Alarm, and in 1779 was captain in Col. Israel Chapin's Hampshire County regiment.


Sylvanus Rice was born January 6th, 1729 in Worcester, MA, a son of Moses and Sarah King Rice. He moved with his parents in 1743 to Charlemont on the western frontier of Massachusetts. His father was killed there by Indians in 1755. Sylvanus married Esther Nims on June 5th 1760 in Deerfield, MA and they soon settled in what became the town of Charlemont living on a part of the original Rice grant which became part of the village of Charlemont. They had 8 children: Luther, Calvin, Abigail, Huldah, Sylvanus Jr, Quartus, Alfred, and Matthew Rice.

    Sylvanus was a patriot of the Revolution and "perilled his life in defense of his country".  He was the captain of a company of minutemen and was frequently employed for short terms of service.  He served as Captain in 1776 and also 1779 in Chapin's Regiment.  He led his company at one time to New London, mortgaging his farm to raise the necessary means of equipment.  His eldest son Luther Rice was killed in the storming of West Point in October 1782.
 In an excerpt from a book titled "Massachusetts - Soldiers and Saliors in the Revolutionary War" Volume 13, page 184 it lists: Rice, Sylvanus, Charlemont.Captain of a company of militia, which marched April 22, 1775, in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 16 days, travel included; reported returned home May 2, 1775; also, Captain, 4th co., 5th Hampshire Co. regt. of Mass. militia; list of officers [year not given, probably 1776]; also, Captain, 5th co., 5th Hampshire Co. regt. of Mass. militia commanded by Lieut. Col. David Wells; list of officers; commissioned Nov. 18, 1779; also, Captain, Col. Israel Chapen's (3d) regt.; engaged Oct. 14, 1779; discharged Nov. 22, 1779; service, 1 mo. 14 days, at Claverack, including 6 days (120 miles) travel home; regiment raised for 3 months.
    Sylvanus died at Charlemont in March of 1819 in his 91st year. His wife Esther died in 1824.
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Capt. Sylvanus Rice, Sr.'s Timeline

January 6, 1729
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
June 10, 1761
Age 32
Massachusetts, USA
May 26, 1763
Age 34
Charlemont, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
March 28, 1765
Age 36
Charlemont, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
July 19, 1767
Age 38
Charlemont, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
December 25, 1769
Age 40
Charlemont, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
December 2, 1773
Age 44
Massachusetts, USA
November 12, 1775
Age 46
Charlemont, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
July 26, 1778
Age 49
Massachusetts, USA