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The Rice Family from England
The ancestry of Lucy Rice Malcom

The Descendants of Edmund Rice

Generation No. 1

 1.  EDMUND RICE1 was born Abt. 1594 in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, Eng., and died 03 May 1663 in Marlboro, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, Buried at Old Burying Ground, Wayland, MA.  He married (1) THOMASINE FROST 15 Oct 1618 in Saint Mary’s Church, Bury Saint Edmunds Co. of Suffolk Eng.  Thomasine, daughter of Edward Frost and Thomasine Belgrave, was born 10 Aug 1600 in Stansted, Eng. was christened on 11 Aug 1600 at Saint James Church in Stansted, Suffolk, England and died 13 Jun 1654 in Sudbury, MA.

Edmund married (2) Mercy Hurd on 1 Mar 1655. She was born about 1618 in England and died on 22 Dec 1693 in Marlboro, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.      

Three male children of EDMUND RICE and THOMASINE FROST are:

 ii.  HENRY RICE was christened on 13 Feb 1620 in Stansted, Suffolk, England. He died on 10 Feb 1710 in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Henry married Elizabeth Moore on 1 Feb 1643 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Elizabeth, daughter of John Moore (b. 1600) and Elizabeth Rice (b. 1612), was born about 1628 in England. She died on 23 Aug 1705 in Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

             Child of Henry Rice and Elizabeth Moore

i.    Mary Rice2, was born on 19 Sep 1646 in Massachusetts.  She died before 30 May 1695. Mary Rice married Thomas Brigham on 27 Dec 1665.  Thomas, son of Thomas Brigham (b. 1603) and Mercy Hurd, was born about 1640, probably in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He died on 25 Nov 1716 in Marlboro, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The 5th Child of Mary Rice and Thomas Brigham:

          vi.   Gershom Brigham  (b. 1680).

 iv.  THOMAS RICE was christened on 26 Jan 1625 in Stansted, Suffolk, England. He died on 16 Nov 1681 in Sudbury,  Middlesex County, Mass.

        Thomas Rice married Mary King.  See story of Thomas Rice family below. "Rice Boys Captured by Indians in 1704"

             Child of Thomas Rice and Mary King is James Rice.

vii.  SAMUAL2 RICE, christened 12 Nov 1634, Berhamstead, Hertfordshire, England;  d. 25 Feb 1684, Marlboro, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. (Our direct line ancestor)


 Generation No. 2


2.  SAMUAL RICE (EDMUND1) He married (1) Elizabeth King on 8 Nov 1655 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. She died in Oct 1667 was buried on 30 Oct 1667. Samuel Rice married (2) Mary Dix in Sep 1668 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  She died on 18 Jun 1675 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married (3) Sarah White on 13 Dec 1676.


       i.   ELIZABETH3 RICE, b. 1656; d. 1727.

       ii.   HANNAH RICE, b. 1658; d. 1747.

       iii.   JOSHUA RICE, b. 1661; d. 1734.

3.     iv.   EDMUND RICE, b. 1663, Sudbury, MA; d. 1726, Westboro, Mass. (Our direct line ancestor)

       v.   ESTHER RICE, b. 1665; d. 1737.

       vi.   SAMUEL RICE, b. 1667; d. 1713.

       vii.   UNNAMED child.


Generation No. 3


3.  EDMUND RICE (SAMUAL2, EDMUND1) was born 1663 in Sudbury, MA, and died 1726 in Westboro, Mass.  He married (1) RUTH PARKER 13 Nov 1692 in Roxbury, MA.  She was born 1672, and died abt.. 1716.  He married (2) HANNAH BROWN 23 Jun 1720 in Sudbury, MA.  Hannah was born on 21 Mar 1673 and she died on 6 Jun 1766 in Northboro, Worcester County, Mass.

Generation No. 4


4.  SETH RICE (EDMUND3, SAMUAL2, EDMUND1) was born 01 Oct 1705 in Marlboro, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1796 in Westboro, Mass.  He married DOROTHY ROBINSON 22 Dec 1727 in Westboro, Mass.  Dorothy, daughter of Lt. Samuel Robinson (1680-1724) and Sarah Manning (1681-1709), was born on 19 Apr 1709 in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. I received the following information (in red) via gmail on Dec. 14th, 2009 from Douglas A. Robinson, 6X great grandson of Captain Samuel Robinson, Dorothy Brigham Rice's older brother.  Thanks, Doug  Sarah died soon after childbirth.  Dorothy's father, Samuel, remarried to Elizabeth Brigham.  When Samuel Robinson died in 1724, the Brigham family raised Dorothy and her older brother Samuel Robinson. Dorothy died on 21 Jun 1801 in Northborough, Worcester County, Massachetts.

    Capt. Samuel Robinson died in 1767 in London after his dutiful service as an agent on behalf of the New Hampshire Land Grantee’s. He had just finished his business with King George III and while ready to embark back for Bennington Centre, now Bennington, VT he contracted “small pox” and died there in London and is buried at Rev. George Whitfield’s church.
     It is a certainty that Samuel Robinson Rice (below), who was born in 1768, was named for his uncle, Capt. Samuel Robinson (1707-67).


             i.   PERSIA RICE, b. 1728.

5.           ii.   EDMUND RICE, b. 30 Oct 1729, Westboro, Mass; d. 19 Jul 1775. (Our direct line ancestor)

            iii.   DOROTHY RICE, b. 1731; d. 1793.

            iv.   SARAH RICE, b. 1734; d. 1808.

            v.    RUTH RICE, b. 1736; d. 1737.

            vi.   SETH RICE, b. 1737; d. 1815.

            vii.   HANNAH RICE, b. 1743.


Generation No. 5


5.  EDMUND RICE (SETH4, EDMUND3, SAMUAL2, EDMUND1) was born 30 Oct 1729 in Westboro, Mass, and died 19 Jul 1775 in Westboro, Worcester Co., MA.  He married HANNAH GaSSETT/Gossett 10 Jul 1751 in Hopkinton, Worcester Co., MA.  Hannah, daughter of Daniel Gassett and Hannah Walker, married (2) Moses Leonard. Moses died 24 Oct 1788 and Hannah died after 1807.

     Children of EDMUND RICE and HANNAH GOSSETT are:

             i.    SIMEON RICE.

             ii.   EDMUND RICE, b. 1755.

             iii.   EDMUND RICE, b. 1757; d. 1790.

             iv.   HANNAH RICE, b. 1759.

             v.   DOROTHY RICE, b. 1761.

            vi.   SUSANNA RICE, b. 1763.

            vii.   SARAH RICE, b. 1764.

6.          viii.   SAMUEL ROBINSON RICE, b. 02 Nov 1768, Westboro, Mass; d. Apr 1812, New Salem, Mass. (Our

            direct line ancestor)

            ix.   SETH RICE.

            x.   PHINEAS RICE.


Generation No. 6


6.  SAMUEL ROBINSON RICE (EDMUND5, SETH4, EDMUND3, SAMUAL2, EDMUND1) was born 02 Nov 1768 in Westboro, Mass.  Donna Meszaros, our Malcom genealogist reports that Samuel Robinson Rice did not die in 1812. He was released from prison in Charlestown on 5 March 1813, so was still alive then. We suspect he died in Chautauqua County, New York between 1813 and 1820.  Samuel married Lucy Brigham on 27 Feb 1791 in Marlboro, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. 31 Dec 1771 Massachusetts  She died 14 Apr 1855 in Marlboro, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Lucy is the g.g.g.g.granddaughter of Edmund Rice1. Samuel is the g.g.g.grandson of the same Edmund Rice.  It was not unusual for relatives, even first cousins, to marry in those days.  Lucy stems from Mary Rice2 who married into the Brigham family.

Children of SAMUEL RICE and LUCY BRIGHAM are:

7.           i.   LUCY RICE, b. 04 Oct 1791, Marlboro, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; d. 1871, Buried at Maple Grove

                Cemetery, Concord, Michigan.  (Our direct line ancestor)

             ii.   PATTY RICE, b. 1793, Marlboro, Massachusetts.

             iii.   EDMUND RICE, b. 1795, Wendell, Franklin Co. MA.

             iv.   LYDIA RICE, b. 1799, Wendell, Franklin Co. MA; d. 1864.

             v.   ASHLEY RICE.

             vi.   ELVIRA RICE, b. Apr 1805, Wendell, Franklin Co. MA. Elvira never marries and is recorded to have

                  died a pauper and insane on 21 Feb 1891.  This may have been diagnosed as Alzheimer's disease today.

            vii.   SERENA RICE, b. Aug 1808, Wendell, Franklin Co. MA.

            viii.   WHEELER RICE, b. Mar 1811, Wendell, Franklin Co. MA.


 Generation No. 7


7.  LUCY RICE (SAMUEL ROBINSON6, EDMUND5, SETH4, EDMUND3, SAMUAL2, EDMUND1) was born 04 Oct 1791 in Marlboro, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1871.  She is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Concord, MI.  She married CHARLES MALCOM 05 Aug 1810 in Wendell, Massachusetts, son of MICHAEL MALCOM and LUCY CHASE.  He was born 20 Oct 1792 in Ervings Gore, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, and died 01 Sep 1887and is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Concord, MI.


Children of LUCY RICE and CHARLES MALCOM are:

 8            i. HORATIO MALCOM                         See the former page for more              

              ii.     SAMUEL MALCOM                       information about these children

              iii.   ELVIRA MALCOM                               Back to Charles Malcom  

              iv.    EMILY ANN MALCOM

              v.     HARRIET MALCOM

              vi.   GEORGE MALCOM

             vii.    ELIZA MALCOM

             viii.   ALMEDA S. MALCOM

             ix.    JOHN MALCOM

             x.      MARY MALCOM

But respecting Timothy, the younger of them, who is by much the most noticeable, the accts we have always had, have represented him, as having been for many years, the Third of the Six Chiefs of that Tribe before mentioned.  This advancemt I understand was upon the Death of his Master, or Foster Father, who adopted him to be his son, instead of a son which he, the former Chief had lost.  But however, Timothy had much recommended himself to the Indians by his own superior talents; his penetration, courage, strength & warlike spirit; for which he was much celebrated.  This was evident to me when in conversation with the late Mohawk Sachem Hendrick & Mr. Kellogg, at the time of their being in the Massachusetts; and his name was among them the same that we had known him by, viz. OUGHTZORONGOUGHTON.  But he himself, in process of time, came to see us.  By the interposition of Col. Lydius, & ye Captain Tarbel (who was carryd away from Groton) a letter was sent me, bearing date July 23, 1740, which certifyd that if one of their Brethern here, would go up to Albany, and be there at a time specify'd, they would meet him there; & that one of them, at least, would come hither to visit their friends in New England.  This proposal was readily comply'd with and it succeeded.  For the Chief above said came hither.  The said Mr. Tarbell came also with him as an interpreter and companion.  They arrived here Sept. 15th.  They view'd the House where Mr. Rice dwelt, and the place from whence the children above spoke of, were captivated; of both which he retained a clear remembrance; as he did likewise of several elderly persons who were then living; tho' he had forgot our language.  His Excellcy, Govr. Belcher sent for them; who accordingly waited on him at Boston.” 


The story of the Rice boys, Captured by the Indians August 8 1704, as written by Rev. Ebenezer Parkman, May 1769  (Westborough Historical Society, 1906)


*Some Canadian Indians descend from these Rice children captured by Indians from their Massachusetts home in 1704.

 Etow Oh Koam

   "King of the River Nation," the Mahican (Mohican) Nicholas (baptized Nicholas), in London, c. 1710. Nicholas was not an Iroquois. The "River Nation" was another name for the Mahicans, who were under the influence of the Mohawks, but not part of the confederacy. Another one of John Verelst's "Four Indian Kings" 1710 paintings.

  Verelst depicted the four representatives of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) alliance in a style reserved for royalty. Each full-length figure is posed in a stance associated with those wielding power, their gaze directed at the viewer. Etow Oh Koam  wears or holds items that refer to his status, such as the carved wooden ball-headed club which identifies him as a warrior.  You can see in the background someone getting killed. The turtle at his feet represents his clan.

  The dramatically draped red cloaks edged in gold in both portraits, may have been offered by a London costumer at the Queen’s request. In this way, Verelst portrayed the ambassadors in a format familiar to European viewers that indicated their social position both in European and Haudenosaunee terms of reference.


● The story of the Rice Boys Captured by Indians in 1704 was researched and provided to me courtesy of a Miller family genealogist, Jan Pedatella.


All additional above information in green print is from Malcom family Genealogist, Donna Meszaros.


America's Tattooed Indian Kings (website address is above)



Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow

              The painting at the above right is one of 4 paintings created by Dutch artist John Verelst              ▲
in 1710 depicting Indian Sachems who were self-appointed envoys of the Iroquois Confederacy of tribes from the borderlands between Canada and what is now upper New York state. They were painted in London in 1710 while on a visit designed to cement Iroquois military support for the British in their struggles with the French for imperial supremacy in North America.  I show two of these portraits on this page because they were leaders of the self same Indian tribes who lived among our ancestors in Massachusetts

   Verelst’s depiction of (Iroquois) symbolic skin markings, elaborately demonstrated by Mohawk, Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow (baptized Brant), is one of the best records of eighteenth-century Native tattooing in existence. The tattoos were first stenciled on the skin and then pricked into the flesh with trade needles or little bones until the blood flowed. While the precise significance of the markings remains unclear, Iroquois men were tattooed to commemorate their achievements in battle. In the portrait behind this Sachem is a bear which represents his clan.

   The highly individualized depiction of these markings is an important aspect of the representation characteristic of this commemorative portrait. Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow was the grandfather of venerated Mohawk leader Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant), a captain in the British military during the American Revolution.

You can read more about these early American Indians and their portraits here at:

America's Tattooed Indian Kings

Children of EDMUND RICE and RUTH PARKER are:

             i.   DINAH4 RICE, b. 1693.

             ii.   SILAS RICE, b. 10 Apr 1695, Marlboro, Middlesex Co.,

                 Massachusetts; d. 16 May 1779, Westboro, Mass. m.

                 MARIE TSAIKOHAWI.

             iii.   TIMOTHY RICE, b. 15 Sep 1697, Marlboro, Middlesex Co.,

                 Massachusetts; d. 25 Sep 1777, Westboro, Mass.; m.

                 CATHERINE OSENNEHAWE.

             iv.   NAHOR RICE, b. 1699; d. 1704.   (See Story Below)

             v.   HULDAH RICE, b. 1701.

             vi.   MOSES RICE, b. 21 Mar1703; d. 4 Oct 1704.

4.           vii.  SETH RICE, b. 01 Oct 1705, Marlboro, Middlesex Co.,

                 Mass.; d. 1796, Westboro, Mass.(Our direct line ancestor)

            viii.   THANKFUL RICE, b. 1707.

             ix.   ELEAZOR RICE, b. 1709; d. 1767.

          x.                 x.   RUTH RICE, b. 17 Nov 1712 in Mass.; d. 1 Jul 1752 in

                                Marlboro, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

             xi.   EBENEZER RICE, was born on 1 Nov 1714 in

                 Massachusetts.  He died  on 20 Dec 1714 in Mass.

             xii.   Anna Rice was born on 20 Feb 1716               

"Rice Boys Captured by Indians in 1704"


Massachusetts: “On Aug 8th, in the year 1704, at the south part of Marlboro (Marlborough), then called Chauncy, now Westboro (Westborough); as several persons were busy in spreading Flax on a plain about fourscore rods from the house of Mr. Thomas Rice (who was for several years Representative for Marlboro') and a number of boys with them, two of which were sons of the said Mr. Thomas Rice; and three others, sons of Mr. Edmund Rice.  Seven, some say Ten Indians suddenly rushed down a woody hill close by, and seizing and scalping the least of the Boys, (one of ye three last mentioned, and about five years old) they took the other four captive, the two sons of Mr. Thomas Rice, namely Asher and Adonijah, the oldest about 10, the other about 8 years; and the other two of Mr. Edmund Rice, of about 9 and 7, their names Silas and Timothy; and carryd them away to Canada; those persons who were spreading flax, escaping to the house safely.


Asher, in about four years returned, being redeemed by his father.  This was bro't about by the kind mediation of the Rev. Mr. Lydius, then Minister of Albany.   It is a little observable, that when the old Indian sachem Ountassogo (the Chief of the Cagnawagas at the conference with Gov. Belcher at Deerfield) made a visit to Boston and stop'd a while here in this town, the forementioned Asher saw him and knew him to be one of those Indians, who rush'd down the hill as above, when the children were captivated.  This Mr. Asher Rice is now living in Spencer.  His brother Adonijah grew up in Canada; but marryd first a French, afterwards a Dutch woman; settled in Husbandry, on some land a little way from Montreal, on the North Side of the Great River;  has had a good farm there for many years, as we have been certifyd; and he is probably now living there at this day.

As to the other two boys, Silas and Timothy, we have had credible information from time to time that they mixed with the Indians; lost their Mother Tongue; had Indian Wives & Children by them and liv'd at Cagnawaga.  Their friends among us had news of them not long since, that they were then alive; so that they may be in all probability there still.