NameEdmund Rice757,758
Birthabt 1594, England759
Death3 May 1663, Marlborough, Massachusetts759 Age: 69
BurialWayland, Massachusetts759
Immigration1639, Sudbury, Massachusetts Age: 45
Spouses
BirthAug 1600, Stanstead, Suffolk, England
Christening11 Aug 1600, St. James Church, Stanstead, Suffolk, England Age: <1
Death13 Jun 1654, Sudbury, Massachusetts Age: 53
Marriage15 Oct 1618, St. Mary's Church, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
ChildrenMary (1619-)
 Henry (1620-1710)
 Edward (1622-1712)
 Thomas (1625-1681)
 Lydia (1627-1675)
 Matthew (1629-1717)
 Daniel (1632-ca1632)
 Samuel (1634-1684)
 Edmund (1637-<1714)
 Joseph (1637-1711)
 Benjamin (1640-1713)
Birthabt 1618, England
Death28 Dec 1693, Marlborough, Massachusetts Age: 75
Marriage1 Mar 1655, Sudbury, Massachusetts
ChildrenLydia (~1657-)
 Ruth (1659->1686)
Notes for Edmund Rice
Six of his children were baptized in Barkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England.

It is not known when or how he emigrated from England. He settled at Sudbury, Mass., in 1639, and shared in the three land divisions. He lived on the east side of the Sudbury River, which now is the southern part of Wayland, near the edge of the extensive meadows along the river's course to the Merrimac. He was chosen Selectman in 1644 and following years, and deacon of the church in 1648. He joined with thirteen others in petitioning the General Court in 1656 for a new plantation because of the crowding in Sudbury.

The petition was granted and Marlborough was formed in 1660. He moved there and had a house lot of 50 acres as an original proprietor. This house was in he western part of the town on the old road leading to Northborough in the bend of the road as it passes the north side of the pond. It was just north of the old "Williams tavern," subsequently owned by Gates and later Wetherby.

He held various town offices in Marlborough as he had in Sudbury.

He might have had a will, based on certain statements in his probate, but it was never filed so there may have been problems with it. His inventory of 15 May 1663 amounted to 566 pounds and the house and lands were worth 170 pounds. There was another inventory sheet, also dated 15 May 1663, amounting to 743 pounds 8 s. 4d., signed by a different group than that of the first inventory. These complications may have been because he had property in both Marlborough and Sudbury. His widow Mercy was the administratix of the estate.

He was buried in Sudbury, in that part which later became Wayland. His grave is marked by a monument designed by his descendant Arthur Wallace Rice of Boston. It was dedicated by the Rice Association on 29 August 1914. A boulder with a bronze tablet was also set at the homestead on the Old Connecticut Path in Wayland.155

The Ann Rice that Ward has as his daughter is really his granddaughter through son Edward.763

Ellis, has a reproduction of his signature, found on a surveying report from about 1659. They also have a photograph of the family home, much modified over the years, which was destroyed by fire in 1930.155
Notes for Thomasine (Spouse 1)
Ellis has a picture of the baptismal font of St. James Church in Stanstead, where she was baptised in 1600.155
Notes for Mercy (Spouse 2)
Her surname is known only by tradition. She was administratix of her husband Edmund Rice's estate.
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