Person:Henry Rice (6)

Henry Rice
  1. Henry RiceABT 1580 - 1621
m. Nov 1605
  1. Edward Rice1608 -
  2. Henry Rice1609/10 -
  3. Elizabeth Rice1612 - 1690
  4. Mary Rice1615 -
  5. Ann Rice1617/8 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] Henry Rice
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1580 Stanstead, Suffolk, England
Marriage Nov 1605 Stanstead, Suffolk, Englandto Elizabeth Frost
Burial[2] Nov 1621 Stanstead, Suffolk, England

What relation to emigrating Sudbury Edmund Rice (1638)?

Two theories currently exist for his relationship to the emigrating founder of Sudbury, MA, Edmund Rice:

  1. He was an older brother of Edmund. (Mary Lovering Holman theorizes this as one possibility (see S2 below).
  2. He was the father of Edmund, but by a marriage previous to that of Elizabeth Frost. (MLH as well as Source:An interim tracing of the ancestry of Valerie Daly King (1956, p 27) also think this is more probable. (Warning: many LDS IGI records claim erroneously this parentage for Edmund.)

What is clear is that Edmund's mother could not have been Elizabeth Frost, as proven by MLH (S2 below):

  • Record of Henry Rice's marriage to Elizabeth Frost in November 1605 at Stanstead.
  • Record of the baptism of Edmund's first child on 23 August 1619 at Stanstead.

The probability that Henry was father of Edmund is circumstantially based on the following:

  • their presence together in Stanstead, with no other Rice's before or after them in this location;
  • the naming of Edmund's first son as Henry.

The location of Henry or Edmund Rice's origins have not been located.

  1. Gerald Rice. Rice, Gerald G.. (Rice, Humphrey, Shattuck, Gervais, Beaudette, Angell and allied lines).
  2. Holman, Mary Lovering, "English Notes on Edmund Rice", in The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,, 10:133-134.

    (Cites parish register Stanstead, Suffolk, England.)