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Alfred Small. 6. Lucia Emily, ^lay 8, 1843,
died February 16, 187S. 7. Sarah Jeannett,
June 1 1, 1845.

The family of Rice is an old one in
RICE America, coming from England be-
fore 1640, and has spread out
throughout the United States. It has ac-
quitted itself with credit through all genera-
tions. It was identified with the pioneer
settlement of Maine, has numerous representa-
tives still in that state, and has sent abroad
sons who have retlccted credit upon their an-
cestry and nativity.

(I) Deacon Edmond Rice came from
Barkhamstead, in Hertfordshire, England,
where he was born about 1594. He was set-
tled in Sudbury, Massachusetts, before 1639,
being among the pioneers of that town, and
was appointed in the year named to look at
the plantations. He was an active, useful and
respected citizen ; served as deacon to the
church, as selectman, and was representative
to the general court in October, 1640, and
again in 1643. He was accompanied on his
arrival by his wife Thomazine and seven chil-
dren, and two more were born on their ar-
rival. She died June 13, 1654, and he married
(second) March i, 1655, Mercy, widow of
Thomas llingham, of Cambridge^ and she bore
him two chililren. Late in life he removed to
Marlborough, Massachusetts, whore he died
May 3, 1663, and his widow subsequently mar-
ried William Hunt, of that town. His chil-
dren were : Henry, Edward, Thomas,
Mathew, Samuel, Joseph, Lydia, Edmond,
Benjamin, Ruth and Anna.

(II) Henry, eldest son of Edmond and
Thomazine Rice, was a native of England,
born 1 61 7, according to a statement made by
him January 25, 1667, when he called him.self
fifty years old. He was admitted freeman in
Sudbury in 1658, and resided in that town, re-
moving late in life to Framingham. where he
died February 10, 171 1. His will had been
made nearly si.x years at this time, and was
proved nineteen days after his death. The in-
ventory of his estate footed up 527 ij<junds
II shillings. He married, in Sudbury. Febru-
ary I, 1643, Elizabeth Moore, and died .Vugust
3, 1705. Their children were: Mary, Eliza-
beth. Hannah. Jonathan. Abigail, David,
Thomasin. Rachel. Lydia and Mercy.

(HI) Jonathan, eldest son of Henry and
Elizabeth ( Moore) Rice, was born July 3,
1654, in Sudbury, and died April 12, 1725, in
Framingham. He resided some years in his
native town, and was subsequently a leading
citizen of Framingham, where he was select-
man and representative in 1711 and 1720. He
married (first) March 23, 1675. Martha
Fames, who died February 2. 1676; (second)
November i. 1677, Rebecca Watson, of Cam-
bridge, and died December 22, 1689. He mar-
ried (third) February 12, 1691, Elizabeth
Wheeler. His children were: Martha (died
young), Jonathan, David, Anna, Henry. Mar-
tha. Hezekiah. Abraham, Ezekiel. Elizabeth,
Phineas, Sarah, Richard and Abigail.

(IV) Ezekiel. sixth son of Jonathan Rice,
and child of his third wife. Elizabeth Wheeler,
was born October 14, 1700, in Sudbury, and



spent his life in Framingham. He married
(first) June 23, 1723, Hannah Whitney, who
survived less than thirty years, and he married
(second) May 10. 1753, Prudence, widow of
David Bigelow, daughter of Joseph and Han-
nah (Provender) Pratt. Her first husband
was Ebenezer Stone, who died in 1752. She
was born September 22. 1698, and died about
1767-68. He married (third) about 1770 (in-
tentions published November 25, 1769) Mar-
garet, widow of Isaac Bond. She survived
but a short time, and he married (fourth)
January 8, 1772. at Sherborn, Ruth Chapin.
His children were : Ezekiel. John, James,
Hannah, Daniel, Richard. Martha, Urial and

(V) Richard, fifth son of Ezekiel and Han-
nah (Whitney) Rice, was born October 20.
1730, in Framingham, and died at Natick,
Massachusetts, January 24, 1793. He mar-
ried, January 16, 1755, Sarah Drury, born De-
cember 8, 1734. After the death of her hus-
band she removed with her son James to
Union, Maine, where she was a member of
the church, and died March 28, 1821, in her
eighty-seventh year. They had two children :
Martha and James. The former became the
wife of Samuel Gammage.

(VI) James, only son of Richard and Sarah
(Drury) Rice, was born June 24, 1758, in
Natick, and resided there till after his chil-
dren were born. About 1806 he removed to
Union, Maine, and became a member of the
church there in 1808. He was elected to sev-
eral offices in that town, and died there April
3, 1829, in his seventy-first year. He mar-
ried, June I, 1780, Sarah Perry, of Natick,
born October 25, 1760, died September 28.
1823, in Union. Children: Sarah and Na-
than D.

(VII) Nathan D., only son of James and
Sarah (Perry) Rice, was born in Natick, Au-
gust 29, 1784, and was about twenty-two years
old when he removed with his father to
Maine. He endured the hardships of poverty
and a struggle with the wilderness in a cold
country, and became one of the substantial
farmers in his section of the state. He mar-
ried (first) February 10, 1806, Deborah,
daughter of ^iajor Barzillia and Deborah
(Cushman) Banister, of Framingham, Massa-
chusetts. She was born there June 9, 1786,
and died November i, 1845. Major Banister
was a son of Joseph and Mary Banister, of
Brookfield, Massachusetts, the former a son of
Joseph, of Brookfield. who was born 1765,
son of Christopher and Jane (Goodwin) Ban-
ister, of Marlborough. Nathan D. Rice mar-

ried (second) March 5, 1851, Abby M., widow
of Joseph D. Emery, of Augusta, Maine. His
children were : Harriet, Albert Perry, Rich-
ard Drury, Nathan F., James Banister, Sarah.
Cyrus Cushman, Elisha Esty, Lyman Lyon,
Evaline and .Anna Maria.

(VIII) Richard Drury, second son of Na-
than D. and Deborah (Banister) Rice, was
born April 11, 1810, in Union, and remained
there until sixteen years of age, when he was
apprenticed to the printing business at Thom-
aston, Maine. He was subsequently engaged
in that employment at Exeter, New Hamp-
shire, and also at Boston, Massachusetts. He
then pursued a course of classical studies at
the academy in China, Maine, under the tui-
tion of Hon. John B. Pitkin, and soon after
became proprietor and editor of the Maine
Free Press at Hallowell. This was an anti-
Masonic paper, and continued for several
years at that place. Mr. Rice removed to Au-
gusta in 1836, and established a bookstore in
the Whitwell Block, and sold out four years
later. In the meantime he pursued the study
of law under the teaching of Hon. James W.
Bradbury, United States senator from Maine,
and in 1840 was admitted to practice. He im-
mediatelv entered into partnership with Sen-
ator Bradbury, and engaged actively in the
practice of his profession. From 1844 to 1848
he was editor of The Age, the leading TDemo-
cratic newspaper of Maine, in connection with
his law practice. In the last-named year he
was appointed by Governor Dana to the bench
of the court of common pleas for the middle
district of Maine, and held this position about
four years, when he was promoted to asso-
ciate justice of the supreme court. During
eleven years he retained this position, but he
resigned December i, 1863, to engage in the
railroad business, becoming president of the
Portland & Kennebec Railroad Company, and
active manager of its affairs.

He married (first) April 12, 1836, Anne R.
Smith, of Hallowell, who died June 15, 1838:
(second) November 18, 1840, Almirah E.
Robinson. There was a son born of the first
marriage, Albert Smith (see forward) ; and
a daughter of the second, Abby Emery, born
May 18, 1842, in Augusta, died February 12,
1868, in California. She married, September
17, 1863, Captain Samuel Dana, U. S. A., who
served throughout the great rebellion and at
its close was stationed at California. His
wife's remains were brought to Augusta and
deposited in Forest Grove Cemetery. Chil-
dren : Elsie Winchester, and George Mur-



(IX) Albert Smith, only son of Hon. Rich-
ard D. and Anne (Smith) Rice, was born
April 4, 1837, in Augusta, and attended the
public schools of that city, where he was fitted
for college. He was a member of the class of
1856 in Bowdoin College, but did not complete
the course. He took up the study of law at
Rockland, and was admitted to the bar. He
settled first in Union, whence he removed to
Rockland, and was elected register of probate
for Knox county, which office he filled for
four years. In 1868 he was elected county
attorney for the same county, and continued in
practice there until 1885, when he retired. He
died in that town in February, 1899. He was
representative two terms from Rockland, and
was at one time president of the State Bar
Association of Maine. He was an attendant
of the Congregational Church, and in political
principles a Democrat. He married May 30,
1861, Frances W. Baker, daughter of Judge
Henry Knox Baker, of Hallovvell ; children :
Richard. Henry. Margaret, Merwyn .\p.
Thomas B.. and Frances and Ellen Adele.
The first daughter died in infancy, as did also
three sons. The second daughter is the wife
of Carlton Farwell Snow, a retired lieutenant
of the United States Navy. The youngest
daughter is married, and resides at various
times with her brothers and sister. The elder
of the surviving sons resides in Lynn. Mass.

(X) Merwyn Ap Rice, second son of Al-
bert Smith and Frances W. (Baker) Rice, was
born November 8. 1867, at Rockland, Maine,
and was prepared for college at Phillips Exe-
ter .\cademy, from which he was graduated
in 1886. He immediately entered Bowdoin
College, from which institution he was gradu-
ated in 1889 with the degree of Bachelor of
Arts. For the succeeding two years he was a
student of the Columbia Law School. New
York City, and was admitted to the bar in
1892. in Rockland, Maine, and practiced there
for the succeeding seven years. In September.
1899, 1^^ removed from New York City and
became a member of the law firm of Hubbard
& Rice. Five years later he engaged in the
brokerage business, becoming partner in the
firm of Hutchin.son & Rice in 1908, and an-
otiicr partner was admitted and the concern is
now conducted under the style of Hutchinson,
Rice & Hunt, with offices located in Wall
street. Mr. Rice has a delightful home at
Montclair, New Jersey. He is a member of
the National Arts Club. He married, Janu-
ary 9, 1893, Ella Frances, daughter of Herbert
J. Dow, of Rockland, Maine ; children : Mer-
wyn Ap, and .Mbert S.

This is a family very numerously
B.\KER represented among the pioneers
of New England. Persons of
this name settled at numerous points along the
Massachusetts coast soon after the coming of
the Pilgrims, and all or nearly all have left
numerous progeny scattered throughout the
length and breadth of the land, and who have
borne their proportional part in the settlement
and development of most of the northern half
of New England.

d) William Baker was of the Plymouth
Colony as early as January 7, 1623. probably
a very young man. and the records show that
he maite a bargain on the date above given
with Richard Church, about work. He was a
pump-maker by trade, but gave most of his
time to carpentry after arriving in America.
He was accepted as an inhabitant of the Ply-
mouth Colony, November 5, 1638. but soon
afterward removed to Boston, probably on ac-
count of the greater demand for work in his
line. He owned land in Concord, Massachu-
setts, before 1665. about which time his son
William came there from Charlestown to live.
The father removed to that town in his old
age, and died there February 8, 1679. ^^
married (first) September 23, 1651, IMary,
daughter of Edmund Eddington, who died
December 12, 1655, and he married (second)
April 22, 1656, Pilgrim, daughter of John
Eddy, of Watertown, ^lassachusetts. He
probably lived for a time about this date in
Watertown. The inventory of his estate was
filed June 17, 1679. The records show two
children of the first wife and two of the sec-
ond, namely : Mary, John, William and Na-

(11) \\'illiam (2), second son of William
( i) Baker, and eldest child of his second wife,
was born October 19. 1657, in Boston, and
settled in Concord, where he was probably a
farmer, and died July 8, 1702. He married,
May 5, 1681, Elizabeth Dutton, born Decem-
ber 29, 1659, died April 7, 1698, daughter of
Thomas and Susanna Dutton. Children :
Mary. Moses, Elizabeth, Joseph, Thomas and

(HI) Joseph, second son of William (2)
and Elizabeth (Dutton) Baker, was born Jan-
uary 8. 1686. in Concord, Massachusetts, and
settled immediately after attaining manhood
in Marlboro, same state, where he died June
2, 1755. He was a rather prominent citizen
in Marlboro, and as early as 1710 served on
a committee handling important town inter-
ests. He had a wife Elizabeth, who died Feb-
ruary 6, 1763; children: Joseph. Elizabeth,



Robert and Benjamin (twins), Mary, Sarah
and Hannah.

(IV) Joseph (2), eldest child of Joseph
(i) and Elizabeth Baker, was born June 8,
1708, in Marlboro, wdiere he resided until after
1730, when it is probable that he removed to
Dunstable, Massachusetts. He married, in
Marlboro, August 26, 1724, Esther Harwood,
of Dunstable, and they had four children re-
corded in Marlboro : Esther, Ruth, Edward,
and Timothy. After the birth of the latter
they disappear from the records of the town,
and cannot be positively located elsewhere. It
is presumable that they had other children,
including Joseph.

(V) Joseph (3) Baker, born about 1732,
undoubtedly son of Joseph (2) and Esther
(Harwood) Baker, married in Shrewsbury,
Alassachusetts, August 18, 1760, Dinah,
daughter of Eleazer and Persis (Newton)
Rice, of that town, where she was born March
II, 1734. He was a tailor, and lived in
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, until 1767, when
he removed to Ipswich, New Hampshire, and
was there taxed each year thereafter until
1801. He was a soldier of the revolution.
Children, born in Shrewsbury: Winslow,
Joel, Amos and Mary. Soon after the birth of
the latter he removed to New Ipswich, and
probably had born there Peter. lohn and

(VI) Amos, third son of Joseph (3) and
Dinah (Rice) Baker, was born January 26,
1764, in Shrewsbury, and removed with his
father to New Ipswich, where he was taxed
from 17S5 to 1794. About the last date be
settled in Canaan, Maine, where he died Oc-
tober 7, 1814. According to the tradition of
the family, Amos Baker enlisted as a revolu-
tionary soldier when only thirteen years old.
and served until the close of the struggle. It
is said he was one of Washington's body-
guard. When discharged he did not have suf-
ficient money to get home, and stopped to earn
some by the way. He was something of a
student, and after he settled in Canaan taught
district school and also singing school. His
second wife inherited one hundred and fifty
acres of land in Maine from her father's es-
tate, but it took years to clear it up and estab-
lish a comfortable home. Their clothing was
made in the house, and every fall the shoe-
maker came there to make the shoes for the
family. His taste for military life was never
quenched, and though fifty years old, he en-
listed as a soldier in the war of 1812, but his
health gave out and he died suddenly while in
the armv near Bufifalo, at the date above

noted. He married, in New Ipswich, Novem-
ber 17, 1791, Rachel Taylor, who survived but
a few years. He married May 3, 1806. Eliza-
beth Weston, born May 5, 1785, daughter of
Samuel and Mary (White) Weston.

(VII) Henry Knox, son of Amos and Eliz-
abeth (Weston) Baker, was born December 2,
1806, in Canaan, Maine, and was only eight
years old when his father died. He received
a limited education in the district schools, and
when fourteen years, in April, 1821, went to
Hallowell, Maine, to learn the painter's trade.
Three years later he began writing for the
newspapers, his first contribution appearing in
the Hallozi'cll Gazette, and shortly afterward
in other papers. On attaining his majority he
was employed as editor of the American Ad-
vocate, and continued in that occupation for
some time. In the midst of his labors he took
up the study of law, and was admitted to the
bar in 1840. In 1836 he sold his newspaper,
and soon after took up the active practice of
law. For twenty-six years he served as judge
of probate of Kennebec county. He was
elected to the legislature in 1842, and in 1844
was a member of the judiciary of that body.
He was clerk of the house of representatives
in 1853, and in 1854 was a member of the
committee on education. The next year he
was appointed judge of probate by Governor
Morrill and in the same year organized the
Hallowell Institution for Savings, of which he
was treasurer forty-five years. Mr. Baker was
an extensive traveller, and made many trips,
visiting all the important sections of the
United States. He was a member of the
Methodist church, in which he was a class
leader, and was an enthusiastic Republican in
politics. He died June 28. 1902, having sur-
vived his wife more than four years. He mar-
ried, November 19, 1835, Sarah M. Lord, of
Hallowell, born June 21, 1814, died April 21,
1898, daughter of Ephraim and Sally (Den-
nis) Lord, natives of Massachusetts. Ephraim
Lord was a son of James Lord, who led the
charge at the battle of Bunker Hill. Children
of Mr. and Mrs. Baker: Frances Weston,
became the wife of Albert S. Rice (see Rice
VII); George, died in infancy; Ellen Bond,
widow of Colonel Alfred E. Buck, former
minister to Japan ; Elizabeth Waite, died at
the age of seventeen years ; Ann Stevens, mar-
ried Major Frank A. Ham ; Sanford .A.dlin ;
Sarah Martha, became the wife of Reuben
Wesley, of Waterville, and is an autlioress of
considerable note: Henry Colburn and Emma
Lord, died in infancy ; Harriett Dennis, mar-
ried Edwin C. Dudley ; and Willard, deceased.



l-runi Munsell's "Ameri-

STOCKWELL can Ancestry," (Vol. ix.,

p. 218), we find that there

were five immigrant Stockwell brothers : Abel,

of Salem; Oiiintin. of Dcdham; John,

Eleazer and Samuel.

(I) Ouintin Stockwell. of Dedham, was in
that town as a taxpayer from 1663 to 1671 :
was made a legal voter for selectmen in 1666;
sold his real estate there to Isaac Billiard be-
fore December 30, 1672: removed to Hatfield,
Hampshire county. Massachusetts, and became
a proprietor of the town of Deerfield, I-'rank-
lin county, November 7, 1673. While in Dcd-
ham he married Abigail, daughter of John
Bullard, and their first child, Elizabeth, was
born in Dedham, June 15, 1667, and died there
July 9 same year. When Deerfield was de-
stroyed by the Indians under orders from
King Philip, September 18, 1675, he was
among those who escaped the tomahawk of
the savages, and found refuge in Hatfield, and
when that settlement was destroyed he re-
turned to Deerfield, in 1676, to rebuild his
home and reinstate the place, being one of five
brave men willing to take the risk, but none
willing to subject their wives and children to
the risks of another visitation of the savage
warriors. The terror of the frightful slaughter
of 1675 had subsided, but their labors went
for naught, for on September ig, 1677, after
applying the torch to Hatfield, the savages
paid a second visit to Deerfield and repeated
their destruction with fire and tomahawk.
They carried Ouintin Stockwell and his brave
companions to Canada, and the story of the
capture and of their experiences in captivity
as well as of their ransom, is exhaustivelv de-
picted in "Remarkable Providences," written
by Increase Mather, the minister of Deerfield.
On the captive party being ransomed they
were sent home by way of Albany, New York.
On account of the uncertain safety of the
towns in the upper Connecticut river valley.
Quintin Stockwell removed to Branford. New
Haven county. Connecticut, where he took the
oath of allegiance, I-'ebruary 8. 1679.

Quintin Stockwell by wife Abigail had a
son Eleazer, born in Branford, April 25. 1679.
He soon after removed to Suffolk, Hartford
county, where he died January 22. 17 14. and
his widow died in May. 1730. We find a
John Stockwell in Dedham, who married
Mary Goold, November 15, 1726, and that
they had a son John, born in Dedham. but
have no way of connecting him with Ouintin,
the immigrant ancestor. The John born in
Deerfield, in 1676, may have married, re-

turned to his father's original home, and had
this John, but tliis is mere conjecture. To
go farther with conjecture, and on more rea-
sonable lines : Eleazer, son of Quintin and
Abigail (Bullard) Stockwell, who removed
with his parents to Sufficld and was twenty-
two years old when his father died, may have
been the grandfather of William, who came
from Connecticut to West Farms, near
Northampton, Massachusetts, and married
Elizabeth Knapp. He would be of the fourth
generation from Quintin.

(I\') William, probably grandson of
Eleazer Stockwell. is said to have come 'from
Connecticut to West Farms, Massachusetts,
where he was married to Elizabeth Knapp,
and is said to have died from the effects of
the cold to which he subjected himself in or-
der to feed his cattle in midwinter, his death
occurring January i, but no year mentioned.
His children : i . William ; see forward. 2.
Elijah, married Sarah Pomeroy, and had : i.
Climene: ii. Oliantha, married Thomas Tor-
rey, and had : Eliza. Henry and Sarah ; iii.
Martha, married Rufus Bosworth, and had
Joe B., Ed. C., Isabel, married John Alonzo
Stockwell, and had Sidney, July, 1877. lives in
Chicopee. Massachusetts; Carrie Helen, and
two others; iv. Evelyn, married (first) Ed-
ward Edgerton, and had Edward Jr. and
Sarah Edgerton. and married (second) Caleb
Bardwell, and had Augusta, who became sec-
ond wife of Alvin Simmons, and son Austin.
3. Betsey, married a Bartlett ; had ten chil-
dren born in West Farms, where their grand-
son Ed. Bartlett was living in 1908. 4.
Daughter, married a Mr. Munyon. 5. Daugh-
ter, married a Mr. Smith. 6. Walter, whose
grandchildren were living in 1908, but their
whereabouts unknown. 7. Climena, married
Calvin Stockwell. in December, 1836, and had
son. John Wesley Stockwell.

(V) William." eldest child of William and
Elizabeth ( Knapp) Stockwell. was born about
1750. He married, in 1775, Lucy Miller, and
lived in West Farms, Massachusetts. Their
children: i. William, born 1776, married,
while at college, Martha Whitmarsh ; con-
tributed articles to Harper's Magaciiic and
other periodicals. 1854-56; children: i. Lucy;
ii. John N., the astronomical mathematician,
and author of "Theory of the Moon's Mo-
tion." and of a computation and record of an
eclipse of the sun visible in China in the reign
of Chou Kang. 2127 B. C. and more than one
hundred years before Abraham was born. He
disproved the chronology of events as given
in history, and proved that Augustus died in



the year 13 instead of 14 A. D. ; that Ca:sar
was assassinated in March, 45, instead of 44
B. C, etc., etc.; iii. Martha; iv. Mary; and
two sons killed in the civil war. 2. Laura. 3.
Eliza. 4. Maria. 5. Orin, never married. 6.
Calvin. 7. Alonzo, never married. 8. Saman-
tha. died in infancy. 9. Samantha (2d), died
in infancy. 10. Morris, died in infancy. 13y
his second wife, Betsy (Rogers) Stockwell,
he had: 11. Maurice. 12. Frederick A. 13.
Henry Tracy. 14. George A. 15. Elizabeth.
William Stockwell died in West Fanns, lan-
uary 19, 1810, his death occurring in a black-
smith shop at Roberts Meadows.

(\T) Calvin, son of \Mlliam and Lucy
(Miller) Stockwell, was born in West Farms,
Massachusetts, February 12, 1806. He mar-
ried his cousin, Climena, daughter of W'illiam
and Elizabeth (Knapp) Stockwell, in Decem-
ber, 1836, and had a son, John Wesley.

(VH) John \\'esley, son of Calvin and Cli-
mena (Stockwell) Stockwell, was born at
West Farms, Massachusetts, September ig,
1839. He married, November 2, 1865, Eliza
Jane, daughter of Philip and Eleanor (Stim-
mel) Mathias. Children: i. Francis, died
young. 2. Eliza, died young. 3. Alonzo, died
young. 4. John Wesley ; see forward. 5.
Lucy Ann, died young. 6. Mary Eliza, died
young. The following epitome of the life of
Mr. Stockwell and tribute to his worth is taken
from the Nezv-Church Messenger:

"John A\'esle3' Stockwell, treasurer of the
Audit and Appraisement Company of Amer-
ica, and a veteran of the civil war, died on
Thursday, ;\Iarch 19, 1908, from pneumonia,
at his residence, No. 2229 West Venango

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