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Mr. Kendall married Fannie A. Ainsworth,
daughter of Samuel Ainsworth, an agriculturist of
Petersham, who passed his declining years in Pres-
cott. They had two children: George Nelson, see
forward. Helen Frances, born at Athol, July 10,
1841, married Rev. Alonzo Sanderson, of Lynn,
Massachusetts and their son, Howard Kendall
Sanderson, died in 1904, aged thirty-nine years; he
married Carrie M. Flanders, of Lynn, and their
only child, Kendall Ainsworth Sanderson, was born
in Lynn, December 23, 1890. The Kendall family
attended the Baptist church for many years, but
later transferred their allegiance to the Methodist
Church. Ozi Kendall died November 16, 1884.

George Nelson Kendall, only son of Ozi and
Fannie A. (Ainsworth) Kendall, was born in Athol,
Massachusetts, November 11, 1835. He was edu-
cated in the schools near his home. He assisted
his father a few years and in 1856 was made a
partner with him in the business, and remained eight-
een years. He was next for several years book-
keeper and proofreader on the Worcester West
Chronicle. Upon the establishment of the tool manu-
facturing business by L. S. Starrett, he entered the
latter's employ as bookkeeper. He now leads a
retired life. He has been trustee of the Athol
Savings Bank more than a quarter of a century
and auditor of the same for about the same length
of time. At one time he was a member of the
Odd Fellows lodge, but at this time (1906) his
society connections are with the Masonic order at

Mr. Kendall married, November 26, 1855, Mary
C. Simmons, born in Hanover, New Hampshire,
October, 1833, daughter of John Simmons and wife
of New Hampshire. Mr. Kendall married (sec-
ond), June 23, 1896, Eliza Jane Green, widow of
Parker C. Green, of Athol, and daughter of John
W. Willis, of Paris, Maine. Mrs. Kendall died
September 30, 1904.

Howard Kendall Sanderson, nephew of George
Nelson Kendall, received his education at various
places, completing it at Lynn, Massachusetts. He
first took up the printing business, which he con-
ducted at Lynn about two years, and was then made
a letter carrier. A year later he was made carrier's
superintendent of the postoffice at the same place,
holding this for several years, when he was ap-
pointed assistant postmaster under Colonel Hoyt,
and later became the postmaster at Lynn, serving
four years. His re-appointment for' the office came
a few days prior to his decease, December 14, 1904.
Before he was thirty years of age, he was a mem-
ber of the legislature from Lynn, he being the
youngest member from the district. He served two
terms in the house and two in the senate and while
in the latter was a member of the prison com-

One of the specialties of his own fancy was the
collection of stamps and autographs. While in the
Lynn postoffice he began this, and therafter made it
a study. He made a number of trips to Europe
on this business alone. He collected all of the
signatures of the signers of the Declaration of Inde-
pendence, except two. He also had a letter bearing
the signature of Ferdinand and Isabella, of Spain.
He was a Mason of advanced standing, and dur-
ing his last illness received the thirty-second degree.
He was also a member of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows. He was a member of the Sons
of the Revolution, and at the time of his death was
writing Lynn's revolutionary history. He was a
genealogist of considerable note.



RODNEY M. RICE. Edmund Rice, immigrant
ancestor of all the Rice families of Massachusetts,
was the progenitor of Rodney M. Rice, late of
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The sketch of the Rice
families elsewhere in this work gives a complete
account of the life and family of the immigrant.

(II) Thomas Rice, son of Edmund Rice (i),
settled with his father in Sudbury, Massachusetts,
among the first settlers and was with the first settlers
also in Marlboro in 1664. lie died at Marlboro,
November 16, 1681. The children of Thomas and
Mary Rice : Grace, died at Sudbury, January 3,
1653-54; Thomas, June 30, 1654, see forward; Mary,
September 4, 1656; Peter, October 24, 1658; Na-
thaniel, January 3, 1660. Sarah. January 15, 1662;
Ephraim, April 15, 1665; Gershom, May 9, 1667;
James, March 6, 1669; Francis, February 3, 1670-71;
Jonas, born March 6, 1672-73; Grace, January 15,
1675; Elisha, December 11, 1679.

(.Ill) Thomas Rice, son of Thomas Rice (2),
was born in Sudbury, Massachusetts, June 30, 1054,
died at Marlborough, 1747, aged ninety-four years.
His wife Mary died at Watertown, whither she went
for safety during King Philip's war. He married
(second), January 12, 1681-82, Anna Rice, who died
at Westboro, Massachusetts, May 2, 1731. He was
a prominent citizen. In 1717 he was set off in the
territory comprising the town of Westboro. He was
deputy to the general court from Marlboro. The
children of Thomas and Anna Rice, born in Marl-
boro : Thomas, born 1683, see forward ; Charles,
July 7, 1684; Eunice, May 3, 1686; Jason, February
23, 1688; Jedediah, June 10, 1690; Abiel, December
II, 1692 (twin), died December 27, 1692; Anna
(twin), December 11, 1692, died December 25, 1692;
Ashur, July 6, 1694; Adonijah, August 11, 1696;
Perez, July 23, 1698; Vashti, March 7, 1700; Beriah,
August 20, 1702; Noah, about 1704, married Hannah

(IV) Thomas Rice, son of Thomas Rice (3),
was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts, 1683. He
married Mary Oakes, of Westborough, July 2, 1722.
She had a son, George Oakes, by her second hus-
band, Nathaniel Oakes. Rice was her third hus-
band. Children: Millicent, born April 15, 1723,
married at Marlboro, Edmund Parmenter; Asa, Au-
gust 8, 1726, see forward.

(V) Asa Rice, son of Thomas Rice (4), was
born at Marlboro, Massachusetts, August 8, 1726.
He was a soldier in the French and Indian wars,
in the company of Captain Bezaleel Eager, in 1757.
He married Elizabeth Livermore, of Northboro, who
died February, 1775. Her ancestry: Deacon Jona-
than (IV), Jonathan (III), Samuel (II), John Liv-
ermore (I), who settled in Watertown. Massachu-
setts, in 1634. Asa Rice married (second). May
20, 1777, Betsey Taylor. His will was proved May
6, 1778. Children : Katherine, born December 13,
1749; Luther, born about 1755. see forward;
Asenath, married Thaddeus Hastings ; Calvin, mar-
ried Betty Maynard ; Israel ; Betty, born June 25,
1778 (posthumous).

(VI) Luther Rice, son of Asa Rice (5), was
born about 1755. He was a soldier in the revolu-
otion in Captain Wood's company, Colonel Ward'-;
regiment, from Northboro in 1775. He married,
1786, Betsey Beaman, born June 12, 1767. He be-
sided at West Boylston, Oakham and lastly at Wor-
cester, Massachusetts, where he died November 21,
1818, aged sixty-three years. His widow Betsey
died April 16, 1836, in her sixty-ninth year. She
was the daughter of Major Ezra Beaman (1736-
1811), whose line was: Jabez (III). John (II).
Gamaliel (I), the immigrant. He married (second)
Mary Boylston. The children : Betsey, born No-

vember 11, 1786; Persis, March 15, 1789; Asa, May
9, 1791; Jabez, June 27, 1793, see forward; Mary B.,_
September 1, 1796; Ezra B., July 19, 1799; Harriet-
January 26, 1802; Levinah Bigelow, June 30, 1804-.
Catherine, March 18, 1808; married Alanson A.

(VII) Jabez Rice, son of Luther Rice (6)^
was born June 27, 1793, in Oakham, Mas-
sachusetts. When he was five years old his
parents removed to Worcester, where he was
educated in the public schools. L T pon the com-
pletion of his studies he took up farming as his oc-
cupation and continued in it very successfully up
to the time of his death, January 10, 1867. He was
a Congregationalist in religion and a Republican in
politics. He married Mary Pierce, of Worcester. She
died July, 1882. Their children: Harriet A., born
May 9, 1824, died 1881 ; married Seth Chenery, Ezra
Beaman, October 17, 1825, resides in Worcester ;
Rodney Merrick, see forward ; Mary E., born Decem-
ber, 1829, died May 26, 1891 ; Jabez M., August 15,
1831, resides in Worcester ; George Calvin, January
r 3. l &33 '■ Caroline C, November, 1834, died 1891,
single; Francis, January 7, 1835, died 1855.

(VIII) Rodney Merrick Rice, son of Jabez Rice
(7), was born March 17, 1827, at Worcester. He
acquired his early educational advantages in the
common schools of Worcester, and this was supple-
mented by a course at Leicester Academy. He be-
gan his active career by taking up the occupation:
of farming in West Boylston, Massachusetts, where
he remained until 1871, when he took up his abode
in Shrewsbury, where his death occurred June 25,.
1883. As a farmer his enterprise, practical knowl-
edge, and sound judgment placed him in the front
ranks of Worcester county agriculturists. He held
membership in the Congregational Church the
Grange, and his political affiliations were with the
Republican party.

Mr. Rice married, June 27, 1861, Anne S. Win-
gate, born in New Hampshire, January 12,. 1830,
daughter of Aaron and Phoebe (Tuttle) Wingate.
One child, Francis Wingate, born July 29, 1863, died
September 25, 1863. Mrs. Rice, who survives her
husband, and is a resident of Shrewsbury, was a
graduate of Mt. Holyoke Seminary, and for fifteen
years prior to her marriage was a school teacher in
New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She enjoys
the acquaintance of a large circle of friends.

Wixtead, the father of James William Wixtead, of
Douglass, Massachusetts, was born in the town of
Maroe, county Limerick, Ireland, February, 1837.
At the age of sixteen he left his home in Ireland and
came to America. He arrived in New York June 5,
1853, and after a few weeks in that city came to-
East Douglass, Massachusetts, arriving June 20, of
the same year. He secured employment in the axe
works, which was then the principal industry of the
town of Douglass. Except for a few years he worked
for the same concern until 1895, when, owing to ad-
vancing age, he retired from his laborious position-
in the factory and has since then assisted his son in
his rapidly increasing business.

Mr. Wixtead was one of the pioneers of the
Roman Catholic faith in Douglass. In 1853 an d f° r
some time afterward men of his faith were few and
far apart and he had to walk seven miles to attend
the nearest services. The church owes much to the
sturdy faith and devotion of the early Irish settlers.
Day by day these pioneers are growing fewer in>
number, and the church they established is one of
their greatest memorials. Mr. Wixtead married
Mary O'Brien in Blackstone. Massachusetts. She-.



was born in the county of Waterford, Ireland, Au-
gust 10. 1839. Their children are : James William,
born February 1, [863, at Douglass; John, August 7,
1864, 'lied October 18, 1865; Mary Ann, December
18, 1865; Margaret M., April 29, 1868, married Pat-
rick J. Doherty, of Boston, and they have two chil-
dren : Thomas Esmond, born May 15, 1890, at
Boston, and Francis Jerred, born January II, 1902,
at Boston; Bridget Agnes, February 1, 1871, died
June 3, 1872; Katherine Helena, December 1, 1873,
teacher in the East Douglass public schools; Julia
Etta, August 31, 1875, teacher in the public schools
of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

James William Wixtead was born in East Doug-
lass, February I, 1863, the eldest son of Timothy and
Mary Wixtead. He attended the public schools of
his native town, working during his spare hours in
the printing office of C. J. Bachellor. He left school
to go to work in the mill of Lee V. Murdock, but
the work was not to his liking and after a time he
accepted a position as clerk in the general store of
the village at East Douglass then owned by George
Abbott. In 1882 the store was bought by S. F. Root,
and Mr. Wixtead remained in his employ. In 1890
Mr. Wixtead had become so valuable to the business
that Mr. Root took him into partnership and the
firm name became Root & Wixtead, continuing un-
til 1905 when Mr. Root, owing to advancing years,
retired, selling out to his partner. Mr. Wixtead is
doing a large and constantly growing business, em-
ploying six clerks and maintaining five delivery
wagons. In addition to the general store business
Mr. Wixtead has an ice business and a real estate
and fire insurance agency, in which he does a con-
siderable business. He owns some valuable real
estate in Douglass.

Mr. Wixtead is a fine type of the American busi-
ness man, honest and upright in all his dealings,
courteous and popular on all occasions, but fearless
and firm in his own opinions of right and wrong.
He has the good old Irish characteristics of gener-
osity and charity. The confidence placed in him
by his fellow citizens is shown by the honors already
given him. He was barely of age when he was
elected a selectman of the town, the youngest man
who ever held that office. He has been a member
of the school committee for six years and was on
the building committee for the new high school.
He has always taken a special interest in the public
schools of the town. He was town treasurer in
1898 and 1899. In political faith Mr. Wixtead is a
Democrat of the old school. He has been a prom-
inent figure at the state, county and congressional
conventions of his party since he became a voter.
No man of his age ever held a greater influence in
political affairs than Mr. Wixtead in the town of
Douglass. His friends are not slow in predicting a
brilliant political career for the young man. He is
a member of the Ancient Order of United Work-
men and has been the treasurer for eight years. He
a charter member of Mumford Council, at Whitins,
Knights of Columbus, of Douglas, and treasurer
since its organization. He is a devoted member of
the Catholic Church.

LEE FAMILY. John Lee d). the immigrant
ancestor of the Lee family of Athol, Massachusetts,
was born in England about 1598. He appears to
have been of good education, handsome in person,
but with a propensity for associates of a low class
and for getting into trouble with the authorities. He
was punished by the court at Ipswich. Massachu-
setts, for expressing his opinion too freely about
the minister. His name was spelled Lee and Leigh
indiscriminately in the early records. His sons

signed their name Leigh until 1677. when they
signed Lee. He used a seal on his will which bore
the device of a bird. He was a farmer and soldier.
The family tradition written by Dr. Joseph Lee, of
Concord (1716-1797) states that he was of an an-
cient and honorable family of the city of London,,
hut he mixed with the rabble during the political
disturbances of his young manhood and seemed to
side with the people against the king, much to the
chagrin of his loyal sister, who finally persuaded
him to go to America. He settled at Ipswich, drew
various lots of land there, subscribed to the Major
Denison fund, had shares in Plum Island, Castle
Neck and Hog Island. He died at Ipswich, July
8, 1671. His home was on Heartbreak hill.

He married Anne (or Joanne) Hungerford in
1638. His children: John, born about 1639; Joseph,
born October or November, 1643. see forward ; a

daughter who married Patch; Sarah, married

Hunkins; Mary, married Tuttle; Ann, died

unmarried September 28, 1691.

(Ill Joseph Lie, son of John Lee (1), was
born at Ipswich, October or November, 1643, and
died at Concord. Massachusetts. As his father and
Henry Woodis (Woodhouse), of Concord, had been
neighbors in London, the acquaintance was continued
in this country and Joseph married the eldest
daughter, Mary Woodis. Joseph removed to Con-
cord, Massachusetts, after July 3, 1695, at the earn-
est request of Mr. Woodis, who desired him to take
his farm and care for him in his old age. He finally
left an excellent farm at Ipswich to go to Concord,
and the Woodis farm there remained in his family
until 1815. After the death of his first wife, Mary
Woodis, he married Mary (Miles) Wigley, widow
of Edmund Wigley, and daughter of John Miles-
She died November 27. 1708. He married (thirds-
January 28, 1712-13, Alary Fox, widow, who after
Lee's death, married Daniel Hoar, nephew of Leon-
ard Hoar, who was president of Harvard College
in 1672. His children were: Woodis. born Octo-
ber 17, 1679, died November 28. 1679; Joseph, bona
October 16, 1680; Mary, born July 14, 1682, mar-
ried, May 22, 1707, John Wood, of Concord ; Ann,
born May 17, 1684, died August 8, 1728 ; Henry,
born May 16, 1686; John, born September 10, 1688;
died September 16, 1688; Woodis, born December
18, 1689, see forward ; Hannah, born April 10, 1691,
died May, 1691.

(III) Woodis Lee, son of Joseph Lee (2), was
born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, December 18, 1689,
and died at Concord, December 31, 1761. He was
a farmer, lived at Concord and at one time owned
part of the Lee homestead, received from his father.
He married, August 4, 1715, Elizabeth Wood, daugh-
ter of Isaac and Mary Wood, of Concord. She was
born in 1693 and died February 26, 1781. Their
children: Woodis, born March 24, 1719, see for-
ward ; Bathsheba, died unmarried ; Bathsheba, born
1721, died October 25, 1791, at Lincoln, buried in
Concord; Seth, born about 1723, married Molly
Conant ; settled in western New York, afterwards in
Connecticut: Elizabeth, died young.

(IV) Woodis Lee, son of Woodis Lee (3),
was born in Concord, Massachusetts, March 24,
1719, and 'died there September 6, 1796. He was
buried in the Smedley burying ground, Concord. He
was a soldier in the revolution under Captain Ahi-
shai Brown and Captain Hartwell and was at the
taking of General Burgoyne. He was a farmer in
Concord. He married Ruth Warren, daughter of
Captain Samuel Warren, December 20, 1744. She
was born March 30, 1723. died before 1745. He
married (second), December 7. 1745. Mary White,
daughter of Joseph and Hannah White, of Lexing-



ton. The child of Woodis and Ruth Lee: Ruth,
born October 25, 1744, married Samuel Pierce. The
children of Woodis and Mary Lee : Mary : born
December 23, 1748, married Benjamin Smith, of
Lexington; Hannah, born December 8, 1751, mar-
ried Timothy Brown, of Lincoln; he died Septem-
ber, 9, 1796; Lucy, born September 20, 1754, mar-
ried Thomas Fessenden, of Lexington; Sally, born
April 20, 1757, married Bedet Jones, of Concord;
Jonathan, born January 26, 1759, see forward ; Eliza-
beth, born October 26, 1759, married John Heywood,
of Concord; Isaac, born April 14, 1764; Nathan,
born August, 1766; Mittei, born September 12,
1769, married William Wheeler, of Sudbury;
Woodis, born August 19, 1772.

(V) Jonathan Lee, son of Woodis Lee (4), was
born in Concord, Massachusetts, January 26, 1759,
died at Athol. Massachusetts, April 19, 1833. He
lived in New Ipswich, Sudbury and Marlboro, Mas-
sachusetts, and in Hancock, Hillsboro county, New
Hampshire. He was a soldier in the revolution
a private in Captain Moses Harrington's company,
Colonel Dike's regiment in 1777; also in Captain
John Buttrick's company, Colonel Reed's regiment
sent to reinforce General Gates at the time Burgoyne
was taken. He married (first), June, 1783, Sallie
Heywood, of Concord, who died March I, 1S04.
He married (second), 1808, Sybil Butterfield, of
Pepperell, Massachusetts. The children of Jonathan
and Sallie Lee were: Sally, born April 7, 1784, mar-
ried Jonathan Davis; Henry, born June II, 1786;
William Dexter, born March 6, 1788: Dennison,
born January 15, 1790; Jonathan, born February 15,

(VI) William Dexter Lee, son of Jonathan Lee
(O, was born March 6, 1788. He settled in Athol
and was a farmer in humble circumstances. His
sons were shoe manufacturers with one exception
and, taken as a whole, formed the most successful
and remarkable family in Athol. He married Lydia
Hill, daughter of Joseph and Lydia Wetherby, of
Harvard. Massachusetts. She was born April 12,
1792. The children of William Dexter and Lydia
Lee: William Dexter. Jr., born March 8, 1813, died
September 2, 1815: George Henry, born October 23,
1814, died December 20, 1836: William Dexter,
born August 7, 1816, see forward; Harriet Maria,
born March 25, 1818, died October 15, 1820; Ange-
lina Maria, born December 27, 1820, died August
27, 1856: married, April 7, 1842, John M. Twitchell,
of Athol ; James Munroe, born March 2, 1822, see
forward ; Merritt Lafayette, born March 22. 1825 ;
Charles Milton, born May 23, 1828, see forward;
Ilarriet Chastinc, born May 27, 1830; died July I,
1835: John Howard, born August 15, 1834, see for-
ward; Solon Wetherbee. born July 11, 1836, see
forward : Henrietta Chastine, born August 17. 1839.

(VII) William Dexter Lee, Jr., son of William
Dexter Lee (6), was born in Athol, Massachu-
setts, August 7, 1816. He was educated there in
the public schools, and learned the trade of shoe-
maker. He was engaged for some time in the manu-
facture of women's and children's shoes in part-
nership with John S. Lewis, at the upper village
in Athol. He was for a number of years in busi-
ness with Samuel Lee in a general country store
under the firm name of Lee & Company, and was
also in partnership with John S. Lewis at the vil-
lage of Warwick in the lumber business, and was
an extensively owner and dealer in real estate in
this vicinity. He was interested in town affairs and
served the town of Athol as selectman in 1848-49.
"He died at Athol, November 29. i860. He mar-
ried, June 7. 1841, Sarah H. Munsell, born De-
cember 8, 1818, daughter of Elisha and Polly

( Hurd ) Munsell, of Winchester, New Hampshire.
The children : George Henry, born February 23,
1842, died April 25, 1S45 ; Charles Seymour, born
December 28, 1845, died December 22, 1851 ; Clara
Angeline, born June 17, 1851, married O. A. Fay;
Sarah Delia, born June 30, 1853, died June 5, 1854;
Anna, married Elmer Merriam.

(VII) James Munroe Lee, son of William Dex-
ter Lee (6), was born in Royalston, Massachu-
setts, March 2, 1822. He was educated in the
public schools of that town, and was the only one
nf the Lee brothers not engaged in the manufac-
ture of shoes. From his boyhood until his death
he kept a livery stable and was an extensive dealer
in horses. He invested largely in real estate, and
his judgment in business matters was excellent.
He was trustee of the Athol Savings Bank and a
member of its investment committee, also a director
of the Athol National Bank in which he was a large
stockholder. He was prominent in politics and town
affairs, and served the town as assessor and road
surveyor. He was one of the founders of the
Worcester Northwest Agricultural Society. He ac-
cumulated a large property, the result of shrewd
business management and good investments. He
died November 10, 1893. He married, April 4, 1847,
Rachel Dexter, daughter of Ebenezer W. and Cyn-
thia (Walker) Dexter, of Royalston, Massachu-
setts. Their children: Warren Dexter, born April
27, 1849, see forward ; Mabel, born March 27, i860,
married George S. Brown.

(VII) Merritt Lafayette Lee, son of William
Dexter Lee (6), was born in Athol, Massachusetts,
March 22, 1825. He was educated in the Athol
schools, and employed for a number of years in
the shoe factory of Jones & Baker at the upper vil-
lage. In 1861, with his brothers, he established the
firm of M. L. Lee & Company for the manufacture
of men's, youth's and boy's kip boots, brogans and
plow shoes. The business was carried on in Athol
with great success for a period of thirty-five years,
when he retired in 1896. The factory was for sev-
eral years in the building known as the Pitts block
on Exchange street and later in the building now
occupied by W. H. Brock & Co., opposite the rail-
road station, and in Depot block at the tipper vil-
lage. In 1879 the firm employed upwards of a hun-
dred hands and the annual sales amounted to one
hundred thousand dollars. Since then the busi-
ness has been greatly enlarged. Mr. Lee was a
thorough business man and devoted his attention al-
most entirely to his home and his factory. He
married. May 25, 1852, Ellen Elizabeth Fessenden,
who was born November 29. 1831, daughter of Arad
and Fanny (Davenport) Fessenden. of Guilford,
Vermont. " Their children are : Walter Merritt, born
January 10, 1859; George Howard, born December
23. i860: Henry Clinton, born March 17, 1867;
William Dexter, born June 8, 1868; Ellen Fessen-
den, horn September 13, 1873.

(VII) Charles Milton Lee. son of William Dex-
ter Lee (6), was born in Athol, Massachusetts, May
23, 1828. He was educated in the Athol schools,
and learned the trade of shoemaker. He commenced
to manufacture shoes on his own account in 1850

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