Jenna Mae Rice

F, b. 3 December 1905, d. 11 July 2002

Jenna Mae Rice

  • Last Edited: 13 Aug 2008
  • (Witness) Census1930: The 1930 Federal Census enumerated her as a member of Charles Allison Rice's household; age 54, married, white, birthplace Texas; estimated birth year 1876; father born Texas; mother born North Carolina; Sally Rice, f, 48; Jenne Mae Rice, f, 24; Oscar Rice, m, 19; Tom Rice, m, 17; Sam Rice, m, 8.
  • Note*: “My Story” By Jenna Mae Rice-Pendergrass; transcribed by her daughter, Norma Jean Pendergrass Soza in 1991 from tapes and interviews:
    "While I was still a baby we moved from Llano, Texas to El Dorado, Texas. My dad bought a cattle ranch and raised cows and mules. Dad bought a big stud-Jack mule and every year or so he would take the young mules to town to sell. Dad rode a saddle horse and the young mules followed him. He could have done it by himself, however he did have help. He sold those mules to the government. We were told to stay away from the barn where they kept the Jack mule. The Jack was so big that dad put him in a pen by himself. We were not supposed to even get close to him, but we would go to the pen and peek through the fence and scare ourselves to death just looking at him. We had a little house with a big front room and two bedrooms. It was an easy place to live. All the children slept in one room. We would sleep two at the foot and two at the head of the bed. We would start kicking one another and the first thing you would know we were having a pillow fight.
    My folks built a water tank out by the windmill and mama would plant a garden. We would have potatoes, beans and okra. We didn't have carrots in those days. I never saw a carrot until I was almost grown. We did have a few fruit trees and we always had milk cows. We made butter from the milk. I remember getting so tired of churning. We were just small children and we thought it was very hard work. Mama also made cottage cheese from the milk and she would put it on the back of the stove to warm and it would separate. We always had cottage cheese, butter and clabber.
    Mama would hitch up the buggy and go to town once in a while. The buggy had two seats and a top. Even though the top did not have a fringe on it we really thought we were high class with that "two seater." Mama would go to the grocery store and take half the children each time. We lived about five miles from town.
    The folks did not have a church to attend or a Sunday school for the children. However, there were traveling churches in those days. They called them camp meetings and the church service would be held at the campground. Everyone would bring a dish of food and after the service they would have a pot luck similar to what we have now at the Methodist church in Dominguez. I remember they had a big long table and we thought it was wonderful because we could eat all different kinds of food. We went to the camp meetings in a horse drawn wagon. The wagon had blankets on the bottom so we would have something to sit on and cover up with when it got cold. We would start out in that wagon and dad would tap the horses with his big long quirt (whip) and say, "get out of this rocky road!" By the time we got home after dark we were all asleep, cuddled under the blankets down in the bottom of the wagon.
    Arba used to take care of Oscar when he was a baby. She would carry him on her hip and still manage to run and play with the rest of us. Sometimes Arba would put him down and tell the other children to watch him, but we would all run away and leave poor Oscar alone and crying. So Arba would have to go back and get him. We made play houses out in the toolies. There was a lot of solid rock around the ranch and we would sweep off a small area and pretend that was our house. We had a lot of fun while we were growing up. We didn't particularly want other children to come over and play with us. The neighbors would come visiting occasionally and sometimes bring their children. One family had a daughter who was a real smart aleck. We didn't like her at all. I guess we were a little jealous because we didn't have the nice presents that she did at Christmas time. We did get one doll apiece. It was a good doll with glass eyes and a bisque head. They are very expensive nowadays. Of course, we would accidentally break them the day after Christmas. The girl we didn't like came over once after Christmas and brought her fancy doll and doll buggy. She bragged all about how many presents she got for Christmas. So we had just as soon that she stayed away. We played well together and had more fun just by ourselves. There were always five of us together. We played hide and seek and all kinds of games.
    We had a big barn that was used for a storm cellar. Whenever it looked like there was a cyclone or tornado coming we would all run into the barn. It was strong and could not be blown over because it was built into the ground. The barn had shelves on the walls and we would sleep on them when there was a storm. It was a safe place to stay.
    One time when Elva and I were about three or four years old, we were in our front yard playing on a swing. We had been out there for quite a while when mama missed us and looked out of the house and saw us just sitting there staring at something. She knew something was wrong so she ran down to the swing, and there was a big old bull whip snake. She grabbed us out of the swing and chased the snake away. She said that the snake was just about to try and eat us. So we were very glad she came to our rescue. They are good snakes that help keep the rats away; so most people don't kill them.
    Martha and Lewis walked to school every day. After they reached a certain grade papa got a one horse buggy for Lewis to drive to school. That same year Arba started school, so all three of them rode to school on that buggy. Lewis behaved himself for a long time and didn't get into any trouble. However, he had seen a wire hanging from a telephone line and had wanted to stop and get it but Martha would not let him. She said they were not supposed to stop for anything. But one day he decided to stop anyway and climb up the pole after that wire. While he was doing that, my sisters decided to get out of the buggy and pick some flowers. A car came down the road and spooked the horse. The horse started running down the road past a house where our families knew one another. The man in the house saw the runaway horse and knew who it belonged to so he ran out and stopped it.
    I never got to ride to school in that buggy. You couldn't go to school until you were seven years old in those days and my dad decided to sell out and move when I was about five years old. We moved to Blanco, Colorado. It was very cold and very beautiful. Papa was just a young man in those days and he wanted to see the country and find other ways of making a living.
    After papa sold the ranch we moved from El Dorado, Texas to Blanco, Colorado. We rented a railroad car from the train company and managed to put everything we owned into that one car; including five horses, a wagon and two buggies. We rode on a passenger car. We were all dressed up in our best clothes. We had gone shopping for new clothes just for this trip. It was a lot of fun. We had to spend the night in several towns during the trip. We spent the night at hotels and you can just imagine poor mama; she had to care for Tom who was just a tiny baby and six children. We finally got there. I think it took about two days. It was November when we arrived in Blanco.
    We settled on a small farm near Blanco, Colorado. The school was within walking distance. The teachers decided that I should skip kindergarten and go into the first grade because they thought I could do it. We were two months late starting school. The school we attended separated the boys and girls. They put the girls on one side of the room and the boys on the other side. They also separated them outside at recess with a line on the ground. When we thought no one was looking we would put one foot over the line and we thought we were very brave.
    We liked living in Blanco. It was out in the country and we would go for long walks. On some of our walks we would find old boarded up wells and mines. If mama had known we were around wells and mines she would have spanked us all. There were wild burros in the area and Lewis finally caught one and tamed it enough for all of us to ride.
    Papa decided he wanted to go into the mountains and prospect for silver. Papa and another man did find some silver and mined it. They worked very hard. Papa's brother, Royal Rice, came out from Texas to help him in the mine. The mine did not pan out, but Uncle Royal stayed and lived with us on and off almost all of his life. We liked him a lot. In 1914, before we moved from Colorado to Arizona, there were rumors of Mexico taking over Arizona and the rest of the United States, too. We were not afraid, because we had decided that if we hid under the kitchen table we would be safe!
    After the mine ran out in Colorado my family decided to move to Arizona. We packed up our wagons (some were actually covered wagons) and started on our way to Arizona. We had to leave a large stove and cupboard by the side of the road because it made the wagons too heavy for the horses to pull. We traveled for a whole month before we arrived in Arizona. We would stop and camp each night and have our evening meal. Mama would open the flour sack; make a hole in the flour itself and mix the biscuits right in the hole. That way mama would have fewer pans to wash. She would cook them in a skillet over the campfire. Papa would stop at stores along the road and buy lunch meat. We had never had anything like lunch meat before and we thought it was really good. Some of us rode in the back of the covered wagon and some of us in the buggy. Uncle Royal and Lewis would take turns driving the buggy. Mama made a bed each night in the covered wagon for herself, Papa and baby Tom. They pitched two tents, one for the girls and one for the men and boys. It was tiresome riding in the buggy all the time. One day we decided it would be fun to hang onto the back of the buggy and put our feet up on the axle. We would get to laughing so hard that we would fall off onto the road. We sure had fun. One time, after we had fallen off the buggy we got so tickled we stayed on the ground a little too long and the buggy disappeared at a fork in the road. We were really scared, until we retraced our steps and found the buggy. Another time we were doing the same thing; laughing and having a good old time, when we heard a noise behind us. We looked up and much to our surprise, there was a car behind us. The people in the car thought what we were doing was so funny. They laughed at us and we were so embarrassed because we were just in old dresses and panties.
    We rented an old house outside of Phoenix, Arizona. The whole family picked cotton for a few months. On Saturday nights we would all go into Phoenix to see a movie and we thought it was absolutely wonderful. Jobs were very scarce during this time so when we had enough money papa decided we would move to New Mexico. We got all our camping equipment together and started out on the road again. We rented a house near Lakewood, New Mexico. It was a two story house. The boys slept upstairs. The girls slept in one bed in a room downstairs. We didn't mind all sleeping in one bed unless one of us was mad about something. Mama and papa slept in the living room.
    We had to walk four miles to school each day. It seems like a lot now, but we didn't mind. All eight grades were held in a one room schoolhouse. Our school teacher was real nice and we liked her a lot. I was in the second grade and it was 1913. There was no playground at school so papa and Uncle Royal decided they would fix something for us to play on at home. They got a big pole and put an old wagon wheel on top of it. The wagon wheel turned on the pole. They tied pieces of rope to the wagon wheel, dug a hole and put the pole in the ground. We could swing on the ropes. It was like a merry-go-round or maypole. Later, we rented a ranch with a house and barn about ten miles outside of Lakewood. Lewis would take us the ten miles to school in the buggy. Sometimes it was after dark when we got home. One time it rained so hard we couldn't see the road and we had to go over a dam on the way home. The road was very narrow and the flood waters were rising. Also, the horses were skittish because of the thunder and lightning. We decided to stop at a neighbor's house and wait out the storm. They invited us to stay for supper and we ended up staying the night. We thought they were wonderful to do something like that. Of course, mama and papa didn't know where we were. We got up real early the next morning and left for home. Mama and papa were glad to see us and thanked the neighbors for their kindness to us.
    We used to go swimming in the Pecos River. It was about a mile from the ranch. The men liked to fish in the river. One time papa caught a big catfish but it slipped off the hook so papa jumped in the river, grabbed him and hung on. We had a water tank at the ranch. Papa put the catfish in the tank with other catfish he had caught and we had fresh fish every once in a while.
    Papa was raising cattle on the ranch and they did pretty well for a while. Then we had a drought. With no rain there was no vegetation and therefore nothing for the cattle to eat. Papa sold all the cattle and we moved again. This time we moved into the town of Lakewood. We rented a two story house. It was close to our school. We stayed in this house for about six years.
    We always had milk cows wherever we lived. I always loved warm milk fresh from the cow. We had a pen for the cows. When they were let out to pasture it was the girl’s job to bring the calves home. We never could ride the calves, but we would take hold of their tails and run with them. It was sure funny. I remember one time we were playing out in the pasture and I got up on the fence and started singing. I said "lets play like everyone in the world can hear me sing." This was long before I had ever even heard of a radio. I never even saw one until I was grown. I also rode in a car for the first time when I was twelve years old. My school teacher gave me a ride.
    We finally got a telephone. All of us wanted to talk on the phone, so mama let us call the telephone office and we would say "hello central?" and then ask for the correct time. The operator knew what we were doing and she was real nice about it. Our artesian well ran dry and all of our fruit trees died. So we moved to another place in town. We took care of a vegetable garden that we had planted and we took care of our chickens and lambs. We named all the chickens. We just loved our lambs and had more fun playing with them. We moved again and had to give up all of our animals. We were really hurt and we never kept anymore pets because we didn't want to have to leave them behind again.
    There was a total eclipse in 1914. I remember it scared all of the children. Times were really bad. No one could find any work and everyone was broke. Papa could not find any work so we moved back to Arizona. There were always jobs picking cotton and we could get along for a while. Looking back on it now, papa should have rented a cotton farm the first time we were in Arizona. Some men he knew did just that and they did very well. Papa could probably have been a rich man. However, papa wanted to see the world so he passed up the opportunity.
    We were not happy about moving back to Arizona. We liked our school and we were tired of moving. We moved to Mesa, Arizona. We stayed at a campground in the Salt River Valley. They had cabins and tent-cabins. It was winter time and the coal oil stoves didn't keep the cabins warm. It was 1918 and I was thirteen years old. Apparently, soldiers coming home from Europe after World War I brought a flu virus back to the United States. There was a huge epidemic across the country and everyone in the family came down with this virus except papa and he took care of everyone. He really worked hard. There were so many of us to care for that he finally had to hire someone to help him.
    Papa finally rented a house in Chandler, Arizona. We lived three miles from our new school. Our teachers were a husband and wife team and they lived next door to the schoolhouse in a cabin. No one liked them very much. They planted a garden next to their cabin. One day when we arrived at school we discovered that they had taken the American flag and draped it over the young plants to keep them from freezing. Everyone thought that was terrible and we felt like running them out of town on a rail. One day we decided to walk to school on the railroad tracks. A man came along the track on a handcar and offered us a ride to town. He said he wouldn't go fast, but he did and we really got to school fast that morning.
    We stayed in Chandler for about a year. Papa worked on different farms for a living and mama had a garden. We moved to Mesa and papa rented another house. It was a farm with about one hundred acres and papa raised cantaloupes and cotton. After school we would come home and pick cotton. When the cantaloupes were ripe papa would hire people to pick them and then we would put them in wooden boxes and nail them shut. We lived in Mesa for about five years.
    Papa belonged to a Federation of Farmers. Farmers would get together and voice their complaints. Papa went to one of these meetings in Phoenix and met Frank Pendergrass for the first time. He was my future father-in-law. They got to talking and liked one another. Frank Pendergrass made a living driving a long haul truck north through Arizona into Utah. He invited papa on his next trip to Kanab, Utah. He was taking several men to Utah deer hunting. Frank had a farm east of Flagstaff and he thought papa might like to see some of the property in the area because papa was thinking of moving again. One reason papa was involved in the Federation was the problem he was having shipping his cantaloupes. By the time he paid the rail freight he was in the hole. So he quit farming and was looking for some other way of making a living. Papa spent the night at the Pendergrass ranch in east Flagstaff. Frank Pendergrass showed him around the area and papa liked it. A farm was for rent not too far from the Pendergrass ranch. Papa liked it and rented it. He returned to Mesa with Frank Pendergrass and we packed Frank's truck with our belongings. We rode in the back of the truck with all of the furniture and our dog, Prichard.
    Lewis and Oscar loaded up our tools and farming equipment in a wagon. It took them about five days to make the trip from Mesa to Flagstaff. After we were settled at the farm, Frank Pendergrass and his sons came by for a visit. I met Robert Pendergrass, my future husband, for the first time. We raised one crop of potatoes on this farm. Then papa decided he would buy a farm. He looked around the area at different places for sale and finally found one that suited his needs. He and mama would spend the rest of their life on this farm. The farm was eight miles east of Flagstaff on highway 66. I was seventeen years old and it was 1922.
    I was not able to attend high school the first year we lived in Flagstaff because I had no transportation into town. Finally, papa made arrangements for my sister Elva and me to board with a family in Flagstaff. Elva met and married her first husband the first year we boarded in town. After Elva left I was on my own. I boarded with several different families who had children that also attended Flagstaff High School. I graduated in 1927. I tried to find a job but jobs were scarce because of the Depression. I did baby-sit for some people in town for a while. I eventually went back to the farm. I helped digging potatoes and stacking beans.
    Times were hard for everyone during the depression. Our only real entertainment was country dances. There was a dance hall by Lake Mary on the outskirts of Flagstaff. Dances were held there every Saturday night. I didn't have a steady beau, so I would go to the dances with different people. There were also country dances held at community buildings or people’s homes. I went to these dances with my family. I had met my future husband, Robert Pendergrass before and we had been at country dances and family get togethers at the same time. One time we were at one of these country dances and Bob and I started talking and we liked one another. We went together for two years. In 1932 we went to a Justice of the Peace at the county courthouse in Gallup, New Mexico and we were married.
    We rented a small farm next to the Pendergrass place. We farmed for two seasons. It was a bad time to be a farmer. Prices for the crops went way down so a person couldn't make any money and then the drought began. Our first child, Norma Jean was born in Flagstaff in 1935. We decided to quit farming. We moved to Daly City, California in 1935 when Norma Jean was just a baby.
    Bob bought a semi-truck and got a job hauling beer from San Francisco to Los Angeles. He would stay overnight in Los Angeles and then bring a load of empty beer barrels back to San Francisco. He drove his truck for nearly a year until it got too dangerous because of all the competition for the truck routes. Truckers would do almost anything to get rid of their competition. Some trucks had sugar put in their gas tanks and their tires slashed. Bob didn't think it was worth the risk, so he sold his truck and we moved to Boulder, Colorado.
    Hoover Dam was being built and Bob thought he could get a job working on the dam. However, at that time in California you could not get a job of that sort unless you belonged to the union and Bob didn't belong to one. It was 1937. We decided to move back to Flagstaff. We bought a little house trailer and parked it on the Pendergrass farm. Bob got a job as the driver for movie producers from Hollywood, California. They came to Arizona to make western movies. One was "The Outlaw" with Jane Russell. They made a number of movies around Flagstaff and north of Flagstaff in Monument Valley. Bob would drive them wherever they wanted to go. He also drove a bus. He would take tourists on tours of Indian ruins and different historical sights around the area. My second child, Christine Marie was born in 1940. The trailer was too small for all four of us so we rented a little house on Highway 89 close to the Pendergrass farm. We stayed there about a year. We moved to California in 1941 to 420 Maine Avenue in Long Beach. Bob worked at the shipyards during World War II. We lived there about six years. In 1947 we bought a house in Dominguez and I have lived here ever since."

Family: Robert Pendergrass b. 4 Mar 1907, d. 3 Aug 1971

Jerome Harley Rice

M, b. 18 April 1898, d. 10 March 1965
  • Last Edited: 18 Oct 2016
  • (Witness) Census1900: The 1900 Federal Census enumerated him as a member of William Henry "Roane" Rice's household; Rice, William, head, w/m/Apr 1857/43, married 17 years, born Texas, father born Ohio, mother born New York, farmer, owned house, Mary E., wife, w/f/Aug 1858/41, 7 children, 6 living, born Texas, parents Germany, Jessie J., son, w/m/May 1885/15, born Texas, Effie J., son, w/m/Oct 1887/12, born Texas, Salina, daughter, w/f/July 1890/9, born Texas, Amelia, daughter, w/f/Feb 1893/7, born Texas, Eugene H. w/m/6 born Texas, Eva A. Harmes, niece, w/f/Sept 1889/11, born Texas, parents born Germany, John M. Ruston, grandfather, w/m/Aug 1817/82, born North Carolina, parents born Tennessee.
  • Military*: Jerome Harley Rice served in the U. S. Navy during World War I between 1917 and 1919 on the USS Georgia.
  • Note*: He [per Mildred Parker Reinhardt: no children of their own. A baby was put on their doorstep and they raised him. He lived in South Carolina].
  • Occupation: He was a letter carrier for the U. S. Postal Service.

Family: Vady Ruth Pruetz b. 9 Apr 1901

Jesse Rice

M, b. 18 May 1757
  • Father: Oliver Rice b. 7 Nov 1726, d. 23 Mar 1812
  • Mother: Lucy Rice b. 12 Feb 1732, d. 26 Mar 1809
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006

Family: Sarah Moore

Jesse Howard Rice

M, b. 8 October 1932, d. April 2016
  • Last Edited: 19 Oct 2017
  • Military*: He served in the U. S. Navy.
  • Occupation: He was a carpenter, electronics technician, flight instructor and a Baptist Minister.
  • Education*: He was educated at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Bee County College, Beeville.

Jesse James Rice

M, b. 2 May 1885, d. 15 December 1949

Jesse James Rice

  • Last Edited: 9 Oct 2016
  • (Witness) Census1900: The 1900 Federal Census enumerated him as a member of William Henry "Roane" Rice's household; Rice, William, head, w/m/Apr 1857/43, married 17 years, born Texas, father born Ohio, mother born New York, farmer, owned house, Mary E., wife, w/f/Aug 1858/41, 7 children, 6 living, born Texas, parents Germany, Jessie J., son, w/m/May 1885/15, born Texas, Effie J., son, w/m/Oct 1887/12, born Texas, Salina, daughter, w/f/July 1890/9, born Texas, Amelia, daughter, w/f/Feb 1893/7, born Texas, Eugene H. w/m/6 born Texas, Eva A. Harmes, niece, w/f/Sept 1889/11, born Texas, parents born Germany, John M. Ruston, grandfather, w/m/Aug 1817/82, born North Carolina, parents born Tennessee.
  • (Witness) Note: Jesse James Rice witnessed the note of Charles Allison Rice on 22 June 1902 at Crossonville, DeWitt County, Texas; and W. J. Alexander were chosen as judges by the students at the writing school. J. J. (Jim) Hollan was awarded the honor of being the best penman in the school and Jesse Rice the honor and the one dollar prize for the most improvement during the school. The writer was informed by the judges that they never witnessed so much improvement during the same length of time.
  • Education*: Jesse James Rice was educated in 1915 at Palacios Baptist Academy.
  • Occupation*: He was a minister.

Family: Wilhemena Minnie Schulz b. 24 Dec 1887, d. 1 May 1976

Joann Alfretta Rice

F, b. 24 November 1877
  • Last Edited: 11 Aug 2007
  • (Witness) Census1880: The 1880 Federal Census enumerated her as a member of Thomas Richard Rice's household; Thomas Rice, head, w/m/38, farmer, born Texas, father born Ohio, mother born Ireland; Martha Ann w/f/35, born North Carolina, father born North Carolina, mother born South Carolina, Nanny Ann w/f/14, Sidney Lola w/f/10, Talitha w/f/8, Charles Allison w/m/5, Joann Alfretta w/f/2, all born Texas.

John Rice

M, b. 20 December 1651, d. 6 September 1719
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006

Jonas Rice

M, b. 30 June 1731, d. 1776
  • Last Edited: 17 Mar 2008
  • (Witness) Will: He witnessed the will of Azariah Rice on 8 July 1772 at Worcester County, Massachusetts; Volume 15, page 293-296
    Will: Azariah Rice, July 8, 1772

    In the name of God Amen. The eighth day of July, one thousand seven hundred & seventy two: I Azariah Rice of Brookfield in the County of Worcester & Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, Yeoman, being in health and of sound disposing mind & memory, thanks be given to God but calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that all men must once die, do make this my last will and testament, that is to say, first of all I give & I recommend my soul into the hand of God who gave it, & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor hereafter named, not doubting but at the General resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of God-And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form.
    I?. My will is that all my just debts & funeral charges paid by my Executors out of my estate.
    Item. I give & bequeath to my son Benj’n. About two acres of half of meadow more or less as the same is in the southerly side (illegible illegible) Pond, bounded all round by (illegible) & said Pond which is his full part with what I have given him heretofore.
    Item. I give and bequeath to my son Oliver, one half part of four acres of meadow for quantity & quality, lying near Pine Hill, be it more or less as per Brookfield Book of record. I also give him more, viz. two acres of meadow at Bartlett’s Point (so called) be it more or less, as per record.
    Item. I give & bequeath to my son Jonas one half part of four acres of meadow near Pine Hill, be it more or less as per record.
    Item. I give & bequeath to my son Ephraim one half part of my house where I now live with the building thereon both for quantity & quality with all my husbandry tools and living stock of creatures of every kind I shall die seized of as the name is bounded southwesterly part on Jonas Rice & part on Elisha Rice, west on Cyprian Rice and four acres of my own land here after mentioned on a town road. Northerly on a town road. Easterly part on (Ralph’s ?) land & part on south pond southerly, southerly on John Rice his land. Said homelot lyes on both sides a town road & contains in the whole about one hundred acres, more four acres lying on the northerly side a town road, more or less as per record. I also give him ten acres of meadow on Qualange River bound on north on the river, south & east on Josiah Partredge, west on Bartlett’s Point. I give him more viz my part in the Meeting house and all my wearing apparel with all the money which is due or coming to me from my late brother Mattathias Rice deceased his estate with all my money I shall die seized & possessed of. Said bequests are on the conditions following viz. That the said Ephraim improve the half heretofore bequeathed in a good husband-like manner during my life & deliverance yearly the whole produce of the same of every sort affordance to be to my sole use & disposal. And also to provide for my comfortable support in sickness & health during my natural life if I stand in need & at my death to give a decent Christian burial. And also pay out the legacies hereafter mentioned to his two sisters & my granddaughter.
    Item. I give & bequeath to my daughter’s Miriam & Mary in equal parts all my household goods of every sort & name, as iron, (illegible) pewter, wood, bed & bedding, linen & woolen of every sort & whatever else of indoor moveable not mentioned by name. And ten shilling money to each of them. And to Mary one milking cow to be paid by my executor at my decease.
    Item. I give, bequeath to my granddaughter Zerciah Sanford, one heifer two years old, to be delivered to her by my executor within six months after my decease.
    Item. I constitute my son Ephr. Rice, sole executor to this my last will and testament. And I utterly disallow & disannul all & every other former or other wills, legacies and bequests or Executors by me made, willed or bequeathed. Ratifying & conforming this and no other to be my last will & testament.
    In witness whereof I have put my hand & seal, the day & year above written.
    Signed, sealed, published, pronounced & declared said Azariah Rice as his last will & testament in the presence of these subscribers: Wm Ayres, William Ayres Jr, Benjamin Ayers.
    Azariah Rice (seal)

    Worcester ss. To all people to whom these presents shall come, Levi Lincoln, Judge of the Probate of wills, in the County of Worcester, within the State of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, sendeth Greeting.
    Know ye, that on the seventh day of September, anno domini 1779. The instrument herewith annexed purporting the last will & testament of Azariah Rice, late of Brookfield in the County aforesaid, deceased, was presented for probate by Ephraim Rice the executor herein named. Then present William Ayres & Benjamin Ayers, two of the witnesses of the hereto described who made oath that they saw the said testator sign seal & heard him declare the said instrument to be his last will & testament & that they with the other subscribing witnesses subscribed their names together as witnesses to the execution thereof in the said testator’s presence and that he was this to the best of their judgement, of sound & disposing mind:
    I do prove, approve & allow of the said instrument as the last will & testament of the before name deceased and do commit that the administration thereof in all matters the same (illegible) & of his estate whereof he died seized & possessed in said County unto Ephraim Rice the before named executor work faithfully to execute the said will, and to administer the estate of the said deceased according thereto, who accepted of his said inst. and he shall render an inventory of said estate into the Probate office according to law, and he shall render an amount upon oath of his proceeding when thereunto lawfully required.
    In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal of office this day & year above written. Levil Lincoln, J. prob.
    Entered from the original, Josiah Wheeler Regr.
  • Military*: Jonas Rice served during Revolutionary War.

Family: Deborah Force

Jonas Rice

M, b. 6 March 1672/73, d. 22 September 1753
  • Father: Thomas Rice b. 26 Jan 1625/26, d. 16 Nov 1681
  • Mother: Mary King b. 1630, d. 22 Mar 1714/15
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006
  • Birth*: Jonas Rice was born on 6 March 1672/73.
  • Death*: He died on 22 September 1753 at age 80.

Jonas (2) Rice

M, b. 9 August 1773
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006

Joseph Rice

M, b. 13 March 1637/38, d. 23 December 1711
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006
  • Birth*: Joseph Rice was born on 13 March 1637/38 at England.
  • Marriage*: He married Mercy King on 4 May 1658.
  • Death*: Joseph Rice died on 23 December 1711 at age 73.

Family: Mercy King

Joseph Rice

M, b. 16 May 1678
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006
  • Birth*: Joseph Rice was born on 16 May 1678.

Joseph Rice

  • Last Edited: 18 Jun 2008

Family: Mary Beers

Joseph Rice (II)

M, b. 5 June 1671, d. 3 December 1745
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2008

Family: Mercy Kerley b. 2 May 1681, d. 16 Oct 1727

Joshua Rice

M, b. 19 April 1661, d. 23 June 1734
  • Last Edited: 7 Jan 2007
  • Marriage*: Joshua Rice married Mary Sawyer.
  • Birth*: Joshua Rice was born on 19 April 1661.
  • Death*: He died on 23 June 1734 at age 73.
  • Note*: He Children of Mary Sawyer and Joshua Rice:
    Samuel Rice+
    Nahum Rice
    Sarah Rice
    Zephaniah Rice+
    Deacon Andrew Rice+.

Family: Mary Sawyer

Josiah Rice

M, b. 10 April 1766
  • Father: Oliver Rice b. 7 Nov 1726, d. 23 Mar 1812
  • Mother: Lucy Rice b. 12 Feb 1732, d. 26 Mar 1809
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006

Josiah Rice

  • Last Edited: 6 Aug 2006

Joyce Rice

F, b. 1681
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006
  • Birth*: Joyce Rice was born in 1681.
  • Marriage*: She married Samuel Abbot in 1705.

Family: Samuel Abbot

Juanita Fern (Boe) Rice

F, b. 25 July 1925, d. 2003
  • Last Edited: 29 Oct 2016
  • Birth*: Juanita Fern (Boe) Rice was born on 25 July 1925.
  • Marriage*: She married Joseph David Pate.
  • Marriage*: Juanita Fern (Boe) Rice married James Pickney Martin Jr.
  • Death*: Juanita Fern (Boe) Rice died in 2003.
  • (Witness) Census1930: The 1930 Federal Census enumerated her as a member of Daniel Oliver Rice's household.

Family 1: Joseph David Pate b. 2 Jul 1915, d. 11 Jan 1979

Family 2: James Pickney Martin Jr.

Judith Rice

F, b. 29 September 1687
  • Last Edited: 12 Apr 2008
  • Birth*: Judith Rice was born on 29 September 1687.

Levinah Rice

M, b. 17 March 1729, d. 18 March 1772
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006

Levinah Rice

F, b. 2 June 1771
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006

Lewis Gid Rice

M, b. 31 March 1902, d. 1969
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006

Family 1: Helen (?)

Family 2: Mayna Earp b. 2 Feb 1902

Family 3: Inez Beakman

Lidia Rice

F, b. 30 July 1648, d. 30 July 1648
  • Last Edited: 25 May 2011

Lidia Rice

F, b. 10 December 1649, d. 24 September 1723
  • Last Edited: 25 May 2011

Lilly Ann Rice

F, b. 7 November 1881, d. 15 June 1963

Delbert, Clem, Tom, Lilly (Rice), Lewis and Alice Parker (about 1913)

  • Last Edited: 22 Apr 2017
  • (Witness) Census1900: The 1900 Federal Census enumerated her as a member of Oren Adelbert Rice's household; Rice, Oren A., head, w/m/July 1855/49, married 25 years, born Texas, father born Ohio, mother born Pen or Ten.

Family: Stephen Clemence "Clem" Parker b. 2 Nov 1884, d. 8 Oct 1965

Lois Rice

F, b. 12 October 1753
  • Father: Oliver Rice b. 7 Nov 1726, d. 23 Mar 1812
  • Mother: Lucy Rice b. 12 Feb 1732, d. 26 Mar 1809
  • Last Edited: 4 Aug 2006

Lois Ellen Rice

F, b. 3 November 1924, d. 23 November 1950

Lois Ellen Rice
  • Last Edited: 23 Apr 2017
  • Birth*: Lois Ellen Rice was born on 3 November 1924 at DeWitt County, Texas.
  • Death*: She died on 23 November 1950 at Austin, Travis County, Texas, at age 26 of cerebral palsy; informant was Records of the Austin State School
  • Burial1*: and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum, Lavaca County, Texas.

Loma Gladys Rice

F, b. 1 August 1909, d. 7 January 1910
  • Last Edited: 8 Oct 2016

Lot Rice

  • Last Edited: 22 Jul 2007