Jonathan Rice was born 3 July 1654 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Henry Rice (1621-1711) and Elizabeth Moore (c1628-1705) and died 12 April 1725 Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Martha Eames (1654-1675) 23 March 1675 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Rebecca Watson (1656-1689) 1 November 1677 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Wheeler (1669-1744) 12 February 1690 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.


Gravestone of Jonathan Rice at Church Hill Cemetery in Framingham MA.

Jonathan Rice was born on 3 July 1654 at Sudbury, MA. He was the son of Henry Rice and Elizabeth Moore. Jonathan Rice died on 12 April 1725 at Framingham, MA; aged 70y. He was buried at Church Hill Cemetery, Framingham, MA. The estate was probated on 21 May 1725 at Middlesex County, MA.

Jonathan Rice was an innkeeper, operating a public house for many years at East Sudbury, MA.12 He resided circa 1706 at Framingham, MA, he moved in with his father after his mother died. On 16 June 1707 Jonathan Rice bought 38 acres at Salem End in Framingham from Benjamin Nurse and resold it to son Abraham in 1725.14 He served as selectman in Framingham 10 times beginning 1708 and sat in the General Court in 1711 and 1720.12

The Will of Jonathan Rice

He left a will on 15 March 1724/25 at Framingham, MA, mentioning wife Elizabeth, sons Jonathan, David, Henry, Hezekiah, Abraham, Ezekiel, Phineas, and Richard, and daughters Anna wife of William Cutler, Martha wife of James Whitney, Elizabeth wife of Daniel Pratt, Sarah, and Abigail. Executor: son Hezekiah.

Note: Descendants of Edmund Rice states Jonathan's death date to be 12 April 1725. Church Hill Cemetery records state a death date of 25 April 1725.

Marriage & Family

1st Marriage: Martha Eames

Jonathan Rice married Martha Eames on 23 March 1674/75 at Sudbury, MA; the marriage is explicitly 75-6, while the death is explicitly 75, but Ward gives his opinion that the marriage record is the one in error.


Offspring of Jonathan Rice and Martha Eames (1654-1675)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Martha Rice (1675-)

2nd Marriage: Rebecca Watson

Jonathan Rice married Rebecca Watson on 1 November 1677 at Sudbury, MA; (1679 per Cambridge records, which do not mention Sudbury at all).


Offspring of Jonathan Rice and Rebecca Watson (1656-1689)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jonathan Rice (1678-1744) 17 September 1678 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1744 Lydia Pratt (1684-)
David Rice (1679-1725)
Ann Rice (1683-1753)
Henry Rice (1685-)

3rd Marriage: Elizabeth Wheeler

Jonathan Rice married Elizabeth Wheeler on 12 February 1690/91 at Sudbury, MA.5,2,9


Offspring of Jonathan Rice and Elizabeth Wheeler (1669-1744)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Martha Rice (1693-1731)
Hezekiah Rice (1694-1761) 1694 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 16 December 1761 Framingham, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mary Haynes (1690-1785)
Abraham Rice (1697-)
Elizabeth Rice (1703-)
Ezekiel Rice (1700-)
Bethalia Rice (1704-1772)
Phineas Rice (1705-)
Richard Rice (1709-1737)
Abigail Rice (1713-1753)




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