Joseph Rice was born 1638 to Edmund Rice (1594-1663) and Thomasine Frost (1600-1654) and died 23 December 1711 Stow, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Mercy King (1639-1659) 4 May 1658 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Martha Unknown Rice (c1640-1669) 1660 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Mary Beers (-1677) 1670 in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Research Notes

In 1638 Joseph's parents immigrated from somewhere in England (source is highly disputed) to Massachusetts Bay Colony. Joseph Rice was born that same year, but where? Massachusetts or England?

Marriage Family

1st Marriage: Mercy King

He married first Mercy King (1639-1659) on 04 May 1658 and she probably died soon thereafter. No Issue?

2nd Marriage: Martha

His second wife Martha died at Marlboro 04 Jan 1668-9.

  1. Rebecca Rice (1660-) - b. 06 Apr 1660 at Sudbury MA
  2. Martha Rice (1662-) - Md Jonathan Coolidge
  3. Josiah Rice (1663-)
  4. Caleb Rice (1666-1739) - md Mary Ward

3rd Marriage: Mary Beers

He married third, Mary Beers of Watertown in 1670. She died there 13 May 1677.

  1. Joseph Rice (1671-) - md Mercy Kerley
  2. Eleazer Rice (1672-) - died young
  3. Mary Rice (1674-) - md David Stone

4th Marriage: Sarah

His fourth wife was Sarah, by whom he had two youngest children at Watertown and one, the youngest, at Marlborough, after his return. It is not improbablye that this last wife was Sarah Wheeler, as Isaac Wheeler, about 1682, chose his father-in-law, Joseph Rice, for his guardian. Seven of the children below are on Marlborough birth records.

  1. Jonathan Rice (1679-) - md Anna Derby
  2. Sarah Rice (1681-1681) -
  3. Phineas Rice (1682-) - md Elizabeth Willard


Offspring of Joseph Rice and Martha Unknown Rice (c1640-1669)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Rebecca Rice (1660-)
Martha Rice (1662-)
Josiah Rice (1663-)
Caleb Rice (1666-1739) 19 May 1666 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 5 January 1739 Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mary Ward (1676-1742)

Offspring of Joseph Rice and Mary Beers (-1677)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joseph Rice (1671-)
Eleazer Rice (1672-)
Mary Rice (1674-)

Offspring of Joseph Rice and Sarah Unknown Rice
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jonathan Rice (1679-)
Sarah Rice (1681-1681)
Phineas Rice (1682-)



  • Genealogical History of the Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice - bupl 1858 by Andrew H Ward, pg 8-9. Free on Google Books.


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