Name: Capt Moses Rice
Birth: 27 OCT 1694 in Sudbury
Death: 11 JUN 1755 in Charlemont, Mass. killed by Indians
from Edmund (1638) Assoc web-site:
Capt. Moses Rice was born on 27 October 1694 at Sudbury, MA.3,4 He was the son of John Rice and Tabitha Stone. Capt. Moses Rice married Sarah King, daughter of Thomas King and Elizabeth Clapp, on 16 November 1719 at Sudbury, MA.1,2,5 Capt. Moses Rice died on 11 June 1755 at Charlemont, MA; killed by Indians. Moses was shot in the arm by the Algonquin Indians, lying in ambush, while ploughing corn. He was carried off to the adjoining woods, where he was tomahawked and scalped. Phineas Arms was killed outright (age 24). Grandson Asa, age about 8, was taken to Canada.6,7 He was buried at Station Cemetery, Charlemont, MA.7
Moses Rice of Worcester settled his account as guardian of "Edward King, alias Rice, from 20 June 1720 to 17 February 1726, when he became of age;" "son of Samuel King, alias Rice." One item in that was a share in his grandfather Clapp's estate of Milton; "the former guardian had deceased". The previous guardian of Edward was John Rice [WRN 23], who died 6 September 1719 and was the guardian for 5 children (not named) of Samuel King, alias Rice, 27 January 1718/19.8 He and Sarah King resided circa 1722 at Worcester, MA, opening a public house on the site of one afterwards kept by Capt. Ephraim Mower, and on which was subsequently erected the "United States Hotel."6 Capt. Moses Rice was in the military in 1724 at Rutland, VT, under the command of Capt. Samuel Wright of Rutland on garrison duty with others from Worcester. He commanded a company of cavalry while he resided at Worcester.6 He resided on 13 April 1737 at Worcester, MA.6 He resided on 9 May 1742 at Rutland, VT, where he, along with Eleazer Ball and Daniel Estabrook, were chosen to provide for the ordination of Joseph Buckminster.6 He purchased 2200 acres of land in the township of Claremont, 23 April 1743, and removed to that place; the time we do not learn.6 He was living after 23 April 1743 at Charlemont, MA, as a prominent man, was 'looked up to', as the head and father of that infant plantation, of which he was the chief promoter and one of its first settlers.6 He collected a great amount of historical matter, comprising an account of many interesting events of which he had been a witness, and in some of which he had borne a conspicuous and in others, a hazardous part. His manuscripts were destroyed by fire.9
Children of Capt. Moses Rice and Sarah King:
Samuel Rice+ (10 Aug 1720 - 19 Sep 1793)
Abigail Rice+ (20 Feb 1722/23)
Aaron Rice+ (31 Jan 1724/25 - 02 Oct 1808)
Dinah Rice+ (02 Jan 1726/27 - 06 Sep 1818)
Capt Sylvanus Rice+ (06 Jan 1728/29 - 06 Apr 1819)
Tamar Rice (15 Jun 1732)
Artemas Rice+ (22 Oct 1734 - 13 Mar 1797)
[S1] Andrew Henshaw Ward, The Rice Family, pp. 17, 50.
[S2] Edmund Rice (1638) Association, Rice Family - Supp 1, p. 8.
[S1] Andrew Henshaw Ward, The Rice Family, p. 17.
[S269] Sudbury MA, Sudbury, MA Vital Records, p. 193.
[S269] Sudbury MA, Sudbury, MA Vital Records, p. 228, 260.
[S1] Andrew Henshaw Ward, The Rice Family, p. 50.
[S166] Charlemont MA, Charlemont, MA Vital Records.
[S1] Andrew Henshaw Ward, The Rice Family, p. 38.
[S1] Andrew Henshaw Ward, The Rice Family, p. 51.
Father: John Rice b: ABT 1647 in Sudbury, Mass.
Mother: Tabitha Stone b: 1655
Sarah King b: ABT 1695 in parents speculative
16 NOV 1719
in Sudbury, Mass.
- Samuel Rice b: 10 AUG 1720 in Sudbury, Mass. Rutland??
- Abigail Rice b: 20 FEB 1722 in Worcester, Mass.
- Aaron Rice b: 31 JAN 1724 in Worcester, Mass.
- Dinah Rice b: 21 JAN 1726 in Worcester, Mass.
- Sylvanus Rice b: 06 JAN 1728 in Worcester, Mass.
- Tamar Rice b: 15 JUN 1732 in Worcester, Mass.
- Artemas Rice b: 22 OCT 1734 in Worcester, Mass.