Judah Rice

born;  18 JAN 1843 - Machiasport, Maine

died;  30 March 1922 - Northfield Cemetery

married on 18  JAN 1868 - Machiasport, Maine

His Father;  Benjamin Rice

His Mother;  Jane Larrabee

His Wife;

Susan E. Foster

born;  30  NOV  1849 - Machiasport, Maine

died;  27  nov 1912  - Northfield Cem,  Northfield, Maine

Her Father;  Horace Foster

Her Mother;  Nancy Libby

Judah Rice

Susan E. Foster


Thurman C. Rice -

born  7  MARCH  1889 Machiasport, Maine

died  1    Jan    1957

married on     3     JULY     1913

his wife;

Mabel  H.  Hatt

born;  18    NOV    1895 - Wesley, Maine

died;  7     MAY   1922 - Northfield, Maine

(Their child - Thurman Cleveland Rice Jr, married Grace Lydia Burke.  Thurman Jr was born in Marshfield, Maine on 10/29/1918 and died on 2/5/2000 at Fulton, New York.  Grace was born on 10/23/1920 at Plantation 14, Maine and died on 1/27/2003 at Ct.

They had several children, including Clyde E. Rice, born Calais, Maine and died on 2/21/2018 at Suffield, Connecticut.

Thurman Cleveland. Rice

Virgil Wilder Rice

born;  10     SEPT     1886

died;  9     APRIL     1965

1st wife

Margaret  Belle  Ingersoil

2nd wife;

Vesta Beulah Dill

born;  19  Oct  1896 - Richmond, Maine

died;  5  Dec  1987 - Machias, Maine

(she later married Ralph Day)

her father;  Charles E. Dill

her mother;  Achsia B. Babcock (Peacock)

(NOTE:  Virgil Wilder Rice  was first married Margaret Ingersoil, who was still in school.  The marriage was annulled, she later gave birth to Oral Church Rice - Virgil is named as the father, at the time of the baby's birth - 10/19/1912, Margaret was dating Thomas Scott Bowden.  Her and Thomas had two children before they were married, on license their two kids are listed as is Oral C. Rice.  Virgil  went on to marry  Vesta Beulah Dill.)

Vesta Beulah Dill

Grover Cleveland Rice

born;  9    Feb    1892   centerville, Maine

died;  25   MAR   1893

Benjamin Harrison Rice

born;  9    Feb    1892   centerville, Maine

died;  18   AUG   1892

William  W. Rice

born;  11    OCT  1863

died;   21  MAR  1892

(never married)

Merton "mertie" Rice

born;  22     APRIL     1871


Clyde Garvey Rice

born;  21  NOV  1883

died;  30    MAY    1962 - Northfield, Maine

married on  30   SEPT   1906 - Machias, Maine

his wife;

Etta May Burns

born;  27   JULY   1885

died;  1958 - Northfield, Maine

her father;  Henry Burns

her mother;  Charlotte Amanda Welch

Clyde Garvey Rice & Etta May Burns

Charlotte Amanda Welch

Elmer Hilton Rice

born;  2   APRIL   1882 - Northfield, Maine

died;  1933 in a "Bug House" from mental illness (Susan Rice's notes)

married on  7  April  1904 - Wesley, Maine

his wife;

Fannie S. Archer



her father;  Charles A. Archer

her mother;  Corilla  Leighton


Edwin A. "Ed" Rice

born;  24  OCT  1868 - Machiasport, Maine

died;  1911

married Amy on 4 March 1911 at  Grantham, , New Hampshire

1st marriage;

Ada  Bertha   Wright
Ada'a marriages included;
berthas other marr
Frank W Savage
Lee Franklin Underhill
Henry Edward Pecoy
Alonzo Frank Thompson
Wiliam E Rich
Charles H. Sargent
4 of her husbands were from New Hampshire
her father;       Lorenzo D Wright
her mother;     Emma L Crocker

2nd Marriage

Amy Slack


died;  2  Feb  1946 NH

her father;  Henry F. Slack

her mother;  Laura White

Amy's 1st husband -

Elmer  Glenn Kidder

married Amy in 21  August  1892  at Enfield, , New Hampshire

Father;     Alfred  R.  Kidder

Mother;    Mary  E.  Foster               (daughter of Thomas Foster)

Edwin "Ed" Rice & Amy Slack

Edwin "Ed" Rice

Clara Rice

born;  20  JUNE  1870


Clara Rice (seated) and mother Susan E. (Foster) Rice

Annie B. Rice

born;  10   JAN    1875


Husband 1;

Wellington E. Caler

born;    20  April  1865    Centerville, Maine

died;    10  May  1905     Centerville, Maine

married;  28  Aug.  1892  Columbia Falls, Maine

his father;  Charles W. Caler

his mother;  Christina  Christie  C. Snow

Husband 2;

Maleolm W.  Clark

born;    2  Feb.  1880  Boston, Mass.

died;     7  Dec.  1960  Ellsworth, Maine

married;  31  Oct.  1904  Machias, Maine

his father;  Samuel Clark

his mother;  Almira    ?

NOTE;  Annie Rice died young and her  child, Hazel, was raised by Susan and Judah Rice after her death.  This information comes from notes in a book which belonged to Susan Rice, Bible Readings For The Home Circle.  Thurman Rice gave the book to his mother as a gift, mailed to her from Vermont.

Annie B. Rice

Annie's daughter - Mina Caler

(NOTE; Sometimes while researching your family genealogy you run into surprising discoveries, such was the case in my research of Annie's daughter Mina, who married Darrell Clifton Roberts. I just now learned that she died in Fairfield, Maine at the old Fairfield Sanatorium, where she had been a patient for 5 months and 10 days suffering from tuberculcsis, she she had been battling for 18 months. Mina daughter Violet Roberts passed away in 2004. Years later, Clyde and Etta Rice's daughter, Grace Lois Rice Anthony, would apply for and get hired there, where she worked for many years. Grace purchased land within view of the Sanatorium and lived there in a two room log cabin, but to my knowledge I do not believe she ever knew Mina Rice had ever been a patient there. Violet Marie Roberts married Philip Ivan Chambers)

Ernest Owen Rice

born;  30     JAN     1880

died;  1    Jan    1900

Ernest Owen Rice


Judah Rice and his brother Freeman Rice each married daughters of Horace Foster and Nancy Libby of Machiasport, Maine.  They purchased the Rice Farmstead in Northfield, Maine and the two families lived there sharing the taxes.  At some point Judah came to own all of the Rice lands, including the 100 acres where the farmhouse stood, mainly blueberry fields, land across the roadway where a hunting cabin stood, land and another hunting cabin on Eastern Ridge, and a large section of land near where the one room schoolhouse once stood in Northfield, Maine.

photo I took of the Rice Farmstead as seen from upper blueberry fields, route 192, Northfield, Maine

Clyde Garvey Rice - Judah's son, ended up with all of the Rice property but years later when Etta May Burns came down sick from cancer and had to have operations, Clyde had to begin selling off sections of land, including all of the land by the one room schoolhouse.

Clyde's brother Virgil Wilder Rice also owned land and a farmhouse by the one room schoolhouse where Virgil lived with his wife Vesta Beulah Dill.  Vesta was listed in at least one town record as being the superintendent of Northfield schools.  Virgil liked to tip the bottle and was said to be extremely jealous of Vesta, which led to many fights.  Grace Lois Rice, who married Raymond L. Anthony of Canton, Ohio would walk the long distance from the rice farmstead to Vesta's nearly every day and considered her one of her closest friends.

Vesta would later marry Ralph Day.  On at least one document Virgil and Vesta are both listed as being registered Maine guides.

I recall my Uncle Bernard Rice as saying Benjamin Rice came down to Maine from NS, Canada and that he lived on Indian land there.  My grandmother, Grace Anthony also said Benjamin came down to Maine from Canada, but she thought he may of lived on land near or on Indian lands there.  We have never been able to find out who Benjamin rice's parents were and if anyone has such information, please consider contacting me and sharing it with me, I would be very thankful.

Rice Farmstead as seen from route 192

The farmhouse burned to the ground some time after the last Rice lived there during a lightning storm.  Only the barn remained and was later torn down by the new land owner.

Rice hunting cabin, route 192, Northfield, Maine

My grandmother, Grace Lois (Rice) Anthony lived in this for many years raising her daughter there.  The cabin was directly across the road from the Rice Farmstead.  The new land owner torn the cabin down.





Clyde Garvey Rice dog license

Views: 289

Comments are closed for this blog post

© 2022   Created by Chris Dunham.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service