Mary Rice

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Rice was born on 10 February 1751, in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Phinehas Rice, was 26 and her mother, Hannah Cummings, was 29. She married Eli Freeman on 26 March 1767, in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 9 July 1812, in Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

Eli Freeman
1749–1816
Mary Rice
1751–1812
Marriage: 26 March 1767
Rachel Freeman
1769–1847
Samuel Freeman
1774–
Hannah Freeman
1776–before 1778
Hannah Freeman
before 1778–1812
Mary Freeman
1781–1800
Samuel Freeman
1786–1825
Luther Freeman
1790–1872

Sources (8)

  • Hardwick, Worcester, Massachusetts Births
  • Mary in entry for Rachel Freeman, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary Rice - Government record: birth-name: Mary

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1776

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

Welsh: Anglicized pronunciation of one of the most common Welsh personal names, Rhys, from a form originally meaning ‘rash, impetuous’, also spelled Rys and Re(e)s. See also Reese , with which it is interchangeable as a result of different Anglicized forms of the Welsh vowel y, and also compare Preece and Price . Initial R- in Welsh is voiceless and often spelled Rh-, but in English R- is voiced as in the Anglicized surnames Rees and Rice. Welsh y is a short back vowel /ɪ/. In the medieval period the English approximation of this vowel was either /i/ or /e/, lengthened to /i:/ and /e:/. Subsequent sound changes in English produced the alternative pronunciations represented in Rees, Preece and Rice, Price. The name has also been established in Ireland from an early date.

English: either a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a thicket (Middle English ris, rice, ris, from Old English hrīs, Old Norse hrís), or a habitational name for someone who came from a place called with this word, such as Rise (East Yorkshire).

English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English Rys(e) and Re(e)s which when without a preposition could derive from one or other of several Old French and Middle English words, including Anglo-Norman French ris ‘laughter, smile’, Middle English ris, res ‘stem, stalk’, in origin the same word as in 2 above, and Middle English ris, rise, rice, res, Old French ris, riz ‘rice’, perhaps a nickname for a rice dealer or a cook.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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