Amanuensis Monday – 1726 Will of Edmund Rice (1663-1726) of Westborough, Massachusetts

This week’s doc for transcription is the 1726 will of Edmund Rice (1663-1726) of Westborough, Massachusetts. 

[Middlesex County, Mass. Probate Court Case File 18697, image 3 of 11]:

For the reason that above is troublesome to learn, I obtained the Middlesex County Probate Courtroom transcript in Quantity 18, web page 18-19:

The transcription of this may from the Probate Courtroom transcript (beginning close to the underside of the left-hand web page) is:

Within the Identify of God Amen the tenth Day of August Anno Domini 
one thousand Seven hundred and Twenty Six.  I Edmund Rice of Westborough within the 
County of Middlesex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England 
Yeoman being very Sick and weak in Physique however in full self-discipline and Un-
derstanding, Thanks be given to God for it, realizing that it’s appointed to all males 
as soon as to Dye and that it’s Expedient in my very own Preparation therefor to Set my 
Home in Order, do make and ordain this my final Will and Testomony that’s to 
say, Principally and furst of all I give and Suggest my Soul into the arms of God 
that gave it and my Physique I like to recommend to the Earth to be in Respectable Christian method 
buried on the Discretion of my Executors nothing doubting however on the Generall Resurrection 
I shall obtain the identical once more by the mighty Energy of God.  And as touching such 
worldly Property wherewith it hath happy God to Bless me to this Life I give demise and Be-
queath and dispose in Type and method following.  Viz’t:  

Imprimis.  I give and bequeath unto Hannah my Pricey & properly bebeloved Spouse All and 
each of these Items, Utensills or in anyway in addition to she introduced along with her to me Over and a-
bove which I give to her the Sum of Threescore kilos of currant cash of this province to 
be paid to her or her heirs inside a Twelve Month after my decease, I likewise give to her one 
Cow to be chosen out of my inventory by my Executors hereafter to be named which Cow it’s my 
will shall be saved upon this Farm throughout her abode with this Household; And furthermore 
whilse she shall see meet to Proceed right here It’s my Pleasure and I do hereby appoint
one Room on this home for her sole use and Profit.

Merchandise I give unto my beloved son Seth (the eldest of my sons with me) the Nor-
thern a part of this Farm on which I reside with the Home, Barn, Fences and all of the Enhance-
ments on the Identical to be a superb and certain Inheritance endlessly to him and his heirs.

Merchandise I give unto my son Eleazar the Southern a part of this forementioned Farm my
Will regarding the line between these my ^two^ sons being this that it run from a Maple tree (in
the Nook between this land and that belonging to Joseph Rice) Easterly to a pine tree
and thence runing two Rods north of a crimson oak on the North aspect of the Forehead of the Hill
all the way down to the River.  Furthermore I give unto my son Eleazar eight acres of Land which is
but to be laid out; All which Lands given to this my son I’ll to him and his heirs endlessly
as a certain and good Inheritance.  And moreover it’s my Pleasure and I do hereby
appoint that fifty Kilos in good and lawful cash of New England be paid by my
son Seth unto my son Eleazar when he shall come to be of age any factor to the con-
trary abovesaid however.

Merchandise  I give unto my beloved daughter Dinah Brigham the sum of twenty kilos.

Merchandise I give unto my beloved daughter Huldah Wheelock the sum of thirty and
4 kilos quitting and discharging her of a Debt of six kilos which in any other case
She could be obliged to pay to me.

Merchandise.  I give to my beloved daughter Grateful Rice the sum of twenty kilos.

Merchandise  I give to my beloved daughters Ruth and Anna the sum of fifty kilos
every, all which Sums to be paid in good and lawful cash of this province
inside a twelve Month after my decease.

And it’s my Will ^and I affirm^ that if almighty energy Ought to work that Deliverance
for my two sons Silas and Timothy out of their Captivity which we certainly of our 
selves can have little prospect of and convey them Dwelling they shall obtain 5
Kilos every.  These Legacies being paid If ought of cash or moveables
stay I’ll put Residue of all unto my son Seth, However right here it’s to be understood
That each one my lawful Money owed and Funeral Expenses be defrayed out of what has been ap-
portioned unto him my stated Son Seth.

Final of all I appoint and Represent my pricey and beloved brother Joshua
Rice and my trusty and beloved buddy Caleb Rice to be Executors of this my final
Will and Testomony on whom I devolve all Energy and Authority to obtain  sue for
and get rid of all and each of my Lands Buildings moneys moveables and no matter
I’m lawfully possessed of So it’s in keeping with my true Intent and which means as above
exhibited.  And I do by these Presents disallow, revoke and disannul all and each
former Testaments Wills Legacies Bequests and Executors by me in any smart heretofore
named willed or bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no different to be my final
Will and Testomony.  In witness whereof I’ve hereunto set my hand and seal the day
and yr abovewritten.                                         Edmund Rice and a seal

Signed sealed printed pronounced and declared by the stated Edmund Rice to be his
final Will nd Testomony in presence of Isaac Tomlin John Inexperienced Jedidiah How.
Entred & Examined by Fra: Foxcroft Jun’r  Reg’r  a Copy writt out for the Executors.

The supply citations for this probate case file will is:

Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case recordsdata, Quantity: Middlesex Instances 16001-17999, Property File #16897 (11 pictures), Edmund Rice of Westborough property, 1726; “Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871,” digital pictures, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors  ( accessed 2 January 2021); Digitized mages offered by from unique data at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass. 

“Massachusetts, U.S. Wills and Probate Data, 1635-1991,” listed database with digital pictures, ( : accessed 11 July 2021), Middlesex County, “Probate Data, V. 18-19, 1726-1732,” Quantity 18, pages 18-19 (picture 22 of 667), Edmund Rice of Westborough will and probate data, proved 12 September 1726.
Edmund Rice (1663-1726) married, first, Ruth Parker (1672-before 1720) in 1692, and so they had 12 youngsters:

*  Dinah Rice (1693-1725), married 1717 Nathan Brigham (1693-1784).
*  Silas Rice (1695-1779), married 1715 Marie Tsionnakwannen Tsaikohawi (1699-1779).
*  Timothy Rice (1697-1777), married Catherine Osennehawe (1701-1750).
*  Nahor Rice (1699-1704).
*  Huldah Rice (1701-1741), married 1720 Samuel Wheelock (1696-1756).
*  Moses Rice (1703-1704).
*  Seth Rice (1705-1796), married 1727 Dorothy Robinson (1709-1801).
*  Grateful Rice (1707-1779), married 1726 Josiah Rice (1700-1792).
*  Eleazer Rice (1709-1767), married (1) 1731 Persis Newton (1713-1746); (2) 1747 Mehitabel Stone (1719-1812).
*  Ruth Rice (1712-1786), married 1738 Elisha Ward (1712-1756).
*  Ebenezer Rice (1714-1714).
*  Anna Rice (1715-1802), married 1741 Solomon Rice (1713-1802).

Edmund Rice married, second, to Hannah Brewer (1672-1766) in 1720 and so they had no youngsters.

In his will, Edmund Rice named his identified dwelling youngsters, and his first two sons who had been captured and brought to Canada in 1704.  The probate packet additionally accommodates a listing of his private property taken on 29 September 1726 totaling £395-17-0 (£192 of it in cash and bonds owed to him) and an executor’s account authorized by the Courtroom on 6 June 1729.

Edmund and Ruth (Parker) Rice are my seventh great-grandparents, by means of their daughter Dinah Rice who married Nathan Brigham in 1717.


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the superb TransylvanianDutch weblog) began a Monday weblog theme years in the past referred to as “Amanuensis Monday.” John gives this definition for “amanuensis:”

“An individual employed to write down what one other dictates or to repeat what has been written by one other.”

Learn different transcriptions for my ancestors in Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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