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The below information is from the books HISTORY OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN, by Perry F. Powers, Pub. 1912. The information is extensive. The below info. is from one of the biographies. It does seem to conflict with published records - see notes after article.

"William W. RICE is traced back to Robert Rice, who was born in England, about the year 1590, and records extant show that the family name in England was variously spelled as Royce, Roise, and Royse, the while there is no definite indication as to the exact time when the present simplified orthography of the name was adopted. Robert Rice emigrated to America in 1631 and first settled at Boston, Mass. whence he removed to New London, Connecticut, prior to 1657, and became one of the earlier settleres of that place. He bacame a citizen of prominence and influence in this community, in which he served as constable in 1660 and which he represented in the colonial legislature of the following year.... He died at New London, in 1676 and his wife, Elizabeth, survived him, as data show that she was still living on the family estate in 1688. They became the parents of six sons and three daughters.

Samuel, the third son of Robert and Elizabeth Rice, married Hannah Churchill, of Wethersfield, Connecticut, and he resides at New London, where he was a freeman in 1669, but he removed thence to Wallingford, New Haven colony, prior to 1677. He was the father of two sons and three daughters, and his eldest son, who likewise bore the name of Samuel, resided at Wallingford, where, on the 5the of June, 1690, he married Sarah Baldwin, Samuel and Sarah (Baldwin) Rice became the parents of four children, and Samuel died on the 11th of June, 1729. Jacob, the youngest son, was born April 11, 1697, and on the 28th of September 1724, he wedded Thankful Beach, wao was born September 20, 1702, and who was a daughter of Thomas and Phebe Beach. Jacob Rice died November 13, 1727, at the age of thirty years, and was survived by two children, Amos and Experience.

Amos Rice, who was born on the 1st of November 1725, was married to Sarah Morse about the year 1753, and they resided at Wallingford, Connecticut. They became the parents of seven sons and four daughters, and their fifth son was Benajah , who was born March 16, 1767, and whose marriage to Sarah Hough was solemnized in January, 1793. Amos, the only son of Benajah and Sarah (Hough) Rice, was born in Windham, Green county, New York, on the 22d of August, 1800, and thus it is shown that the parents were pioneers of that section of the Empire state. Amos Rice was reared to manhood in his native county and there he married Loretta Susan Andrews. In 1857 they removed to Lewis county, New York, where they passed the residue of their lives, secure in the high regard of all who knew them. Of their children William W., subject of this memoir, and two of his brothers, became prominently concerned with the tanning industry in the state of New York.

William Wirt Rice was born at Lexington, Greene county, New York, on the 13th of August, 1833, and when he was two years of age his parents removed to Homer, Cortland county, were he was reared to adult age and where he was afforded the advantages of Cortland 1853 he left the home roof and removed to the town of Greig, Lewis county, New York...................On the 27th of February, 1883, the tanneries and about ten thousand acres fo the hemlock land were sold by the Rice brothers to Bullard & Company, of New York City, and about two years later, in 1885, William W. Rice came to Emmet county, Michigan, and established at Petoskey a tannery from which has been evolved the large and prosperous business now conducted under the corporate title of the W.W. Rice Leather Company, in which his sons, as the interested principals, have perpetuated his name. The original tannery at Petoskey had a capacity for output of fifty sides of dry-hide hemlock sole leather a day, and concerning the gowth and expansion of the enterprise further and adequate details are given in the sketches of the careers of the two sons, George S. and Francis Y. on other pages ot this work.

On the 11th of October, 1864, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Rice to Miss Martha A. Gowdy, who was born at Lowville, the county seat of Lewis county, New York, in 1839, and whose death occurred at Petoskey in 1885. She was a daughter of Norman Gowdy, one of the representative citizens and business men of Lewis county. Concerning the children of Mr. and Mrs. Rice the following brief record is given in conclusion of this memoir: Alice G., who was born on the 24th of October, 1865, died on the 28th of September, 1870; George Stanley, who was born August 20, 1867, is individually mentioned elsewhere in this work; Julia B., who was born Ocotber 23, 1869, is now Mrs. Arthur M. Coburn, of Detroit; Francis Yale, who was born November 12, 1871, is likewise the subject of a specific sketch on other pages of this work; Norman G., who was born January 12, 1874, is now a resident of Ubly, Michigan; and Martha A., who was born September 12, 1876, is Mrs. Morgan Curtis of Petoskey."

Most of the Rice family in Cortland were clustered in Solon and Homer.

Information submitted by Vicki Hall Titus

According to Ted Bates, a Hough genealogy writeup on the family includes additional sons for Benajah. The family included 7 children in all: There were 7 children in all. Ruth b. 1795, Mary b 1797, Amos b 1800, Aurelia, Hannah, Albert 1805 and Arba b 1812.

In addition, there seems to be conflicts with the Royce/Rice genealogy as published in Families of Ancient New Haven by Jacobus. It lists Jacob Rice as being the grandson of Robert and that the two Samuels are the same man with two marriages.

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