Thursday, January 5, 2017


This is a wedding photo of Edwin "Ed" Rice and Amy Slack taken on their wedding day in NH.  Edwin sent the photo to his parents Clyde and Etta Rice back in Northfield, Maine.  This was a second marriage for both, Amy was first married to Elmer Glen Kidder and they had several children together.  As far as I know Amy and Edwin did not have any children together.  Edwin and Amy were married on 4 March 1911 in Grantham, , New Hampshire.  Edwin's first wifes name was Bertha, last name unknown.
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This is a photo of the back of the wedding photo, print is faded but can still be read.

Below is some tax information I found at the Maine state Archives in Augusta, Maine for Judah Rice.

Both the Rice brothers, Judah and Freeman Rice purchased the Rice farmstead and lived there together for several years, raising their families.  Both brothers married daughters of Horace Foster and Nancy Libby of Machiasport, Maine.  Another Foster sister, Annie Foster, married James Alvin Flynn of Machiasport, and Annie was the one who reported back to the town a number of births at the Rice farmstead.
As you can see, Freeman Rice also paid taxes on the property he shared with his brother.  In time, Freeman and his family moved out of the farmstead, most likely to Centerville, Maine.  After Judah died his son Clyde Garvey Rice took over the farmstead along with his wife Etta May Burns.  They had two children, Grace Lois Rice and Bernard Francis Rice.  After Clyde died Bernard took over the Rice farmstead.
This is perhaps the best photo of the Rice farmstead that exists, I took this photo standing up on the hillside in the blueberry field.  The small shack was a smokehouse used by the Rices.  The large barn once held cows, pigs, chickens and horses.  One of the two sheds has a ladder up against it - Bernard always wanted to hire someone to go up on the roof and patch up the leaks, but never had the money to get it done. There was also a large patch of Rhubarb along the shed.
The farmhouse only had three bedrooms, so it must of been very crowded when both of the brothers lived there with their children.
This is a photo of the farmstead taken from about where several apple tree's were located, the two windows to the right were in the Parlor, the front door was directly across from the stairway leading to two bedrooms upstairs, the two windows left of the doorway were in the kitch and dining room, the window to the far left was the third bedroom.
The photo above is of Bernard Rice by his prized jeep.  Bernard was born legally blind but that did not stop him from taking to the main roads with his jeep every now and than to check on the Rice hunting camp on Eastern Ridge.  He feared getting caught on the roadway so he did not make many trips.  The jeep along with a trailer was mainly used to gather hay and firewood.  The Rice's owned about 100 acres on the land where the house stood, along with property by Bog Lake, Eastern Ridge, and a large section of property by the Northfield one room schoolhouse close to where Virgil Rice Sr. and his wife Vesta Beulah  Dill lived.  Town records show her listed as the Supt. of Schools in Northfield Maine.
Cassis A. "Young" Bagley along side a cow behind the Rice Barn.  Cassie was married to Asa John Bagley and they had several children together.  Asa and Cassie parted ways and she went to work on the Rice farmstead in exchange for room and board.  She tended to Etta Rice as Etta battled cancer, and later tended to Clyde Rice as he lay in bed dying.  Somewhere along the way Cassie and Bernard Rice fell in love and she remained on the farmstead as his live in girlfriend.  Cassie was very thin and frail and had a very low voice, but always had a big smile.  She was buried in the Northfield Cemetery, as she had requested, not far from where Bernard Rice would be buried years later.  She passed away in the Calais hospital from cancer.
Cassie's parents were Amos Westbrook Young and Minnie Almira Dunbar.
Norman Bagley, above, was one of Cassie's son's.  He played a key role in helping get Bernard and Cassie to Machias so they could shop for food and other items.  Cassie's children often came over to the Rice farmstead to visit with her.
Gravestone of Virgil Rice Sr.  A number of Rices are buried in the northfield Cemetery along route 192.  If you stood in one corner of the cemetery you could look across the blueberry fields and see the Rice farmstead years ago.  Sadly the farm burned down shortly after Bernard Rice died, struck by lightning.  The property was sold after the fire and the new owner put up new buildings on the land.
This is the downstairs floor plan for the Rice farmstead.  The large unmarked room was the dining area.  The farm never had plumbing or running water.  An outhouse was on Rice property across the main road which was reached by walking down the long dirt driveway, crossing the road, walking past the Rice one room cabin, past a woodshed, past a family dump and finally you arrived at the outhouse.
In the drawing you can see the private road the Rices owned that ran across their land to the Northfield cemetery.  On our yearly one to two week visits we would all walk that private road and place flowers on the Rice graves.  Across the main road was the one room cabin Clyde Rice built for his daughter, Grace lois Rice.  It was one room with a bunk bed, a wood stove, a table and some chairs, no plumbing or electricity.  Grace raised her daughter in that one room cabin.  You can also see the path through the woods to the Rice well.  The well by the farmhouse was dry most of the time so you had to carry pails to the well, pull up the buckets of water by hand from a long rope, and carry the water back to the house.  The dirt road behind the farmhouse ran up through the blueberry fields, and once went through the woods all the way to property the Rice's owned on Bog Lake.
This is a photo of Clara Rice, seated, and her mother - Susan Rice.  Not much is known about Clara Rice.
A photo of Cassie Bagley and her son Leslie - not much is known about him other than he died in his early 30's.  This photo was taken on one of his visits to the Rice farmstead.
The one room log cabin Clyde Rice built for his daughter Grace Lois Rice - she would later marry Raymond Lawrence Anthony, have a child, and leave him, returning back to the cabin in Northfield, maine with her daughter.

A letter Warren Rice wrote to Cassie Bagley inviting her to a school event.
A sketch of the log cabin Bernard planed to build on Eastern Ridge.  Bernard drew the puicture, and later on build the cabin.
A second drawing of the cabin Bernard planned to build on Eastern Ridge.  On our visits to the Rice farmstead we visited this cabin a number of times with Bernard.
A drawing of a fast car Bernard Rice drew.  He had an obcession with fast cars and many of his poems centered around them.  One of his poems on fast cars was printed in the Machias Newspaper.

This was perhaps one of the best finds in a box full of old papers found at the farmstead after Bernard Rice passed away.  It is an old shopping list Clyde took to town with him.  Notice how low things cost back than...

A copy of Clyde Garvey Rice's death cert..  At least two genealogy sites have Clyde's middle name spelled wrong, listing it as Garvin, one site made a note of the correction, the second site refused to correct their mistake. That second site also has Clyde and etta never having any children - it just goes to show that even Wikitree can't always get things right.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


This ebook covers the Rice Family's of Washington County, Maine who resided in the towns of Centerville, Marshfield, Northfield, Machias and Machiasport Maine.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Benjamin Rice

Benjamin Rice was married to Jane Larrabee.  they had three children;

Judah Rice who married Susan Foster.

Freeman Rice who married Sarah Foster.

Alice V.  who only shows up on census records at a very early age.


parents unknown
born[  some records state Canada, others state Maine
(family members believe the Rice's came to Maine from N.S. Canada and lived on or near Indian land there.)
died;  Centerville, Maine
Father;  unknown
Mother;  unknown
Jane Larrabee
born;    1815 at Machiasport, Maine
married;    1840
died;    1860 at Centerville, Maine
father;    Joseph Larrabee - born Oct. 31 1756 at Machias, Maine
                                           died;    1850 at Machiasport, Maine
mother;   Rebecca (Libby) Larrabee
born;  1781 at Harrington, Maine
died;   1816 at Machiasport, Maine

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Judah Rice

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

Thurman C. Rice

Virgil Wilder Rice
born;  10     SEPT     1886
died;  9     APRIL     1965
married on   28  MARCH  1914
(1st marr. to Ruth V. Leporte - 4 nov 1911)
his 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)

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
married on  7  April  1904 - Wesley, Maine
his wife;
Fannie S. Archer
her father;  Charles A. Archer
her mother;  Corilla  Leighton

Elmer Hilton Rice

Edwin A. "Ed" Rice
born;  24  OCT  1868 - Machiasport, Maine
died;  1911
married Amy on 4 March 1911 at  Grantham, , New Hampshire
1st marriage;
Bertha    ?
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    ?

Annie B. Rice

Annie's daughter - Mina Caler

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

Built as a hunting cabin, my grandmother, Grace Lois (Rice) Anthony lived in it 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


Clyde Garvey Rice

Clyde Garvey Rice
born;   21 NOV 1883  - Machiasport, Maine
died;   30 MAY 1962 - Northfield, Maine
married on   30 SEPT 1906  by By justice of peace Henry R. Taylor
Occupation - a Registered maine guide, trapper and farmer.
His father;  Judah Rice
His mother;  Susan Foster
He married
Etta  May  Burns
born;   27 JULY 1885 - North New Portland, Maine
died;    25 MAY 1958 - Northfield, Maine
Her Father;   Henry Burns
Her Mother;  Charlotte Amanda Welch

Clyde Garvey Rice holding three baby Black bears

Etta May Burns with Cassie A. "Young" Bagley


1.  Bernard Francis Rice
born;   20 JUNE 1907  -  Northfield, Maine
died;   31   Dec   1981 - Northfield, Maine
wife;  (never married, had live-in girlfriend)
Cassie Adelaide "Young" Bagley
born;  20  April  1900
died;  22  Nov  1968
Her Father;  Amos Westbrook Young
Her Mother;  Minnie Almira Dunbar
(Cassie was married to Asa J. Bagley)

Bernard Rice and Cassie Bagley

2.  Grace Lois Rice
born;  19 JAN 1909  - Northfield, Maine
died;  4 NOV  1986  -  Fairfield, Maine
married at West Va. in 1934
Raymond L. Anthony
born;  17  Dec  1896 - Canton, Ohio
died;  23  July  1969 - Canton, Ohio
His Father;  George L. Anthony
His Mother;  Flora J. Kapp

child 1;  (still living)

child 2;  (still living)

Grace Lois (Rice) Anthony at her home in Fairfield, Maine

Raymond L. Anthony - born and died in Canton Ohio

Notes;  Clyde and Etta lived at the Rice farmstead along route 192 in Northfield, Maine.

The farmstead was right next to the Northfield Cemetery where a number of the Rice's are buried.  The family had their own private dirt road which ran from the farmhouse to the Cemetery.  Bernard inherited the farmhouse where he Cassie lived after Etta and Clyde died.  After Bernard died the farmhouse burned down during a lightning storm.

Rice farmstead - I took this photo of the shed which served as main entrance to the house

Cassie came to the farmhouse after Clyde learned Etta was dying from cancer.  He placed an ad in the local paper and Cassie answered the ad.  She was still married to Asa J. Bagley at the time and they had several children and no one knows why she left him to move to the Rice Farmstead.
She was hired to help tend to Etta, to cook and do house keeping duties in exchange for room and board.  Cassie also had very poor eye sight and got a monthly SSI check as well.
In time Etta got so bad she became bed ridden and had to under go operations.  Clyde had to sell off a large area of land he owned over by the Northfield one room schoolhouse in order to help pay off the hospital bills.  Etta died and Cassie stayed on as a house keeper, but in time Clyde also became ill and ended up being bed ridden.  Just as she had done for Etta, Cassie tended to Clyde until he died.
Somewhere along the way Cassie and Bernard Rice had fallen in love and Cassie remained at the farmstead, but now as a live-in girlfriend of Bernard.  Cassie was always very thin and frail looking but I never saw her get angry - she always was soft spoken and offered up a smile.  Cassie always treated us kids just as if she was our grandmother.  Cassie and Asa's children often stopped by the Rice farmstead to visit her and her son Norman Bagley saw to it that Bernard and her got into Machias at least one or two times a month to shop for food.  Just like Cassie, Bernard also suffered from very poor eyesight and could not drive.
It was Cassie's wish that when she died she would be buried in the Northfield Cemetery, not far from Bernard and her wish was honnored after a battle with cancer that saw her first in the Machias hospital and later moved to the Calis hospital, where she died.

Cassie A. Bagley gravestone, Northfield, Maine

Clyde was a registered Maine Guide as was some of the other Rice's.  He loved to be out in the woods and was a very good hunter as well as a trapper.  In his lifetime Clyde shot more than his share of deer and bear. 
Etta did not like her photo taken - she always said that when she was dead and gone she didn't want people looking at her.  She also thought the earthen cellar at the Rice farmstead was haunted and did not like to go down into it.  Etta had also hoped she would of had all boys. 
Bernard loved to study his Bible and talk religion and after Cassie passed away, perhaps out of loneliness, he began inviting jehovah's witnesses to the farmstead.  They always sent two at a time and tried their damest to convert Bernard, but what they didn't know was that it was Bernard who was doing the converting and in time he ended up getting several of them to leave and become true Christians.  The group finally stopped sending people to the farmstead.
Bernard got a monthly SSI check because of his poor eyesight and made extra income several ways.  He had vast Blueberry fields and also repaired chain saws.  He collected old tools with a passion and restored them to like new condition.  He also began to repair old cast iron wood stoves. 
Besides the blueberry fields, the Rices also owned the land across route 192 which had a hunting cabin on it.  Lots were also rented in the summertime which had several converted school buses on them.  The family also owned land on nearby Eastern Ridge with yet another hunting cabin on it.  It was Bernards wish to restore all of the family land that had been sold over the years back into the family and he had restored some of those lands when he passed away.

Bernard Rice & Cassie Bagley at hunting cabin on Eastern Ridge

Bernard had a weak heart in later years and his doctor told him he had to take it easy.  On a very cold winter day the fire box ran dry and Bernard had to make hiw way out for more firewood.  After hauling in an armfull he got chest pains and went into the front parlor to lay down - he would never wake up.

Clyde Garvey Rice Registered Maine Guide papers

Bernard Francis Rice in kitchen of Rice farmstead

Bernard Francis Rice in front parlor of the Rice farmstead in Northfield, Maine

Rice farmstead - photo I took from route 192, Northfield, Maine

My mother giving Bernard Rice a hug goodbye on one of our visits to the Rice farmstead


Cassie A. "Young" Bagley - photo taken by Bernard Rice