Names on RICE/STEELE Gravestone:
Henry Rice 1843-1904
Esther [Lillian Hart] Steele Hanson 1885-1963
Mary M.B.R.[Rice] Steele 1878-1907
Katherine Mildred [Steele] 1915-1918
Robert Edgar [Steele] 1913-1918
6 low markers:
Martha [Staats Rice]
Esther [Lillian Hart Steele Hanson]
Mary [M.B.Rice Steele]
James Jr. [Steele]
1843 January 8 Birth Record Marlborough, MA, HENRY RICE born to ABEL 2nd [Rice] & MARY H. [BIGELOW].
1850 U.S. Census Marlborough, MA. HENRY RICE age 7. His parents: ABEL RICE 43 farmer, & MARY H.[BIGELOW] RICE 35. Siblings: VIOLA RICE 13, EDWIN RICE 10, WILLIS RICE 15, and MARY E. RICE age 1 year. All born in Massachusetts.
1855 New York State Census, Danube, Herkimer County, NY. MARTHA STAATS [RICE] age 10. Her parents: Henry Staats 53 farmer & Elizabeth Staats age 37. Siblings: Elizabeth 14, Julia 12, Mary E. 8, Catherine V. 6, Ellen 4, Henry N. 2. Also living there are Martha's 2 aunts: Sarah Staats 55 & Mary Staats 44.
1865 New York State Census, Binghamton, Broom County, New York. ELI PRATT age 58, lumberman. Wife ELIZA PRATT age 52. Child DELPHINE PRATT age 18.
1867 Feb. 21 Marriage of HENRY RICE (born 8 January 1843 in Marlborough, parents: ABEL RICE & MARY BIGELOW), & bride DELPHINE PRATT. [Source is "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000" on ancestry.com. No further info on Delphine Pratt here.]
1870 Sept. 10 Marriage of MARTHA STAATS (born Jan. 1845) to HENRY RICE in Binghamton, NY. [1900 U.S. Census said they were married 29 years.]
1875 New York State Census Union, Broome County, New York. HENRY RICE age 32, farmer, born in Mass. Wife MARTHA [STAATS] RICE age 30, born in Broome County, NY. JOHN STAATS age 74, father-in-law, born in Montgomery County, NY, widowed. Farm hand Frank Williams age 24, single.
1880 U.S. Census Binghamton, Broome County, New York. HENRY RICE age 36, born in MA, bootmaker. Wife MARTHA [STAATS] RICE age 34, born in NY. Daughter: MARY RICE age 2 born in NY.
1900 U.S. Census Marlborough, MA, 140 Mechanic Street. HENRY RICE age 57, born January 1843 in MA, works in shoe factory. Wife MARTHA RICE age 55, born in New York Jan. 1845, married 29 years, 1 child. Daughter: MARY M.B.RICE age 22, born in New York Jan. 1878. In same house another family is listed: [Henry's mother] MARY H. RICE 84 years old, born July 1815, widow, had 5 children all living; daughter VIOLA RICE age 63, born April 1837.
1903 Oct. 4 Birth Record Marlborough, MA, for "Male" STEELE born to JAMES P. STEELE a clerk (born in Vermont) & wife MINNIE GOWN (born in Patterson, NJ).
1904 March 20 Death Record. HENRY RICE age 61, married, shoemaker. Residence 142 Mechanic St., Marlborough, MA. Parents: ABEL RICE & MARY H. BIGELOW. Died of gastro enteritis.
1905 Oct. 25 Marriage Record, Marlborough, MA. MARY M. RICE age 27, born in Binghamton, NY, parents: HENRY RICE & MARTHA STAATS. Groom is widower JAMES P. STEELE, age 38, born in Highgate Center, Vermont, grain dealer, parents: JOHN STEELE & MARY WOOD.
1907 Feb. 17 Birth Record, Marlborough, MA. JOHN RICE STEELE born to JAMES P. STEELE, merchant, & MARY M. RICE. [Note: This child, John Rice Steele, died August 10, 1990 in Hillsborough, Florida.]
1907 Feb. 23 Death Record, Marlborough, MA, 140 Mechanic Street. MARY M.B. RICE STEELE, age 29, born in NY, parents: HENRY RICE & MARTHA STAATS. Informant was husband JAMES P. STEELE. She died of Peritonitis, with gangrenous perforated appendix [& had just given birth].
1910 U.S. Census Marlborough, MA, 140 Mechanic Street. MARTHA RICE age 65, widow, born in NY, had 1 child & that child is living it says. Also there is sister-in-law VIOLA RICE age 72. There is a family: WILLIARD A. STOCKWELL age 38, carpenter, wife CATHERINE STOCKWELL age 38, & child MARION STOCKWELL age 4. [These 3 Stockwells are all from Vermont; perhaps related to James P. Steele?]
1912 July 23 Marriage Record, Highgate, Franklin County, Vermont. ESTHER LILLIAN HART age 28, 1st marriage, born in Quincy, MA, parents: John Hart & Isabell Macaskell . Groom is JAMES PEARL STEELE age 45, 3rd marriage, merchant, parents: John Steele (born in Highgate VT) & Mary Hanna (born in Ireland).
1913 Nov. 15 Birth Record, Marlborough, MA. ROBERT EDGAR STEELE born to JAMES P. STEELE grain dealer born in Highgate,VT, & to ESTHER [LILLIAN] HART [STEELE HANSON] born in Quincy, MA.
1915 Oct. 29 Birth Record, Marlborough, MA. "CATHERINE" M. STEELE born to JAMES P. STEELE grain dealer, born in Highgate, VT, & to ESTHER L."[LILLIAN] HARTE" born in Quincy, MA.
1918 - on gravestone - deaths of ROBERT EDGAR STEELE age 5 & KATHERINE M. STEELE age 3; parents: JAMES P. STEELE & ESTHER L. [LILLIAN] HART.
1920 U.S. Census Marlborough, MA, 140 Mechanic Street. MARTHA [STAATS] RICE, age 76, born in NY, widowed. Lodger OPAL H. HOPKINS age 22, born in Canada, immigrated in 1917, bookkeeper at Ice Company.
1920 July 8 Death Record, Highgate, Vermont. JAMES STEELE JR. age 15 months, born May 18, 1919 in Marlborough, MA. Parents: JAMES STEELE & LILLIAN E.[ESTHER] HART. Died of acute gastro enteritis, after being in VT for one month.
1921 City Directory Marlborough, MA.
RICE, MARTHA, widow HENRY, h. 142 Mechanic St.
1928 April 14 Death Record, Highgate, Vermont. JAMES P. STEELE age 61, born May 1, 1867 in Highgate. Parents: John Steele & Mary Hanna both born in Ireland. Died of heart disease.
1931 July 27 Marriage Record, Keene, New Hampshire. ESTHER LILLIAN [HART] STEELE age 46 born in Quincy, MA, is a nurse, parents: John Freeman Hart & Isabel Macaskill. Groom: EDGAR FRANCIS HANSON age 64, born in Halifax, "Eng", residence Marlborough, MA, dept. head U.S. Machinery. Both are widowed and marrying 2nd time.
1940 Death Index Marlborough, MA. MARTHA "STADTS" RICE died this year in this city. [NOTE: no further info available from an index.]
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