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Re: John Rice of Nomini & Children (1696)
Posted by: Rosemary Mahan (ID *****3402) Date: August 12, 2004 at 06:32:27
In Reply to: John Rice of Nomini & Children (1696) by Suellen Rizk of 507

Hi Suzie,

I have the following information from genealogical research performed by Ruth Lincoln Kaye entitled "Fifty Seven Families of the Northern Neck of Virginia" which might give you some insight into the matter. This is what she has to say about the John Rice from Westmoreland County that you have cited.

"John Rice came very early to Virginia and is found in the Northern Neck in 1653.(Early Virginia Immigrants 1623-66, Greer, p. 276). Called John Rice 'of Nonomy', he had a grant of land on Armsby's Creek, Westmoreland County, and on lower Machodoc. Most facts about him are gained from his will. It is known, however, that on 10 May 1676 'John Rice of Nomminy in Virginia, planter, (sold) unto Mis. Fran: Spencer one red heiffer'. (West. Co. Deeds Patents 1665/77, p. 271a). And on 25 April 1694, he was paid 80 lbs of tobacco for attendance two days at court, (West. Co. Order Book 1690, p. 129a) probably as a juror or witness. Also, in 1677 he appraised the estate of a friend. (West. Co. Order Book 1675/6, p. 100).

His wife is known only as Elizabeth. Some years after his death 'Elizabeth Rice, widow of John of Cople Parish' sold land on Machotique Neck to George Garland, 25 February 1707.' (West. Co. Deeds & Patents 1665/77, pt. 4, p. 53)

John Rice's will, made 26 January 1696/7 and proved 24 February 1696/7 describes the plantation where he lived at the head of Armsby's Creek, as well as 50 acres on Elder Branch. The grant is further identified in a deed as "bounded north by land of Vincent and head of Armsby's Creek, East with another patent of Vincent ot Attwell's line, South with land of Hawkins now Kenner, West with land of Thomas Collinsworth being part of the divident". It is believed that Armsby's Creek was a name for a creek now known as Machodoc Creek. (West. Co. Deeds 81:116, 12 July 1725, Deeds & Wills 2:96a-97)

The will in full:

'In the name of God Amen I John Rice of Nomony in the County of Westmoreland being sick and weak of body but in perfect memory blessed be Almighty God for it, I committ my soul to God that gave it, my body to the Earth. Item, I give & bequeath unto my loving son John Rice and his heirs forever 50 acres of land, being the plantation whereon I now dwell, it lying on the head of Armsbey's Creek; Item, I I give unto my grandson John Rice Fifty acres of Land at the Elder Branch, to him & his heirs forever, but if the said John should dye before he comes to the age of 21, then I give the said Land to my son Zorobable Rice and his heirs forever; Item, I give to my daughter Anne Rice two cows and two heifers of three years old, and one black mare and my own Feather bed and bolster and covering; Item, I give to my son Zorobable Rice three sows of my own proper mark and a Gunn; Item, I give to my son William Rice one great chest and one augur; Item, I give to my son Ralph and John the remaining part of my household stuff. Item: the first colt that comes of the said mare to my son Zorobable. Item I give to my daughter Eleanor one cow with her increase, Item I give to my daughter Anne Rice one cow yearling. I doe constitute and appoint my loving son John Rice my sole executor of this my last wil and testament. January 26, 1696, John Rice."
Witness: Gearge Searles, Thomas Baker
Recorded 24 February 1696
Inventory returned 22 February 1706 by Elizabeth Rice "

She goes on to discuss the line of John's son, William, since it pertained to the ancestral line that she was researching, so I really don't have any more information about his brothers and sisters, but I would not be surprised if the son John listed is the father of your Isaac, but I really do not know.

The distance between the land that the will talks about and St. Stephen's Parish in Northumberland County is only about 10-15 miles, so it is very possible that your Isaac is from that family, but that does not mean that theren't other Rices who had settled in the Northumberland County area before John of Westmoreland settled, so you should check Northumberland County records for other Rices in the area during the same time frame.

How that has helped,
Rosemary Mahan


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