Aaron Rice II, son of Aaron and Freedom (French) Rice, was born 23 March 1765 in Charlemont, HampshireCounty, Massachusetts.Aaron Rice II was christened on 25 April 1765 in Deerfield, Hampshire County Massachusetts.He married Lona Thompson on 16 April 1788 in Deerfield, Hampshire County Massachusetts.Lona Thompson was born 4 January 1770.Peter Thompson, Darius Edgerton and Benjamine Comstock (married to Sarah Rice) were families living close to Aaron Rice I and Aaron Rice II in 1790.The Edgerton and Comstock names appear in Brecksville, Cuyahoga County Ohio.
In 1813 Aaron Rice arrived from Deerfield, Franklin County (thecounty changed names in 1811 from Hampshire to Franklin), Massachusetts with a large family of ten children named Silas, Aaron, Seth, William, Moses, Myron, Peter and three daughters.His son-in-law, Ebenezer Rice, came soon afterwards and settled near the family in the southwestern part of Brecksville. From Cuyahoga County Ohio - History - Brecksville and Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve Page 685, Mrs. Aaron Rice (Pelonial Tompson) and her husband, seven sons and three daughters, came from Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1813.Mrs. Joseph Edgerton (Candace Rice), her husband, six sons and three daughters came from the same place a year or two later.Mr. and Mrs. Bolter Colson (Harriet Wait) in 1815.These early comers made a home for the families who came after or until they could clear a spot, roll logs together and moved into their own house, with neither door or window. Nothing is written about the Rice Family journey from Massachusetts.Some facts are known, others pieced together via stories.What actually happened we can only surmise.Aaron Rice II was a farmer.September was the time period that Aaron harvested his last crop.After the first good freeze that fall Aaron packed up the family possessions, hitched up the ox team and headed for Ohio. The family traveled the Old Connecticut Path through Hampshire County to Albany, New York.Across the state of New York they traveled the Forbidden Path, also known as Catskill Turnpike to Lake Erie.At that point they followed the Lake Trail to Cuyahoga CountyOhio.After a trip of about 45 days they arrived before Christmas.They bought a new farm in the southwestern part of Brecksville Township and built a cabin.Game was abundant with bear and deer for the taking.The family fished in the Chippewa Creek or one of the smaller tributary brooks.Once more the family moved to obtain more land.
All the children except Jane and Hiram were born in Charlemont, Hampshire County Massachusetts.Thecounty changed names in 1811 from Hampshire to Franklin.Jane was born in Franklin county.Hiram was born in Brecksville Township, Cuyahoga county, Ohio.He was not accounted for in the 1820 U.S. Census.
Am looking for information on the children and their families Children: 1.Daughter /not namesb - 3 June 1789 d - 3 June 1789
2.Eunice Riceb - 23 April 1790 d - 13 March 1865 married Ebenezer Rice16 September 1813 Ebenezer Riceb - 1786 d - 5 September 1866
3.Hepzibeth Riceb - 3 May 1792 d - married Peter Comstock14 August 1814 Peter Comstock b - d - married Warren Cole24 December 1829 Warren Coleb - d - 1830 married?
4.Aaron Rice IIIb - 15 November 1793 d - 7 October 1875 married Jemina Dunsha Jemina Dunshab - d - 16 July 1883
5.Seth Rice b - 20 February 1796 d - 21 February 1885 married Candace Edgerton Candace Edgertonb - 22 December 1799d - 8 October 1861
6.William Riceb - 4 March 1798 married Ruth Edgerton on 18 October 1832 Ruth Edgertonb - 5 June 1812 d - 1884
7.Moses Riceb - 25 August 1800 d - 15 April 1862 married Amy Duchany on 21 February 1922 Amy Duchanyb - 6 October 1801 d - 8 September 1878
8.Peter Riceb - 8 June 1803 d - 29 August 1856 married Betsey ColeSeptember 1832 Betsey Coleb - 1817
9.Diantha Riceb - 9 February 1808 unmarried
10. Myron Riceb - 1 August 1810 d - 30 July 1896 marriedMaria Cole22 December 1834 Maria Coleb - 1815
11. Jane Riceb - 23 September 1811 d - 3 November 1851 married Nathaniel H. Bagley Nathaniel H. Bagleyb - d - 14 April 1896
12. Hiram Riceb - 12 July 1814 married thanks for any help nancy