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Elijah Rice
Martha Goddard
(1789-Abt 1830)
Charles Williams Rice


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Charles Williams Rice
  • Born: 21 Mar 1810, Shrewsbury MA
  • Died: 16 Mar 1883, Worcester MA

  General notes:

Jeweler and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1835-1880 as a jeweler and watchmaker in Worcester MA
    Listed in the 1853 cirty directory as a watchmaker at the shop of Benjamin Goddard, 174 Main Street.
  • Reports of the First Exhibition of the Worcester County Mechanics Association Sep 1848, Worcester MA. JEWELRY & FANCY GOODS, LAMPS, GIRANDOLES, &c.

    E. F. Dixie, Charles Rice, Wm. D. Fenno, Committee.

    651. A Case of Jewelry, contributed by Messrs. Dunbar & Bangs of Worcester, containing a splendid assortment of Jewelry, &c., such as Pins, Rings, Bracelets, Chains, Watches, (the cases of which only were considered, being of American manufacture,) Silver Combs, Cups, Spoons, Forks, Butter &l Fruit Knives, Napkin Rings, Card Cases, Gold Thimbles, Spectacles, Eye Glasses, Pencil Cases, &&c., presenting a truly splendid variety of excellent workmanship, and of every form and style. The watch cases were from the manufactory of Baldwin & Durand, Newark, N. J., and were splendidly finished. One in particular was noticed, heavily embossed and chased, surpassing anything ever before seen by your Committee. We beg here to remark that two of your Committee have for many years been, and still are, in the same line of business.
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Worcester MA, listed as an engraver.
  • He appeared on the 1855 census taken at Worcester MA, listed as a jeweler.
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Worcester MA, listed as a watchmaker.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Worcester MA, listed as a watchmaker.
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Worcester MA, listed as a watchmaker.
  • Obituary printed in the Worcester Daily Spy (Worcester MA) on 17 Mar 1883
    Death of Charles W. Rice.
    Charles W. Rice, the oldest practicing jeweler in Worcester, and one of our oldest and most respected citizens, died at his residence on Arch sttreet, yesterday, aged 73 years lacking five days. He had been in failing health for over a month.
    He was born in Shrewsbury, March 12, 1810, son of Elijah and Martha (Goddard) Rice, who also resided for several years in Worcester, where the last three of their eleven children were born.
    Their son Charles W., at the age 14, in 1824, went to work for his cousin, Dea. Daniel Goddard, being one of his earliest apprentices at the watch and jewelry business, then located in "Goddard's Row," between School and Thomas streets.

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