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Mary Howe (Bigelow) Rice (1815-1904), daughter of Levi Bigelow and Nancy Ames Bigelow, married Abel Rice (1807-1882), son of shoemaker Martin Rice, and moved into the Rice family home at 142 Mechanic Street, Marlboro, Massachusetts, where the couple raised their five children. After her husband's death, Mary Howe (Bigelow) Rice and her eldest daughter, Viola Rice, continued to live in the same house.
Viola Rice (1837-1916), daughter of Abel Rice and Mary Howe (Bigelow) Rice, never married and lived her entire life at the home of her parents in Marlboro, where she died of pneumonia. In the 1880s she conducted a school for small children and in her later years earned her living by sewing.
Mary Alice (Rice) Perry (1848-1927), only sister of Viola Rice, married George William Perry (1846-1928) in 1868. George William Perry studied theology at St. Lawrence University and served as minister for Universalist congregations all over New England. He also preached at the Universalist Church at Tarpon Springs, Florida, in the winters of 1905-1907 and 1911-1914; Mary Alice (Rice) Perry accompanied him there. George William Perry's work took him and his family to Rutland, Vermont, where in 1886 he was appointed Vermont State Geologist. In 1889 he founded the Rutland (Vermont) English and Classical Institute, teaching there for six years before retiring due to ill health.
Lulu Alma (Perry) Fuller (1872-1905), daughter of Mary Alice (Rice) Perry, studied at Rutland English and Classical Institute and in 1895 married Frank Fuller. She lived in Rutland, Vermont, with her four children until her sudden death from pneumonia.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of the Perry family were given to the Schlesinger Library in April 1984 by William Drury,Priscilla Ruth Perry Merritt (Mrs. Robert P. Merritt) and Helen Mary Perry Smith (Mrs. Jack Smith).
GLOSSARY OF INITIALS
- GAP George Arthur Perry
- LAPF Lulu Alma (Perry) Fuller
- MARP Mary Alice (Rice) Perry
- MHBR Mary Howe (Bigelow) Rice
- VR Viola Rice
- Box 1: Folders 1-37
- Box 2: Folders 38v-56
By: Ruben D. Quintero
- Perry family. Papers of the Perry family, 1867-1915: A Finding Aid
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