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Rice, L

Luther Rice (1769-1853) Portland, ME

  • 1850 census Joiner trade recorded

  • 1849 Luther's shop burned, value $500

  • 1800 census briefly in Conway, NH

  • Next generations of Luther's were also joiners

  • Two other candidates, Luther and Lemuel, were assessed as being too late for the plane (born in the 1780s to 1790)

Rice, L

Luther Rice

b and d Portland ME ca 1769 - 1853, identified as a joiner in the 1850 census record.


(b 1769 per  grave marker and b 1775 per 1850 census). From period records there seems to be only one Luther of this general age in Portland between 1810s to the 1850s.

In 1800 Luther and family were in Conway, NH and in 1810-1850 Luther and family were in Portland, ME. A separate, older Luther Rice and family were in the Andover, ME area between 1810 – 1830.

1850 census in Portland, ME provides vital data for Luther Sr.: joiner, born in ME, 75 yr old, 4th ward and for Luther Jr.: joiner, born in ME, 28 yr old, 6th ward

In the 1831 Portland Directory there are five Rice joiners; Luther, Lemuel, Simeon, William and Charles with William and Charles two of Luther’s sons. Lemuel was b 1790 and Simeon b 1796. Luther Jr., b 1821 was also a joiner and was in the Providence Directory of 1844. Luther Jr.’s Portland carpenter shop burned in 1849 and was valued at $500.

Luther Sr. in Conway, NH, m Mary (Polly) Atkins in 1797 and their children were born in Portland from 1803 to 1824

Luther Sr., Mary and Luther Jr. are buried in the Western Cem., Portland.

2nd Tier

Lemuel Rice is listed in Portland for the years 1823 and 1831, joiner. Based on census records, b ca 1790 seems too late for the plane.

Luther Rice was in Nelson TWP, PA in 1843, with the trade of a carpenter. Luther was b between 1790 and 1781 per the 1840 census, which seems too late for the plane.


L Rices found in 1790 and 1800 census in MA, VT, NY, NH and ME. MA and NH, no woodworkers in the deeds.

L Rices were searched for probate / will information, nothing related to woodworking tools was found.

1850 census record




















L Rice toted halving / rabbet plane toe (13.5")


















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