Robert RYCE / REICE / RYECE came to Preston in Suffolk, temp. H. 7
Spouse: ___ STRANGMAN of Essex
Robert RYCE of Preston
Spouse: Alice MUNINGS / MONINGS daughter of Henry of Neding (?Nedging) in Suffolk
Children: Robert married Margery Waldegrave/Walgrave daughter of Edward of Borley co. Essex; Margaret married Andrew Hobart of Monck Illey co. Suffolk
Margery / Margaret RYCE
Spouse: Andrew HOBART
Children: Thomas of Milding in Suffolk; Nicholas of Lyndsey in Suffolk, married Elizabeth Clopton of Fordhall Suffolk; William of Horsley
A Robert Ryce of Preston had wife named Margery daughter of Edward Waldergrave who died 1501. A Robert Ryce of Preston wrote "History of Suffolk Families" A Robert Ryce of Preston was yeoman of the guard "being beyond the sea in King's Wars, not valued."
The Visitation of Suffolk made by Hervey,
Clarenceux, 1561, Cooke, Clarenceaux, 1577, and Raven, Richmond Herald,
Genealogical Gleanings in England: ROBERT RICE of Preston in the County of Suffolk, gentleman This Seaventh daie of ffebruary In the latter dayes of this miserable world from Christs birth 1637, proved 16 February 1638 by Sara Allen executrix. My body to be buried in the South side of the Chaucell in the church yard of Preston as near unto my wife as conveniently may be. To Mr Thomas Willis now minister and Vicar of Preston. To my reverend and good friend late minister and Curate in Great Waldingfield Mr Peachie now resident in Clare or thereabouts. To my reverend good friend Mr Stanes bie sometime minister of Little Waldingfield and to Mr William Lambert now present minister of Little Waldingfield. To my cousin Robert Hobert of Lynsey in the County of Suffolk gentleman. To my cousin Mr William Munnings late resident at Sir Henry Myldmayes in the County of Essex. More I give unto him and his heirs forever my copyhold meadow in Monkes Illigh in the County of Suffolk between the common river there and the King's highway leading from Monkes Illigh church to Brent Elligh containing four acres commonly called Skipps meadows and now in the occupation of Katherine Munninge widow he to sell it and divide the proceeds between three of his sisters Ann, Katherine, and Ellen Munmnge so as one half shall go to Anne Munninge aged lame and impotent and the other half to Katherine and Ellen. To Thomas Munning sometime my servant. To my cousin Robert Doe of Bardwell. To my nephew John Appleton the second son of my loving brother in the law John Appleton of Chilton in the county of Suffolk deceased my Latin bossed Bible of Trimelins in folio. To William Mills of Lanham in the County of Suffolk painter and glazier forty shillings with all my boxes of Painting Colours with the desire that so long as he shall live and be able to work that he do from time to time keep renew and amend as need shall require the decays of colours words letters compartments and forms of those tables writings and inscriptions which he hath at any time made for me as they are fixed in the Parish church or chancell of Preston aforesaid. To Zouch Allen the son of my niece Sarah Allen widow jay customary tenement called Perkins Bronds in Preston. To the aforesaid John Appleton my copyhold lands and tenements holden of the manor of Brettenham Hall in the said County of Suffolk. To my loving cousin Richard Kymbould of Braintree in the county of Essex. To my cousins Rice Munning and his sister the wife of Francis Lucas. To Robert Johnson my godson and William Johnson his brother sometime my servant. To my loving brother in law Samuel Appleton gentleman now dwelling at Ipswich in New England. To Sarah Allen sister of Zouch Allen at the age of twenty one years. To Edmond Betts of this town my tenant. My niece Mrs Sarah Allen widow to be the sole executrix. Harvey 36 (Riece was yeoman of the Guard to K Hen. 7 note y all the kings Guard were gentlemen borne at ye first hee was Capt of Riece banke and came to inhabit in Sufi with little John Vere E of Oxford His sone was justice of Peace and setled himselfe at Preston his name Roger he liued in Preston in the dayes of Edw Mary & Eliza thus far TUletson Robert Riece hia sonnc had his education in Geneva in the house of Theodore Beza, he lined in Preston in ye dayes of Q Eliza, k James, and K Charles and died lamented leaning a good name behind him but sine prole. He was a man very skillful in Heraldy and set up the Royall armes of England in a faire Table in ye church of Preston in Suff and in the glasse windowea the coats of verv many of the cheife gentry of Suff in his time where they remaine this 25 of March 1655. Harleian MS 6071 Candler's p 343 British Museum)
History,gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk, and the towns near its borders By William White: PRESTON a pleasant village on the western acclivity of the vale of the small river Brett 2 miles E by N of Lavenham, 4 miles W by N of Bildeston, and 9 miles from Hadleigh and Sudbury, has in its parish 406 souls and 1970 acres of land now rated at the annual value of £2551. It is in four manors viz Preston Hall and Swift's of which Sir BC Brodie Bart is lord, Mauler's of which Mr Thos Wright is lord, and Mortimer's of which Mr Wm Makin is lord, but Sir J Rudsell RW Shepherd Esq and several smaller owners have estates in the parish. Priory Farm formerly belonged to Trinity Priory Ipswich, and Preston Hall was long held by the Earls of Oxford and in the reigns of James and Charles I was the seat of Robert Ryce Esq a great preserver of the antiquities of this county. The Church St Mary is an ancient fabric with a tower and six bells. It has an organ which was purchased by subscription in 1834. The rectory valued in KB at £5 6s 3d is in the patronage of Emanuel College Cambridge and incumbency of the Rev WH Shelford MA who erected a new and handsome Rectory House in 1835 and has 6a of glebe and a yearly modus of £514 15s awarded in 1838 in lieu of tithes. The benefice was originally only a vicaiage but in 1660 Robert Ryce Esq then impropriator obtained an Act of Parliament for consolidating the appropriate rectory of Preston St Mary with the vicarage of Preston and confirming the presentation thereof to the Master and Fellows of Emanuel College; but by the same act he charged the incumbent with the yearly payment of £5, to be paid to neighboring Justices of the Peace, for apprenticing poor children of Preston.
The Topographer and genealogist: PRESTON. Brasses I In various pieces, no figures, Arms Riece three spear heads and a chief; eight other coats of arms impalements of Riece, as Bisonell, Jenney, Strangman, Waldegrave, Buers, Kemp, Monnings, and Appleton. No inscription. 2 A large plate "Maria uxor Roberti Ryece, Patroni hujus Ecclesiaj, et filia Thomas Appleton Arm ob. xxix die February a d M DC xix. Arms Riece impaling Appleton. Two stones had brass figures now gone. In the north wall of the north aisle, a small low flat arch, probably monumental. Numerous coats of arms of Suffolk families in the windows placed there by Robert Riece, the antiquary.
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