Overview of Chapter Two
Sergeant Rice Honeywell

Continental army sergeant Rice Honeywell of colonial Fredericksburg, New York, might have been a Patriot hero had he not fallen in love with the daughter of a Tory spy. Following his service with the American army during the Revolutionary War, Honeywell and his bride-to-be joined her Loyalist parents in Canada, where he eventually made his fortune and sent his son to pioneer the future city of Ottawa, the capital of Canada.


Rice Honeywell’s charmed life placed him at the scene of several storied battles in the American Revolution. As a quintessential Yankee entrepreneur, he was inclined toward risk and often let chance define his fate.

Honeywell’s early life as a Patriot in New York led him to join the Continental Army of General George Washington; his later years were characterized by shrewd land speculation and financial opportunism in Canada. In all cases, Rice Honeywell rarely failed to roll the dice.