So much information can be gleaned from census records. In this Rhode Island state census from 1875, we learn that education was important in the Rice household. Nine-year-old Harriett lives with her parents (her father is listed on the preceding page) on Spring Street in Newport. Her brother and eldest sister are also in the home and employed as a doctor and school teacher respectively. She also has a teenage sister who, like Harriett, is also a student.
We also learn that the Rice family is not native to Rhode Island. Harriett’s elder siblings were born in New York and her mother in Washington DC.