Notes for Elizabeth Vaught:|
35. Elizabeth VAUGHT was born on Mar 19 1779 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. R esearcher Jean Rhoads Camas 2-9-99 email@example.com
I have always believed that Elizabeth Vought Rhoads was the daughter of Gi lbert Vought and Mary Martin. I had several reasons:
1. She named her first son "Gilbert Vought Rhoads"
2. Gilbert Vought (Sr.) is buried in Sears Cemetary right at the fo ot of my 3gr. grandfather, Barnabas W. Rhoads who, I suspected, was Gilber t's grandson.
3. I have dug for everything I could find regarding Gilbert Vought and fou nd that he came first to Muhlenberg County,(then Logan County) and soon af terward John Vought came to the county also. They appeared to be brother s, and now printed records confirm that fact. At least one Vaught research er, (Margaret P. Vaught), however, is not convinced that they were brother s, mainly due to the language of a 1781 document in Mifflin County, Pa., w hich indicates that a parcel of property owned by Gilbert Vought and othe rs in that family (as inherited from their father, Christian Vought) was S OLD to John Vought. If Christian was also John's father, then wouldn 't he aso have inherited this property? That is a puzzle that has not be en solved. Gilbert came from Elk Lick Township in Somerset County, Pa., w here Henry and most of the other Rhoadses came from, and they came about t he same time that Henry Rhoads and other Rhoadses came to Kentucky. (It do es not appear, however, that John Vought ever lived in Elk Creek Townshi p, Somerset County, Pa. Perhaps before coming to Muhlenberg County he a nd his wife, Elizabeth Martin Vought, stayed behind in Mifflin County, P a. to be near Elizabeth's mother.) Gilbert Vought was a soldier in the Re volutionary War in Pennsylvania, and I wanted to prove his relationsh ip to Elizabeth so that I could get recognition for him in the DAR, b ut no actual proof exists that I know of. First, Elizabeth predeceased Gil bert. Second, Gilbert left no will, unlike John Vought, who left a love ly will naming every one of his children. It was to be concluded, therefor e, that other young adults in the county at that time were possibly the ch ildren of Gilbert and Mary Vought and that possibility had to be explore d. Gilbert sold some acreage to Simeon Vaught who is believed to be his s on (he was not listed as John's son!). Finally, Gilbert "sold" all his rem aining land to Gilbert C. Vaught and Moses F. Glenn (husband of his younge st daughter --Mary M. Vaught) with the stipulation that they care for hi m, giving him housing, food, etc. for as long as he wished to stay with th em. For the first time then, I saw that David and Elizabeth had another s on before they had Gilbert, and he is called "Simon Vought Rhoads", born J anuary 1802, so then I wondered who was"Simon Vought"? I even wonder ed if he was her father instead of Gilbert; however, she did name her fir st daughter "Mary M." and I believe that was "Mary Martin" after her mothe r. That would be according to the naming practices of the time. Incidental ly, the first boy should have been named "Henry" after David's father, b ut since they did not do that, perhaps Simon was named after Elizabeth's u ncle who was killed by Indians while serving in Pennsylvania in the Revolu tionary War. The second son was named Gilbert Vought Rhoads, and accordi ng to tradition that shows "Gilbert Bought" is, indeed, the father of Eliz abeth Vought. I began suspecting last year (1994) that Gilbert and John V ought had married sisters. That fact has been verified with documents. Th ey are the daughters of Johann Eberhart and Jacobena Elizabeth Martin of M ifflin County, Pennsylvania. The list of Elizabeth and David's children w as obtained from a secondary source, a published source with no documentat ion given. Somewhere out there may be an old bible or perhaps it fell apa rt and was discarded. She died on Nov 1 1822 in Muhlenberg County, Kentuc ky. Fact 1. Rhoads Cemetary, Browder, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
Researcher: Jean Rhoads Camas: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have always bellieved that Elizabeth Vought Rhoads was the daughter of G ilbert Vought and Mary Martin. I have several reasons:
1. She named her first son "Gilbert Vaught Rhoads."
2. Gilbert Bought (Sr.) is buried in Sears Cemetary right at the fo ot of my 3gr. grandfather, Barnabas W. Rhoads who, I suspected, was Gilber t's grandson.
3. I have dug for everything I could find regarding Gilbert Vought and fou nd that he came (with John, who seemed to be his brother and was later con firmed) from Elk Lick Township in Somerset County, Pa. where Henry and mo st of the other Rhoadses came from, and they came about the same time th at Henry Rhoads and other Rhoadses came to Kentucky. (It does not appea r, however, that John Vought ever lived in Elk Lick Township, Somerset Cou nty, Pa. Perhaps before coming to Muhlenberg County he and his wife, Eliza beth Martin Vought, stayed behind in Mifflin County, Pa. to be near Elizab eth's mother.)
Gilbert Vought was a soldier in the Revolutionary War in Pennsylvania, a nd I wanted to prove his relationship to Elizabeth so that I could get rec ognition for him in the DAR, but no actual proof exists that I know of. Fi rst, Elizabeth predeceased Gilbert. Second, Gilbert left no will, unlike h is brother, John, who left a lovely will naming every one of his childre n. It was to be concluded, therefore, that other young adults in the coun ty at that time were possibly the children of Gilbert and Mary Vought a nd that possibility had to be explored. Gilbert sold some acreage to Sime on Vaught who is believed to be his son (he was not listed as John's son! ). Finally, he "sold" all his remaining land to Gilbert C. Vaught and Mos es F. Glenn (husband of his youngest daughter - Mary Martin Vaught) with t he stipulation that they care for him, giving him housing, food, etc. f or as long as he wished to stay with them.
For the first time then, I saw that David and Elizabeth had another son be fore they had Gilbert, and he is called "Simon Vought Rhoads", born Januar y, 1802, so then I wondered who was "Simon Vought"? I even wonder ed if he was her father instead of Gilbert, however she did name her fir st daughter "Mary M." and I believe that was "Mary Martin" after her mothe r. That would be according to the naming practises of the time. Incidental ly, the first boy should have been named "Henry" after David's father, b ut since they did not do that, perhaps Simon was named after Elizabeth's u ncle who was killed by Indians while serving in Pennsylvania in the Revolu tionary War. The second son was named Gilbert Vought Rhoads, and accordi ng to tradition that shows "Gilbert Vought" is, indeed, the father of Eliz abeth Vought.
I began suspecting last year (1994) that Gilbert and John Vought had marri ed sisters. That fact has been verified with documents. They are the daugh ters of Johann Eberhard and Jacobenia Elizabeth Martin of Mifflin Count y, Pennsylvania.
The list of Elizabeth and David's children was obtained from a secondary s ource, a published source with no documentation given. Somewhere out the re may be an old bible, or perhaps it fell apart and was discarded.
Elizabeth Vaught/Vought Rhoads was buried in Rhoads Cemetary, Browder, Muh lenberg County, Kentucky.
She was married to David RHOADS (son of Henry, Jr. RHOADS and Elizabeth ea STONER) on Mar 2 1798 in Logan County, Kentucky. David RHOADS was bo rn on Nov 19 1777 in Bedford, County, Pa.. Researcher Jean Rhoads Camas 2- 9-99 email@example.com He died on Jul 8 1855 in Muhlenberg County, Kentuck y. David was the youngest son of Capt. Henry Rhoads who came to Kentucky f rom Somerset County. Captain Henry was called "The Godfather of Muhlenbe rg County" because he suggested the "Muhlenberg" name when the county w as formed at a time when Capt. Henry was the Representative to the Kentuc ky Legislature for Logan County. Muhlenberg County was formed from pa rt of Logan County, so Capt. Henry Rhoads was the first Representati ve to the Kentucky Legislature from the newly formed county.
David Rhoads secondly married on March 22, 1824 to Sally Eaves, a girl con siderably younger than himself. Source: Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Marria ges - Published by the Hopkins County Genealogical Society., page 14 (fr om original Marriage Book I).
From 1859 censusL David RHOADS, age 72, born PA; Sarah, age 50, born VA.
Later David's son Gilbert Vought Rhoads, married Temperence G. Eaves, bo rn 1797 in Virginia. She could be the sister of Sally Eaves who married Da vid.
David Rhoads is buried in Rhoads Cemetery, Browder, Muhlenberg County, Ken tucky.
Researcher: Jean Rhoads Camas 2-12-99 firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth VAUGHT a nd David RHOADS had the following children:
i. Mary Martin "Polly" RHOADS.
ii. Simon Vought RHOADS was born on Jan 13 1802 in Muhlenberg County, Kent ucky. Researcher Jean Rhoads Camas 2-9-99 email@example.com
iii. Gilbert Vought RHOADS.
iv. Barnabas Wing RHOADS.
v. Rachel V. RHOADS.
vi. Elizabeth Vought RHOADS was born on Nov 25 1808 in Muhlenberg Count y, Kentucky. Researcher: Jean Rhoads Camas 2-9-99 firstname.lastname@example.org She di ed on Aug 30 1907.
vii. Christopher V. RHOADS.
viii. Jacob Vaught RHOADS.
ix. Nancy B. RHOADS.
x. Levina RHOADS died about 1815. Researcher: Jean Rhoads Camas 2-9-99 jrc email@example.com She was born on Jul 5 1815 in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
xi. Pitiful RHOADS was born on Dec 12 1817 in Muhlenberg County, Kentuck y. Researcher: Jean Rhoads Camas 2-9-99 firstname.lastname@example.org He died about 181 8.
xii. Barbara Ann RHOADS.
FROM THE RHODES FAMILY FILE
Russellville, KY, Library
Elizabeth Vaught 1772-1822
DAR vol 134, p 252, & vol 60, p 79
FERRILL AND NYMAN GENEALOGY AND ALLIED LINES WEBSITE
(10/05) My claim on the Vaught family is conjectural. It's a good probability, but without any documentary evidence to support it, I can't state it as a fact. Nevertheless, it looks better to be than any alternative. Eventually, something may turn up to prove who Joseph Rhoads married.
Elizabeth is named in Joseph Rhoads' will, which was proved in 1799. Her maiden name is not given. I don't know the year she was born or the exact year she died and I have no record of the date of marriage.
There have been other names put forth including Keith, Mitchum, Mitchell, and Van Meter, but again there appears to be no documentation.
So, here's what I think:
Elizabeth _______ Rhoads was born to Christian Vaught (aka Vought) and Hannah Crum in about 1854. She married Joseph Rhoads some time before 1775 in Pennsylvania and produced at least 9 children between 1775 and 1794. Some people have the birthdates of their children as early as the 1760s, but that doesn't make any sense.
I suggest 1754 as a birth year because if she married by 18 or 20, then she could have commenced producing her flock of children between 1772–76 and wrapped it up with Rachel in 1794.
According to other researchers Jacob Rhoads was born in 1780. According to Joseph's will, he and Henry were the two older sons. The oldest daughter, Mary Rhoads Hunsaker was born about 1775.
In the Vaught family there is a son, Simeon, born in 1752 and Gilbert, born in 1756. This would fit Elizabeth between them. I've not seen any documentary proof of birth years, so this is possible.
In any event, Gilbert and John Vaught were among the many families who followed Henry Rhoads and his several brothers west to Kentucky, though if Joseph was the youngest and daughter Rachel was born in Pennsylvania, then the earliest Joseph and Elizabeth could have been in Kentucky was 1794/5.
Other probabilities make an alliance more probable. Like the Rhoads family, the Vaughts were also German and probably shared many cultural, language, and religious characteristics. It was more common for people to marry social peers than to marry outside the "tribe", though that probably broke down quickly enough in the Wilderness which is what Kentucky was in 1795.
John Vought appears in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania in the 1790 census. Joseph Rhoads appears in the 1790 Fayette County, Pennsylvania census. By 1796, probably not long after arriving in Kentucky, Joseph is granted 600 acres in 3 200-acre parcels along Bradley's Creek, Mud River, and Jacob's Creek.
Joseph Rhoads died in 1799 and was survived by Elizabeth and nine children. What became of Elizabeth is not known except that she died sometime between 1799 and 1807 when Gilbert Vought appears in Muhlenberg County Records as the guardian of Daniel and Catherine Rhoads, orphans of Joseph Rhoads, dec'd. Families being what they are, it's more likely that guardianship would be assumed by kin.
Thus goes the logic. If someone comes up with a better suggestion, I'm certainly willing to change this.
Updated November 26, 2005
|9||i.||Mary Martin Rhoads, born 28 Apr 1800 in Muhlenberg County, KY; died 04 Jan 1862 in Muhlenberg County, KY; married Henry Myers Bef. 1819 in Logan County or Muhlenberg County, KY.|
|ii.||Gilbert Vaught Rhoads, born 19 Mar 1803 in Muhlenberg County, KY; died 29 May 1894; married Temperance G. Eaves 15 Feb 1825 in Muhlenberg County, KY; born 12 Aug 1797 in Brunswick County, VA; died 23 Dec 1855 in Muhlenberg County, KY.|
Notes for Gilbert Vaught Rhoads:|
D. C. Humphreys lived in Spring Station, Woodford County, KY, but, owned l and in Muhlenberg County. He and Gilbert Vaught Rhoads were close frien ds and the following two letters were written during the latter part of 18 63.
Shortly before the war Alexander Todd arrived to oversee the Muhlenberg pr operty for Humphreys, who was his uncle. Young Todd's father was Robe rt S. Todd, who by his first wife was the father of six children, among wh om was Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Young Todd's mother was Humphreys' sister, E lizabeth.
Alexander received an invitation to attend the inaugural of President Linc oln, his brother-in-law, March 4, 1861. Shortly after his return, he join ed the southern army. He was killed at Baton Rouge, August 5, 1862.
After Young Todd's death, Gilbert Vaught Rhoads took over the manageme nt of Humphreys' Muhlenberg property for his old friend.
"Spring Station, Kentucky
13th November 1863
Gilbert V. Rhoads, Esq.
---My dear friend: -
Your very acceptable letter of 30th September I received a short time sinc e. It arrived while I was absent in Illinois which will account for yo ur not receiving an answer sooner. I am happy to learn you have recover ed from the dangerous attack of sickness you had in June last, and that y ou bid fair to be in the enjoyment of your usual health again. What a bles sing it is to enjoy health and how thankful we all are to Him in whom we l ive and move and have our being for it.
I have been anxious for two years to pay you a visit, and made my arrangem ents to send some hands down to open a large tobacco farm but this cruel a nd unnatural war has broken up all my arrangements and now I don't thi nk it worth while to count upon the work or value of my negro labou r. If the war lasts much longer all our young and valuable negroe men wi ll be pressed into the service to make railroads, cut wood, drive wagon s, make fortifications or perhaps enlisted as soldiers. I think the aboli tionists are determined to give a finishing blow to slavery in America. S hould they succeed I pity the poor negroes. I hope God will overrule a nd govern all things for our present and eternal good, the good of his chu rch and his glory.
I have been speaking to a man who has lived with me several years about go ing to Muhlenberg, and living on my land. He has not yet made up his mi nd on the subject. I don't wish you to rent my place to anyone until y ou hear from me. My rent corn dispose of as soon as you can for the be st price you can get, and retain the money in your hands until further ins tructions. Write to me and let me know the amount you receive for it. Co rn here is in good demand at $3.00 per barrel in the field and will be hig her. The crop of corn in Indiana and Illinois is very poor, the drought a nd the early frost have cut it down to almost nothing in places.
Last year in Illinois I got only 12 1/2 cents per bushel for my rent co rn and this year I am offered 40 cents.
I am glad to learn that my old friend Mrs. Rachael Rhoads is still enjoyi ng good health. Remember me kindly to her and all the family. Give my kin dest regards to my old friend Isaac Woods who I sincerely hope is prepar ed to live or prepared to die-whenever God in his providence shall see f it to call him. When you see Mr. Baker remember me to him and his wife wh ose kindness and hospitality I can never forget.
My family are all well except my grandson David who has been confined f or seven weeks with a swelled knee. I fear it is white swelling. He is m uch better and I hope will recover without a stiff knee. Write me soon a nd believe me sincerely Your friend,
D. C. Humphreys
Spring Station, Kentucky.
9th December, 1863.
Mr. G. V. Rhoads,-
I am just in receipt of your kind letter of 21st November which by some mi stake was missent. I am glad to learn you are enjoying peace and quietne ss and sincerely hope you may long be exempt from the horrors of wa r. It is bad enough at a distance, but when it comes into our own hous es it is dreadful.
I notice your remarks about Chancy. My sister Mrs. Todd is now in Alaba ma where she got permission from President Lincoln to go for her daught er (who was married to General Helm who was killed at the battle of Chicka mauga.) She gave me no special directions about Chancy, but I am satisfi ed she wishes her and her son and daughter hired out and would consult Cha ncy's wish in a considerable measure as to whom she would like to live wit h. Certainly from my knowledge of Mr. Taggart my sister will have no obje ction to his having Chancy, and if he is willing to give a fair price f or Chancy and she is anxious to live with him, let him have her.
You said nothing in your letter about my rent corn for the year 1863. Wri te to me about it on receipt.
I would like to pay a short visit to Muhlenberg this winter if I thought t he Guerillas would not overhaul me. I hope the country will soon be fr ee of them.
Remember me to Mrs. Rachael Rhoads and all the family and accept for yours elf and family my best wishes for your health, happiness and prosperit y. Yours truly,
D. C. Humphreys
These two letters, it might be well to add, were found in the att ic of an old two-story weatherboarded log house standing on a hill overloo king Browder. A few years ago a number of old papers, regarded as rubbi sh by the man who had rented the house, were burned after they had been re moved from between two of the logs in the wall of this building. Evident ly these two had slipped down behind the lower log when the other lette rs were removed. At any rate, they were there discovered by Miss Amy M. L ongest, who recognized their value as documents bearing on local history."
---"History of Muhlenberg County" pages 276-277
More About Gilbert Vaught Rhoads:|
Burial: Rhoads Cemetery, Muhlenberg County, KY
Notes for Temperance G. Eaves:|
Temperance was the daughter of Sarah Eaves, the second wife of her father- in-law, David Rhoads.---Scott McGee website
|iii.||Barnabus Wing Rhoads, born 11 Jun 1805 in Muhlenberg County, KY; died 1897 in Muhlenberg County, KY; married Mary Roll 22 Nov 1831 in Muhlenberg County, KY; born 29 Aug 1808 in Hardin County, KY; died 1855 in Muhlenberg County, KY.|
Notes for Barnabus Wing Rhoads:|
Barnabas Wing Rhoads was no doubt named for Barnabas Wing, one of the weal thiest and most influential people in New Bedford, MA, and father of Charl es Fox Wing, well known and highly regarded circuit clerk for Muhlenberg C ounty. See the chapter on Charles Fox Wing (1788-1861) in the "Histo ry of Muhlenberg County." Charles Fox Wing was at the Battle of the Tham es and saw the body of Tecumseh after he had died.
|iv.||Rachel Vaught Rhoads, born 28 Aug 1807 in Muhlenberg County, KY; died 23 Jan 1881 in Muhlenberg County, KY; married Abraham Roll 15 Feb 1825 in Muhlenberg County, KY; born 27 May 1798 in Hardin County, KY; died Bef. 1850 in Muhlenberg County, KY.|
|v.||Elizabeth T. Rhoads, born 25 Nov 1808 in Muhlenberg County, KY; died 30 Aug 1907239|
|vi.||Jacob Vaught Rhoads, born 02 Apr 1812 in Muhlenberg County, KY; died 24 Mar 1895 in Logan County, KY; married Elizabeth M. Linton 19 Mar 1839 in Logan County, KY; born 11 Aug 1817 in Breckenridge County, KY.|
|vii.||John Christopher Rhoads, born 1813 in Muhlenberg County, KY240; died 1849 in Mississippi; married (1) Sarah A. Downing; born in Northumberland County, VA; married (2) Eleanor Smith 08 Aug 1831.|
More About John Christopher Rhoads:|
Migration: Abt. 1829, Kentucky to Mississippi
More About Sarah A. Downing:|
Migration: 1836, Kentucky to Mississippi
|viii.||Nancy Elizabeth Rhoads, born 18 Apr 1814 in Muhlenberg County, KY; died 20 Sep 1884 in Waltons Creek, Ohio County, KY; married Thomas Ross Morton 09 Dec 1833 in Muhlenberg County, KY; born 30 Apr 1811.|
|ix.||Lavinia Rhoads, born 05 Jul 1815 in Muhlenberg County, KY; died 1815 in Muhlenberg County, KY.|
|x.||Pitiful Rhoads, born 12 Dec 1817 in Muhlenberg County, KY.|
|xi.||Barbara Ann Rhoads, born 30 Apr 1819 in Muhlenberg County, KY; married Thomas Morton Ross.|
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