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The Rhoden's Of East Texas

Updated August 8, 2011

Ed Rhoden

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This page is the result of a simple research project about my Great Grandfather, George Oscar Rhoden, Sr. I found much more information than I thought existed. My little family was one that I thought was headed toward extinction, until I found dozens and dozens of cousins scattered from coast to coast, as well as in the Deep South.

My family hails from the woods of East Texas, principally from Camp Ruby and the Livingston area. The early ancestors are buried in Big Sandy (Dallardsville) and Camp Ruby Cemeteries. Menard Chapel Cemetery holds the remains of one very elusive ancestor: Eli Rhoden. We know very little about him. We know a little more about Eunice Caroline "Unity" Bartee, his last wife, and the family they had together.

A special thanks to my newly discovered cousins and internet friends, and to all the hard work they have put in. I have met so many wonderful Rhoden/Roden and other researchers. Thanks to all of you. Maybe, someday, I can meet all of you. This has been a great journey. I would like to extend a special thanks to Ernestine Marie Rhoden Hopkins, my search 'soul-mate.' She has passed into Heaven, and I know her family misses her so much. So do I.

Edit: Tonight, Feb 5, 2011, I finally found who Eli Rhoden's father and mother were. They were George M. Roden and Mary Roden. George was born about 1793 in Shifnal, Shropshire, England.

Ed Rhoden, Feb 5, 2011 Email me at erhoden [at]

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  • Samuel and Laura Bell Rhoden Gravestone (44 KB)
    Tombstone of Samuel and Laura Gray Bell Rhoden in Livingston Texas, Forest Hill Cemetery
  • George Oscar Rhoden's Mispelled Marker (27 KB)
    George Oscar Rhoden's mispelled tombstone. Says his middle name was 'Obar', but his middle name was actually Oscar. Born in South Carolina, died in Polk County, Texas. Buried here in Camp Ruby Cemetary near Livingston, Texas. His father was Eli Roden and his mother was Harriet?.
  • Grave site of Lela Mae Bailey Rhoden, 'Grammer' (46 KB)
    Lela Rhoden, buried next to Willie O. Rhoden; my grandparents. Near the old Cedar Tree at Camp Ruby, Texas. My father, Maurice Edwin Rhoden, was buried to the left of Grammer in 2004.
  • Burial Plot of Decatur Rhoden and Family (41 KB)
    Forrest Hill Cemetery, Livingston Texas - Graves of (L-R)Loyce B. Still Rhoden, Eli Rhoden, D. E. Rhoden, Mary Ellen (Moye) Rhoden. Infant twins of Jerome Rhoden grave is unmarked at foot of Loyce. Ezell Rhoden's grave is at foot of Eli Rhoden's gravesite.
  • Tombstone of Andrew Jackson Franklin (43 KB)
    Grave at Camp Ruby Cemetery, Polk County, Texas.
  • Eunice Caroline Bartee Rhoden Tombstone (91 KB)
    Menard Chappel Cem. Texas - Tombstone of my great great great grandmother, Eli Rhoden's second wife.
  • G. Roberds & Mrs. L. Roberds Gravestone (90 KB)
    Grave site at Menard Chapel Cemetery, Polk County, Texas
  • Lavonia Bailey - Tombstone at Menard Chappel Cem. (108 KB)
    Grave site of Lavonia A. Jones Bailey, my great great grandmother. Wife of Isaac H. Bailey. Mother of Isham Bailey.
  • Rev. W. A. Vestal Gravestone (46 KB)
    Grave site at Forrest Hill Cemetery, Livingston, Texas
  • Lee and Opal Mae Rhoden Grimes - Tombstone (45 KB)
    Lee and Opal Rhoden Grimes. Opal was the daughter of Lela Mae Bailey Rhoden and Willie Obediah Rhoden. I was fortunate enough to live with them for my senior year in high school in Woodville Texas.
  • Rebecca S. Wilson Stutts Gravestone (42 KB)
    Francis A. Wilson Rhoden's sister. Gravesite is at Camp Ruby Cemetery, Polk County, Texas
  • Historical Marker at Menard Chapel Cemetery (46 KB)
    This marker tells of the cemetery's history as well as the story of the contributions made by Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Rhoden (Eli O. Rhoden and Eunice Caroline Bartee Rhoden)
  • L. H. Placker and Quincy Ann (Wilson) (43 KB)
    Gravestone at Camp Ruby. Quincy Ann Wilson Placker was the sister of Francis Wilson, George O. Rhoden, Sr.'s last wife.
  • Menard Chapel - Original Building West of Cemetery (76 KB)
    The white chapel building that was used as a school and church. Sunday services are still held here.
  • Grave site of Eli O. Rhoden and Bartee's (96 KB)
    The standing tombstone is that of Mrs. Eunice Caroline (Bartee) Rhoden. Next to her (on right)is believed to be the unmarked grave of Eli O. Rhoden. To the right of Eli's grave are 3 or 4 other unmarked graves, probably the graves of Eunice's parents and/or siblings, the Bartee's.
  • Menard Chapel Cemetery looking North (83 KB)
    Menard Chappel Cemetery side view. This cemetery is a surprise to the visitor. After miles of gravel and sand country roads, you come over a hill and see this most remarkable island of peace in the middle of the oak and pine forest. Within this cemetary are believed to be at least 500 unmarked graves, of which several are known to be Rhoden and Bartee family members.

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