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Updated September 5, 2000

Roy Bruce Rhodes
RR 8 Box 220
Livingston, TX 77351-8969
United States

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I have recently completed a book entitled "The Rhodes Family History 1790-1997". Jacob Rhodes was my great great grandfather and was born in England, according to census records found on his son, William M. Rhodes, my great grandfather. Jacob is listed in the 1820-1840 censuses of Buncombe County, NC. My great grandfather, William M. Rhodes, was born in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC 5 February 1822, married Margaret Ann Parker 18 January 1845 in Burke County, NC and had two daughters, Mary Ann and Eveline born in NC. We have not located William M. on any 1850 census records, but the 1860 Basham Gap, Morgan County, AL censuses lists five boys, Thomas, James, George W., William Bryant, and Benjamin A., all born in Georgia between 1851 and 1859. No trace of William M. has been found on the 1870 census, but in 1880 he was living in Township 6 Range 6 of Lawrence County, AL at 58 years of age and married to Rachel (Harville) at 45 years of age. On this census children are: William B. Rhodes Age 23; Dollie Rhodes, Age 17; Alice Rhodes, age 13; and DANIEL WEBSTER RHODES, age 6. Daniel Webster is my grandfather, and apparently the only child of William and Rachel, whom William married 28 November 1869. Apparently Margaret Ann Parker Rhodes had died after the birth of Alice in 1867.
As no census records are available for 1890 there is a void between 1880 and 1900. However, on the 1900 census taken 12 June 1900 in Oakville, Precinct 9, Lawrence County, AL, William M. is listed as head of household at age 78, married 16 years to Mary J., his wife at age 62, and is farming on his own farm, which is free from mortgage. This tells us that Rachel Harville Rhodes must have died after the 1880 census. Learning this, we found William M. had remarried Mary Jane Long, a widow, on 11 June 1884. A record of a marriage between Duke Long and Mary J. McCullough was made 31 July 1859. Her husband likely died in the Civil War.
William M. Rhodes died 1 February 1908 in Oakville, Alabama and is buried in Bald Knob Cemetery in Lawrence County, Alabama. A Masonic Emblem adorns his tombstone, which is inscribed:


Detailed information on William's Civil War service is contained in the Rhodes genealogy report listed below.
On 8 August 1998, a CSA stone was placed on the grave of William M. Rhodes at Bald Knob Cemetery in Lawrence County, Alabama, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans from the area serving as Honor Guard and firing a 21-gun salute. The eulogy was given by Dr. H. Rondel Rumberg of Hueytown, Alabama.
Other surnames include Bracken, Bullard, Callahan, Cowart, Crow, Farrington, Hensley, Jones, Linderman, Livingston, Morgan, Owens, Roberts, Robinson, Ropers, Rothrock, Sparkman, Sterling, Stover, Terry and Tomlin.
We are trying to learn more about his father, Jacob, who was born in England, and his son, Benjamin A., who was last located on the 1880 Blount County, AL census living with his sister and brother in law, Nathan Harrison and Mary Ann Rhodes Farrington.

William's son in law, Nathan Harrison Farrington, was with Co. C, 1st Ala Cav, Capt. James W. Harper's company. This company command was assumed by Josiah Patterson upon Harper's resignation and the company was "detached". Later a Colonel Josiah Patterson was named as commander of the 5th Ala Cav at its surrender at Selma in 1865.
From National Archive Records it was learned that Josiah Patterson was recruited by James W. Harper as a 1st Lt., and was promoted to Captain when he took command of Co. C. He was later promoted to Colonel and was in Command of the 5th Ala Cav at its surrender at Selma. We are trying to determine if William served with this unit prior to returning to Co. B of the 30th Ga Inf as Pension applications and the Morgan County Confederate census seems to indicate.

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