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Descendants of Willis RHODEN




Generation No. 1


1. WILLIS1 RHODEN was born Abt. 1816 in South Carolina, USA, and died Abt. 1880 in Columbia County, Florida, USA. He married CELIA CHITTY Abt. 1834 in Columbia Co., Florida. She was born Abt. 1808 in South Carolina, USA, and died Abt. 1900 in Columbia County, Florida, USA.

Notes for W
ILLIS RHODEN:
Willis Rhoden fought in the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835-1842. He was a private in the company commanded by Captain Samuel E. Swilley in the Second Regiment of the East Florida Mounted Volunteers commanded by Col. W. J. Mills in the 2nd war with the Seminole Indians. He signed up in Lowndes Co., Georgia for six months on June 16, 1837. He mustered in at Fort Palmetto, FL, October 9, 1837. Fort Palmetto is located in Levy County, Florida on the east side of the Suwanee River formerly Fort Fanning. He mustered out at Fort Gilliland, Florida, on December 18, 1837. Fort Gilliland is located at Newmansville in Alachua County, 18 miles north west of Gainesville, Florida.

He served a second term of three months. He was a private in the company commanded by Captain William A. Newbern of the East Florida Mounted Volunteers commanded by Charles R. Floyd in the war with the Seminole and Creek Indians in and about the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. He volunteered at Traders Hill in Georgia, on October 25, 1838, and was discharged on January 25, 1839, at Traders Hill, Georgia.

This information of Willis Rhoden's war service is on record at the National Archives, Washington DC.

Willis applied for bounty land in 1851 as a resident of Lowndes Co, Georgia on the basis of his Seminole Indian war service. Bounty land claims were based on military service between 1775-1855. Originally, these land grants were made by land rich but non-poor state governments as a way of paying off their militia after the revolutionary war.

There is no record showing that Willis was ever awarded the bounty land. Willis Rhoden fought in the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835-1842. He was a Private in the company commanded by Captain Samuel E Swilley in the Second Regiment of the East Florida Mounted Volunteers Commanded by Col. W. J. Mills in the Second War with the Seminole Indians. He signed up in Lowndes County, Georgia for six months of duty June 16, 1837. He mustered in a Fort Palmetto, Florida October 9, 1837. Fort Palmetto is located in Levy County, Florida on the east side of the Suwanee River formerly Fort Fanning. He mustered out at Fort Gilliand, Florida, December 18, 1837. Fort Gilliand is located at Newmansville in Alachua County, Florida, 18 miles northwest of Gainesville, Florida.

He served a second term of three months. He was a Private in the company commanded by Captain William A Newbern of the East Florida Mounted Volunteers commanded by Charles R. Floyd in the War with the Seminole and Creek Indians in and about the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. He volunteered at Traders Hill in Georgia, October 25, 1838, and discharged January 25, 1839, at Traders Hill, Georgia.

This information concerning Willis Rhoden's war service is on record at the National Archives, Washington, DC.

More About C
ELIA CHITTY:
Burial: Hopewell Cemetery, Columbia Co., Florida
     
Children of W
ILLIS RHODEN and CELIA CHITTY are:
2. i.   JAMES2 RHODEN, b. 13 April 1835; d. Abt. 1929.
3. ii.   WESLEY RHODEN, b. Bef. 06 May 1842, Lowndes County, Georgia, USA; d. 06 May 1934, Charlton County, Georgia, USA.
4. iii.   THOMAS JOSEPH RHODEN, b. 31 July 1847; d. 20 October 1940.
5. iv.   LIZZIE RHODEN, b. 24 April 1848; d. 12 June 1934.
6. v.   EASTER PINK RHODEN, b. Abt. 1855, Columbia County, Florida, USA; d. 14 December 1935.
7. vi.   GEORGE W RHODEN, b. 28 May 1856, Georgia, USA; d. October 1927, Hamilton County, Florida, USA.
8. vii.   NANCY CAROLINE RHODEN, b. 23 October 1860; d. 14 April 1929.
9. viii.   WILLIAM RILEY RHODEN, b. Abt. 1865; d. Abt. 1939, Columbia County, Florida, USA.


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