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Bean, Theodore W., editor, History of Montgomery
County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1884), Vol. II, p.
Jacob b: Rhoads, one of the thrifty and enterprising
farmers of Gwynedd township, and one who has made agriculture a study and
a success, was born on the farm he now owns, July 20, 1820. His early
life was spent upon the old homestead farm, half a mile from the town of
North Wales, and his educational advantages were such as the common
schools of that period afforded.
He commenced business for himself in 1846, when he
rented his father's farm, and attended strictly to that branch of business
for several years, or until 1856, laying well the foundation for the
future success that has attended his every enterprise. In the latter
year, he added to the duties and responsibilities of a large farmer that
of butchering for the Philadelphia markets, which he has successfully
carried on to the present time .
At the death of his father, in 1866, he inherited
one-half of the old homestead farm, containing one hundred and forty
acres, and purchased from the heirs the other half. The farm was formerly
owned by Joseph Evans, and purchased by Abraham, father of Jacob b:
Rhoads, in 1806. The North Pennsylvania Branch of the Philadelphia and
Reading Railroad passes through the farm of Mr. Rhoads, and the long, deep
cut and tunnel south of North Wales is on or through his farm. Since Mr.
Rhoads has owned the old homestead he has remodeled the dwelling and built
the large and commodious barns and out-buildings, that are not only a
convenience for the farm, but an ornament to that part of the township
where they are located. He has also owned two other farms of one hundred
acres each, which he sold to George Castner and G. b: Kittlehaus.
Mr. Rhoads has by his industry, economy and fair
dealing with his fellow-men not only merited but has received their
confidence and esteem in business transactions, and has been honored for
six years with a seat in the board of school directors of his township.
Mr. Rhoads married, March 13, 1845, Ann Jenkins, who
was born November 22, 1818. The result of this union has been as
follows: Sarah Amanda, born December 10, 1846, married October 29, 1868,
to George W. Castner; Mary, born March 18, 1851, married, January 20,
1885, to Charles Jacobs; Anna, born June 24, 1857, died December 23, 1857;
Abraham J., born September 7, 1859, married, October 23, 1883, to
Abraham, the father of Jacob b: Rhoads, was born
December 4, 1782, and died November 22, 1866. His wife, Sarah Baker
Rhoads, died April 3, 1840. Their children were as follows: Charles,
born February 3, 1816, died October 6, 1820; Jacob B., born July 20, 1820;
Elizabeth, born November 5, 1823, married, February 20, 1849, to Jacob
Acuff; Annie, born March 7, 1827, married, May 1, 1856, to George Colyer
(she died January 17, 1857); Samuel; Joseph; Morris; Issachar; Catherine;
Ellen; and Ezekiel. Ann, mother of Abraham and grandmother of Jacob b:
Rhoads, died March 16, 1839.