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Westerfield, Thomas W., editor, Kentucky Genealogy
and Biography (Volume III) Sketches from Butler, McLean, Muhlenburgh,
and Ohio Counties Reprinted from Kentucky: A History of the State
by Battle, Perrin, Kniffin, 1885. (Owensboro, KY: Genealogical Reference
Co., 1971), p. 184.
Daniel James Rhoads, Ohio County, is the son of
Riley and Nancy (Jones) Rhoads, the former a native of Muhlenburgh County;
born in 1807. While yet in his infancy his parents removed to Warrick,
Ind., where they settled among the Indians. About the close of the last
century [18th], his great-grandfather came to Hartford, Ohio County, and
assisted in building the first fort established there, and was engaged in
many Indian wars.
Mr. Rhoads is the third of ten children, eight of whom
are now living. He was born April 9, 1834. His father was at that time a
farmer in Indiana, having gone to that place about seventy-three years
since; he was the first to join the Washingtonian Society in Warrick County;
he died in 1872. Mr. Rhoads' mother was distinguished for perseverance and
industry, and for the faithful performance of Christian duty; she and her
husband were both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; she was born in
181, and is still living at Boonesville, Ind.
Mr. Rhoads received his education in an old log
schoolhouse, at the last named place. In the spring of 1860, he removed to
Muhlenburgh County, Ky., and was there engaged in farming during seven years.
He then entered into partnership with his uncle, Peter H. Baker, in the nursery
business, under the firm name of Baker & Rhoads. This business was continued
nine years. He is now extensively engaged in the fire and life insurance
March 27, 1861, he married a second cousin, Rachel V.
Rhoads, a native of Muhlenburgh County, born June 30, 1844. They have had eight
children, seven of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Rhoads are members of the
Beaver Dam Baptist Church, which was organized in 1798, and was for a long time
attended by people from a great distance; women and children often walking from
Hartford to this church.
At the breaking out of the war, in 1861, Mr. Rhoads took
the part of the Union and became a firm Republican, although his grandfather was
a slaveholder, and had at that time thirty or forty slaves.
Mr. Rhoads is a man of exemplary habits. In his
boyhood he became one of the first cadets in a boys' temperance society, and
has never used either whisky or tobacco.
Many incidents of the early life of Mr. Rhoads'
ancestors are worthy of note. Henry Rhoads, fifteen years old, a brother of
Mr. Rhoads' grandfather, wandered nine days at one time through the woods.
A company from the fort took this boy, Henry, along on a hunting trip, to
carry in the game. They killed a bear, and, loading it on to the horse
started the boy for home. He got lost, and becoming tired, he lay down to
rest and soon fell asleep. The horse, in the meantime, started for home and
left the poor boy to wander around until relief should come. He lived on
frogs, and when found was insane, and had to be run down. He was so
bewildered that he did not know his father or mother, and had to be guarded
D. J. Rhoads' father and mother saw the first steamboat
on the Ohio River, and were filled with terror. The grandfather relates
that in the earthquake of 1812, people thought the world was coming to an
end, and all were on their knees praying for mercy; at another time the
falling stars had the same effetc. In 1816, the cold was very severe, with
ice every month in the year, and all came near starving. In the early
settling of Warrick County, Ind., they had lynch law, but after a few years
Daniel Rhoads, and others, organized a court, and Daniel Rhoads was judge of
the first court held in Warrick County, which court was held in his house.