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Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, page 843.
Henry F. Rhodes was born in 1835, on the old homestead of his father, Jacob Rhodes.  The latter settle in Bollinger County, Mo., in 1818, coming from Lincoln Co, N.C.
He came in company with three of his brothers.  They all married in Missouri, and, with the exception of Jacob, removed to Madison County, Mo., where they lived and died.  

Jacob entered 600 acres of land in Lorance Township, Bollinger County, upon which he built a cabin, and soon after married Nancy Lincoln, who bore six children: J.L. (deceased), Elizabeth (the widow of Eli Deck), Lucinda E. (deceased), Nancy C. (the widow of Thomas Myrick), Henry F. and Caleb W. (who first married Isabel Martin and afterward Mrs. Clementine Taylor).   Jacob Rhodes was a man of enterprise and note in his county, and for more than a quarter of a century served as justice of the peace, and was county judge for a long time.  He was deservedly popular, and in the early days of Southeast Missouri his selection of land brought him considerable wealth.  The site of the village of Glen Allen was selected from the original entry made by him, and the subject of this sketch is yet selling lots in the village.  His first wife having died, a short time before his death he wedded Mrs. Mary Lorance.  He and she both died during the late war.

Henry F. and Caleb W. own the ancestral farm; the former, having added to his portion 200 acres purchased of the railroad company, now owns 500 acres.   During the latter part of the war Henry F. was a member of the State Militia.  He also manufactured many spinning wheels during the war. He is a scholar, and for fifty-three years has remained on the old homestead, and we desire to preserve his name in history as being one of two sons living of a man who was a pioneer in fact.

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