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James J. Rhodes (1833- ), son of Samuel F. Rhodes (1787-1860), son of Hezekiah Rhodes (immigrant from Germany)

From: History of Wayne County, Indiana (Chicago: Interstate Pub. Co., 1884), p. 418-419.

James J. Rhodes was born Oct. 31, 1833, in Preble County, Ohio, the youngest son of Samuel F. and Jane (Jones) Rhodes. He was ten years old when his parents moved to Wayne County, Ind., and at the age of eighteen years he left his home to learn the saddler and harness-maker's trade at Whitewater. He served an apprentice of two years, after which he worked as a journeyman till 1857. He then carried on the business for himself till the breaking out of the war. He enlisted Nov. 18, 1861, as a private in Company C, Fifty-seventh Indiana Infantry, and served for three years. He was honorably discharged Nov. 19, 1864. He was married March 20, 1858, to Lydia, daughter of A. b: and Nancy (Perkins) Elliott, by whom he had two children - James E. E. and one who died in infancy. Mrs. Rhodes died Jan. 13, 1865, and Dec. 13, 1866, Mr. Rhodes married Mrs. Susan (Sasser) Call, a daughter of William Sasser, of Randolph County, Ind. They were the parents of seven children - Oliver M., Orville E., Samuel A., and four who died in infancy. After his return from the war Mr. Rhodes worked at the millwright's trade and in a saw-mill nearly two years. He has followed farming and stock-raising on his present farm since his marriage in 1866. In politics he is a Republican and he and wife belong to the Christian Church. His father was born in Vermont, June 22, 1787, the youngest son of eleven children of Hezekiah Rhodes, who came from Germany and served in the Revolutionary war with three of his sons. The family settled in New York State when Samuel was a boy, and in 1805 the latter came to Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1811 he married a daughter of James and Jane (Lee) Jones, the former a Captain in the war of the Revolution, who died while in the service. Samuel Rhodes served an apprenticeship of seven years at the boot and shoemaker's trade, and afterward became prominently identified with the business interests of Cincinnati as a tanner and a boot and shoe manufacturer, which occupation he followed until 1825. He then resided on a farm in Preble County, Ohio (where the town of El Dorado is now situated), until 1843, after which he moved to Whitewater, Ind., residing there till his death, July 5, 1860, at the age of seventy-three years. In politics he was a democrat. His wife died Dec. 17, 1862. They were members of the Universalist church. Of their eleven children nine lived to maturity, and two sons and two daughters still survive.


Additional census records:
1850 Census, Wayne Co., Indiana, Franklin Township, M-432, Roll 180, p. 257: Dwelling 102, Family 102: Samuel F. Rhodes, 62, shoemaker, estate $175, born Vermont; Jane Rhodes, 57, born Kentucky; Aaron Rhodes, 19, laborer, born Ohio; James Rhodes, 16, born Ohio; Sarah Rhodes, 25, born Ohio.

1860 Census, Wayne Co., Indiana, Franklin Township, M-653, Roll 308, p. 137: Dwelling 952, Family 967: James A. Rhodes, 26, saddler, real estate $500, personal estate $75, born Ohio; Lydia Rhodes, 22, born Indiana.

1870 Census, Wayne Co., Indiana, Franklin Township, M-593, Roll 370, p. 341: Dwelling 209, Family 213: James Rhodes, 36, farmer, real estate $3,000, personal estate $650, born Ohio; Susanna Rhodes, 30, keeping house, born Indiana; James E. Rhodes, 8, at home, born Indiana; Oliver M. Rhodes, 3, born Indiana.

1880 Census, Wayne Co., Indiana, Franklin Township, T-9, Roll 321, p. 11: Dwelling 188, Family 201: James Rhodes, 46, farmer, (disease of) lungs, born Indiana, parents born Ohio; Susan Rhodes, 42, wife, keeping house, born Indiana, parents born North Carolina; Elmer Rhodes, 18, son, farmer, born Indiana, parents born Indiana; Ollie Rhodes, 12, son, born Indiana; Orville Rhodes, 6, son, born Indiana; Samuel Rhodes, 2, son, born Indiana.