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William Lee Rhodes was born in Frederick Co., Maryland, 25 Jun 1840, eldest child (of nine) of George Rhodes (1813-1885) and Elizabeth Cunningham (ca 1817-1896). George was the son of George Rhodes (1783-1849) and Anna Maria McCabe (1789-1849), also of Frederick/Montgomery Counties. George and Anna had eight children. William Lee married Barbara Allen Heayd (1843-1909) in 1869. They located at Chambersburg/Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and had nine children, including my paternal grandmother, Nelle Elizabeth Rhodes (1883-1938). The Chambersburg property may have been purchased from William's uncle, William Powell Rhodes (1809-1887), who had lived in the area earlier. In 1917, the farm was sold to the Rhodes Grove Camp and Conference Center. Some of his daughters continued to live in Greencastle until 1962. A Nicholas Rhodes bought property near Hyattstown, Frederick County, Maryland, in 1767, and may be related. He had children John, Elisha, and Nicholas, who lived in the area, but I haven't established the connection. William Lee and his brother George served in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia under General Early. A George Rhodes of Frederick Co., Maryland, was held as a political prisoner at Fort McHenry, Oct 30-Nov 12/1862, shortly after the Battle of Antietam. I don't know if the Rhodes boys fought at Antietam or Gettysburg, but this was their home territory.