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Archive for March, 2011

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 19 March 2011

Category: Rhoades, Rhoads, Rhodes, Rhodus, Roads, de Rodes, Rodes Family Genealogy

From the book entitled: History of Hampshire County, West Virginia : from its earliest settlement to the present, Maxwell, Hu, 1860-1927; Swisher, H. L. (Howard Llewellyn), 1870. MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA, A. BROWN BOUGHNER PRINTER, 1897.
A. S. RHODES, farmer of Green Spring, son of Andrew M. and Christina Rhodes, was born in Ohio, 1849, of German descent; married, 1889, Blary A., daughter of Leonard W. and Elizabeth Huff, of Maryland; children, Annie L., John S., Edward F., and Lucy M.

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 12 March 2011

Category: American History, British History

In many households St. Patrick’s day comes and goes without hardly a nod. In our home it is a different story as our daughter, Autumn Rhodes, is a professional Irish musician in San Fransisco. So the days and weeks leading up to St Paddy’s are hard work for her, the day may start playing music at at a school 8:30am, till early morning the next day at a pub– all to entertain the ?Irish? in us, if only one day a year. With many, the celebration is not complete without having a meal with corned beef, and washing down green beer, or a few pints of Guinness.
Thus when I read of a St. Patrick’s day celebration where Autumn’s and my ancestors were stationed during the American Revolution, I felt inclined to write about it. The ancestors were Richard Breeden and his wife Frances Fairchild (http://carl.rhodesfamily.org/getperson.php?personID=I142&tree=carls), both were veterans of the war, serving in Gen. George Rogers Clark’s Illinois Regiment in what is now Kentucky. From about March 1780, they where stationed at a remote stockade called Fort Jefferson. It was located at the mouth of the Ohio, where it meets the Mississippi River in present day Hardin County, Kentucky. This was the farthest western reach of the American colonies. They were under continual attacks by the Chickasaw Indians during the summer of 1780, led by Indian representatives of the British. Due to the relentless Indian attacks, in July 1781 the fort was evacuated.
Although, life at the fort was dangerous and stressful, like today they took time out to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, as recorded on March 17, 1781: ?Much drinking to St. Patrick’s health?. Then on the following day: ?Drinking to the health of St. Patrick’s wife.?

From the book: The Person of George Rogers Clark’s Fort Jefferson and the Civilian Community of Clarksville [Kentucky], Based on the Lost Vouchers of George Rogers Clark, Edited and Compiled by Kenneth Charles Carstens

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 4 March 2011

Category: American History


Frank Buckles died Sunday, not unexpectedly at age 110, having achieved a singular feat of longevity that left him proud and a bit bemused. In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I, and Mr. Buckles, a cordial fellow of gentle humor, was the last known survivor. “I knew there’d be only one someday,”he said a few years back. “I didn’t think it would be me.” “I feel like an endangered species,” he joked. As a rear-echelon ambulance driver behind the trenches of the Western Front in 1918, he had been safe from the worst of the fighting. But “I saw the results,” he would say.
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