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Leander Rhoades, a native of Warrick County, Ind., was born February 5, 1837, the oldest of twelve children born to Benjamin and Emily (Danforth) Rhoades. The father was a native of Kentucky, and the mother probably of Long Island. Benjamin Rhoades came to Warrick County with his parents when he was three years old, and lived with them on the farm south of Boonville. At the age of twenty-four he married and bought a farm near the Ohio River where he lived following farming, at which he was fairly successful. He was one of Warrick County’s upright Christian citizens, and died in March, 1873. His wife died in 1869, both having lived and died in the Baptist faith. Leander Rhoades was raised on the farm with his parents, receiving a limited education. When twenty-four years old he married Sarah Lowell, of Warrick County, and moved on a farm of his own, where his wife died in 1860. In October, 1864, he married Elizabeth Hook, a native of Kentucky. Although Mr. Rhoades has no children of his own, he has raised two younger brothers, and a second cousin, named Ellen Johnson, who died at the age of sixteen. He is now raising three nieces of himself and wife. April 10, 1876, he traded for a farm two miles east of Boonville upon which he moved, and where he now resides in one of the most comfortable residences of the neighborhood. He owns 270 acres of good farming land, 200 acres of which is under excellent state of improvement. Mr. Rhoades is engaged also in raising and trading in stock. Mrs. Rhoades is a member of the Baptist Church.

From the book entitled: The History of Warrick County, Indiana.
Published by: Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.

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