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From the publication: Colonial Families of the United States of America, Vol. VII, Edited by Nelson Osgood Rhoades, published by The Seaforth Press, Baltimore, Los Angeles, 1920

NELSON OSGOOD RHOADES, Of Los Ange­Les, California, b: 2D June, 1869, In Franklin, Wisconsin; m. 18Th September, 1887, in Van Wert, Iowa, Lotta M. Farnsworth; m. (secondly), 27Th January, 1911, Frances James Brown, b: 28th December, 1872, In Kenoza Lake, New York; dau. Of Renwick Brown, b: 2d June, 1837, in New York City, who m. 7Th November, I860, Mary Agnes Moulthrop, whose lineage is recorded later in this memoir.
Nelson Osgood Rhoades was educated by tutelage; teacher at seventeen, in Iowa; thereafter, successively, teacher of Spanish school?, in New Mexico; San Luis, Fort Garland, County Superintendent of Schools, Principal of High School, Normal School, Superintendent of City Schools, all in State of Colorado. His early engi­neering experience was gained in the construction of the Great Western Railway, State of Iowa; had responsible charge railway construction on Red River of the North; extensive Government survey work in Colorado; professional experience covered survey and abstracting of titles of the Spanish grants of Colorado and New Mexico, involving abstract work in Mexico and Spain; designed and constructed many millions of dollars of irrigation plants, water-supply and sewage plants, nitro- faction plants for sewage disposal; designing and building of storage, slow-sand- filtration and chemical plants, conduit systems of water-supply; also railway survey work and scientific work in India, Africa and Europe; construction of Chihuahua and Pacific Railway, Mexico; geographical survey and revalidation of title work, original designing and direction of construction of public works, all in Mexico. Designing and construction of irrigation system in Sinaloa, amongst largest in the Republic of Mexico; establishing and operating of sugar plantation and refineries in Sinaloa; consulting and contracting engineer through above periods. Now a member of the association of Garfield and Rhoades, Latin-American Counsellors and Fiscal Agents, with offices in Cleveland, Ohio, Los Angeles, California, and Mexico City, Mexico; the senior associate is Hon. James R. Garfield of Ohio.
Arms. (Rhoades)—Argent on a cross engrailed, between four lions rampant, gules, as many bezants.
Crest.—A leopard sejeant, or spotted sable, collared and ringed argent.
Residences.—Los Angeles, California and University Club, Mexico City, Mexico.
Offices.—Los Angeles, California, Cleveland, Ohio and Mexico City, Mexico.
Clubs.—California, Jonathan and Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles, Cali­fornia; University, Reforma, American and Country Clubs, Mexico City, Mexico.

Societies.—Society Mayflower Descendants, Order Founders and Patriots, Society Colonial Wars, Order of Washington, Society Sons of Revolution, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, National Historical Society, Valley Forge Historical Society, Utah Genea­logical Society, National Genealogical Society, California Genealogical Society, American Academy Sciences, Pacific Astronomical Society, York and Scottish Rite- Masonry, etc.
Ilfaeage
1.        x. Henry Rhodes, b: in Lancashire, England, 1608, came to the Massa­chusetts Bay Colony, settling at Lynn before 1640, where he d: in 1675. He m. Elizabeth White (or Paul) who d: in Lynn 25th November, 1700. He was an ironmonger in Lynn, 1640; a witness 1647; representative to the General Court 1657. Served in King Philip's War and fought against the Indians in the Nip- mugg Country, and at Narragansett in 1675. He signed his name with various spellings, but commonly "Rodes." Bodge, in his "History of King Philip's War,"' records him as "Henry Rhoades," as he is frequently quoted in other historical ref­erences. There are many branches of the Rhodes family existing in the United States, practically none are found spelling their names "Rhoades," except the descendants of Henry, of Lynn. In England, where the family originated, but one family is found which so spells its name and that is the one from which Amphillis Rhoades, great-grandmother of George Washington, descended.
This branch of the Rhodes family descended from a long line of English ances­tors, tracing back to Willemus, of Rode, on many of whom heraldic honors had been conferred. Henry Rhodes brought to America a coat-of-arms and copy of the original charter inscribed, "These are the ancient names of the family of Rhodes of Adrod, Cheshire, whereof James Rhodes, of Lancashire, is descended of the second house, Henry Rhodes, son of George."
All descendants of Henry Rhodes are qualified for membership in the Society of Colonial Wars and Order of Founders and Patriots of America.
issue, all born in lynn, massachusetts
2.        i. Eleazer Rhodes, b: 6th February, 1640; d: 15th May, 1716.
*3.    11. Samuel Rhodes, of whom later.
4.        hi. Joseph Rhodes, b: January, 1645; m- Jane Coates (Cootes).
5.        iv. Joshua Rhodes, b: April 1648; m. Ann Graves; d: 29th December,
1725­6. v. Josiah Rhodes, b: April, 1651; m. Elizabeth Coates.
7.        vi. Jonathan Rhodes, b: August, 1654; d: 7th April, 1677.
8.        vn. Elizabeth (Eliza) Rhodes, b: March, 1657; m. 5th November, 1695,
Nathaniel Whittemore of Boston.
9.        viii. Henry Rhodes, Jr., b: circa 1659.
{Authorities; Family bibles and records, vital statistics of Massachu­setts and Colonial War Registers, Bodge's "History King Philip's War.")
II. 3. Samuel Rhodes, b: Lynn, Massachusetts, February, 1642; d: 1718; m. 16th January, 1681-1682, Lynn, Abigail Coates, dau. of Robert Coaxes, b: 1627, England, d: Lynn; great-granddaughter of Thomas Coates who came in 1635, fr om Sarum, Wilts, England. Abigail, b: Lynn, 10th April, 1663; d: 20th August, 1743. They lived at Lynn, Massachusetts. Samuel served in King Philip's War under Captain Gardner. Robert Coates served under Captain Turner in :garrison at Hadley, Massachusetts, 1676, et seq.
issue, all born in lynn, massachusetts
10.        i. Jonathan Rhodes, b: 28th November, 1683; d: 3d February, 1745; m.
Sarah Baxter.
11.        11. Samuel Rhodes, b: 2d August, 1685.
12.        hi. Abigail Rhodes, b: 19th January, 1686-1687.
13.        iv. Eleazer Rhodes, b: 3d November, 1688; d: 1727, m. Sarah Newman. v. Sarah B.hodes, b: 31st July, 1690; d: 8th October, 1690.
*14. vi. Obadiah Rhodes, of whom later.
vii. Sarah Rhodes, b: 16th August, 1696; d: July, 1698.
15.        viii. Joane Rhodes, b: 19th August, 1699; m. Ralph Merry, 12th January,
1720.
16.        ix. Joseph Rhodes, b: 25th August, 1701; d: 8th April, 1765; m. Mary
Fuller, 14th November, 1723.
17.        x. Benjamin Rhodes, b: 12th June, 1704; m. Rachel Silsby, 1727.
{Authorities: Family records, Colonial War Registers, Bodge's "His­tory of King Philip's War," vital statistics of Massachusetts.)
" III. - 14. Obadiah Rhodes, b: in Lynn, Massachusetts, 13th May, 1693; re­moved to Voluntown, Connecticut, admitted to First Church, 1.5th September, 1728; m. 1717, Abigail, whose family name is unknown, but who was admitted to First Church, Voluntown, 1729. Obadiah was one of the earliest settlers of Volun­town where he was a respected citizen, serving as selectman and in other official capacities.
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49. 1. Abigail Rhodes, b: 3d December, 1719, at Voluntown, Connecticut. *5o. 11. Obadiah Rhodes, of whom later.
51.        hi. Martha Rhodes, b: 29th May, 1725, at Voluntown; d: 7th October
1725, at Voluntown.
52.        iv. John Rhodes, b: 15th April, 1727; m. Joanna Cady, 16th March, 1748.
CAuthorities: Family records, Larned's "History of Windham County, Connecticut," vital statistics of Lynn, Massachusetts, Stonington and Voluntown, Connecticut.)