The data furnished herein are obtained from the papers on file in Revolutionary War pension claim, W. 22060, based upon the military service of Richard Rhodes in that war.
Richard Rhodes, a man of color, was born in Africa, brought to this country and sold as a slave at the time of the Revolutionary War as a slave to Nehemiah Rhodes.
He enlisted, place not stated, sometime in 1778, served as a private in Captain Arnold's Company, Colonels Christopher Greene and Jeremiah Olney's Rhode Island Regiment, was in the battle of Monmouth, where he was severely wounded in his arm by a musket ball, which resulted in the stiffness of the elbow joint, and at the siege of Yorktown and received a furlough on June 15, 1783, "which operated as a discharge."
After the revolution, he went to se and was a mariner for many years.
He was allowed pension on his application executed September 4, 1818, while residing in Warwick, Rhode Island. In 1820, he was aged sixty years.
He died January 17, 1823.
The soldier married at Warwick, Rhode Island, in October, 1786 , Catherine Spencer.
Soldier's widow, Catherine, was allowed pension on her application executed August 15, 1838, at which time she was aged eighty-two years and resided in Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island.
She died February 20, 1841.
No reference is made to children.
In 1838 one Esan Rhodes, was aged eighty-nine years and resided in Warwick, Rhode Island; no relationship to the soldier was stated.