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
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 ,
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.