Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, page 843.
F. Rhodes was born in 1835, on the old homestead of his father, Jacob
Rhodes. The latter settle in Bollinger County, Mo., in 1818,
coming from Lincoln Co, N.C.
He came in company with three of
his brothers. They all married in Missouri, and, with the
exception of Jacob, removed to Madison County, Mo., where they lived
entered 600 acres of land in Lorance Township,
Bollinger County, upon which he built a cabin, and soon after married
Nancy Lincoln, who bore six children: J.L. (deceased), Elizabeth (the
widow of Eli Deck), Lucinda E. (deceased), Nancy C. (the widow of
Thomas Myrick), Henry F. and Caleb W. (who first married Isabel
Martin and afterward Mrs. Clementine Taylor). Jacob Rhodes
was a man of enterprise and note in his county, and for more than a
quarter of a century served as justice of the peace, and was county
judge for a long time. He was deservedly popular, and in the
early days of Southeast Missouri his selection of land brought him
considerable wealth. The site of the village of Glen Allen
was selected from the original entry made by him, and the subject of
this sketch is yet selling lots in the village. His first
having died, a short time before his death he wedded Mrs. Mary
Lorance. He and she both died during the late war.
F. and Caleb W. own the ancestral farm; the former, having added to
his portion 200 acres purchased of the railroad company, now owns 500
acres. During the latter part of the war Henry F. was a
member of the State Militia. He also manufactured many
spinning wheels during the war. He is a scholar, and for
fifty-three years has remained on the old homestead, and we desire to
preserve his name in history as being one of two sons living of a man
who was a pioneer in fact.