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At length, through the kind offices referred to, his parole was secured, and Captain Aborn proceeded to New York to convey him to his family ; hut so far had disease performed its work, he never saw, in life, the home and family which were so dear to him. He died on board the cartel, while on her passage through the Sound, on the third of November, 1782; and his body having been taken nshore at New Haven, it was interred at that place.
His widow and five children survived, the former of whom, Mary (Aborri) Rhodes, was afterwards celebrated in the annals of Rhode Island, as the last original creditor of the State, for an unpaid balance of her Revolutionary debt—a liability, notwithstanding its character, which she has strangely repudiated, although it was duly certified, on the eighteenth of September, 1795, "agreeably to an Act made and " passed by the General Assembly of the State, at their January Ses" sion, A. d: 1795," by the General Treasurer of the State.*
She survived all her children, and died on the twelfth of April, 1852, aged nearly ninety-eight years.
The following were the children of Sailing-master Sylvester Rhodes and Mary (Aborn), his wife : 1. Joseph, born oil the first of June, 1772, died on the eighteenth of September, 1790; 2. Elizabeth, born on the twenty-seventh of September, 1775; married Thomas Abobn, and died on the eighth of February, 1812;' 3. Sally, born on the seventeenth of August, 1777, married John A. Aborn, and died on the eighteenth of February, 1800; and, 4. Sylvester, born on the twenty-fourth of July, 1780, married Harriet Knight, and died on the eighteenth of February, 1800.
Henry T. Drowne, Esq., of New York, and l!ev. T. Stafford Drowme, of Brooklyn, N. Y., are his great-grandsons: Sarah Arnold. the estimable wife of the former of these, a daughter of George C. Arnold, Esq.. before referred to, is his great-granddaughter.
1 Mr. Rhodes was "potentially banished" from Massachusetts, because he was "in tho way of dipping"—that Is, he was a Baptist (roger Williaus to the General Court of Massachusetts, 15th, 9 mo. 1655). Together with his brother, Stephen Arnold, he was admitted a freeman of the Colony, at May Term of the General Court, in 1668; and at the same Term, appeared as the Representative in that body for the town of Providence. In 1659, he was associated with Roger Williams and four others in the same office; and in 1661, 1662, and 1663, he waa in the some office, and discharged Its duties with evident honor and usefolness.
2 His granddaughter, Eliza Allen—a daughter of Qenoral Christopher Rhodes, of Pawtuxet, Rhode Island—married Hon. John Rurhell Bartlett, Secretary of State of Rhode Island, well known to every student of American history; another, S M.i.ii: Aborn, sister of the late Mrs. Baetlktt, married Hon. Henry b: Anthony, Senator of the United States from Rhode Island; and a third, Phede Rhodes, daughter of Colonel William Rhodes, married George C. Arnold, Esq., of Providence.
3 Vide page 117, ante.
*Miss Aniir.N. his granddaughter, thus writes concerning this difficulty in effecting his exchange:—
"The English refused to exchange him for a private; and the Americans
rcfnsed tu ex•• change an ottlcer for him. kecnum la irot toktn Ok ii
iiritoterr, saying they wanted all '• tin- otlHTrs to exelmiw for theirs
In-longing to the regular army." Lttltr. lioteil ProvluYniv. A/irif.i.