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I believe I will try to track Alexander Rodman. Wish me luck as there is nothing posted on the Vermillion IN GenWeb which is usually a good source for county information.
I found the following and saw that circa 1810 *James Rodman* came to the area. And if you will scroll down, another James Rodman came to Washington Co. I just wonder if he moved from Vermillion to Washington Co. ??
First Settlers of Washington County, Indiana HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY. 701 Blythe located on Section 8 late in 1809. Daniel Gray settled on Section 9 in >>>1810, and >>about this time came *James Rodman*, Jacob Garriott, and soon afterward Alexander Huston, Samuel Huston, David Fouts, Solomon Bowers and many others. The settlement of the township was slow until after the war of 1812, except in the northeastern part. By 1815 there were probably twenty families in the township, living, of course, in rude log-cabins. Samuel Taylor built on Section 26 about 1816, and John Robinson located near him. James Rodman bought a farm on Section 18 about 1815. His son Thomas was born there. The latter was precocious and was sent to West Point, from which institution he graduated with high honors. He afterward became the inventor of the famous Rodman gun. Samuel Blanbenbaker became a resident in 1815. Before him were Zachariah McAllister, Mr. McGill, Thomas Hodges, Enoch Parr, Tart Fordyce, Robert Sellers, John Hartley, James Hartley, Samuel Hartley, a blacksmith, and others. PIONEER INDUSTRIES. Anthony Head was the first blacksmith and gunsmith; he lived on Section 7. William Lakey was the first chair-maker. Richard Lockwood had a tannery at New Philadelphia in 1831. William 'Hamilton started another there later. Charles Kendall started one in the fifties. John Raybell owned and conducted an early tannery. Benjamin Rodman conducted another. John R. Vance and Caleb Lockwood ran an early one also. Isaac S. Bloss was another early farmer. In an early day the manufacture of tubs, barrels, etc., was conducted quite extensively. John Markwell, Jacob Garriott, Anthony Hinkle, John Robinson and others conducted early distilleries. Hartley the blacksmith was a famous auger-maker.
Washington County giants
Four brothers, John, *James*, Hugh and William Rodman, emigated from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, where John located, but his three brothers came to Washington county, Indiana, in the early days of its history. John Rodman was the grandfather of Admiral Hugh Rodman, now of the United States Navy, and James was the father of General Thomas Jackson Rodman, who invented the one-time famous Rodman gun.
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