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Henry & Mary Jane Rhoads/Rhodes Family
Posted by: Nancy Porter (ID *****3570) Date: July 31, 2012 at 09:30:51
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I am trying to find any information available about my ancestors, Henry Rhoads (or Rhoades or Rhodes) and his wife Mary Jane and their descendants. Henry was the son of Henry and Sarah Rhoads. He was born around 1824 in Sumner County, Tennessee. Sometime around 1849 he married his wife, Mary Jane (last name unknown but some family history indicates it was Phillips). I have not been able to find any evidence of the date or place of their marriage. All but their eldest child, Wilson G, were born in Missouri. Wilson was born in Tennessee before they migrated to Missouri. Henry was a farmer. He was in the Tennessee Volunteers along with his brother, Cullen, during the Mexican American War.

Henry, Mary Jane and Wilson are shown on the 1850 census as residing in Macon County, Tennessee but by the time William Thomas was born in June 1852, they had migrated to Missouri. The 1860 census shows them living in Jasper Township in Jasper County, Missouri with their children (Wilson G., William Thomas, Samantha Ellen and Martha Ann) farming on land they owned. Sometime between November of 1862 when my great-grandfather, Archie, was born and June 1865 they moved to Mound City, Linn County, Kansas where Henry was farming land he didn't own. Then they moved back to Jasper County by March 1867 where their youngest son, Luther, was born. Family history indicates that Henry died on 15 Nov 1868 in Alba, Jasper County, Missouri leaving his eldest son, Wilson G Rhoads/Rhodes as head of household as indicated on the 1870 census. On the 1870 Census, Wilson G Rhoads is listed as head of the household responsible for his siblings and mother, Mary Jane. He owns his own farm valued at $800.

I would like to determine when my gg-grandfather, Henry Rhoads, died and where he might be buried. I would also like to determine when and where his wife, Mary Jane, died and is buried. We know from the 1870 census that she was still living in August of 1870. I have not been able to find any record of her after that date. I would also like very much to determine who her parents may have been. Even though family history has indicated that her last name was Phillips, I have always been curious as to why they named their first son Wilson. Could her last name possibly have been Wilson?

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