Sunday, September 28, 2008

William R. Rhodes

William R. Rhodes was born about 1818 in Tennessee. He married Amanda Lindsey (daughter of Charles Lindsey and Mary Polly Bennett) about 1840 in Tennessee. Amanda was born about 1820 in Alabama.
McCaslin: "William R. Rhodes ... preempted 320 acres in Cooke County. He doubled his property on December 24, 1856, by purchasing 320 acres, on which he paid his first taxes in Cooke County in 1857. . . He joined the Frontier Regiment on March 11, 1862."
Richard B. McCaslin, "Tainted Breeze, The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862" (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1994).

"He had a nice family"
 James L. Clark wrote this information about Rhodes:
"One of our near neighbors was William Rhodes. He (came) from North Carolina here (Note: Census records indicate that William Rhodes was born in Tennessee not North Carolina.), an got 320 acres of land as a homestead from the state. He had a nice familey an his oaldest boy belong to the same company that I belonged to. Now Rhodes sold land to a man by the name of Eli Scott a bout the time the war started. An Scott moved to the land an was murderd while he lived on the land. He Scott (came) from California here, an had a big famley, and was nice foalks. Him an Rhodes were hung the same day. Tha are boath buried on the Rhodes survey, now owned by Sam McClerran."
page 113, From a letter James Lemuel wrote to his parents: "Pe Rodes has the measels. With this exception the Cooke County Boys are all well... tell Pe Rodeses folks he sends his best love and respects to them."
Clark, James Lemuel; Edited by L.D. Clark, Civil War Recollections of James Lemuel Clark, Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas 77843, Page 109, 113

William Rhodes appears to have had a son fighting in the Confederate Army when he was hanged by the Confederates.
Question?? Which of Rhodes' sons joined the Confederate Army Company that Clark referred to in the above statement and had the nickname of "Pe"??

According to Diamond's account of the trial, Rhodes was tried in a group trial with eleven other men: The State vs. C. A. Jones("HumpBack"), James Powers ("Carpenter"), Eli M. Scott, Thomas Baker ("Old Man"), Geo W Anderson, Abraham McNeese, Henry Cochran ("30"), C.F. Anderson, Wm Wernell, B.F. Barnes ("35 or 40"), Wm Rodes, and N. M. Clark ("25"). Disloyalty & Treason. The testimony against the above mentioned conspirators corresponds with the testimony herein before produced on the trial of Childs, Fields, Harper, Lock, and others. They all acknowledged their connection with the organization, and made full confession of their guilt at the gallows."
George Washington Diamond's Account of the Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862, Manuscripte Edited by Sam Acheson and Julie, The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXVI, January, 1963, No. 3, pages 331-414, pg .397.

Amanda and William R. Rhodes began having children in Shelby County, Republic of Texas in about 1842.  In 1850, they are in Shelby County, and in the 1860 Census, they are in Cooke County, Texas. William lists his occupation as a farmer.

Amanda was left with nine (9) children to raise after the death of her husband. The youngest child was only six months old. Sometime after the hanging of her husband, Amanda moved to Stephens County, Texas with her children.  It may be that Amanda felt her family would be in a safer environment by moving them away from Cooke County.  Many of the widows who stayed in Cooke County were threatened and harassed by confederates.
William and Amanda had the following children:
1. Charity Armitta Rhodes was born on 28 Jun 1842 in Texas. She died on 26 Oct 1928 in Eastland, Texas. She was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Eastland, Texas.
From the 1870 United States Federal Census for Stephens County, Texas, page 2, household number 8, lines 15 through 24: Charity Boggs is listed as 28 years of age, and a seamstress, living in the household of her mother, Amanda Rhoade, age 45. In the same household is David Rhoade, age 19. Daniel Rhoade, age 14. Delia
Lane Rhoade, age 12. Martha Ann Rhoade, age 8. William Boggs, age 11. Thomas Boggs,age 8. James Boggs, age 6. And Pennington Boggs, age 1. This shows that after Charity's husband died, she indeed went to live with her mother, near Pickettville in Stephens County. She married two more times, first to a man named Lafayette
Deweese, and later to a man named John Quincy Adams Funderburgh.
Charity married Thomas Boone Boggs on 7 Jun 1858 in , Cooke, Texas. Thomas was born on 14 Mar 1832 in Winchester, Clark, Kentucky. He died on 3 Mar 1868 in Fort Muggainsville, Moran, Shackleford, Texas.

2. Charles Rhodes was born about 1844 in Texas. (?Served in the Confederate Army with James Clark -- If so, did he die while serving for the Confederate army?)
3. Sary A. Rhodes was born about 1847 in Texas.
4. James Rhodes was born about 1849 in Texas.
5. Daniel G. Rhodes was born in Apr 1851 in Texas.
6. William Rhodes "Willie" was born about 1852 in Texas.
7. Samuel Rhodes was born about 1854 in Texas.
8. Delia Jane Rhodes was born about 1858 in Texas.
9. Martha Ann Rhodes was born on 26 Mar 1862 in Texas. She died in 27 Jul 1946 in Stephens County, Texas.  Martha married William Rogers.

1850 U.S. Census, Texas, Shelby County hh 292/292, pg 21/42

Name: Wm R Rhoades
Age: 35 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1815 Birth Place: Texas
Value of Real Estate: $300
Home in 1850(City,County,State): Shelby, Texas
Household Members:
Name Age
Wm R Rhoades, 35, farmer, $300, born Tennessee
Amanda Rhoades, 30, Alabama
Charity A Rhoades, 8, Texas
Charles Rhoades, 6, Texas
James Rhoades, 1, Texas
Sary A Rhoades, 3, Texas
Saml Lindsey, 35, South Carolina
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Shelby, Texas; Roll: M432_915; Page: 21
1860 U.S. Census, Texas, Cooke, Gainesville, hh 171/177

Name: Wm Rhodes
Age in 1860: 46 Birth Year: abt 1814 Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1860: Cooke, Texas; Post Office: Gainesville
Value of real estate: $700; Value of personal estate: $184
Occupation: farmer
Household Members:
Name Age
Wm Rhodes, 46, m, farmer, 700/184, Tennessee
Amanda Rhodes, 39, f, Alabama
Charles Rhodes, 16, Texas
Daniel Rhodes, 9, Texas
Willie Rhodes, 7, Texas
Samuel Rhodes, 5, Texas
Delia Rhodes, 1, Texas
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Cooke, Texas; Roll: M653_1291; Page: 232;
(**note: on same page of census as John Miller & William Boyles)

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