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|Grandpa Bud was the second child of Albert Boston Rhodes and Cinthy Elizabeth Garren of Edneyville Township, Henderson County, North Carolina. Sister Naomi (Aunt Omie) was two. Albert was listed on the 1880 censusNote 1 as a farm laborer. Neither Grandpa Albert nor Cinthy were indicated as being able to read or write. One could picture the small, poorly furnished shack in which they lived. A picture of depressing loneliness emerged; but when the scene was revisited after much more research, it appears that Cinthy was related to almost all of the families on the census page with them. They were married 15 February 1877.Note 2 Three more children came into the family: David Franklin, (Uncle Frank) August 1882, Uncle Zeb, 15 June 1883, and Aunt Ida, 3 May 1889. Grandma Cinthy did not survive that delivery. She is buried in Hooper's Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Hooper's Creek Road, Henderson County, North Carolina.|
[Hooper's Creek Cemetery]
Back Row:Zeb Rhodes, Dora Rhodes Kelly, Naomi "Omie" Rhodes Grant, Edith Rhodes, Josie Rhodes Front Row:Will Rhodes, Lawrence Rhodes, Frank Rhodes, John Rhodes Not pictured: Grandpa Bud Rhodes, Ida Rhodes Davis, Dina Rhodes Bates, Jeff Rhodes, Jane Etta Rhodes, and Tom Rhodes.)
|On 14 December 1890 Grandpa Albert married Edith Louisa Ballinger with whom he fathered eleven more children: Lenora 1892, Dora 1893, Will 1895, Jeff 1896, Jane Etta 1897, John 1899, Dina 1902, Edith 1905, Josie 1907, Tom 1909, and Lawrence 1911.|
My Dad had many stories about his Grandpa Frady; but I cannot recall a single mention of Grandpa Albert. Grandpa Albert sold the land on Hooper's Creek in 1901;Note 3 and in 1910 the household was enumerated in Limestone Township,Note 4 which includes the hamlet of Skyland. Dad was born in Skyland in 1908, although in 1910 Grandpa Bud's household was enumerated in Black Mountain Township on the flanks of Little Pisgah Mountain.Note 5 However, the 1920 census found the A. B. Rhodes and B. J. Rhodes households side-by-side in Glassy Mountain Township, Greenville County, South Carolina.Note 6 Grandpa Albert moved to South Carolina not too long before 1920, because the draft registration card of Dad's Uncle JohnNote 7 dated 12 September 1918 showed that Grandpa Albert resided in Hillgert, Henderson County, North Carolina. It follows that his Grandpa Rhodes was nearby during much of his childhood. Perhaps, since Dad's mother died when he was only five, his subsequent contacts with his Grandpa Frady were extraordinary occurences. Grandpa Frady was like a treat; and Grandpa Albert was just there. Calling him “...highly esteemed...” Grandpa Frady's obituary stated that “...no one was better known or more generally admired than ‘Uncle Noah...’” and told of his participation in local democratic politics.Note 8 Grandpa Frady was simply the stuff of legends, maybe.
In 1930, Grandpa Albert was living in the Biltmore section of Asheville at 936 West Chapel Road, just a couple of blocks east of Hendersonville Road.Note 9 It is a vacant lot today. Grandpa Albert died on 13 November 1931 and is buried in the Hooper's Creek Cemetery. He has no headstone, and does not appear in any of the Buncombe or Henderson County cemetery surveys that I have seen. His death certificate names the Hooper's Creek Cemetery, as does his obituary.Note 10 Besides, my Uncle John Rhodes says that he is buried at Hooper's Creek, because he was there.
Uncle Carlee in
Hooper's Creek Cemetery
Wife of Carlee,
Hooper's Creek Cemetery
Uncle Clyde and Aunt Mable,
Mount Zion Church Cemetery, Ovelook Road, Arden, NC
New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery
New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery
Cane Creek Cemetery
Albert was the son of Frank Rhodes, born about 1832, and died after 1865, and Margaret Summy, born about 1838, and died after 1880. Census images puts Albert as the son of Frank and Margaret, in fact two of them in the same year do so. Both were turned in by the same enumerator, who was responsible for the Edneyville district. The first, dated 7 July 1860, has son Albert as six years of age, and the second, dated 13 July, as seven. The possibility of Albert having a birthday in the interval is immaterial; because the 1860 census takers were directed to enter ages as of 1 June 1860. The first lists a two month old baby girl, none on the second. Both list a daughter Elizabeth, age eight.Note 11 The 1870 enumeration listed Margaret as head of household; daughter Elizabeth, eighteen; son Albert, sixteen; daughter Minerva, ten; and daughter Emily, five.Note 12 Minerva, who could have been newborn in 1860, figures in the search for the surname of Margaret. While the various census pages on which she appears as the wife and then the widow of Frank, none of them told what her last name had been before marriage. Genealogical advice passed on to me was to treat county heritage books as interesting, but often inaccurate. I had not visited that set until another Rhodes researcher, Karen Rogers, informed by e-mail that Frank Rhodes was mentioned in the Henderson County collection. The article concerned the Corn family and reported the marriage of George Corn to Minerva Rhodes, daughter of Frank Rhodes and Margaret Summy.Note 13 This information is confirmed by a listing in Index to Deaths, Henderson County, North Carolina for Corn, Mary Minerva; date of death, 20 November 1947; Father, Frank Rhodes; Mother, Margaret Summey; Burial, Green River Township; Certificate Book 1947, Page 8, Index 40F.Note 14 Margaret is found in the household of P. Summy at age twelve in 1850. The eldest female listed with her is only twenty-four, and might be an older sister.Note 15 I have been unable to find census or other records for the family.
Frank Rhodes was the son of Daniel and Emiline Rhodes. Daniel was born about 1795 and died after 1870. Emiline or Millie was born about 1796 and died after 1860. They lived their lives in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. Frank was in the household of Daniel in 1850.Note 16 That's the end of the proof. Daniel Rhodes first appears on the 1820 census, enumerated on the line following Andrew Rhodes.Note 17 The enumeration was not in alphabetical sequence; therefore, it is possible that it was in geographical sequence. Daniel may have been a son of Andrew. A pedigree chart of another person that I have seen lists Andrew as the father of Daniel, but that may have been also based on the 1820 proximity. Andrew left a will in 1846, but mentioned only a daughter and grandchildren, none of whom I can connect. Another, enigmatic, Andrew and Daniel association is found in Buncombe County Court Records, January session 1822.Note 18 The session opened on 10 January and Andrew Rhodes is listed among the jurors. Then on 11 January Andrew is fined $10.00 and Daniel is fined $5.00 in the same paragraph, both for contempt of court. Then on the next day, 12 January 1822, David Rhodes is appointed to the jury. The relationships between David, Daniel, and Andrew are not known; although there is a close DNA match between myself and descendants of David.Note 19 The reasons for the actions leading to the contempt citations are not stated. The context suggests something to do with jury service; but it might have been something entirely different -- spitting on the floor, tying a team to the Justices' hitching post, etc. Contempt citations in the Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions were not common. Although I am 99.99% satisfied with Andrew, it is my hope that I may some day find and document proof of Daniel's father.
Since there were no Rhodes households in the 1790 census of the parts of Burke and Rutherford Counties that became Buncombe, the question of Andrew's origin arises. Searches of 1790 census images for the piedmont counties of North Carolina revealed that there were a number of Rhodes in Lincoln County. Andrew was not named, but then he could have been in the household of his father or mother, whoever they were.Note 20 In 1771 it was recorded that one Jacob Rhodes was a part of a force that went against Cherokees for, what was then, Tryon County and was later named Lincoln.Note 21 Lincoln County was mainly settled by migrants from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia via the Great Wagon Road; and that a great number of them were Palatine Germans or the children of those immigrants. Some Pennsylvania Roths had their name anglicized to Rhodes; and there were colonial Rhodes families in North Carolina's costal plain, who possibly came from Great Britain. Who can know?