Carl & Elaine (Grove) Rhodes' Genealogy Pages

William Rhodes

Male 1745 - 1825  (80 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name William Rhodes  [1
    Born 1745  VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Aug 1825  Urbana, Champaign County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 23 Aug 1825  Urbana, Champaign County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1  Carl
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2016 

    Family ID F551369513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah,   b. Between 1766 and 1770,   d. Aft 20 Oct 1831  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 1785-1788  Hampshire County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Rhodes,   b. KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth Rhodes,   b. Mason County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1830
     3. James Rhodes,   b. OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1829
     4. Nancy Rhodes,   b. Abt 1786, Hampshire County, [West] Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John S. Rhodes,   b. Abt 1786, Hampshire County, [West] Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1824, Bellefontaine, Logan County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years)
     6. Sanford Rhodes,   b. Abt 1789, Mason County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Conway Rhodes,   b. Abt 1791, Mason County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mary Rhodes,   b. Abt 1800, Mason County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1877, Boone County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     9. Isaac Rhodes,   b. 1803, Greene County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Susannah Rhodes,   b. 8 Dec 1808, Urbana, Champaign County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1880, Tremont, Clark County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     11. Joseph Hector Rhodes,   b. 11 May 1810, Urbana, Champaign County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1861, Argos, Marshall County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William Rhodes, the man, who was he? What is known about him comes from his military, pension, obituary, and other related papers. William was born in 1745, probably in Virginia. Little to nothing is known about his early life, but it was said h e had an extraordinary athletic ability in his youth and through his military life in the Revolution. On September 1st , 1775 at Alexandria, Virginia he enlisted as a private soldier in the 2nd Virginia Regiment. In September 1779, he was wounde d at the Battle of Stony Point; he was subsequently promoted to Corporal. He fought in many of the major battles of the American Revolution, along with an untold number of skirmishes. The battlefields ranged from north to New York, and as far so uth as Georgia. During Williams's tour of duty he was wounded many times in battle, five times severely. William Rhodes was discharged in Richmond, Virginia, about July 3, 1783 after nearly eight years of loyal service to his country. The follow ing is more about William Rhodes during the American Revolutionary War.

      William Rhodes of the 2nd Virginia Regiment, Continental Line from 1775-1783:

      "The heroism and gallantry of the second Virginia regiment I cannot help particularly mentioning; they would do honor to any country in the world. It is universally believed they behaved the best of any troops in the field." ~ Virginia Gazette , October 17, 1777

      In Alexandria, Virginia on September 1st, 1775 William enlisted as a private soldier for the term of one year, into the first company of the 2nd Virginia Regiment. The company was under the command of Captain. George Johnston, and the regiment u nder Colonel William Woolford. Colonel Woolford, with his men, were ordered to the vicinity of Norfolk, VA to stop the attacks and drive out of Virginia the British forces and loyalists under the command of former Royal Governor Lord Dunmore. Th e first known battle of the 2nd Virginia was at Great Bridge, VA on December 3, 1775. Colonel. Woolford, with his men, defeated the British regulars and loyalists of Lord Dunmore. This battle is considered by some to be the "Bunker Hill of the S outh." The end result was that Dunmore lost his base at Norfolk, and soon left the Virginia area. Later that month the soldiers were given their first uniforms at the campus of William and Mary College. They were issued frontier dress which cons isted of purple dyed hunting frocks, with capes and cuffs, fringed down the front, blue shroud leggings, plain linen shirts with cuffs, round hats, and given tomahawks. The following year they received a more military-looking uniform.

      On February 13, 1776 the 2nd Virginia was accepted for service into the Continental Line. Early that summer, the 2nd Virginia was ordered to New England to join the Continental Army under George Washington. At Williamsburg in August of 1776, enl istment's in the regiment were up. Private. William Rhodes was regularly discharged, and immediately re-enlisted for three years or the war, in contrast to the majority of the Veterans who did not and went home. Some of the battles the 2nd Virgi nia participated in during the year of 1776 were the battles of Long Island, Harlem Heights, and White Planes, NY. In September, Colonel. Woolford resigned and Lt. Colonel Alexander Spotswood succeeded as commander of the 2nd Virginia.

      January 17, 1777, William's company commander Capt. Thomas Tibbs died, Capt. John Peyton Harrison succeeded him. Later in the year, the 2nd Virginia was involved in the capture of Elizabethtown, NJ, the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown, PA . The following was printed about William's regiment in the newspaper Virginia Gazette on October 17, 1777: "The heroism and gallantry of the second Virginia regiment I cannot help particularly mentioning; they would do honor to any country in t he world. It is universally believed they behaved the best of any troops in the field." During the winter of 1777-1778, the 2nd Virginia encamped at Valley Forge, PA. In December of 1777 at Valley Forge, the regiment had a force of 406 men, bu t of them 245 were sick. By March of 1778, the 2nd Virginia's total strength had dropped 246 men, a loss of 160 from the previous December. On June 29, 1778, they were involved in the battle of Monmouth, NJ.

      Early that year, Washington recommended to Congress that in each battalion there be a company of Light Infantry. The Light Infantry was put in the places of most danger, and as Washington said, "[They were] to be constantly near the enemy and gi ve 'em every possible annoyance." Then, in August of 1778, there was an order to organize the Light Infantry. The men were handpicked from each regiment. "They were to be the best of men, the most hardy and active marksmen and commanded by goo d partisan officers." Later training would be personally overseen by drillmaster Baron Von Steuben. The Light Infantry troops were the first on the field of battle, and served as scouts and flankers. To be selected as one of the drafts for thi s elite force was a great honor. Private. William Rhodes was recorded as a member of the Light Infantry in September of 1778. In June 1779 the Light Infantry companies of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia Lines were combined in two regiments . Adjutant-General Alexander Scammell reported the following: "the above companies almost to the man are composed of proper-sized well-built men from the five feet seven to five feet nine inches high, who have been in actual service two, three , and some almost four years".

      The Light Infantry was put to the test on July 15, 1779 by the taking of a British fort at Stony Point on the Hudson River in New York. It was planned that Light Infantry alone would take the fortress. A Corps Light Infantry was organized into f our regiments. The companies were pulled from most of the Continental regiments of the various colonies. It was ordered that the officers be armed with spontoons or spears, and the soldiers with bayonets on unloaded muskets. The capture was to t ake place under the cover of darkness. It began around midnight, under a barrage of heavy cannon and musketry fire from the British fort at Stony Point. The Light Infantry captured the heavily-guarded fort without the Continentals firing a shot , capturing 532, with 80 killed or wounded. The 2nd Virginia was in the First Regiment commanded by Colonel. Christian Febiger of the Light Infantry Corps. The following is a letter from Colonel. Christian Febiger to Thomas Jefferson regarding t he storming of Stony Point: "To his Excellence, Governor Jefferson, of the State of Virginia July 21, 1779 Sir: You must undoubtedly before this have heard of and seen the particulars of our glorious and successful enterprise at Stony Point, whi ch renders my giving you a detail unnecessary. But as I had the honor to command all the troops from our State employed on that service I think it my duty, in justice to those brave men, to inform you that the front platoon of the forlorn hope , [the phrase "forlorn hope" in modern terms would be a suicide squad ], consisted of
    • (Research): BIRTH: MILITARY: OCCUPATION: Revolutionary War Pension File of William Rhodes VA, #S1324, 2nd VA, Continental Line; National Archives.

      MILITARY: Wm. Rhodes served in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted as a private Soldier in the 2nd Virginia Regiment of the Continental line at Alexandria, Virginia on Sept. 1 1775. In his tour of duty was as far north as New York and as far so uth as Georgia. William was promoted Corporal in 1779, and was discharged about July 3, 1783 in Richmond, Virginia. (Pension file #S1324, Revolutionary War service record of William Rhodes, Pvt./Corp., 2nd Va. and William Rhodes, Corp., Va. Ba ttalion. (see William Rhoades/Rhodes, Pvt./Corp. 1 & 10 Va.) THE SINEWS OF INDEPENDENCE, by Lesser, Charles H., Ed., University of Chicago Press, 1976

      COURT: CHILDREN: SPOUSE: James Dallas admr. of Wm. Rhodes vs. Susan Rhodes widow; Champaign County, OH Common Pleas Court; March Term 1830, Record Book 11; p. 71-76

      OBITUARY: MILITARY: of William Rhodes; THE OHIOAN; Urbana OH; Thursday, August, 25 1825; on microfilm, Urbana Public Library, Urbana OH.

      TIME LINE OF PAPERS ON WILLIAM RHODES
      FAIRFAX County VA. COURTS ORDERS: 1772, page 236, Jul. 20, 1773, Rhodes, William plt. vs. John Alexander Jur, Trespass, Suit abates by sheriff's return.

      William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine XI, page 95: Virginia Gazette, 1777, Died, Capt. Thomas Tebbs, of the 2d Regiment Jan. 17. See below.


      "THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, COLLECTIONS, 1915, REVOLUTIONARY MUSTER ROLLS", Vol. II, 1775-1783, New York, Printed for the Society, 1916, pages 594-95: Virginia Line-2nd Regiment, Captain Thomas Tebbs' Company, January and February.y Roll of the Decd. Capt. Thomas Company from the 28th January to the 28th February 1777: William Rhodes, Private, Pay Due in Dollars: 6 2/3
      "RECORDS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR", by W. T. R. Saffell, 3d ed., Baltimore, 1894: Page 270-275, Name and rank of . . .Officers and Privates of Col. Alexander Spottswood's 2d Virginia Regiment, as it stood from January to June, 1777. Page,y No. 4 as it stood April 30,1777. Capt. Thomas Tebbs . . . Privates . . . William Rhodes . . .

      FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES: "COMPILED SERVICE RECORDS OF SOLDIERS WHO SERVED IN THE AMERICAN ARMY DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR", microfilm M881,"R", William Rhodes, 2nd Virginia Regiment , Private/Corporal:
      1 May to 1 June, 1777, Pvt. Will Rhodes, 2nd Virginia Regiment of Foot commanded by Col. Alexander Spottswood
      June, 1777, Pvt. Will Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      July, 1777, Pvt. Will Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Aug., 1777, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Sept.,1777, Pvt. Will Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Oct., 1777, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., of the 2nd Va. Reg't, commanded by Col. Christian Febiger, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Dec. 31, 1777, Pvt. Will Rhodes, Muster Roll of Capt. John Harrison Company, 2nd Va. Reg't commanded by Col. Christian Febiger, enlisted for the term of war.
      Dec., 1777, Pvt. William Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Jan., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Feb. 16, 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, of the 2nd Va. Reg't, commanded by Col. Christian Febiger for the month's extraordinary pay given pay Congress, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Feb., 1778, Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, 2nd Va. Reg't, Pvt. Pay due $6 2/3.
      Mar., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Apr., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      May, 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Jun., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Jul., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Aug., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Sept.,1778, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, 2nd Va. Reg't, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Not dated - made agreeable to Gen. order of Sept. 8, 1778, William Rhodes, Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, of the 2nd Va. Reg't, commanded by Christian Febiger (Col.) accounting for every Man, Whether in the Field, on Command, or in Hospitaoiing the Time they now have to serve. Time to serve: War. Remarks: In the Light Infantry.
      Oct., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Nov., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Dec., 1778, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Jan., 1779, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Feb., 1779, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Mar., 1779, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Apr., 1779, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due 6 2/3.
      May, 1779, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      June, 1779, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Jul., 1779, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3.
      Aug., 1779, Pvt. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Co., 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $6 2/3, plus $10 for subsistence from the 8th.
      Sept. 6,1779, [at] The Clove (New York), Pvt. William Rhodes, Muster Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, 2nd Va. Reg't, term of enlistment: War.
      Sept.,1779, William Rhodes was promoted to Corporal, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons County, 2nd Va. Reg't, amount due $7 1/3 plus $10 subsistence.
      Oct., 1779, Corp. Wm Rhodes, Pay Roll of Capt. Harrisons Company, 2nd Va. Reg't, Pay due $7 1/3, plus $17 1/3 for subsistence.
      From the National Archives "Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War", microfilm M881, William Rhodes, Corporal, Virginia Battalion, Composed of Companies of various Reg'ts. Also see eords of William Rhoades/Rhodes, Pvt./Corp. of the 1st & 10th Va. Regt. to find these records:
      Jan. 1, to 1 April, 1782, William Rhodes, Corp., Va. Battalion, Company Muster Roll [of] Capt. Alexander Parker's Light Infantry Company of Lieut. Col. Thomas Posey's detachment of Virginia Troop, term of enlistment War.
      1 April till 1 Sept., 1782, dated Sept. 1782, William Rhodes, Corpl., Va. Battalion's Company of Light Inf. belonging to a detachment of the Virginia Line commanded by Lieut. Col. Thomas Posey, Muster Roll, term of enlistment: War, Wounded P .s company was designated at various time as Light Infantry and Captain Alexander Parker's Company.
      From 1 Sept. to Dec. 1, 1782, dated Dec. 11 1782, Va. William Rhodes, Corpl., Battalion, 3d Company of the Virginia detachment commanded by Major Samuel Finley. Muster Roll, term of enlistment War. From Dec. 1782 to May 1 1783, dated May9 ,lliam Rhodes, Corpl., Va. Battalion, 3d Company of the Virginia detachment commanded by Major Samuel Finley. Muster Roll, term of enlistment War, on Command Forage Yard. This company was designated at various times as the 3d Company, an d a Company of the 2nd Virginia Regiment.
      FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES: Feb. March and April 1783, William Rhodes, Corpl., name appears in Lieut. Charles Stockley's Book of Accounts of payments made by him "TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE VIRGINIA LINE ON ACCOUNT OF PAY FOR THE OFFICER2 & 1783, & FOR THE MEN FOR THE YEAR 1783." The name is borne under the following heading: "CASH PAID THE NONCOMMISSION OFFICERS & PRIVATES OF THE VIRGINIA CONTINENTAL LINE OF ARTILLERY & INFANTRY, WITH THE SUMS ANNEXED FOR FEBRUARY, MARC H & APRIL 1783" (Revolutionary War) Amount paid $22
      From the VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY, ARCHIVES DIV.: On Land Office Military Certificate #1524: "I Do Certify, That William Rhoads is entitled to the proportion of land allowed a Corporal of the Continental line, enlisted for the war and has see nars." (signed) Benj Harrison ...Aug. 7th 1783
      FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES: a book under the following: "A List of Soldiers of the Virginia Line Continental Establishment who have received Certificates for the balance of there full pay Agreeable to an Act of Assembly passed November Sessn ,ol. 176; page 256; Rhodes William, Corpl., Aug. 7, 1783, Sum. 124-11-9 (note: the date is same as when he received his Virginia Military Land Warrant).
      From The Land Office, Secretary of State, The Capitol, Frankfort Ky. 40601: Old Ky. Survey #3450, Land Office Military Warrant No. 1524..., for William Rhoads...the Quantity of four Hundred Sixteen & 2/3 Acres of Land.... (On the reverse sig t0th 1784,...to John Forman... (signed) William Rhodes (signature matches others on his pension, etc.)
      REVOLUTIONARY WAR RECORDS, VOL. I, VIRGINIA, by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh, 1936: Page 490, Virginia Military Land Warrants, #1524 Rhodes, William (served 7 years), Rank: Corp., Service: War.

      "REGISTER OF THE CERTIFICATES", Vol. 4, by John Pierce, Printed by Francis Childs, New York, 1786, (from The Library of Congress) L. C. call no. E255.V48, Rare Book Collection:
      Page 15, Cert. No. 79541 L, 8 Aug. 1784, William Rhodes, When became due Amt. bro't for. 1 Jan. 1783, $ 88.
      Page 19, Cert. No. 79965 H, 11 Aug. 1784, William Rhodes, When become due Amt. bro't for. 15 Nov. 1783, $127.60

      Hampshire County, [West] Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, Allen County Library, Fort Wayne IN. William Rhodes listed in 1784, 1785, and in 1786 as William Rhoden

      MASON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX LISTS, (Allen County Library, Fort Wayne IN, Microfilm) 1790-1799, Rodes/Rhodes, William ( Taxed for 69 acres of land in 1793-99, but no land record found on Wm in Mason County KY.)

      MASON COUNTY KENTUCKY TAXPAYERS 1790-1799 by T.L.C. Genealogy P.O. Box 403369 Miami Beach, FL 33140-1369 Rhodes: Jacob 1796 William 1795 William 1796 William 1797 Roades: William 1795 Roads Jacob 1794 William 1794 William 1799

      History of Greene County, Ohio: Its People, Industries and Institutions By Michael A. Broadstone Published by B.F. Bowen, 1918 Page 196, old setters of 1803, William Rhodes

      FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, RECORD GROUP No. 49: Credit Receipt #2659, Cincinnati, Ohio, 31 December 1804, Received of Wm Rhoades of Greene County the sum of $16.20 to being the one twentieth part of the purchase money of N. E. qr. of Sec.2 np. 5, of Range 11, 161 20/100 acres...Credit Prior Final Certificate #942 for William Rhoods (Rhodes) of Greene County OH. Land Patented 10th Oct. 1816, with total amount paid $380.83.


      CHAMPAIGN County OH. MINUTE BOOK VI 1805-08, the Term September 1806, William is a Juror on page 16 & 17.

      FROM CHAMPAIGN COUNTY OHIO PROBATE COURT RECORDS: an IOU was found in his estate papers for $13.31, dated 16th day of March 1813, and signed by William Rhodes.

      ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PRIVATE CLAIMS, Vol. III, P-Z (Allen County Library, Fort Wayne IN, 973 Un3da V.3 P-Z), Genealogical Publishing County Inc., Baltimore, 1970: List of private claims presented to the House of Representatives of the United sm the 1st to the 31st Congress, inclusive -- William Rhodes....Nature object of the claim, Pension...14th Congress, 1st Session...How brought before the House of Reps., House bill...Page of journal, 622...To what committee of the House refe rred, Whole House...No. or date of the report, Apr. 23, 1816...

      FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, RECORD OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RECORD GROUP 233: HR 14-B1, HR 172 (April 30, 1816) House of Reps. Pension bill No. 172, page 11, William Rhodes at the rate of four dollars per month, to commence on td fovember, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen.

      FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF LAND AND MANAGEMENT, EASTERN STATES: (Land Patent) Cincinnati Land Office, land entry #942, " . . . William Rhoods of Greene County . . . 10 October 1816".

      From the NATIONAL ARCHIVES: Transcribed from Revolutionary War pension #1324 of William Rhodes, 15 Apr 1818: "William Rhodes aged Seventythree years deposeth and saith, that sometime about the first day of Sept. in the year of our Lord one tod seven hundred and seventyfive he enlisted as a private soldier into the first Company of Regular troops in the second Regiment of the Virginia line of Continental troops said Company at the time of this deponents enlisted was commanded by Cap t. George Johnson, and said Regiment by Colonel William Woolford-this deponent enlisted as aforesaid for the term of one year, and served as a private soldier in said Company during the full space of said year. This deponent was regularly discha rged at the end of said year, and immediately enlisted into the same Company again, then commanded by Thomas Tibbs, for three years. The deponent served as a private soldier in said Company under said Captain Tibbs about six months when said Ca pt. Tibbs died and Capt. Peyton Harrison succeeded to the command of said Company and this deponent served as a private soldier under said Capt. Harrison in said Company in the Continental service, for two years or upwards. This deponent then e nlisted into the same Company under the command of Capt. Harrison aforesaid, during the war. This deponent performed his duty as a private soldier in the aforesaid Company to the command of which Capt. Thomas Catlett afterwards succeeded and wa s killed, and then the Company was commanded by Capt. Alexander Parker, till the close of the Revolutionary War, and this deponent was discharged from said Company at Richmond in Virginia at the close of the war aforesaid. The Regiment to whic h said company then belonged, was commanded by Colonel Posey." "All the discharged which this deponent received, as a soldier in the war aforesaid, have been lost by accident or destroyed by time. This deponent has been a Citizen of the Unite d States ever since the Revolution and is now a Resident Citizen of the County of Champaign in the State of Ohio. This deponent being far removed from the place of his nativity, is unable to produce any further evidence of his services aforesai d, than his own affidavit and the affidavit of James Hopkins herewith enclosed. This deponent now draws a pension of fortyfive dollars a year from the United States, for wounds which he received while a soldier in the Revolutionary War. This d eponent is in reduced and indigentcircumstances, and needs the assistance of his Country for support."
      Subscribed and sworn to this 15th of April 1818 William Rhodes

      "LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF WAR, TRANSMITTING A REPORT OF THE NAME, RANK, AND LINE, OF EVERY PERSON PLACED ON THE PENSION LIST, IN PURSUANCE OF THE ACT OF 18TH MARCH, 1818, &C.", January 20, 1820, Reprinted Southern Book Company, 1955. pa ,liam Rhodes, private, Virginia.

      1820 census, Roll #86 OH, Champaign County, page 434 (in the Allen County IN Lib.): William Rhodes | 1-male 10-15 | 2-male 16-25 | 1-male 45-up | 1female 10-15 | 1 female 16-25 | 1 female 45-up | 3 in Agriculture.

      From the NATIONAL ARCHIVES: Transcribed from Revolutionary War pension #1324 of William Rhodes, 20 Jul 1820: The state of Ohio Champaign county Supreme court of the term July 1820
      On the 20th day of July 1820 personally appeared in Open court Wm. Rhodes aged Seventy five years, resident of the county of Champaign aforesaid, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revu yar as follows, to wit:
      He enlisted in the army of the United States for the term of one year at Alexandria in the State of Virginia in the company commanded by Captain George Johnston belonging to the second Regiment commanded by Colonel William Woodford and therr dut the time of his Aforesaid Enlistment. He was honorably discharged from service at Williamsburgh in the state of Virginia that he again immediately enlisted in the army of the United States at Williamburgh aforesaid for the term of durin g the War then existing between the United States and Great Britain in the company commanded by Captain Peyton Harrison belonging to the second Virginia Regiment then commanded by Colonel Alexander Spotswood and that he faithfully served out th e term of his aforesaid Enlistment when he was honorably discharged from Service at Richmond in the State of Virginia that on the 15th day of April 1818 he made an application in order to a pension under the act of the 18th March 1818 and has si nce Rec'd a certificate of his being inscribed on the Pension list file of the Ohio agency which said ------ bears date 13th July 1819 and Numbered 13:030.
      And I the said William Rhodes do Solemnly Swear that I was a Resident Citizen of the United States on 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not Since that time by gift, Sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part thereof in ory so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and Naval Service of the United States in the Revolutionary War repaid on the 18th day of Marc h 1818 and that I have not nor has any persons in trust for me any property or Securities contracts or debts due to me nor have I any income other then what is contained in the Schedule hereunto annexed and by me Subscribed--and I do further Swe ar that my occupation in life is a laboring farmer and that in consequence of advanced age in life I am unable to work at all and my family consists of a wife and three children one aged 11 years one 14 years and one aged 17 years
      Schedule of Property owned by Wm. Rhodes 80 acres of land of the value of $560.00 2 Horses value___________________ 30.00 4 Head cattle value_______________ 40.00 9 Head Hogs_____________________ 20.00 5 sheep value__________________0 2 B salue_____________________ 20.00 A few articles of household furniture of the value___________ 10.00 Total amount of Property contained in Schedule______________________$690.00 Sworn and Subscribed in 13.030 William Rhodes Open c ourt July 20th 1820 July 19
      From the NATIONAL ARCHIVES: Wm Rhodes, Land Warrant application no. 1026, "I William Rhodes aged seventy seven....the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy five I enlisted in the army of the Revolution,....and served in the company coy Captain George Johnson and in the regiment No. 2 of the Virginia Line under command of Colonel William Woodford of the Virginia Line;....in seventeen hundred and eighty-three, I was regularly discharged from the first regiment, commanded b y Colonel Thomas Posey....11th day of January 1822"

      "FEDERAL LAND SERIES, VOL. 2, 1799-1835, FEDERAL BOUNTY-LAND WARRANTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION", by Clifford Neal Smith, American Library Association, Chicago 1973. 1307 4 Feb. 1823 B/1/038 Registered by & for: William Rhodes,a l - 8 9 2 11 Based on the following Army land warrant: Issued to Rhodes, William, Pvt. No. 1026, 100 Acres (Note: [Sent] to him, Urbana, Ohio.)

      "LIST OF REVOLUTIONARY PENSIONERS WHO LIVED IN OHIO", by William Holden,: Rhodes, William... Champaign County... rank Corporal... 4th U. S. Infantry...When placed on pension roll: Dec. 24 1821... Under Act of Congress: Apr. 30, 1816.: Mar.: May 1, 1820.

      "PENSIONERS OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR STRUCK OF THE ROLL", Genealogical Pub. County, 1969, page 97: William Rhodes - Acts under which restored: Invalid - Remarks: Restored under 3d section act May 1, 1820. Obituary in the newspaper "THE OHIOAN",, Thursday, August,

      25 1825:

      On morning of the 22d inst. after a lingering illness, William Rhodes, in the 86th year of age; leaving a wife and a large number of relations and friends to lament his loss. Mr. Rhodes was a soldier of the Virginia line on the Continental esnt-through the whole of the Revolutionary War. He was a man, in early life, of uncommon athletic powers; and in the course of his services if my memory serves me. (having received the facts from himself,) he received five severe wounds; by w hich he was so far disabled, that, for the last 8 or 10 years, he received small pettance from the bounty of his country, which served to smoothe his declining years. His remains were intered in this place on the 23d, with military honors, by C apt. Ambrozene's company of volunteers, in the presence of a large concourse of citizens and strangers. The following next address was spoken by Gen. Vance, at the time of the interment of Mr. Rhode's body. --Fellow citizens, and brother soldie rs--
      You have this day been called upon to pay the last tribute of respect to a departed solder of the Revolutionary Army: one who had not merely the honor of having his name enrolled amongst that band of patriots and worthis, but one whose bloodd the snows of Trenton, the fields of Princeton, and the battlements of Stony Point.
      Venerable man! Why didst thou not pay the debt of nature on the walls of York-Town, where the measure of thy glory was complete, and whence thy name would have have been, by faithful history handed down to posterity, as one of the martyrs ws were offered us for the liberties of their country! Yes, there thou wouldst have had the sympathetic tear of your beloved commander, the Father of his country, to have smoothed thy passage to the Eternal World! But why compain? Are not thy s ervice deeply engraven on the hearts of posterity? And notwithstanding thy mortal remains shall inhabit the cold confines of that vaulted clay, yet thy name shall live in the hearts of thy countrymen, a mausoleum that will be more lasting tha n monumental brass. Under our present feeling, must we not with the poet exclaim.--

      In death's terrific, icy arms, Lo! the illustrious soldier lies; He's free from care and war's alarms, Nor sees our tears nor hears our sighs.

      Cold is the heart where valor reign'd; Mute the tonge [tongue] that joy inspir'd; Still the arm that conquest gain'd, And dim the eye that glory fir'd.

      Too mean for him a world like this. He's landed on that happy shore Where all the saints partake of bliss, And heroes meet to part no more.

      "THE PENSION ROLL OF 1835, Volume IV, THE MID-WESTERN STATES", Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968, page 514: "Name & rank of Pensioner William Rhodes, Corporal., Statement, &c. of Champaign county Ohio...Died Aug. 22, 1825"

      PUBLIC RECORDS OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, OHIO CHANCERY RECORDS OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Record Book 11, Page 71 Filed 22 August 1828 James Dallas, Administrator of William Rhodes Vs Susan Rhodes, widow Previous to the filing of this suit a juf $1600 had been granted against William Rhodes, Joseph Pence, John Fitzpatrick, and James Paxton, as endorsers of John Frizzle and Randall Largent, in the favor of William Fisher and William Ward. Therefore, $400 may be liable against Willia m Rhodes' estate. William died owning 140 1/3 acres of the north-east quarter of Section 32 Township 5 Range 11 (Urbana Tp.); all of the quarter except for 20 acres which had been sold previously to Joseph Clevinger. The heirs of William Rhode s were: Susan Rhodes, widow; Sanford Rhodes and William Rhodes, who did not live in Ohio; James Rhodes deceased left the following heirs: Samuel Rhodes, John Rhodes and James Rhodes, along with minors who did not live in Ohio and Israel Hamilto n was appointed guardian ad litem; Isaac Rhodes who did not live in Ohio; Joseph H. Rhodes; Nancy, wife of W. Largent; Polly, wife of John Wallace; Elizabeth Rhodes; Susan, wife of John King; and the heirs of John Rhodes deceased of Logan County , Ohio: Nelson Rhodes, James Rhodes and Minerva Rhodes (John H. James was appointed guardian ad litem for John's heirs). The court appointed appraisers, William H. Fyffe, William Glenn and Lewis Long, valued the estate on 3 October 1829 at $5.5 0 an acre, subject to the dower of 32 acres with the house and another 8 acres (total 40 acres). The appraisal was sworn before Matthew Magrew, Mayor of Urbana. On 22 December 1829 Hugh McDonald purchased the land for $812.68 3/4.

      "THE HISTORY OF CHAMPAIGN AND LOGAN COUNTIES, FROM THEIR FIRST SETTLEMENT", by Joshua Ahtrim, (Press Printing County, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 1872) on page 70 and 136 William is mentioned as a early settler of Champaign County OH. On page 2s n a list of electors in the county first election of 1811. "Atlas of Champaign County Ohio", by Starr & Headington, 1874. On page 5, William Rhodes is on a list of electors in the county first election of 1811.
      "HISTORY OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY", W. H. Beers & County, 1881, page 386, William Rhodes is mentioned as an elector and one of the choices for Urbana Township Supervisor, in the 1811 election. Also on page 407, he is mention as a early settlerf awp. "HISTORY OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY OHIO, Vol. I", 1917, B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., page 263, William is mentioned as an elector and one of the choices for Urbana Township Supervisor, in the 1811 election. Also on page 264, he is mention a s a early settler of Urbana Twp.
      "CHAMPAIGN COUNTY OHIO 1991" by Champaign County Genealogical Society, Urbana, Ohio. Their is a article about the William Rhodes family by Carl Rhodes.

  • Sources 
    1. [S401] Documentation on William Rhodes.