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Some Descendants of Alexander Rhodes

Part IX of Descendants of Isaac Harris

By Garda M. Hodgson


THE ALEXANDER RHODES CONNECTION

Not all descendants of Alexander Rhodes are descendants of Isaac Harris of Brunswick County, Virginia. Only his descendants who are not known to be direct descendants of Isaac Harris are included in this section. There were many intermarriages between descendants of Alexander Rhodes and descendants of Zachariah Harris. There were also some intermarriages between descendants of Alexander Rhodes and descendants of Wooten Harris. Those descendants of Alexander Rhodes who are also direct descendants of Zachariah Harris are included in Part VIII, Descendants of Zachariah Harris, and those who are also direct descendants of Wooten Harris are included in Part III Descendants of Wooten Harris.

Zachariah Harris, Jr., son of Zachariah Harris, married Sarah Jane "Jincy" Rhodes on January 30, 1822, and three of Zachariah Harris's daughters married men surnamed Rhodes while the family was living in Humphreys County, Tennessee. All these members of the Rhodes family seem to be closely related. The three daughters of Zachariah Harris who married into the Rhodes family were, Elizabeth Harris who married Thomas Rhodes, Lucinda Harris who married Alexander Rhodes, and Susannah Harris who married Anderson Rhodes. Anderson Rhodes is a son of Alexander Rhodes and Elizabeth Pettitte, and there is some evidence that Alexander Rhodes who married Lucinda Harris is the oldest son of Alexander Rhodes and Elizabeth Pettitte. Also, Thomas Rhodes may be a younger brother of the older Alexander Rhodes.

The Zachariah Harris family moved to Illinois from Humphreys County, Tennessee in about 1829. The following year Zachariah was listed in the Montgomery County, Illinois census next to his sons, Ancil and Benjamin Harris, and his sons-in-law, Thomas and Anderson Rhodes. Conspicuous by his absence was Alexander Rhodes, who was also missing in the 1835 State Census for Fayette County where the rest of the family were listed. An Alexander Rhodes was included in the 1840 Fayette County census. He and his wife were in the 50-60 age bracket and there were two males age 20-30, a male and female age "15-20, two females age "10-15, and one female age "five to ten years." This Alexander Rhodes was not Zachariah Harris's son-in-law. In the first place, he and his wife were too old. Lucinda was born about 1807 while this Alexander and wife were born between 1780 and 1790. [We estimated Lucinda's date of birth as about 1807 because her brother was born in 1809.]

The original research that untangled and identified these two different Alexander Rhodes was done back in the 1950's by Esther Hoffman for my sister, Deon Rasmussen. She found the name of the older Alexander Rhodes and his wife recorded in the autobiography, Jonathan F. DAVIS, His Early Life and His Own Reflections. In this record he states that his father-in-law, Elette Wilburn Rhodes, was the son of Alexander Rhodes and Elizabeth Pettitte. Some people thought that Alexander Rhodes must have married twice, first to Elizabeth Pettitte by whom he had sons John B., Anderson, Thomas, McComas, James, and Elette Wilburn; and second to Lucinda Harris, the mother of the two girls, Eliza Jane, and Thersy Rhodes. However, the evidence shows that they were two different men. Circumstantial evidence suggests that they are related.

Since neither of these Alexander Rhodes were found in Illinois in 1830, a search was made to see if either or both of them could be found in Tennessee that year. There was an Alexander Rhodes living in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1830 who appeared to be the same as the older Alexander Rhodes. He and his wife were aged 40-50, and there was a male in the 15-20 age bracket, two males age 10-15, and one male age five to ten. The younger girls who were included in the 1840 census for Fayette County, Illinois were not found in the 1830 census. It is believed that they were granddaughters. At least, no daughters have been identified for this family as yet.

Also listed in the 1830 Henderson County, Tennessee census were two Peteat families and a John Cole family that is sure to be that of John Cole and Rutha Caroline Conner. This John Cole family is another with whom there were many intermarriages between their children and the children and grandchildren of Zachariah Harris. The John Cole found in the 1830 census of Henderson County, Tennessee was in the 30-40 age bracket, and his wife was between 20 and 30 years of age. They had three children who were between five and ten years of age and a daughter who was under the age of five years.

A missing piece of this puzzle was published in Fayette Facts Vol XI, No. 1, p 19, which gives our problem a whole new perspective. This was the record of Lucinda Harris's second marriage with consent papers:

"Moses KURTZ and Lucinda RHODES m 7 Jan 1831, consent by Lucinda's father Zachariah HARRIS."

This tells us that her first husband, Alexander Rhodes, died much earlier than we had previously supposed and removed any possibility that he could be confused with Alexander Rhodes, Sr. who was still living in 1840. But did Alexander and Lucinda come to Illinois with the rest of the Harris family in 1829? This question is partially answered by examining the 1850 census of Shelby County, Illinois, where their two daughters were living. The older daughter, Eliza Jane, was born in about 1827 in Tennessee, while the younger daughter, Thersy, was born in 1829 in Illinois. Therefore, we must conclude that the family did come to Illinois at the same time as the Zachariah Harris family. Of course, it is possible that Alexander could have died in Tennessee before they left or even on the trip; but, at least he died before the 1830 census was taken.

The six sons of Alexander Rhodes and Elizabeth Pettitte named above were all that was known in March 1985 when I wrote my article about the Rhodes Family that appeared in the Fayette County, Illinois Genealogical Society publication Fayette Facts Volume XIII, No. 3, p 51. After this article appeared, I received a letter from Audrey Probst who wrote, "Maybe Lucinda's Alexander Rhodes was one of the 7 brothers Josie Pope told me there were. She and others said 'Never heard of any sisters.'"

I never found out how Josie Pope was related to Alexander Rhodes and Elizabeth Pettitte, but they had many descendants surnamed Pope. John B. Rhodes, their oldest identified son, was born September 9, 1808. Lucinda Harris, wife of Alexander Rhodes, was born in about 1807, so if her husband was slightly older, he would be about the right age to be the oldest son of Alexander Rhodes and Elizabeth Pettitte. This possibility should be explored further.

CHILDREN OF ALEXANDER RHODES AND ELIZABETH PETTITTE

Both Alexander Rhodes and his wife Elizabeth Pettitte were age 40 to 50 in 1830 and 50 to 60 in 1840 so they were born between 1780 and 1790, but we do not know where. About the only thing we know about them is that they were living in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1830 and in Fayette County, Illinois in 1840. Their oldest child, Alexander, Jr., is listed as child #1, even though this connection has not been positively proven.

    Children:
    1. Alexander RHODES, JR., b abt 1806, TN; m Lucinda HARRIS descendants are listed under her name in Part VIII, Ch. 6, Descendants of Lucinda Harris
    2. + John B. RHODES   b 9 Sep 1808, d 5 May 1880; m Jane  ? 
    3. Anderson RHODES b 1810 (50-1860), TN; m Susannah HARRIS3 [d/o Zachariah Harris2 (Isaac1) and Bathsheba HALEY], descendants listed under her name in Part VIII, Chapter 9, Descendants of Susannah Harris
    4. + Thomas RHODES   b 20 Mar 1813, m Penina TANCIL
    5. + McComas RHODES   b 16 Feb 1814/5, m 1st Sally Ann HARRIS, m 2nd Sarah Jane COLE
    6. + James Ewing RHODES   b 21 Mar 1817; m 1st Elizabeth REEVES, m 2nd Mary A. (HICKS) HARRIS
    7. Elliott/Elette Wilburn RHODES b 22 Mar 1822, TN, d 14 Apr 1893; m 5 Oct 1843, Fayette Co., IL, Martha Jane HICKS [d/o Catherine HARRIS3 (Wooten2, Isaac1), and James Thomas HICKS] b 29 Dec 1826, TN, d 11 Nov 1890; both bur Little Hickory Cem., Hurricane Twp., Fayette Co., IL; her children are listed under her name in Part III, Chapter 8.4 of Descendants of Martha Jane Hicks


Research sources are listed in the Appendix

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