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Family Research Data for Rodes/Rhodes

Submitted by Nichelle M. Hayes


Ann Rhodes was formerly enslaved by William G. Rodes. They are my GGG Grandparents. They were located near Glasgow, Warren County, Ky.   Ann and her children were listed as Mulatto in the census.  Haiden and Mattie are my GG Grandparents.  Based upon my research I have determined that Ann and her children did receive all the property from the estate. At the time of W.G. Rodes's death his brother had preceded him in death. If you have any

information concerning the farm in KY or where the slaves were purchased in Alabama, please contact me.


Will of  W. G. Rodes Book 4, page 400

Barren County  KY

Transcribed March 1999 by Nichelle M. Hayes


In the name of God Amen(?). I W.G. Rodes of Barren County Kentucky being of sound mind and memory and duly impressed with the uncertainty of life

and the certainty of death do make and declare this instrument of writing my last will & testament. 1st It is my wish that all of my perrishable

property be sold except such as may be necessary for my Bro. Clifton and servant Ann and her children to subsist on. At the earliest moment my

herein after named executor may think best. It is my wish that my Bro. And servants above mentioned should live where they are as long at least as

my Brother lives - then the place to be sold unless the laws of the county/country(?)be such that they can own, live on, and in safety enjoy the

proceeds of their labor - in that event they are to live on it or not it is to be sold or not according to the judgement of my executors as

advising(?)their best interest. 2nd After the payment of my past [word crossed out his marks] debts and the support during life and the funeral

expenses of my Brother Clifton I give to my servant Ann and her now living children all that I do possessed  of real personal and mixed - on account

of her extraordinary care and attention to my old and helpless Bro. Clifton and to my interest whilst living - And since the country is yet in a

revolutionary condition as respects the African race. I leave and entrust to my executor their direction and control as to the best and most discrete

use of the means I leave them.  3rd I constitue and appoint my Christian friend Revd W. B. Edmunds? my sole executor requiring  of him no security

having implicit confidence in his christianity [ word underlined his emphasis]  and for his trouble  I give to him the sum of five hundred dollars.

In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of June 1867.

                                                            W.G. Rodes seal


Richard Bridges

J.W. Gorin/Geron (?)


Book V Page 446 Barren County Kentucky Courthouse Record


Kentucky Barren County Sct.

This day William G. Rodes personally affirmed (?)  before an (?) a Justice of the Peace for said county, and stated on (?)  Oath that the six Negro

slaves resided (?).  Charles about 25 years old and Martin 19 years, Levi Lew (?) , Kitty 21 years, Ann 5 years, Thomas 18 months old a was brought

by him (?) from the state of  Alabama and for his own use and not for sale or merchandise, Given under my hand and seal this 17th day of  March 1845.


William Edmunds P.B.


State of Kentucky

Barren County Sct

The foregoing statement & affidavit of William G. Rodes was on the 17th March 1845. Produced to my P___ dseper, ___ (?) for record, Given under my hand and seal this 14th July 1853 Travis (?) Cocknoll (?). 

W. G. Rodes Slaves

No Tax


Rhodes Family Census

1880 Rocky Hill, Barren, Kentucky

Source: FHL Film 1254402  National Archives Film T9-0402     Page 92D

Transcribed and Contributed by Nichelle Hayes



                                                 Relation     Sex   Marr   Race   Age   Birthplace

Levi RHODES                                      Self          M     M     B      47      KY

Occ: Laborer Fa: KY Mo: KY

Louisa RHODES                                    Wife          F     M     B      47      KY

Occ: Keeping House Fa: KY Mo: KY

William RHODES                                   Son           M     S     B      10      KY 

Fa: KY    Mo: KY

George RHODES                                    Son           M     S     B      8       KY


Ann RHODES                                       Self          F           B      45      KY

Occ: Keeping House Fa: KY Mo: KY

Mary RHODES                                      Dau           F     S     MU     21      KY

Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: KY

Betsy RHODES                                     Dau           F     S     MU     19      KY

Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: KY

Henrietta RHODES                                 Dau           F     S     MU     17      KY

Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: KY

Haiden RHODES                                    Son           M     S     MU     15      KY

Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: KY

Frank RHODES                                     Son           M     S     MU     13      KY

Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: KY

Alice RHODES                                     Dau           F     S     MU     11      KY

Occ: At Home Fa: KY Mo: KY

Bob RHODES                                       Son           M     S     MU      9      KY

Fa: KY     Mo: KY

Lula RHODES                                      Dau           F     S     MU      7      KY

Fa: KY     Mo: KY

Janie RHODES                                     Dau           F     S     MU      5      KY

Fa: KY     Mo: KY

Ida RHODES                                       Dau           F     S     MU      2      KY


Marriage Bond

Commonwealth of Kentucky


Be it known that we, Haiden Rodes as principal and Carline (?) Cole as surety, are jointly and severally bound to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the

sum of One Hundred Dollars.

The Condition of this Bond is as follows:

That whereas,  marriage is intended to be solemnized between the above bound  Haiden Rodes (colored) and Mattie Emmerson (colored).

Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct said Marriage, this Bond shall be void, otherwise it shall remain in full force and effect.

Dated at Glasgow, Barren County, this 7th day of November 1894.

Witness C. A. Hamlet (?)


Haiden Rodes (marked with X)

Carline (?) Cole (marked with X)

J L Wooten (?) Clerk Barren County Court

By C. A. Hamlet D.C.

Marriage License 

Commonwealth of Kentucky

To any Minister of the Gospel or other person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony:

You are permitted to solemnize the Rites of Matrimony between the above bound Haiden Rodes  and Mattie Emmerson the requirements of the law having been complied with.


Witness my signature as Clerk of Barren County Court, this 7th day of November 1894.

J L Wooten (?) Clerk Barren County Court

By C. A. Hamlet D.C.