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John Henry Clay RHODES, was 5th child of Rev. James J. RHODES and his 2nd wife Winifred NOBLES of the Tuckahoe District of Jones Co., N.C. He was born on 28 Dec. 1844.
Not much is known about his early childhood. But with 4 older brothers; a strict Christian upbringing; and a large family of relatives living near by on many acres of farmland in the Tuckahoe area-I am sure it was an adventurous one.

By 1862, John Henry RHODES, along with his brothers enlisted in the Confederate Army. He was 18 years old and enlisted in New Hanover Co., N.C. and served in Co. "G", 2nd Regiment; N.C. State Troops; along with his brother George Washington RHODES. He was present or accounted for on the Muster Rolls until he was captured at Kelly's Ford, Va. on 7 Nov. 1863. He was confined at Point Lookout Prison Camp in Maryland until he was paroled for exchange on 30 Sept. 1864. Again he was reported as present on a roll of detachment of paroled and exchanged prisoners at Camp Lee, near Richmond, Va. dated 11 Oct. 1864. He was captured again at Petersburg, Va. on 3 April 1865 and confined at Hart's Island, New York Harbor, until released after taking the Oath of Allegiance on 17 June 1865. He served in the Infantry as a private.

After the war ended he went back to Jones Co. and married his cousin Edyth "Louisa" RHODES. She was the daughter of Joseph Becton RHODES, b. 26 Feb. 1825 and Eliza WOOD. John RHODES married Louisa RHODES at her father's house (Joseph RHODES) on 31 Oct. 1866, by F. G. SIMMONS, J. P. "Louisa RHODES was her husband's 1st cousin once removed; and grandneice of her husband's father."Edith Louisa RHODES was born 21 May 1851. She had 4 siblings: 1) Ivey Becton RHODES, b. 6 May 1850, 2)William F. RHODES, b. 2 April 1852, 3) Joseph Hill RHODES, b. 6 July 1853 and 4) Mary RHODES, b. 25 Sept. 1858.

By 1880, they were living in the White Oak District of Onslow Co. and had 2 children: 1)Fannie Murray RHODES, b. 20 January 1869 and 2) Charles Henry RHODES, b. 25 July 1873.

Sometime about 1883/84 this family along with Louisa's brother, Joseph Hill RHODES and his family decided to move to Texas. There were probably other relatives and neighbors that moved there also. They were living in Waco, McClennan County Texas by 1900. The 1900 Census, shows John H. RHODES & wife Edyth, living next to Joseph H. RHODES and his family. The census shows John & Louisa had been married 32 years and had 2 children.

According to the "Kinston Free Press" dated Thursday 6 March 1890, North Carolina
White emigrants moving out of state to Waco, Texas are:
T. B. COX, Elder J. S. CUMMINGS, Needham WELLS, James SAUNDERS,
Lon MORTON. -46 from Kinston and 13 from New Bern, N.C.

John Henry Clay RHODES in Texas.

This is possibly a picture of John Henry Clay Rhodes and wife Edyth Louisa Rhodes
she died in 1906 in Texas and both are buried in Praire Grove Cemetery in Abilene, Texas.

This is the Obituary notice of John Henry Clay Rhodes, it reads:
J. H. RHODES, Former Abilene Man dies
J. H. RHODES, age 86 former resident of Abilene and lately residing at the home of his son C. H. RHODES at Coahoma,
died Friday night at the home of his grandson, Jake RHODES, eight miles southeast of Anson where he had been
visiting during the past month. His death followed an illness of two weeks.
Mr. RHODES had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for 63? years. He came to Texas from North Carolina
in 1890 and had lived in the state since.
Surviving are two children, C. H. RHODES and Mrs. Fannie STANFIELD of Waco, five grandchildren and eight great granchildren.
Funeral rites will be held at the graveside in Prairie View Cemetery by Rev. Walter Fielder of Funston? Burial will be made by the
side of Mr. RHODES' wife who died in 1906.

Joseph H. RHODES, age 45, had been married to his wife Bettie Ann STALLINGS, for 19 years. They had the following children:1)Amos RHODES, b. May 1884, N.C. 2)Randolph RHODES, b. Feb. 1886, N.C. 3)Dora RHODES, b. Sept. 1889, N.C. 4)Nora E. RHODES, b. Nov. 1891, N.C. 5)Walter RHODES, b. Sept. 1895, Texas 6)John F. RHODES, b. Feb. 1898, Texas and 7)Annie E. RHODES, b. May 1900, Texas.

Children of John Henry RHODES

Fanny Murray RHODES married James E. STANFIELD sometime about 1896. He was a cattle and horse buyer and was born in Texas. His parents were born in Louisiana. They had 2 children: 1)James Herbert STANFIELD 2)Roy F. STANFIELD. They lived in the Elm Mott area of McClennan County, Texas.
Fannie Rhodes STANFIELD, along with her family sent back many personal letters and pictures to the family left behind in North Carolina.

Below is a picture of Fannie RHODES, taken in Waco, Texas sometime about 1887; she looks to be about 16 or 18 years old.

Below is a picture taken about 1906 of Fannie R. STANFIELD, her 2 children Herbert, age 6 1/2; Roy STANFIELD, age 2 1/2 and Papa: John Henry RHODES. This was sent to Aunt Bettie, in N.C.; who was John Henry's sister (Mary Elizabeth James RHODES)

Below are pictures sent by Jackie EASTER, a direct descendant of John H. RHODES & his son Charles Henry RHODES

The pictures are of John Henry RHODES, with his dogs; and his son Charles Henry RHODES, age 14.
Thank you Jackie!

Charles Henry RHODES married Callie Donna CALDWELL, sometime around September 1893. They were married in Ben Hur which is south of Cleburne, Texas. The picture below was taken soon after they were married.

The two pictures above, (right) are of Charles Henry RHODES in the front of Jackie Easter's parents house, and the one on the left is of Charles Henry RHODES with his great granddaughter Anita Rose LEGGETT in 1962. He was 89 years old and died the week the picture was taken.

Below are pictures of Charles H. RHODES in his store in Abilene, Texas; taken in the 1920's. The picture below it, is of Charles Henry RHODES, his wife Callie RHODES & Jackie as a small child. It was taken in front of their home that they had to move to after the depression. He was a farmer and most of the food he grew he sold on the side of the road or gave away to other people who at that time were having a very hard time; due to the depression. Their cat was named "Minky".

The next picture is of Callie Donna Caldwell RHODES, wife of Charles Henry RHODES and was taken when she was about 25 years old, in the 1920's. The picture at the bottom is of their daughter Rose Reath RHODES.

The next picture was taken in 1910 in Vincent, Texas. It was the day Charlie & Callie RHODES baptised their daughter Rose Reath RHODES. Callie RHODES is in the white dress on the right, and Charlie RHODES behind her with their youngest son Jake.

The next picture is of Charles Henry & Callie RHODES' daughters Lillian, age 12 and Rose age 14. This picture was made in Anson, Texas about 1911.

The next picture is of the grandchildren: (top) Callie Louise WOOD, 10 years old & Freddie Marie WOOD, 8 years old. The next picture (bottom) is of Freddie Marie with Arvel RHODES' daughter LaVada Valentine RHODES, about 1935.