David Mahaffey Roddy

Brief Life History of David Mahaffey

When David Mahaffey Roddy was born on 12 April 1810, in Rhea, Tennessee, United States, his father, Jesse Roddye, was 35 and his mother, Jane 'Jenny' Mahaffe (Roddye - married), was 33. He married Elizabeth Brabson Smith on 2 November 1842, in Rhea, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 5 March 1885, in Roddy, Rhea, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 74.

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David Mahaffey Roddy
Elizabeth Brabson Smith
Marriage: 2 November 1842
Wright Smith Roddy
Mary Jane Roddy
David M. Roddy
James Alexander Roddy
Catharine C Roddy
Bryant W. Roddy
Mark S. Roddy
Anne Preston Roddy
Belle Roddy

Sources (12)

  • David Roddy, "United States Census, 1880"
  • David M. Roddy, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Daniel M. Roddy in entry for Catherine C. Roddy, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1812 · War of 1812

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning


of Galway origin, a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Rodaigh ‘descendant of Rodach’, a personal name based on rod ‘spirited, lively, strong’. Forms with vowel e derive from a variant, Ó Roidigh. Compare Redding .

shortened Anglicized form of Irish Ó Rodacháin ‘descendant of Rodachán’, a personal name which is a diminutive of rodach. This was an ecclesiastical family in Leitrim. A variant Ó Roideacháin gives Redican , for which Reddington was sometimes adopted as an Anglicized equivalent.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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