William Elwood Rhodes

31 May 1853–11 June 1931 (Age 78)
Jefferson, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Elwood

When William Elwood Rhodes was born on 31 May 1853, in Jefferson, Iowa, United States, his father, Ira Graves Rhodes, was 38 and his mother, Ann Emelia Botts, was 33. He married Sarah Emma Miller on 23 May 1880, in Marengo, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Walnut Township, Jefferson, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He died on 11 June 1931, in Linden, Marengo, Alabama, United States, at the age of 78.

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William Elwood Rhodes
Sarah Emma Miller
Marriage: 23 May 1880
Roy Gustavius Rhodes
Charles Eugene Rhodes
Ira George Rhodes
Carrie Alvaretta Rhodes
William Miller Rhodes
Cecil Glenn Rhodes
Emma Lucille Rhodes

Spouse and Children

23 May 1880
Marengo, Alabama, United States




    Ira George Rhodes


    Carrie Alvaretta Rhodes


    William Miller Rhodes


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World Events (8)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 4

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.
1861 · Alabama Secedes From Union

Age 8

Alabama became the fourth state to secede from the Union during the Civil War on January 11, 1861. Several days later, they joined the Confederate States of America. Montgomery, Alabama, became the capital for the Confederate States of America.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 22

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English (chiefly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing in woodland ( see Rode 3). This, the most common form of the name, has been influenced in spelling by the English name of the Greek island of Rhodes (Greek Rhodos), with which there is no connection. There is no connection, either, with modern English road (Old English rād ‘riding’), which was not used to denote a thoroughfare until the 16th century.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William E Rhodes, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William E Rhodes, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Willian E Rhodes in household of Ira G Rhodes, "United States Census, 1860"

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