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Subject: [CAFresno] Daniel and Mary RHOADS in the History of Fresno and Tulare Co CA
Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2002 22:16:55 -0700
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History of Tulare County F868.T8 E44-Book NC p180 Daniel RHOADS
A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Fresno, Tulare and
Kern 979.48 M5- Book p744 Mary RHOADS
Daniel RHOADS was born Dec 7 1821, four miles north of Edgar county IL, the
son of Thomas RHOADS who was born in PA July 13 1795, and his wife, Miss
Elizabeth FOSTER, who died 1849 and was buried in Benicia CA.
They had 16 children, ten sons and 6 daughters. Thomas died Feb 20 1865 in
Thomas was the son of Daniel RHOADS, born Oct 5 1755 PA; died Apr 8 1838,
Edgar Co IL.
He married a second time, Mar 15, 1794, Elizabeth NEWMAN, born Mar 20 1773.
Daniel RHOADS married on Oct 4 1843 to Amanda ESRY, born Feb 22 1825, Clark
Co IL, dau of Jesse and Hannah (FORSTER) ESRY. Hannah was the daughter of
Thomas FORSTER. Thomas FORSTER was buried in MO, Hannah FORESTER in IL.
Amanda died in Hanford CA Aug 11 1906.
On April 7, 1846, Daniel RHOADS and his wife and a party of relatives
crossed the Missouri River at St. Joseph, MO. He had two yoke of oxen, a
wagon, riffle, ammunition and provisions. Entering CA with Capt IMES' train
by the Donner Lake route, through Emigrant Gap, they arrived at Johnston's
Ranch on Bear River in the Sacramento Valley Oct 4 that same year.
He was at work near Sutter's Fort January, 1847, when news by an Indian
runner was received of the awful sufferings of the Donner Party, who were
overtaken by snow in the Sierra.
Mr. RHOADS, his brother, John P. RHOADS, and twelve others set forth with
provisions. From Piney Ridge, a distance of 80 mines, each man had to walk
and carry 75 lbs on their back besides their blankets, hatchet, etc. They
traveled with snowshoes over trackless mountains. The party started for
Donner Lake Feb 5th. So heavy was the fall of snow and so great the depth,
twelve to twenty feet, part of the rescue party gave out, but 7 proceeded on
and were received with great joy by the members of the Donner Party. A man
named R. P. TUCKER, and Mr. RHOAD's brother, John P., were made commanders
of the party.
The other four were Mr. R. S. MOOTRYE, Mr. A. GLOVER, and two sailors, John
FOSTER and E. COFFEEMIRE.
On the return journey three of the rescued died. One was an infant, carried
for a time in the arms of John RHOADS, the second a young Englishman named
DENTON and the third on of the DONNER boys who ate too much dried beef when
they reached the pack train. On the last day before reaching their pack
animals they met another relief party in the charge of James F. REED and
William McCUTCHEN. They had been sent from Yerba Buena by order of Commodore
In June, 1847, Mr. RHOADS moved to the Consumes River and the following
October to Sonoma for the winter.
In 1848 he returned to Sacramento, and was there when gold was discovered at
Sutter's Mill. The next two years he mined on the American River and
realized about $8,000 in gold dust.
In 1850, with Mrs. RHOADS, he returned to MO for a visit by the Isthmus
In April, 1851, he moved to where Gilroy is now and purchased a 1000 acre
In 1857 he drove his stock across the Coast Range to the lower Kings River
and the family moved there in the fall of 1860 where they lived until just
before his death.
Children of Daniel and Amanda:
1. Alexander RHOADS do. young bur. near Sacramento CA
2. Jesse RHOADS do. young bur. near Sacramento CA
3. Sarah RHOADS m John F. PHILLIPS d 1886 - both buried north of Lemoore
CA - 6 children
4. Mary RHOADS m George F. KEIFFER; buried at Grangeville CA - 9 children
5. Daniel RHOADS buried Kings County Cemetery
6. John William RHOADS b near Gilroy CA Nov 2 1856;
m Rosa A. SANBORN Nov 3 1880; d. Aug 30 1896; bur Hanford CA
children of John and Rosa
1. Elva A. RHOADS b Jan 18 1883; d May 30 1884
2. Ethel Adelia RHOADS b Aug 6 1886; m Lyman D. FARMER, May 28 1911
3. Earl Edmond RHOADS b Oct 13, 1892; m Nov 26 1914 Marjorie CORTNER
Children of Earl and Marjorie
1. Mary Rosamond RHOADS b Nov 18 1915
2. John Edmond RHOADS b Sept 26 1918
4. Elvira H. RHOADS, b 1863; m Henry DAWSON; bur Los Angeles
1. Clara RHOADS DAWSON
RHOADS EARL E 10/13/1892 M CALIFORNIA SANTA CLARA 09/21/1976
559-54-6500 83 yrs
FARMER ETHEL ADELIA 08/06/1886 SANBORN RHOADS F CALIFORNIA KINGS
07/06/1953 66 yrs
ESREY SARAH J 05/24/1869 RHOADS KEIFFER F CALIFORNIA FRESNO
10/20/1946 77 yrs
RHOADS HENRY MILTON 01/31/1875 GOOD RHOADS M CALIFORNIA FRESNO
07/03/1945 70 yrs
Henry RHOADS was born in Edgar County IL Apr 9 1834, son of Thomas and
Elizabeth (FOSTER) RHOADS. His grandfather was Newman RHOADS, who
participated in the Revolutionary war as one of General WASHINGTON's body
Coming with his family to CA when he was thirteen, he found employment
herding stock on a large ranch on Dry Creek, near Sacramento. When gold was
discovered he became a miner, and until 1852 worked in the mines. Investing
his money he raised cattle until 1864. The dry year he and his brother lost
8,000 head of cattle and 100 horses.
In 1865 he went to Fresno County locating three miles south of Lemoore. He
married in 1857 to Miss Jane GOOD, native of London, England. They had seven
children and nine grand-children. Names of the surviving children are Ellen,
Maria, Sarah, Mary, Louisa and Henry (Henry Milton RHOADS (1875-1945)).
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