Name: John RHODES , Rev.
Memorial 31 AUG 1924 Hope Farm, "To Rev. John Rhodes (Mennonite) his wife and 6 children massacred here by Indians August, 1764. Buried on teh river bank N E. Emigraated from Switzerland 1728, came to Virginia two years late.
Reference Number: 910
Some say John Rhodes is the son of Ulrich Rhodes who came to America in 1711. InAug 1924 Phyllis Crabill Dunlavy went to the Memorial for the Rhodes family of the Masacre and was told that John came from Zurich Switzerland in 1928 and 2 years later to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia from Pennsylvania.
Land records show in 1729 Jacob Stover as Leader and Patentee of 5000 acres tract, purchasers were Agraham Strickler and John Rhodes as well as others. Survey of 1750 shows John 150 acres in the Gap that goes from South River into Powells Fort on the old Massinuten lines. Our ancestors in the area at that time were, Rhodes(Roth), Strickler, Pence, Mauck, Crabill, Blanks, Beidlers(Peidler), Ruffners and Steinberger.
John was a farmer and Menonite Preacher. John and Eve Albright had 13 children.
Kerchival History of the Valley version of the Rhodes Massacre
In the later part of August 1764 a party of 8 Shawnee Indians from the Ohio country and a worthless villain of a white man (some say Simon Girty) crossed Powells Fort Mountain to the S. frk of Shenandoa at the laate residence of John Gatewood, where the Rev. John Roads then lived. Mr. Rhodes, his wife and three sons were murdered. Mr. Rhodes was standing in his door when he was thot and fell dead. Mrs Rhodes and one of her sons was killed in the yard. One son was seen at a distance of abt 150 yards from the house in a corn field and ran up a pear tree where he was discovered and killed. The third son attempted to save himself and ran down the river but was killed. The place is called Bloody Ford to this day. The son in the yard was demanded of where the father kept his money and when he would not tell was instantly shot and fell dead. Elizabeth the eldest daughter caught her little sister Esther ab 18 mos. old and ran into the barn. she was discovered, while the Indians tried to force the door of the barn she ran out back with her little sister and escaped to a neighbors house. After plundering the house the Indians set fire to it. They took 2 more sons and 2 daughters. (There are different versions of how many children were taken captive) One son was 8 or nine and sickly, the Indians killed him. The daughters refusing to go were murdered also. The remaining boy Michal was held for 3 yrs in captivity. Michael escaped and returned to live with his brother Joseph and Ida. Michael states the Indians sold his families scalps for $15.00 to the French. The hidden moneyin a niche in the cellaar was found intact after the fire. There is a Memorial on this spot for this family.
- Joseph RHODES
- Daniel RHODES
- Susanna RHODES
- Anna RHODES
- Elizabeth RHODES
- Esther RHODES
- Michael RHODES b: 1 MAY 1749