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Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes)

 
 
The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2006
1. The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) Marker
Inscription. Died 1764. A Pioneer and Christian father, who with his wife and six of his thirteen children, was a victim of the last Indian massacre in Page County.
 
Erected 1985 by John Rhodes Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 38° 38.869′ N, 78° 31.853′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on U.S. 211 west of U.S. Route 340 South turnoff, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White House Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); White House (within shouting distance of this marker); Massanutton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Calendine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mauck Meeting House
The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2006
2. The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) Marker
The eastern fork of the Shenandoah Valley leading up to Massanutten Mountain at New Market Gap is in the distance.
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Philip Long (approx. 2.9 miles away); Willow Grove Mill (approx. 3.7 miles away); White House Ferry (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Luray.
 
Regarding The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes). The Reverend Rhodes was a Mennonite minister. The log home built on the site of the massacre soon thereafter stood until 1994. It was called Fort Roads and is about four miles north of Route 211 on the west bank of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.
 
Additional comments.
1. Relative of Rev. John Rhodes
The Reverend John Rhodes had twelve or thirteen children, it was never known exactly how many. They were Joseph, Michael, Daniel, Susannah, Anna, Elizabeth. Esther, and the four sons and one or two daughters killed in the Indian raid. I am related to Michael Rhodes. He was my Great-great-great-great-great grandfather. My grandfather’s mother was Sylvia Edna Rhodes.
The Reverend John Roads Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Robert Blake Reid, September 10, 2010
3. The Reverend John Roads Memorial
“Memorial to Rev. John Roads, Mennonist, his wife and six children, massacred here by Indians Aug 1764. Buried on river bank N.E. Emigrated from Zurich Switzerland 1728. Came to Virginia two years later. Made by P.M. Kauffman, a great-great-great-grandson, assisted by P.S. Rhodes, and other descendants. Erected Aug. 1924.
A cousin of my father did an extensive genealogy of the family. If you have any questions feel free to email me. Ask this website’s editor for my email address. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted July 17, 2008, by Lora Denise Bennett of Indianapolis, Indiana.

2. John Rhodes and his family
Original name thought to have been Hans Derik Roodt.(Hans Roth) He was a Mennonite Minister. Settled in Shenandoah Co, VA about 1729 on land adjoining Mart in Kauffman. Killed by Indians in Shenandoah Valley, VA in 1764. Indians said to have been led by Simon Girty. John Rhodes was shot while standing in his doorway. Eve Albright Rhodes and a son were killed in the yard. Five other children were killed. Eight children survived.

On August 31, 1924 at a memorial service at the site of the massacre, a monument was unveiled dedicated to the Rhodes family. The site is on the western bank of the Shenandoah River at the foot of Massanutten Mountain.

Memorial to Rev. John Rhodes (Mennonite) and six children
The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Debbie McLaughlin, October 14, 2011
4. The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) Marker
massacred here by Indians, Aug. 1764. Buried on the river N.E. bank. Emmigrated from Zurich, Switzerland 1728. Came to Virginia two years later.


Sources: Massanutten Settled by the Pennsylvania Pilgrim 1726. The First White Settlement in the Shenandoah Valley, by Harry M. Strickler (Book located at the Library of the Museum of Frontier Life, Staunton, VA); Tombstone Inscriptions of Shenandoah & Page Co, VA, by Duane L. Border, p. 192, 1984 by Yates Publishing Co., Ozark, MO; Richard Sallinger of Lynn Haven, FL (internet article)
Narrative by G.W. Hershberger (1848-?) written 11-24-1927, courtesy Nancy Waldo of Page Co., VA
    — Submitted December 27, 2008.

 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
The kitchen chimney ruins on Rev Rhodes property Photo, Click for full size
By Debbie McLaughlin, October 14, 2011
5. The kitchen chimney ruins on Rev Rhodes property
The cellar on Rev John Rhodes property Photo, Click for full size
By Debbie McLaughlin, October 14, 2011
6. The cellar on Rev John Rhodes property
This is the main house chimney at Rev John Rhodes property Photo, Click for full size
By Debbie McLaughlin, October 14, 2011
7. This is the main house chimney at Rev John Rhodes property
The stones on the river where the family of Rev John Rhodes was buried Photo, Click for full size
By Debbie McLaughlin, October 14, 2011
8. The stones on the river where the family of Rev John Rhodes was buried
The memorial marker on the river to the Rhodes family Photo, Click for full size
By Debbie McLaughlin, October 14, 2011
9. The memorial marker on the river to the Rhodes family
Fort Roads Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy of CDWhip35 - originally received for the Whipkey Family Tree.
10. Fort Roads
Built on site of 1764 Roads Massacre
Fort Roads Cellar Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy of CDWhip35 - originally received for the Whipkey Family Tree.
11. Fort Roads Cellar
Fortified cellar with spring flowing through it.
Monument Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy of CDWhip35 - originally received for the Whipkey Family Tree
12. Monument
Monument to The John Rhodes and his family. Mr. Phillip M. Kaufman, in his 78th year, made the memorial from native limestone. All the more remarkable inasmuch that Mr. Kaufman was a miller by trade, not a stone cutter.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 5,779 times since then. Last updated on , by Charles Wesley Rhodes III of Arlington, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Robert Blake Reid of Long Beach, Calif.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Debbie McLaughlin of Goodview, Virginia.   10, 11, 12. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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