Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes)
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 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.
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.
— 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
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 Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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