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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1764.
Location. 38° 38.862′ N, 78° 31.87′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on Lee Highway (U.S. 211/340) 0.1 miles east of Kauffman's Mill Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3601 Lee Highway, Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic White House 1760 (here, next to this marker); White House Bridge (here, next to this marker); White House (a few steps from this marker); Massanutton Calendine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mauck Meeting House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Luray Caverns (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Luray Caverns (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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. A cousin of my father did an extensive genealogy of the family. If you have any questions
— 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 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
Narrative by G.W. Hershberger (1848-?) written 11-24-1927, courtesy Nancy Waldo of Page Co., VA
— Submitted December 27, 2008.
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