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Birthday and Place: November 28, 1893 Carroll County, Illinois. Parents: Father, Thomas Brown Rhodes born November 20, 1960 to Captain John Brown Rhodes born November 20, 1817; died September 9, 1906. He came to Savanna in July 1841. In 1846 he was elected sheriff and again in 1848. He was also the first tax collector. He engaged in steam boating in 1852 and remained in this business for number of years until he engaged in a grocery store, until retiring. In March 1846 Mr. Rhodes was married to Miss Mary Jane Pierce, (born May 8, 1829, died November 14, 1877) the first white child born in the territory now embraced in Carroll County. She was born in the old Indian Council house, Savanna. There were eight children born to this union of which Thomas Brown was the fifth. Thomas moved to Mt. Carroll where he lived as a very successful business man until retirement. He passed away October 26, 1950.

Mother; Emma Eliza (Chambers) Rhodes born March 20, 1864. Died February 24, 1950. Daughter of Fredrick Chambers born December 10, 1820. Died July 12, 1888, and Laura (Strong) Chambers, died September 1884. They were one time owners of the Chamber House Hotel in Savanna, Illinois.

Marriage Date: February 16, 1914. Name of Spouse: Coleman Miles (Tony). Birthday and Place: November 30, 1890 Mt. Carroll. Died January 27, 1969. Coleman Miles was the son of Joseph Shirk Miles born April 4, 1860. Died April 1, 1943, and Mary Grace (Coleman) Miles born March 10, 1865. Died 1935.

Source: A Goodly Heritage Supplement #1 Spring 1975

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