Shannon Rhodes, Descendant of Jabob Rhodes/Margaret Bittle Rhodes

I addressed this to Shannon Rhodes of Cape Giradeau MO., as he was kind enough to identify himself and leave a comment at the time he visited

Source: Strengthening of the Branches, Gail Scivally McMahan Volume IV 1982

Margaret E. Bittle was born on September 30,1846, in Union County IL. She was the daughter of John L and Hannah Kitts Bittle. She was the mother of six children. She died on August 31, 1890,in Union County IL. Interment was in the Bittle Cemetery. (Note: Several years after Margaret died, her husband Jacob Rhodes, married Laura MC Bittle, Margaret’s sister.)
Margaret married Jacob R. Rhoades,(later changed spelling to Rhodes)on July 6, 1865, in Jonesboro, IL. Jacob was born on January 22, 1842 (on legal documents) or 1841 (on tombstone). He was the son of Mathias and Matilda Damron Rhoades.He was born in Union County, IL near Beech Grove and Hutchins Creek.
Jacob and Margaret owned and farmed a farm of 220 acres in Jonesboro Township, and 300 acres in the Alto Pass Township. (He bought the John L Bittle, Emeline Wilson Bittle farm from the Bittle heirs of John L Bittle as per a deed signed by several Bittle sons and their spouses) after John’s death. That deed conveyed 40 acres of the 80 acre tract owned by John Bittle, later by Lewis M. Bittle and then Walter Doc Bittle/Cora Lingle Bittle.) The Bittle cemetery is located on this farm. Jacob served in the civil war, attaining the rank of private. He was a member of the Democrat Party. He died on March 11, 1907. Interment was in the Bittle Cemetery.
There is a biographical sketch on Jacob R. Rhodes on page 110 of the 1883, History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski counties, Illinois.
Children born of this union:
Jefferson J., b July 19,1866 d Mar 29 1955
Thomas S., b Oct. 17,1868 d Sept 21, 1950
Willis J., b Sept.28,1870 d July 16 1950
Charles, b Feb 23, 1873 d Nov 28 1888
Dennis, b Sept 7 1876 d Jan 17,1879
Albert b Feb 14, 1882 d Aug 12, 1964

Civil War Service Report- Illinois State Archives
Jacob Rhodes Company C, 60th Infantry, Rank Private, Age 21, Height 5’5″, Eyes Blue, Complexion Light, Marital status Single, Occupation Farmer, Nativity Jonesboro, County Union, State Illinois, Joined service 8 Feb 1862 in Union County, Term 3years, By whom Captain Moss, Mustered in 21 Feb 1862 Where Jonesboro IL, By whom Captain Watson, Mustered Out 14 March 1865, Where Fayetteville North Carolina, Term expired.

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4 Responses to Shannon Rhodes, Descendant of Jabob Rhodes/Margaret Bittle Rhodes

  1. Shannon Rhodes says:

    Mr. Bittle, thank you very much for sharing this. It was a pleasant surprise to see a blog entry addressed to me. It’s great to learn new details, such as Jacob’s height and eye color. Here is a link to my profile for Jacob on It includes a few photos you may or may not have seen before, including one of him during the Civil war, and one of him with Laura Bittle.

  2. Shannon Rhodes says:

    No a reply did not post. Hope to hear from you.

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