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Family history is meant to be shared, especially with our siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. This blog is dedicated to the ancestors who left traces of their lives for us to find and share.

An interactive Rhoades family trees is available to view here, but it is a password protected website that I wish only to share with immediate family. If you are a member of my immediate family and you do not already have the password, please call or e-mail me.

I am happy to share my source citations and answer any questions about internal family lore, items in the family’s private collection, or collaboration on allied lines. Just reach out to me via the Contact link.


Dissecting the Identity of William Russell

In my post for Ebenezer Russell and Phebe Freeman, I pondered on the parentage of Ebenezer. As mentioned, many public trees assign a man named William Russell and his wife, Submit Fosget, as the parents of Ebenezer Sr. Posted source citations are minimal and don’t clearly explain how William is the father of Ebenezer, so…

Ebenezer and Phebe Russell

Margaret’s father, Ebenezer, was not known to have used the Junior suffix. Likewise, his father, Ebenezer, was not known to use the Senior suffix. I will use them here to help differentiate the two. In the Historical Atlas of Paulding County, Ohio, illustrated (Morrow, Bashore, 1892), Ebenezer Russell (Sr) is included in the biographical sketches.…

Pulling the String – Ebenezer Russell and Malinda Hand

I may have misspoken when I stated in my previous post that Margaret came from an upstanding family.  No evidence to the contrary, but I did base my statement on her deeper heritage.  The deeper I dig into her parents, the more I regret being so bold in my assertion.  While I am confident that Ebenezer Russell and…