David Rodes Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
archives@handleyregional.org
www.handleyregional.org

415 THL

Scope and Content: This collection contains correspondence, genealogies, biographies, and other personal papers pertaining to David Rodes and the Rodes family of Virginia.
(1 box) Last updated 4/05.

Biographical/Historical: General David Rodes was born on Feb. 27, 1795 to Matthew Rodes and Ann Blackwell. He married Martha Yancey on Nov. 23, 1822 and had four children before dying. Frances Louisa Penn became his second wife on May 12, 1846 and bore three children with him. Rodes served in the Virginia State Militia, rising from ensign to brigadier general. He died on Feb. 15, 1862.

Cite As: David Rodes Collection, 415 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

Correspondence—1818-1828, 7 items, manuscript

Date

To

From

Note

15 Apr 1818

Capt. Mathew Rodes near Charlottesville, Virginia

Jno Wills

 

3 May 1822

Mr. David Rodes. Lynchburg, Virginia

? Lauthall

Sale of father’s land

15 May 1822

Mr. Matthew Rodes, Albemarle

? Lauthall, Charlottesville

Sale of father’s land; survey

9 Aug 1823

Capt. David Rodes, Lynchburg

Jack? Yancey

 

30 Dec 1826

Capt. Rodes, Lynchburg

Jack? Yancey, Bedford

 

12 Nov 1828

Col. David Rodes, Lynchburg

Robert O. Burton, West Point, New York

 

Correspondence—1830-1839, 27 items, manuscript

Date

To

From

Note

12 Jul 1830

Capt. David Rodes, Lynchburg, Virginia

J. Yancey Jr., Key West, Florida

 

7 Jun 1832

Genl. David Rodes, Lynchburg

N. M. Taliaferro, Rocky Mount, Virginia

 

12 Feb 1833

Col. David Rodes, Lynchburg

Jno. M. Yancey, New Orleans

 

4 May 1833

Mrs. D. Rodes (Dear Mother), Lynchburg

D. Rodes, Rocky Mount

 

1 May 1835

Mrs. Martha Rodes, Lynchburg

J.M.Y., Green County

 

2 Apr 1837

Mrs. Martha Rodes, Lynchburg (My Dear sister)

C.D. Yancey, New Orleans

 

15 Jul 1837

Mrs. Martha Rodes, Lynchburg (My Dear sister)

Jno. M. Yancey

Tells woman of his visit to Richmond

15 Sept 1837

Genl D. Rodes

B. ? Rogull,

 

13 Oct 1837

Gen. Rhodes [sic], Lynchburg

Lucinda S. Redd

Regarding her uncle, Col. Staples

18 Oct 1837

Mrs. Martha Rodes, Lynchburg

? Yancey, Cumberland

 

3 Mar 1838

Gen. D. Rodes of Burton & Rodes, Lynchburg

E. ? Burton, Baltimore

 

8 May 1838

Gen. David Rodes, Lynchburg

Ro. J. Yancey, Cape Girardeau

 

30 Dec 1838

Gen. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

John ? Bullock

 

12 Feb 1839

Genl. David Rodes, Lynchburg

Anthony M. Dupuy, Martinsville

Seven stores located in county (Martinsville)

2 May 1839

Genl D. Rodes, Lynchburg

Wm. S. Reid Jr., Lynchburg

 

3 May 1839

Genl. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

F. A. Ford, P. Edward

 

17 May 1839

Genl. David Rodes, Lynchburg

S. Hancock, Charleston, South Carolina

Selling of a small bay mare

23 Sept 1839

David Rodes, Esq., Lynchburg

P.? Ward, Warrenton?

Concerns the property of a Mr. Wills

8 Jun 1839

Gen. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

F. A. Ford, P. Edward C.H.

Regarding tickets

29 Jul 1839

Gen. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

F. A. Ford, P. Edward C.H.

Regarding tickets

15 Dec 1839

Genl David Rodes, Lynchburg

A. Staples, Patrick Co House

Concerns bond of William Bailey, P.N. Scott, and S.B. Scott

16 Dec 1939

Genl. David Rodes, Lynchburg

R. D. H??oler, Richmond

 

16 Mar 1839

Genl David Rodes, Lynchburg

A. Staples, Patrick C.H.

Correspondent is having difficulty raising cash to pay for tobacco.

11 Mar 1839

Gen. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

E. Burton, New York

 

19 Jun 1839

Gen. David Rodes, Lynchburg

Wm. D. Fair, T. Lomax, W.H. Bass, R. Gilliam, Randolph Macon College, Washington Hall

The Washington Literary Society elected Gen. Rodes as an honorary member of the society

2? Aug 1839

General David Rodes, Lynchburg

John R. Woods, Retreat Albemarle, Virginia

 

19 Dec 1839

Gen. David Rodes, Esq., Lynchburg

Mr. H. Murphy, Richmond

 

Correspondence—1840-1843, 32 items, manuscript

Date

To

From

Note

12 Jun 1840

Mr. Robert Rodes by Mr. George Madison

Bright B. Zarm

Land bonds

n.d.-- after
31 Jul 1840

Mrs. Ann Rodes c/o Gen. D. Rodes

C.D. McKennie?

McKennie statement of account

25 Jun 1840

Genl. David Rodes, Lynchburg

N. Massie, Richmond

Concerns cotton yarn and mercantile trade

30 Jan 1841

Gen. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

Francis H. Smith,
VA Military Institute
Lexington, VA

Check for $83.35 placed in account.

n.d., but before 17 Feb 1841

Mr. David Rodes

Tho. M. Davis
O.W. Brown

Invitation to a supper at the Lynchburg Hotel with the Mechanic Artillery of the 22nd Inst.

25 Feb 1841

Outside address: The Clerk of the Circuit Superior Court of Lynchburg.
Inside address: Genl. D. Rodes

?? Allen, Richmond

Concerns the amount of $1,000

27 Mar 1841

Gen. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

E.J. Burton
Philadelphia

 

18 May 1841

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg

Jno. R. Jones, Charlottesville, VA

Letter of introduction to David Hunter of Louisa

21 May 1841

Genl. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

Jos.? Allen?, Richmond

 

4 Jun 1841

David Rodes, Esq.

Sam Mu?, Petersburg, VA

 

9 Jun 1841

Genl. Rodes, Lynchburg

Thomas W. Gilmer, House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Mr. Norvell?, applicant for consulate at Rio

23 Jun 1841

Genl. Rhodes [sic], Lynchburg

R. Peyton?, Richmond

 

9 Jul 1841

Gen. D. Rodes, Lynchburg

N. Cawbs?, Baltimore

 

31 Jul 1841

Mrs. David Rodes, Lynchburg
Dear Cousin Martha

Lizzie
Columbia, TN

 

8 May 1841

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg
Dear Papa

? Rodes
VMI, Lexington, VA

From his son in the Virginia Military Institute. It concerns his son’s (W. Rodes) expedition to Staunton in which he describes his visit with his relatives. He and his fellow cadets were there for four days.

14 Aug 1841

Gen. David Rodes Lynchburg, VA
Dear Papa

V? Rodes
Camp Rutherford

From his son in Camp Rutherford

13 Sep 1841

Mrs. Martha A. Rodes
c/o Burton & Rodes
Dear Cousin Martha

E. ? B.
New York

 

9 Oct 1841

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Anselm Watkins
Breckinridge (Post-marked Hardinsburg, KY)

Regarding letter from Mr. Warren? Garraway and the tobacco business

6 Dec 1841

Genl. Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

D.S. Doggett
Randolph Macon

 

21 Dec 1841

Genl. Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

D.S. Doggett

 

20 Jan. 1842

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA
Dear Papa

V.H. Rodes
VMI, Lexington, VA

 

24 Jan 1842

David Rodes, Esq.
Lynchburg, VA

Geo. Welcker
Engineer Dept.
Washington, DC

Regarding son’s appointment to the Military Academy

25 Jan. 1842

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

M.L. Gaggin
House of Reps
Washington, DC

Concerns son’s (V.H. Rodes) probable appointment to West Point

28 Jan. 1842

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA
Dear Papa

V.H. Rodes
VMI
Lexington, VA

 

1 Feb. 1842

 

 

Quarterly report of Cadet V. Rodes

5 Feb.

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Walter Coles, House of Representatives
Washington, DC

 

11 Mar 1843

My Darling Daughter

F.L. Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

 

30 Dec 1843

Mrs. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA
My Dear Cousin

M.E. Harrison
Female Institute

 

19 Nov 1843

Mrs. Martha A. Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. J.? Yancey
Wayne County, MO
(Greenville, MO)

 

Correspondence—1847-1849, 21 items, manuscript

Date

To

From

Note

7 Apr 1847

 

 

A copy of an Order of Dismysion [sic]
Atty. General v. Rhodes et. als 18 Ch.

7 Aug 1847

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA
Dear Papa

V.H. Rodes
New Orleans

 

4 Sept ‘47

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

M. ? Langhorne
White Sulphur Spring

 

14 Nov postmarked, no year

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Charlottesville, VA

Envelope with cancelled 3-cent stamp

21 Jan 1848

 

 

Report card for Sallie Rodes for season ending this date.

22 Feb 1848

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

F.W. Smith
VM Institute

Recommendations

28 Feb 1848

Bococke

Wm. J. Yancey
Lynchburg

 

26 Mar 1848

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

O.G. Clay or Leday?
Richmond

 

28 May 1848

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. J. Yancey
Greenville, MO

 

9 Sept 1848

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Daniel Fishburn
Waynesboro

 

14 Oct 1848

 

Charles A Yancey of New Orleans

Statement appointing Genl. David Rodes, Lynchburg, VA, my true and lawful attorney, his full power and authority to transact all business re settlement and division of estate of his father, Joel Yancey

4 Dec 1848

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

J. Wells
Richmond

 

28 Dec 1849

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Your Brother Ro. Rodes, Walnut Grove

 

11 Jan 1849

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

N. J. Gaggin House ?

 

7 Mar ‘49

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

1 May ‘49

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

18 May 1849

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

15 Jun 1849

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. J. Yancey
Springville, MO

 

6 Jul ‘49

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

13 Sept 1849

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

3 Oct 1849

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove, Millington

 

17 Oct 1849 (deed)

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ira Garrett, CC

Extract of deed recorded in Albemarle County Court, with envelope. David and Frances Rodes to Brightberry B. Garth

20 Oct ‘49

 

 

Agreement re negroes in the house of Robert Rodes

17 Dec 1849

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

John J. Ambler
Jaquelin Hall

 

Correspondence—1850-1859, 37 items, manuscript

Date

To

From

Note

24 Jan 1850

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Paul Whitehead
Norfolk

 

1 Apr ‘50

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

22 May ?

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

 

Small envelope

12 Jun 1850

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

3 Jul 1850

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

20 Jul 1850

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

11 Oct 1850

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

25 Nov [c. 1850]

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

M.S. Crawford
Louisville

 

27 Nov 1850

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

21 Oct 1851

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Richmond
Tho. J. Nance

 

31 Oct 1851

Genl. D, Rodes

Thomas Ballard
Charlottesville

 

3 Nov 1851

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. Whitehead
Lovingston

 

Friday 11/52

Dear Uncle D

J. M. Fishburn
Lexington

 

21 May 1852

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Mill McCram?
Louisville

 

26 Jun 1852

Dear General

Charlottesville
C.P. McKennie?

 

3 Aug 1852

Dear Brother

Ro. Rodes
Walnut Grove

 

3 Nov 1852

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

H.T. Jordan
St. Helena

 

28 Nov 1852

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

H.T. Jordan

 

29 Apr 1853

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. J. Yancey

 

19 Jul 1853

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Ro. J. Yancy

 

11 Nov ‘53

My dear Shio?

Cora Reid, Woodville

 

1 Sept 1854

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

H.T. Jordan
St. Helena

 

5 Aug 1855

Mrs. Martha A. Rodes
Dear Sister

Ro. J. Yancey

 

1857

J.M. Crouse by L.S. Irvine

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

An accounting of weights of meat and costs.

17 Jun 1857

Messrs. Mosby & Holcomb, Auctioneers, Lynchburg

C.P. McKennie?
Charlottesville, VA

 

Oct 1857

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

H.T. Jordan
St. Helena

List of hands’ names ands measurements for shoes. (photocopy of manuscript)

Oct 1857

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

H.T. Jordan
St. Helena

List of hands’ names ands measurements for shoes. (typescript)

29 Jul ‘59

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

L.R. Ward
Hardins Tavern, VA

 

Correspondence—1863, 10 items, photocopy, typed

Date

To

From

Note

6 Feb ‘63

My Dear Nannie

Mountain View
Cora

Typescript with photocopies of letters

7 Feb

My Dear Nannie

Mountain View
Cora

Typescript with photocopies of letters

10 Feb ‘63

My Dear Nannie

Mountain View
Cora

Typescript with photocopies of letters

11 Feb

My Dear Nannie

Mountain View
Cora

Typescript with photocopies of letters

13 Feb 1863

My Dear Nannie

Mountain View
Cora

Typescript with photocopies of letters

Correspondence—1875-1921, 12 items, manuscript

Date

To

From

Note

218 Mar 18[7]5

Capt. David Rodes

 

Battalion Order of Griffin D. Lecku?, Capt.

26 Nov ‘78

My Dear Lon

F.L. Rodes
Lynchburg

 

20 Sep 1888

Dear Johnnie?

L.R. Reid, Woodville
Signed "Your devoted wife"

 

13 Jan ‘92

Dear Sucy?

J.J. Reid
Woodville
Signed "Your Devoted "husband

 

7 Sept 1897

Mrs. A. Smith Jennings, 1602 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA

M.D. Walden Proctor

 

19 Dec 1900

Gilbert Walden, Esq.
Washington, DC

Aepea? Holmes?, 32 King St., Cheapside, London, E.C.

 

6 Dec 1901

J.J. Reid

J.W. Malden

On stationery of First Ward Planing Mill Co.

25 Dec 1901

J.J. Reid

J.W. Malden
Morgantown, WV

On stationery of First Ward Planing Mill Co.

11 Jan 1904

J.W. Malden

J.J. Reid
Buck?

 

25 Mar 1907

J.J. Reid

J.W. Malden
Clarksburg, WV

 

? Dec 1907

The family of John J. Deirdern, Woodville, VA

John Al Dall?

 

21 Nov ‘21

Mrs. Brown

Dr. Wm. Gerry Morgan
1624 Eye St.
Washington, DC

 

Correspondence—undated, 6 items, manuscript

Date

To

From

Note

29 Jun

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA
Dear Brother

?
Poplar Grove

 

n.d.

Gen. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

J.R. Woods
Mt. McKinnics?

 

n.d.

Genl. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA
Dear Davy

J. Wills

Marked " Strictly Confidential"

Feb.

Dear Cora

Augusta County

 

 

Capt. David Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Joel Yancey

 

Correspondence—Rodes, Robert Emmett, 1848-1852, 6 items

Date

To

From

Note

22 Jul 1848

 

Supt. Francis H. Smith, Virginia Military Institute

Robert E. Rodes commission in U.S. Army

21 May 1850

Dear Papa

R.E.R.?
VMI

 

3 Jan 1851

My dear Father

R. E. Rodes
Lexington

 

17 Nov 1851

My dear Father

R. E. Rodes
Farmville

3 leaves photocopy and typescript

18 Nov

Gen. D. Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

Farmville, VA postmark

Photocopy of outer paper used as envelope

7 Dec 1851

Gen. D. Rodes
Lynchburg
My dear Father

R--
Appomattox County

 

25? Jun 1852

Dear Papa

R.E.R.
Locust Grove

 

n.d.

 

 

"The Verses"—lines on the back of a Confederate Note

Miscellaneous, 43 items, manuscript, typescript, news clippings

Date

To

From

Note

15 Apr 1818

 

 

Fragment. Itemized list with two dates: 15 Apr and 1 May, 1818

Ending 31 Aug 1820

.

 

A list of Wait? Tax accounts

1828

 

 

Corner fragment of paper marked "Muster Roll 1828"

Oct 1828

"A Roll of the Lynchburg Light Artillery Co., Octo. 1828," with the following columns: Names, Octo, Bat, of ° Lat., Octo, Balr

27 Jan 1832

Mr. David Rodes

 

Bill for 1 year subscription to the Richmond Whig

9 Nov 1832

 

 

Receipt of Capt. David Rhodes, signed by Saml. McCorkle, Treasurer

1 Jan 1833

D. Rodes

H. Decominglin?

Paper fragment of account showing bottom line

30 May 1833

 

Saml. McCorkle

Receipt of Col. David Rhodes

20 Jun ‘33

Col. D. Rhodes

Lynchburg, VA

Receipt of Samuel McCorkle

1846

David Rodes

H. Decominglin

Bill or receipt

1846

Mr. Jos. Maise & H. Gibson

 

Fragment re tax on lot no. 116

18 Aug 1846

Genl. D. Rodes

Archibald Blair, Notary
Richmond

Bank draft

18 Feb 1850

 

 

Itemized list of moneys paid or due

10 Jan 1852

Gen. D. Rhodes, Trustee for Lucy Penn

A. Gorman

Receipt

11 Oct 1854

Mrs. Penn

Gen. Rodes

Receipt

9 Feb 1869

Genl. D. Rodes

J.? Kirkpatrick

Bill re auction re Miss Sallie H. Rodes

189?

L. Millan

Mr. L. L. Reid

Itemized list of October and November

4 Dec 1912

 

 

Seven 8 ½ x 14" pages of typescript of "Remarks of William A. Reid, of the Pan American Union, before the National Association of Furniture Manufacturers of America, Chicago.

15 Mar 1976

Clipping from the Winchester Evening Star, Mar. 15, 1976, "The Battle of New Market Lives On."

26 Jan postmark

Gen. D. Rodes
Lynchburg

 

Envelope fragment

6 May postmark

Genrl. David Rodes

Charlottesville, VA

Small envelope only, marked Politics? Of Miss V. Mason

n.d.

 

 

A bill of materials and repairs

n.d.

 

No author

"Love of Country." Small treatise on love of country with color pencil drawing of British flag and excerpts from Sir Walter Scott’s poem "Patriotism."

n.d.

 

 

"Unfurl the Starry Banner," a poem signed "Dixie." [

n.d.

Estelle

L.P.R.

Lines dedicated to Estelle by L.P.R.

n.d.

 

No author

Lines of poetry, beginning "Behold the peaceful valleys once teeming…."

n.d.

 

 

"Jessica’s Dream," a poem

n.d.

 

 

Fragment describing bounds of 65 acres, 25 poles.

n.d.

 

 

Five pages of notes taken from p. 1114 and following of Burke’s Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronage of the British Empire. A genealogy.

n.d.

Genl. D. Rodes
Lynchburg, VA

 

Envelope fragment

n.d.

 

 

Envelope of news clippings

n.d.

 

 

Small fabric-covered booklet with embroidered cover; ribbon closing.

n.d.

Dear Johnnie

Lucy R. Reid

Letter written over an order form of Landreth’s Seed Cabinets

n.d.

David Rodes, Esq.

S.S. Sanford, Manager

Complimentary season admission card to Sanford’s New Orleans Open Troupe Late of the Opera House—Philadelphia Now at Masonic Hall, Lynchburg

n.d.

Miss Fanny L. Rodes

Mother L. Penn

 

n.d

 

V.H. Rodes

Arguments on Bonaparte speech[sic] Aught regulars to have returned to Carthage. In favor of his return.

n.d.

Harved

Ann? or Sin.,
3718 Ivydale Dr., Annandale, VA 22003

 

n.d.

Sue

Will

 

n.d.

Small envelope marked "In Memoriam"

n.d.

Poem clipped from unknown newspaper

n.d.

 

 

Love poem signed W.C.L.

n.d.

 

 

D. Rodes agreement to pay for support of Mrs. A. Rodes; 4-line itemized account

Rodes Family Genealogy, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 9 leaves, photocopy

Rodes, Matthew—last will and testament, Rodes land surveys,
6 items, manuscript; and May 3, 1822 notice of sheriff's sale, 1 item, photocopy of news clipping

Rodes-Reid Family news articles, 3 leaves photocopy, 1 leaf manuscript

Rodes, Brigadier General Robert Emmett, 1829-1864, biographies, 5 leaves, printed, photocopy

Slave bill of sale—1864, 1 item, 1 page, manuscript