HARRISON RHOADES, a prominent citizen and native of Marion Township, was born October 4, 1828, being the eldest in a family of eight children born to Beaton and Sarah (Rhoades)Rhoades. They came to this county in February, 1821, from North Carolina. He was reared to manhood on the farm, remaining at home and assisting his parents until he attained the age of twenty-four years. In 1852, his marriage with Lucretia J. Whicker was solemnized; that union was of short duration as her death occurred February 14, 1853. May 16, 1859, his and Rosanna Cook's nuptials were celebrated, and to their union seven children were born: Balser, who married Rhoena Fisher; Mary J. now Mrs. Robert F. Hauck; Sarah C., wife of John W. Brown; Franklin, unmarried; Emma M., consort of Jasper L. Whicker; Vira E., now Mrs. George W. Whicker and George C. T. Mr. Rhoades has always made farming his occupation, and he has been quite successful. He now owns 152 acres of well improved land. In politics he has always been a Democrat. Mrs. Rhoades was born July 7, 1832; she was a daughter of Cornelius and Mary (Wilkinson) Cook, who were among the early settlers of this county, remaining residents until their death.
History of Shelby County, "Marion Sketches," p 711
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