Biography - Jacob Rhoades
JACOB R. RHOADES, farmer, P. O. Cobden, was born January 22, 1842, in this county. His father, Mathias Rhoades, was also born in this county in 1818, and also died here. He was married to Matilda Damron a native of this State. She was the mother of seven children, and of this number only our subject is now living. The grandfather of our subject may be classed among the old pioneers of this county. He was a farmer and blacksmith by profession, as was also his son Mathias. Our subject attended the schools of this county, then farmed, and at present he owns a farm of 220 acres in Jonesboro Township, a fine stock farm by the way, and also 300 acres in Alto Pass Township. He was married in this county to Margaret E. Bittle, who was born September 30, 1846, in this county and is a daughter of John and Hannah (Kitts) Bittle. She is the mother of six children, five of whom are now living, viz.: Jefferson J., born July 19, 1866; Thomas S., born October 17, 1868; Willis J., born September 28, 1870; Charles, born December 30, 1873, and Albert, born February 14, 1882. In politics, our subject is identified with the Democratic party.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 110-111.