RHODES OF HOLBECK

 

The parentage of Mary Rhodes, wife of Benjamin Williamson, is confirmed by the wills of Thomas Rhodes, written in 1797, and Sarah Rhodes, written in 1830. Thomas names his wife Sarah and children Ann, Mary, Thomas, John, George and James. Sarah names her eldest son Thomas, daughter Mary the wife of Benjamin Williamson, son John, son George, late daughter Ann Leathley, and son James.

 

In July 1774, the age of Thomas Rhodes was given as twenty-four.[1] One of the witnesses at his marriage to Sarah Gibson was a Mary Rhodes. The witnesses of Thomas’s will also give a clue to his parentage. One witness was George Rhodes, and another was John Ward. A John Ward had married a Mary Rhodes at Leeds in 1775, one of the witnesses on that occasion being Joseph Rhodes.

 

It appears that Thomas Rhodes was the one of that name baptised at Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds on 24 December 1749, son of John and Mary Rhodes of Holbeck.

 

It is possible that there were children of John and Mary (Ellis) Rhodes in addition to the ones mentioned below, as well as perhaps other children of Thomas and Sarah (Gibson) Rhodes who may have died young. However, the presence in the area of more than one John Rhodes and more than one Thomas Rhodes at the relevant times make it more difficult to determine the particular parentage in some cases.

 

An earlier entry in the Mill Hill Chapel registers which may be relevant to the origin of John Rhodes is the baptism in 1731/32 of Mary, daughter of George Rhodes and Hannah.

 

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RHODES

 

1          JOHN RHODES of Holbeck, Yorkshire, married on 14 August 1744 at St Peter, Leeds, MARY ELLIS.[2]

 

Children of John and Mary (Ellis) Rhodes:

                                i               JOHN RHODES, bap 15 Sep 1745, Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds.[3]

                                ii              MARY RHODES, bap 9 Aug 1747, Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds;[4] m 2 Aug 1775, St Peter, Leeds, JOHN WARD.[5]

2              iii             THOMAS RHODES (1749-1797); m SARAH GIBSON.

                                iv             GEORGE RHODES, bap 8 Apr 1751, Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds,[6] bur 9 Jul 1822, Holbeck.[7]

                                v              HANNAH RHODES, bap 31 Mar 1754, Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds.[8]

                                vi             WILLIAM RHODES, b 13 Apr 1760, bap 11 May 1760, Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds.[9]

                                vii            JOSEPH RHODES, b 30 May 1762, bap 18 Jul 1762, Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds.[10]

 

2          THOMAS RHODES of Holbeck, clothier, was baptised on 24 December 1749 at Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds,[11] and buried on 3 December 1797 at Holbeck.[12] He married on 21 July 1774 at St Peter, Leeds, SARAH GIBSON,[13] daughter of Samuel and Mary (Craven) Gibson. Sarah was baptised on 2 September 1753 at Rothwell[14] and buried on 30 September 1831 at Rothwell.[15]

 

Children of Thomas and Sarah (Gibson) Rhodes:

                                i               ANN RHODES, b 2 Sep 1775, bap 22 Oct 1775, Holbeck,[16] bur 4 Oct 1809, Rothwell;[17] m 6 Apr 1796, St Peter, Leeds, JOHN LEATHLEY.[18]

                                ii              MARY RHODES, b 17 Mar 1777, bap 27 Apr 1777, Holbeck,[19] d 23 Sep 1845, Holbeck;[20] m 13 Dec 1796, St Peter, Leeds, BENJAMIN WILLIAMSON[21] (see here).

                                iii             THOMAS RHODES of Lower Wortley, mill owner, b 5 Aug 1779, Holbeck.[22]

                                iv             JOHN RHODES, b 20 Mar 1784, bap 2 May 1784, Holbeck.[23]

                                v              GEORGE RHODES, b 16 Jan 1787, bap 4 Mar 1787, Holbeck.[24]

                                vi             JAMES RHODES of Pontefract, joiner and innkeeper, b 21 Mar 1795, bap 10 May 1795, Holbeck,[25] d 23 May 1843, bur 28 May 1843, Rothwell;[26] m 27 Aug 1818, St Peter, Leeds, LYDIA HARGREAVE.[27]



[1] Archbishop of York Marriage Licences Index, 1613-1839 (online at www.findmypast.co.uk).

[2] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[3] Registers of Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds (National Archives, RG 4/3675).

[4] Registers of Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds (National Archives, RG 4/3675).

[5] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). One of the witnesses to the will of Thomas Rhodes in 1797 was John Ward.

[6] Registers of Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds (National Archives, RG 4/3675).

[7] Holbeck parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). The entry describes him as a widower. He may be the George Rhodes who married Mary Brearley at St Peter, Leeds, on 24 Apr 1777.

[8] Registers of Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds (National Archives, RG 4/3675).

[9] Registers of Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds (National Archives, RG 4/3675).

[10] Registers of Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds (National Archives, RG 4/3675).

[11] Registers of Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds (National Archives, RG 4/3675).

[12] Holbeck parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); will dated 30 Nov 1797, proved Jan 1798 (Borthwick Institute).

[13] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). Sarah is stated in the entry to be of the parish of Rothwell.

[14] Rothwell parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[15] Rothwell parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); will dated 22 Aug 1830, proved 9 Nov 1831 (Borthwick Institute).

[16] Holbeck parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[17] Rothwell parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[18] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). The will of Sarah (Gibson) Rhodes mentions “my late daughter Ann Leathley”.

[19] Holbeck parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[20] Death certificate.

[21] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). The will of Sarah (Gibson) Rhodes mentions “my daughter Mary the wife of Benjamin Williamson”.

[22] Holbeck parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); 1851 census returns, Wortley (National Archives, HO 107/2314, fol. 177). He appears to be the Thomas Rhodes who was living in Lower Wortley in 1851 when he was described as a widower, “Formerly Mill owner”, aged 71 and born at Holbeck. His wife’s identity is not immediately clear but he may be the Thomas Rhodes who married Dorothy Deighton at St Peter, Leeds, on 24 Sep 1798.

[23] Holbeck parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[24] Holbeck parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[25] Holbeck parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[26] Rothwell parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); The Leeds Intelligencer, 27 May 1843.

[27] St Peter, Leeds, parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). The name of their son, Samuel Gibson Rhodes, baptised at Rothwell on 8 Jun 1835, lends support to this being the marriage of James, son of Thomas and Sarah (Gibson) Rhodes.