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Revolutionary War Soldier Rodes Thomson

Revolutionary War soldier Rodes Thomson (sometimes found as Thompson) was reportedly the second child and first son of William Thomson and his wife, Ann Rodes.

Rodes was (reportedly) born on 14 October 1754, probably in Louisa County, Virginia and died on 26 September 1845 in Scott County, Kentucky. He married (1) Sarah Vivion, 13 October 1778, Orange County, Virginia and (2) Mildred (MNU) Leathers. It is not known whether Sarah is the mother of all of his children.

Rodes Thomson wrote his will on 29 August 1844, adding a codicil on 1 November 1844. The will was proved during the October 1845 court term.

His children likely married in Scott County, Kentucky, where marriages before 1837 have been lost.


    1. Jane, born c1779, Virginia; died 1850-1860, probably Fayette County, Kentucky; married Roger Quarles. He was born c1772, Virginia; died 1850-1860, probably Fayette County, Kentucky.
    2. Nancy, born c1785, Virginia; died after 1860, probably Greenup County, Kentucky; married Thomas Johnson Garrett. By 1870, Nancy’s daughter Sally Cox and husband Dr. Jesse Cox had moved to Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio. It is not know if Nancy died in Kentucky or accompanied them and died in Ohio.
    3. Sarah (Sally), reportedly born 18 May 1785, Virginia; died 25 July 1854, Logan County, Kentucky; married Joseph Herndon. He was born 14 January 1784, Orange County, Virginia; died 25 April 1859, Logan County, Kentucky.
    4. Charles, born 14 November 1787, Virginia; died 10 April 1852, Scott County, Kentucky; married Sarah Payne, c1813. She was born 16 November 1793; died 5 December 1862.
    5. Elizabeth (Betsy), born 18 January 1790; died 9 October 1832, Scott County, Kentucky; married John Herndon. He was born 28 January 1780; died 8 June 1849, Scott County, Kentucky. Dates found on their gravestone on FAG
    6. William Z(achariah?): He might be the man born c1793; died 2 January 1848 on the steamer Alexander Scott, coming from New Orleans, but Rodes’ brother, Clifton, also had a son of similar age named W.Z. Thomson. One William Z. Thomson married Sarah Quarles.

There is no place in this family for my Annie who married James Madison Holland to be placed. In the late 18th century, Ann could be used interchangeably with Nancy and Rodes’ daughter, Nancy, is well accounted for. I can scratch Rodes Thomson off the daddy list.