Categories: Fayette County, Illinois.
There are no extant primary records connecting Alexander Rhodes (abt 1785) who settled in Fayette County, Illinois directly to John Rhodes and Sarah Standiford (seeking sources). Alexander is suspected to descend from John Rhodes and Sarah Standiford because he named his 4th acknowledged son McComas Rhodes (1814). McComas may have actually been his 5th son (see Hodgson research http://www.isaac-harris-fam.us/gardabook09-0.html for suspected first son Alexander m. Lucinda Harris, atDNA Study evidence). He also named his first acknowledged son Anderson. Sarah Standiford's mother is claimed to be Cassandra Anderson.
There are also no known extant records which give Alexander the middle name "McComas". Seeking source.
Extensive autosomal research has uncovered several suspected siblings or close cousins of Alexander Rhodes whose descendants also claim descent from John Rhodes and Sarah Standiford. Careful review of these lineages haven't provided extant records to support that parental claim, there is an ongoing study to identify Standiford autosomal DNA segments among those testers closest in generational distance to Alexander and Israel Rhodes. As of 2017, nothing conclusive has emerged.
Suspected close relations of Alexander Rhodes based on autosomal DNA Israel Rhodes (abt 1796) of Henderson, Tennessee. McComas Rhodes (abt 1799) of Graves, Kentucky.
The autosomal DNA study has shown that the descendants of Alexander Rhodes are intimately connected to some Rhodes of Henderson County, Tennessee and also Poteet/Poteete families of the region as well -- the largest Poteete segments identified shared with the descendants of Alexander Rhodes m. Elizabeth Poteet/e (etc.) focus around individual named Elvis Simeon Poteete (abt 1810) who can be found adjacent to Israel Rhodes (abt 1796) in the 1830 Federal Census for Henderson County, Tennessee.
There is as yet only nominal evidence of a connection to the suspected Rhodes lines of Orange County, North Carolina.
Some descendants of Alexander Rhodes claim that his parents may have been William Rhodes (abt 1745) m Mary Poteet based on a will discovered naming an heir Alexander and two sisters (Elizabeth and Hannah). To date, I cannot find additional records about Elizabeth or Hannah.
- Lisa Chan (Jul 2017)
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