Rhoda Schermerhorn was born about 1793 in Washington Co., Kentucky. She may have moved to Knox Co., Indiana around 1806-7. If so, upon the death of her father in 1812-13 she returned to Washington Co. and married Francis Bird in Nelson Co. in 1814. She gave birth to four children and is believed to have died shortly after giving birth to the last one around 1826.
There is a Jacob Schamahorn in Knox Co., Indiana in 1807 but it is unclear if this is the same man.His disappearance from the records in 1813, however, does roughly correspond to Rhoda's marriage date in Nelson Co. in 1814. There is a Ledia Raley - apparently a widow - living in Washington Co. in 1820.
The death certificate of John Owens Bird lists Rhoda as having been born in Washington Co., Kentucky. Her parents are undocumented. The tax lists for Washington Co. between 1799-1814 list three male Schamerhorns: Joseph Schamerhorn, Peter Schamerhorn and Jacob Schamerhorn and one widow Schamerhorn - Susannah - likely the widow of Peter. The 1810 U.S. Census lists Joseph and Peter, neither of which have female household members of the right age to be Rhoda. That leaves Jacob Schamerhorn as the most plausible candidate for parentage. Jacob married Liddie Rigley on 10 Apr 1798, too late for the birth of Rhoda. It does not, however, preclude a prior marriage for Jacob. DNA suggests her maternal grandparents may have been Hendrick Banta and Antjin de Marest.
↑ "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHLJ-9HM : accessed 2 April 2020), Ledia Raley, Washington, Kentucky, United States; citing p. 30, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 29; FHL microfilm 186,189.
↑ Maternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group on GEDmatch consisting of Anthony Meyers, GEDmatch kit #M811320 and Heather Burkhead who share a segment on chromosome 19 at 10.4 cM.
↑ "United States Census, 1810," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH29-XPH : accessed 2 April 2020), Peter Scharmahoone, Washington, Kentucky, United States; citing p. 313, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 8; FHL microfilm 181,353.
"Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5ZD-JFS : 17 May 2018), Francis Bird and Rhody Seamerhorn, 25 Jan 1814; citing Marriage, Nelson, Kentucky, United States, various county clerks and county courts, Kentucky; FHL microfilm 9,665.
"Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N9P5-2VY : 3 January 2019), John Owens Bird, 1912; citing Death, Washington, Kentucky, United States, certificate , Office of Vital Statistics, Frankfort; FHL microfilm 1,904,682.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Rhoda by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Rhoda: