b. 16 April 1840
- Rhoda was born on 16 April 1840 in Montgomery County, Alabama, at Greenwood plantation.
- Promissory Note from Green Wood to Bolling Hall, dated 5 January 1850
Notation across text of the second page, “Cancelled, Bolling Hall, February 16th, 1855”
State of Alabama, Montgomery County (Deed Book Vol. N, pages 382-383)
Whereas I am indebted to the Estate of the late Doctor Thomas Brown in the sum of Thirty Eight Thousand five hundred and fifty four Dollars and thirty nine cents and to secure the evidence and payment thereof have executed to Bolling Hall Executor of the last will and testament of said Thomas Brown a note of which the following is a copy – “$38,554.39. Twelve months after date, I promise to pay Bolling Hall executor of the Estate of Thomas Brown Dec’d or bearer Thirty Eight Thousand five hundred and fifty four Dollars and thirty nine cents for value received with interest from date – January 5th 1850. “Green Wood.”
Now, therefore, know all men by these Presents, that I Green Wood, for and in consideration of the premises, and to secure the payment of said sum of money in said note mentioned and also in consideration of the sum of One Dollar to me in hand paid by Bolling Hall at and before the Sealing and delivery of these Presents, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have bargained, sold and conveyed, and do by these Presents, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Bolling Hall the following named negroes slaves viz. Neptune & wife Pleasant and her two children Richmond & Butler; Henry and wife Crecy and her five children, Andrew, Sarah, Charles, Sandy and Mahala; Ned, Sylvy, Bill, Stephen, Turner, Warren, Granville; Little Bob and wife Eliza and their three children, Frank, Aleck and an infant not recollected, but believed to be Montgomery. Peter and his wife Darcas and her two children Dilsey and Charity, Peter Quarles, Ben, Hansel, Dave and wife Clarisa; Little Sam and Wife Fereby and her three children Beverly, Alfred and an infant name not recollected [Elbert]; Big Sam and wife Caroline; Jenny and her child Joe, John, Tom; Edmond and wife Ailsey; Maria and her two children Ann and Cass; Mary and her children Jerry, Morris, Sue, Rhoda, Wesley and Jane; Old Bill and wife Margaret and her children Len, Amanda, Harriet, Rose, Smith and an infant name not recollected [Frances]; Big Bob and wife Kizzy and her six children, Matilda, Ben, King, Lucey, Augustus and Cummings; Leah and her nine children Jim, Little Guilford, Archy, Chloe, Abraham, Satan, Jefferson, Dallas and Patsy, and Flora, a child of Patsey; Toby and Hannah and her children Ephraim, Rachel, and two other small children names not recollected; Daniel Adam and wife Caroline and her two children not recollecting their names [Mary and Thornton], and also her children Charles, Adam, Daniel and Oliver; And also another woman Letty. To have and to hold the above bargained and sold negroes to the said Bolling Hall, his executors, Administrators and assigns, Provided always and these presents and this Sale and Conveyance are upon the express condition, not if I the said Green Wood shall pay or cause to be paid and discharged the above mentioned debt with interest at Maturity of said note according to its tenor and effect, then this deed of conveyance and all and every interest title and estate in and to the above named negroes, Shall cease, determine, and be utterly null and void; but otherwise shall remain in full force and virtue. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and affixed my seal this the fifth day of January One Thousand Eight hundred and fifty. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of J. A. Elmore & W. Garrett. Green Wood [seal].
The State of Alabama, City & County of Montgomery
Personally appeared before me William Garrett, a commissioner duly commissioned & qualified a Commissioner to take proofs & acknowledgements of Deeds etc. executed in the State of Alabama, to be read or recorded in the State of Texas: Green Wood, the maker of the foregoing Deed to Bolling Hall, Executor etc. and executed the same by signing, sealing and delivering the same in my presence, on the same day that it bears date – given under my hand and seal this fifth day of January AD 1850. W. Garrett [seal], Commissioner.
- On 2 February 1851, Mary and her children Jerry, Morris, Sue, Rhoda, Wesley and Jane, were given by Green Wood into the care of his son Willis Breazeal Wood.
- On Wednesday, 23 June 1852, Green Wood recorded in his plantation daily account book: "Took Sue & Rhody from Willis Wood & put them to hoeing here," and on Friday, "Sent Sue & Rhody home at 12 oclock & five hands with them."
- Following the death of Willis Breazeal Wood, Mary and her daughters Susan, Rhoda and children, and Jane, were hired by Green Wood from his estate and returned to Greenwood.
- Evelina Wood wrote on 5 March 1855, to her daughter Lizzie Powell, undergoing treatment for cancer in Murfreesboro, Tennessee: ". . . Matilda sews very nicely -- Dilce says tell Miss Lizzie and Mars Wood howdy and says she wants to see you -- Tell Chloe it is rumored that Little [sic] Ben and Rhody are to be married next Saturday night."
- She married Ben, son of Kizzy, on 26 December 1855 in Montgomery County, Texas, at Greenwood plantation, near Danville.
- On 26 December 1855, Green Wood recorded in his plantation daily account book: "Big Ben and Rhoda married."
- On Thursday, 22 August 1861, Green Wood recorded in his plantation daily account book: "Rhoda's child died suddenly."
- On Monday, 17 November 1862, Green Wood recorded in his plantation daily account book: "Rhoda had a Daughter born about 2 oclock."
- On Saturday, 22 November 1862, Green Wood recorded in his plantation daily account book: "Rhoda's Child died this evening of Lockjaw."
- Following emancipation, Rhoda adopted the name Rhoda Richards.
- She married Newton say 1867.
- Newton and Rhoda appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Danville PO, Montgomery County, Texas. Other members of the household included Jack, Collier, Morris, William Richards and Jefferson Richards. Also in the household was Richard Richards (age 13) whose identity is yet unknown.
- Newton and Rhoda appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Montgomery County, Texas. Other members of the household included Collier, Morris, William Richards, Jefferson Richards and Fannie Richards.
- Children of Mary born between 1825 and 1848, and also sons of Jack (1830-1833), were recorded by Green Wood.
- Children of Rhoda born between 1856 and 1864, were recorded by Green Wood.
- Last Edited: 6 Dec 2014