To All Eberly/Aberly, Rhode, Durr, Hughes, Hutto, Summers, Russell and Murray researchers who are looking in the Orangeburgh and Dorchester Co., SC area.
I have a letter dated 30 Jan 1930, written by Anna Dash Moorer of St. George, South Carolina in reply to a letter written by Rhode family researchers in Warren Co., Indiana.
Mrs. Moorer said she was in possession of a family chart or tree drawn by Maj. John Stobel, son of Daniel and Elizabeth Aberly/Eberly Strobel and a grandson of John (Hans) and Anne Markley Aberly/Eberly.
The chart says:
“This family tree of the Eberly Descendants was made by John Eberly’s grandson, Maj. John Strobel and it is possible he made a mistake.” (NOTE: He did.)
“Hans (John) Eberly or Aberly, Anne Markely, were married in 1745 by Rev. John Giessendanner (sp?) in Orangeburgh District. They came from Switzerland about 1732.
(Arrows denoting children)
Anne Eberly Russell Baptized 8-17-1746
Susannah Eberly, b. 1753—living in 1816, Jonathan Hughes—died before 1812
Jacob Eberly, Killed at Cypress Hill
Catherine Margaret Eberly Russell, b. 12-31-1756
Mary Eberly Durr
Elizabeth Eberly, b. 4-4—1761, d. 12-31-1835, Daniel Strobel, b. 8-21-1765, d. 2-26-1827”
Note: Then Maj. Strobel goes on to chart the family of Mary Eberly Durr, although he does not name her husband (Michael)
Catherine Durr Rhode
Rev. Michael Durr
Mary Durr—Daniel Hutto
Elizabeth Durr Rhode
Note: Maj. Strobel goes on to chart the family of Elizabeth Durr Rhode, although he does not name her husband
Wm. Rhode—Sarah Murray
Mary Rhode—Wm. Murray
Elizabeth Rhode Summers (husband’s name not mentioned)
Hester Rhode Summers (husband’s name not mentioned)
Dorcas Rhode Tucker (husband’s name not mentioned)”
Maj. Strobel did make mistakes with this Rhode family on his chart.
This William Rhode, Mary Rhode and Hester/Esther Rhode were not the children of this Elizabeth Durr Rhode. They were the children of John and Mary Lewis Rhode, Quakers. However, John and Mary Lewis Rhode, according to many decades of family researchers, did not have daughters named Elizabeth and Dorcas.
John Rhode’s family is not known.
Mary Lewis Rhode was the daughter of William and Mary (Hughes?) Lewis. Mary Lewis Rhode had siblings Thomas (did he marry Hannah Irons?) , David (died young), Eleanor (m. Henry Easterling, her step-brother), Esther (m. Semer Cobb) and Elizabeth (fate unknown).AfterWilliam Lewis’ death, Mary (Hughes?) Lewis married John Daniel Oesterlin/Easterling and seems to have had another child, Caleb Easterling (m. Martha Jane Murray, older sister to Sarah Murray Rhode and William Murray IV, the husband of Mary Rhode.)
Mary (Hughes?) seems to have been a sister to the Caleb Hughes who died in 1798.
John Rhode bought land in St. George’s adjacent to the property of Semer Cobb, Caleb Hughes and a William Rhode, relationship unknown. But he may be the husband of one of the aforementioned Durr sisters.
John and Mary Lewis Rhode and their sons William, Jonathan,Caleb, Thomas and Seymour Cobb Rhodeleft St. George, Dorchester Co., South Carolina in 1803 for the Warren Co./Clinton Co., Ohio area round Caesar’s Creek MM. (Son William Rhode and wife Sarah Murray Rhode also left a few years later and settled in adjacent Wayne Co., Indiana. Caleb and Martha Jane Murray Easterling and Semer and Esther Lewis Cobb also left for the Ceasars Creek MM area before 1809.
However, John and Mary Lewis Rhode’s two daughters Mary and Esther/Hester Rhode stayed behind in St. George’s when their parents left. They lived with “relatives.” (Perhaps that is why Maj. Strobel included them in Elizabeth Durr Rhode’s family?)
Mary Rhode, the daughter of John and Mary Lewis Rhode, became the second wife of William Murray IV. The Rhode family descendants knew this.
The also knew that Esther/Hester Rhode had married a Summers, but they did not know his given name. Recent research has revealed that “Hessie Rhode” married Daniel Summers and had three sons and a daughter. The sons all died without issue in the Civil War. The daughter, Elizabeth Summers, married Richard Hiram Appleby and later moved to Palatka, Putnam Co., Florida.
Rhode researchers would love to know about this Elizabeth Durr Rhode and Catharine Durr Rhode, daughters of Michael and Mary Eberly Durr. Who were their husbands, and were they relatives to our John Rhode who married Mary Lewis?