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FROM: "ANTECEDENTS AND DESCENDANTS OF MARGARET ANN RHOADS SMITH (1860-1949 "
by Frances Smith Brownlee who was assisted by Mary Ellen Philips and Geor ge Willson White
Daniel Rhoads Minuteman
The role of Daniel Rhoads, Katie's ancestor, in the Revolution was short er than his brother's, but far more romantic.Although only a privat e, he was one of the famous MinuteMen.*At the time of the stirring even ts around Boston in the spring of 1775,it was decided to send MinuteM en from the general colonies for the relief of the Bostonians.The respon se was so generous that three colonies alone furnished the eight units cal led for, and Penna. sent six of them.Her expert riflemen, used to fighti ng Indians, were most acceptable.Capt. Francis Cluggage, in whose compa ny our Daniel Rhoads was a 19-year-old private, was ordered to march to Bo ston.By the last of
August, Cluggage was on his way.Under the date of August 25, 1775, Phil ip Fithian comments on the sorrow of Mrs. Cluggage, at whose home he was v isiting in Bedford:
"One of her sons has gone as a captain of a company of riflemen to Bosto n.Just now gone.her tears are not yet dried since his departure.Anot her of her sons has been chosen captain of the militia here.There are fi ve brothers of them, and all appear to be men of prudence and understandin g."
One may also read about Cluggage's riflemen in the Pennsylvania Archives:
"Cluggage' s men were at Bunker Hill (June 17, 1775) and Breed's Hil l.On the first of January, 1776, the organization of the Continental Arm ies began, and this company became a part of the First Regiment of the Con tinental Army, (aka First Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment) consisting of 693 o fficers and men.By March, they were ordered to Dorchester and later to N ew York to serve under Gen. Sullivan.Their standard, which now belon gs to the state of Pennsylvania, depicts a green tiger with a spear attern pting to pass, but being held back by riflemen.The company's motto was M olo Domari (I will not be conquered).When the time for the riflernen exp ired on June 30, 1776, they
nearly all reenlisted."
Daniel Rhoads did not re-enlist.He was homesick for his mountains and f or Eva Foust, the girl he left behind when he had set out for Boston.Bef ore he was 22, he married this girl, who became sixteen only one day befo re her first child was born.After a few more years in Penna. and after t he fourth child was born, Daniel brought his family in company with his th ree brothers and their families to Kentucky.They were part of a large mi gration from Bedford County under the leadership of Henry Rhoads, now a m an of 45...
...The marriage bond read: "Knowall men by these presents that Daniel Rhoa ds, am held and firmly bound unto ----, Clerk of Nelson County, State of K entucky, in the just and full sum of $500.00, by which payment well and tr uly to be made, I bind myself, my heirs, and assigns for and in the whol e, sealed with my seal and dated this 10th day of March, 1794.
"The condition of the obligation is such that whereas the above bound Dani el Rhoads has this day made application for license to join in matrimoni al bonds together with Miss Elizabeth Newman, now if said Daniel Rhoads do es not well and truly marry the said Miss Elizabeth Newman without any fra ud, partiality, or illegality attending the said marriage, then this oblig ation is to be void; otherwise to be and remain in full force and virt ue of the law.Bondsman, James Murphy. "---
Captain Robert Cluggage's Company, Col. William Thompson's Battalion of R iflemen 1775-1776