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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the RODEE FAMILY
The Rodee family has been very difficult to trace before 1800. They were from Canada, but where in Canada? How long? Did they come from Europe to Canada or Europe to America to Canada and then back to America. During the American Revolution, a number of Americans went to Canada for protection. It also could be a problem in name spelling. The name could have been spelled "Rodi", "Rody", "Rodie", "Rodey" or "Rhodee" or other variations or from other names that were shortened.
The first record of the Rodee family comes from Clinton County, New York, about 1810. Daniel Rodee built the first grist mill in the area in 1810. It was located a short distance above the village of Plattsburgh. Also, according to land records for the county, Daniel Rodee sold 50 acres out of a 162-acre track for $800 to Peter McIntire on November 8, 1810.
Clinton County, New York, is located in the northeast corner of the state, just below the Canadian border and across Lake Champlain from Vermont. According to the History of Clinton County, in 1823 the gristmill burned but was rebuilt in 1825 on the site now occupied by the Norris Starch Company.
According to the 1820 census for Plattsburgh, Daniel Rodee, who was over 45 years old at the time, was living there with four sons between the ages of 16 and 26 and one daughter less than 10 years old. The 1840 census for the area lists a Peter Rodee between 40 and 50 years old with a wife over 50 years old and three children between 10 and 15 years old. I believe Peter is also a son of Daniel Rodee.
The Fifth Generation - The Jacob Rodee Family BACK to the SHEDDEN FAMILYBy census records Jacob Rodee was born about 1800 in Canada, the son of Daniel Rodee. When Sarah (Rodee) Shedden applied for life insurance in the Royal Neighbors of American on January 9, 1906, she indicated that her grandfather, Jacob Rodee, was born about 1784.
Another saw-mill was built in the Plattsburgh area along the river. It was sold first to Barlow and Loren Sherman and subsequently passed into the hands of Jacob Rodee. In 1827 this saw-mill was swept away by the flooding river. Charles Rodee was born that same year.
During this period two land transactions took place. Both were probably by brothers of Jacob Rodee.
On March 14, 1835, Jacob and Eliza sold 50 acres of land in Plattsburgh to Daniel Rodee for $250. This could have been another brother or his father.
They were listed as the first settlers at Schuyler Falls Village. Schuyler Falls is located about 10 miles south of Plattsburgh, still in Clinton County. In 1840 they were living at Saranac, New York. This is the same area where the Spauldings were living. Charles Rodee would marry their daughter on October 20, 1853
Two of their sons served in the Civil War.
Albert Rodee served as a private in Company B in the 118th Regiment New York InfantryAccording to census records Jacob and Eliza were the parents of at least seven children:The 118th had its beginning out of Plattsburgh, New York, in August 1862. A total of 1,373 soldiers were listed as serving in the regiment with 99 men being mortally wounded and 188 dying of disease. His name was listed twice -- once as Albert C. Rodee and as Albert C. Rhodee.William Rodee died of a disease in the Civil War on July 20, 1863. I could not find the regiment that William served in but this could be a name-spelling problem. It was probably the New York's 118th or 16th. Both had their starts in Plattsburgh, New York.There is a monument in the town of Saranac that was erected by the town's citizens in 1888 in the Saranac Independence Cemetery. It is 40 feet tall, a four-sided bronze pedestal with a larger-than-life size soldier standing at the top. The four sides identify a major Civil War battle. The different sides lists the battles they fought in and those that died.
Married: Betsy Jane Spaulding October 20, 1853, in New York. She was born November 14, 1832, in
Addison County, Vermont, the daughter of Philip and Caroline Spaulding.
Died: March 15, 1900 in Eureka, Kansas at the age of 73
Betsy died November 12, 1892 in Eureka, Kansas at the age of 60
They were the parents of five children and were Bill Gillett's great-great grandparents.
his wife moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 20, 1857 - they were recorded living there
in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses - the 1870 census indicated he was a mail carrier but in the
history of Milwaukee it indicates he joined the police department in April of 1857 where he became
Station Keeper for the Headquarters of the Milwaukee Police Department.
Married: Margaret B. Smith on November 17, 1853, in Clinton County, New York - she was born in
New York about 1829
J.B. and his wife were survivors of a shipwreck disaster -- see:
Married: Louisa (?) in Wisconsin - they moved to Savanna, Illinois, between 1866 and 1869 where he
was an engineer for the railroad.
Isaac and Louisa Rodee were the parents of at least two children:
New York's 118th regiment during the Civil War
Married: Catherine A. Bullis on July 4, 1865, in Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York -
Catherine was born March 8, 1843, in Saranac, Clinton County, New York -
she died October 24, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the age of 80
Died: March 14, 1920, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the age of 81
Albert and Catherine (Bullis) Rodee were the parents of six children:
both the 1850 and 1860 census records
It appears Jacob and Eliza moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before 1870 to live with their son and be close to other children. Both were living with James (Jerome) Rodee in 1870; Eliza was living with J.B. Robee in 1880.
Jacob Rodee died February 15, 1879, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the age of 78. He was buried in the Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. His wife, Eliza Rodee, died September 18, 1889, at the age of 87. She was also buried in the Forest Home Cemetery. (By the insurance application for Sarah (Rodee) Shedden, Jacob Rodee died in 1870 about 70 years old while his wife, Eliza, died in 1878 about 76 years old.)
The Fourth Generation - The Charles Rodee Family BACK to the SHEDDEN FAMILY
Great-Great-Grandparents Charles Arthur Rodee and Betsy Jane Spaulding
Children of my Great-Great-Grandparents, Charles A and Betsy J (Spaulding) Rodee