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Charles A Rodee

Charles Arthur Rodee

Born: February 22, 1827
    in Plattsburgh, Clinton County, New York
   3rd child of Jacob and Eliza Rodee
Died: March 15, 1900
    in Eureka, Kansas - from gout - at age 73

Betsy J Spaulding

Betsy Jane Spaulding

Born: November 14, 1832
   in Addison County, Vermont
   2nd child of Philip and Caroline Amelia Spaulding
Died: November 12, 1892
   in Eureka, Kansas - from dropsy - at age 60

Married: October 20, 1853, probably in New York
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Charles Arthur Rodee's occupation was a wheelwright and railroad engineer.

Charles Rodee's father was born in Canada about 1800. He acquired a saw-mill in Plattsburgh, New York. The year that Charles Rodee was born (1827) this saw-mill was swept away by a flooding river. They relocated to Schuyler Falls, which is about 10 miles south of Plattsburgh. They were one of the first settlers in this area. They then relocated to Saranac, New York, which is the same area where the Spauldings were living.

While living in Saranac, Charles purchased a lot from William Frazer for $200 on October 3, 1849. The 1850 census listed the land as being worth $600.

Charles Arthur Rodee married Betsy Jane Spaulding, daughter of Philip and Caroline Amelia Spaulding, on October 20, 1853. This was only 10 days after he sold his land to Jacob Rodee on October 10, 1853. When he purchased the land on October 3, 1849 and when he sold the land were the only land transactions recorded for Charles Rodee in the Clinton County, New York records.

Since their first child, Amelia Elizabeth Rodee, was born the following year on September 18, 1854, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan they must have started west shortly after being married. Since the Philip Spauldings sold their land in Clinton County at about the same time, indications are that they might have traveled together.

Using the record of the dates of their childrens births, they must have traveled to Chicago as their second child was born there in 1857.

The date of birth, 1859, for their third child indicated they were living in Morris, Grundy County, Illinois and in 1861, the date of birth for their fourth child, indicated they were living in Algonquin, McHenry County, Illinois.

Chicago is in Cook county while Algonquin is in McHenry County about 40 miles due west of Chicago and about 5 miles north of Dundee, Illinois.

Algonquin is where Sarah (Rodee) Shedden, the wife of George William Shedden, was born in 1861. George William Shedden was born in 1859 in Plato Center, Kane County, Illinois. This would mean that the Rodees were living within 20 miles of the Sheddens when Sarah Rodee was born.

The next recording of the Rodees was on August 15, 1864, when he purchased some land in Grundy County, Illinois, from Peter Synder and his wife for $1,050. This was in the same section of land (Section 4, Township 31, Range 8) that was purchased by his father-in-law, Philip Spaulding on September 26, 1864. The land was in the northwest part of Gardner, Illinois. The deed indicated they were then living in LaSalle County, Illinois.

LaSalle County is where the brother of Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee, Jeremiah Spaulding, married Frances E. Bateman on April 19, 1859. There were also a number of Spauldings living in the area at the time. Both Algonquin and LaSalle County are on the Fox River, with LaSalle about 75 miles down stream from Algonquin. Grundy County (with Morris and Gardner) are due east of LaSalle County.

Below is a summary of their travels by the dates in family or county or state records:

  • 1854 - Mt. Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan
  • 1857 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • 1859 - Morris, Grundy County, Illinois
  • 1861 - Algonquin, McHenry County, Illinois
  • 1864 - Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois
  • 1864 - Gardner, Grundy County, Illinois

Although Charles Rodee was listed as a wheelwright in the 1850 census for Clinton County, New York, it was known that he was a railroad engineer and this might be the reason for all their traveling.

In the census of 1860, Philip Spauldings' family and Jeremiah Spauldings' family were both listed as living in LaSalle County, Illinois but so far I have not been able to locate the census records for the family of Charles Rodee for 1860.

Besides the Will for the father of Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee, Philip Spaulding, and the legal matters concerning the children of Jeremiah Spaulding, the only Clinton County, Illinois, records dealing with the Rodees were the buying and selling of land.

The land that Charles Rodee purchased was in the same township 31, range 8, and section 4 as Philip Spauldings land but in the northwest quarter. He purchased the land for $1,050. This included about 3 acres in the town of Mazon, Grundy Co.

This was the only time that Charles Rodee's name was listed first; in all other cases Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee was listed as the prime person. It was in this transaction that Charles and Betsy Rodee were listed as being from LaSalle County, Illinois.

The Rodees sold the land they had purchased in 1864 to Jane A. Martin on May 1, 1871 for $3,000 with possession to be taken on March 1, 1872. Betsy Rodee then in turn bought 1-1/2 lots in Gardner from Azor Martin and his wife for $2,000 with possession on March 1, 1872.

On June 13, 1876, Betsy Rodee bought from the estate the ten acres of land that was willed to the daughter of Jeremiah Spaulding, Sarah Campbell, by Betsy's father, Philip Spaulding, for $200. She sold this land to Isaac McClunn of Republic County, Kansas, on May 31, 1880 for $500.

They moved to Greenwood County, Kansas about 1890.

Most of the Rodee family members were large with Charles Rodee weighing over 200 pounds. His pictures gave him a stern look which may have been his nature. He wore a beard which was common during that time.

Betsy Jane (Spaulding) Rodee died November 12, 1892 in Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas from dropsy. She was almost 60 years old. Her husband, Charles Arthur Rodee, passed away 8 years later on March 15, 1900 at the age of 73 from gout. They were both laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery at Eureka, Kansas. There is a large red marble stone marking the Rodee family plot in lot #26 of block #24.

The family plot at the Greenwood Cemetery contains the graves of Charles and Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee, their son's family, Charles and Olive (Cunningham) Rodee and their daughter, Olive Rodee. In the next block are the graves of their daughter, Caroline (Rodee) Lattimer and her daughter, Millie Lattimer.

The obituary of Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee as it appeared in the Eureka Herold:

Toronto, Kansas, Nov. 15, 1892

Rodee: - Betsy Spaulding was born in Addison County, Vermont, Nov. 14, 1832; was married to Charles Rodee, October 20, 1853, and soon after they removed to Illinois where they resided until March, 1890, when they came to Greenwood County, Kansas, where she departed life, November 12, 1892, aged 59 years, 11 months and 28 days.

Five children were born to them, three of whom survive her. She was a member of the Baptist church. The funeral service were conducted, Sunday, November 13, at the family residence, on Bachelor Creek, by Rev. Bascom Robbins, pastor of the M.E. Church, Toronto, Kansas. The body was laid to rest in the Eureka cemetery. Mr. Chas. Rodee, and the children, hereby express their thanks to their friends for their kindness during their affliction and bereavement.
Her daughter, Sarah (Rodee) Shedden was living in Frankfort, Kansas at the time and the following appeared in the Frankfort Bee dated November 17, 1892. It was written by George William Shedden, Sarah's husband.
Mrs. G.W. Shedden received the sad intelligence, last Saturday, of the death of her mother, Mrs. Chas. Rodee, which occurred at the home of her son, C.A. Rodee, at Tonovay, Greenwood County, this state. Owing to the impossibility to make railroad connections, Mrs. Shedden could not attend the funeral, which occurred Sunday. In the death of Mrs. Rodee the world loses one of its most noble and useful women. She was a mother who never tired of laboring for her family, and whose sympathy for those in affliction knew no bounds, she was one of the most patriotic members of her sex, possessed a store of knowledge such as but few are blessed with, and the kindly feeling for others were ever prompting to good deeds, as every one of her neighbors will bear witness. Her desire to aid others has doubtless done much to hasten this untimely ending of a useful life, but she sought the reward of a noble and useful life, and none who knew her can doubt her having richly earned it. That those who are most useful and capable of doing the most good in the world should be called away is always to be deplored, but we might as well bow to the inevitable, and this duty is made more bearable when we know that the absent one was surely gone to claim a richly deserved reward. The writer has been the recipient of many kindnesses from the hand of the deceased, and will ever remember her with the kindliest feelings.

The land records of the title of the Rodee land indicated it was purchased by the elder Rodee on August 30, 1890 for $2,500. He put it in his wife's name, Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee. Less than two months later she deeded it to N.H. Hart, who was the husband of Amelia (Rodee) Hart. Seven days later it was deeded to Olive A. (Cunningham) Rodee, the wife of Charles Albert Rodee. The deed remained in her name the rest of her life.

According to the probate, Betsy (Spaulding) Rodee left an estate worth about $1,100 which did not include property.

Her estate was not filed until 1901, almost 9 years after she died and a year after her husband died. It listed the following heirs:

  • Charles A. Rodee - son - 41 years old
  • Sanie Shedden - daughter - 39 years old
  • Arthur Hart - grandson - 23 years old
  • Maude Hart - granddaughter - 21 years old
  • Irene Hart - granddaughter - 19 years old
  • Betty Hart - granddaughter - 16 years old
  • Wallace E. Lattimer - grandson - 19 years old
In 1921 Charles Albert and his wife, Olive, sold the family farm of 160 acres and bought 40 acres near Emporia. Had they reserved the mineral rights on the Eureka, Kansas, farm before it was sold, they would have become extremely wealthy as oil was discovered below the property.