Isaac Henry Rhoades, farmer and citizen of White River Township, was born in Kentucky, on the 26th of June, 1829, and is the son of Samuel E. and Susan (Wishard) Rhoades. The father was born in Maryland, May 18, 1786, and in an early day emigrated to Kentucky, where he married Susan Wishard, a native of Kentucky, born in 1803. Their marriage was blessed by these children: William, Elizabeth, Elisha, Isaac H., Enos, Margaret and John. Their parents came to Johnson County in 1835, and settled in White River Township, and here both died, the father dying October 3, 1848, and the mother November 11, 1876. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, and received a limited education in the common schools. He has “followed the plough” for an occupation. He remained under the parental roof till he was twenty-three or four years of age, and then began the battle of life for himself, with no capital other than willing hands. At that time he went to Illinois and remained about eighteen years, following farming and trading in cattle. In 1876 he returned to Johnson County, and purchased the farm he now owns and cultivates. April 8, 1858, he married Catherine Hawkins, who was born in Indiana, in 1835, and who died in 1881. Her marriage resulted in the birth of seven children, of whom five are living: Harriet Ann, Mary Belle, Albert Newton, John William and Lillie May.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 907.