A Treasured Link To My Family
It is with a great sense of humility that I am now able to share a connection to others who have memories of Barlborough Hall. Geneological data regarding my Mother's family revealed that I am a direct descendant of Justice Francis Rodes, who built Barlborough Hall.
Four generations later, in about 1695, Charles Rodes, grandson of Sir Francis Rodes (d.1645) who was grandson of Justice Rodes, emigrated to Virginia (United States) where he settled and married. Through more generations, and at the time of the War of 1812, our Rodes family finally settled in what is now West Virginia. My Mother is Mary Elizabeth Rodes.
You may be interested to know that, at least according to my data, Justice Francis Rodes is a descendant of Gerard de Rodes, of Horn Castle in Lincolnshire in the 12th Century. 7 generations later, (Justice) Francis Rodes was born to John Rodes of Stavely Woodthorpe. John Rodes was the High Sheriff of Derbyshire.
While I did not do this research myself, I am told that it is credible and it is my every hope that it is. It is thrilling for me to have learned of this lineage. Even before my acquisition of this data, I felt a conscious sense of connection to England. Now, I believe, I know why.
I am in the United States and would welcome contact from anyone who has a history with Barlborough Hall.
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