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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.

Written by Thomas Meadows. To send Thomas Meadows a private message, click here.

A memory of Barlborough in Derbyshire shared on Friday, 1st February 2008.

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RE: A Treasured Link To My Family

Barlborough is in the process of setting up a Heritage and Family History Centre with free internet access, and help with researcing your family tree. Locals have donated photographs and maps. All welcome, let us put you in touch with the your descendants.We will be making an audio tape of memories.

Comment from TONY BAK on Tuesday, 19th February 2008.

RE: A Treasured Link To My Family

I now have a mass of information , details and photographs of BARLBOROUGH HALL after 2 years of research for the BARLBOROUGH HERITAGE GROUP . My wife and myself actually do guided tours of the hall both inside and outside and feel as if we know every nook & cranny of the place .
The Charle Rodes that emigrated was from the Rodes that lived at STURTON LE STEEPLE , THIS WAS THE FORMER HOME OF THE LASCELLES family who the Rodes married into . The Lascelles also owned GATEFORD HALL near Worksop, which is still standing today.
I have several cd's with pictures of the hall and grounds both past and present .I can also give you any information about the Rodes family that you may require .

Comment from TONY BAK on Friday, 26th February 2010.

RE: A Treasured Link To My Family

I just found this link and am very interested in the statement made by Tony Bak that Charles Rodes who came to America lived at Sturton Le Steeple. My great, great grandmother, for whom I am named, Jacintha Tazewell Rodes, is the great, great granddaughter of Charles Rodes. We have visited Midway, the plantation owned by the Rodes in Virginia, and where Charles Rodes is buried (I have a picture of the headstone). I have a controversy about Charles' parents. One Rodes book, 1929, by Shelley Rodes Patterson, states that his parents are John of Sturton, m. Elizabeth Jessop and that John was son of Clifton of Sturton, m. Elizabeth Scrimshire. All other references state that Charles is the son of John (son of Sir Francis and Elizabeth Lascelles), m. Eliz

Comment from Betsy Webb on Tuesday, 6th April 2010.

RE: A Treasured Link To My Family

I just found this link and am very interested in the statement made by Tony Bak that Charles Rodes who came to America lived at Sturton Le Steeple, therefore, with whom? My great, great grandmother, for whom I am named, Jacintha Tazewell Rodes, is the great, great granddaughter of Charles Rodes. We have visited Midway, the plantation owned by the Rodes in Virginia, and where Charles Rodes is buried (I have a picture of the headstone). I have a controversy about Charles' parents. One Rodes book, 1929, by Shelley Rodes Patterson, states that his parents are John of Sturton, (son of Clifton and Elizabeth Scrimshire Rodes), m. Elizabeth Jessop. All other references state that Charles is the son of John (son of Sir Francis and Elizabeth Lascelles), m. Elizabeth Jason, putting him back one generation. I would LOVE to get this parentage straightened out and to confirm Charles Rode's direct lineage. My great grandmother, daughter of Jacintha, did a lot of work on the Rodes genealogy during her lifetime. I am now trying to follow in her footsteps.

Comment from Betsy Webb on Tuesday, 6th April 2010.

RE: A Treasured Link To My Family

I am a descendent of Charles Rodes of Virginia. My wife and I visited Barlborough Hall (from the U.S.A.) in 2008 and discovered that it was a school, spoke to one of the teachers there, but were unable to take a look inside the building at the time. I have in my possession copies of transcripts of letters written by Charles Rodes of Virginia to his relations in England. These had been donated to the DAR library in Washington, D.C. They are quite interesting, and indicate that Charles felt somewhat abandoned by his English relatives, and was also seeking some assistance in starting some sort of export business from the Virginia colony to England at that early time in American history. The information I had until now indicated that Charles Rodes was the son of John Rodes and Elizabeth Jason. Is this incorrect?

Comment from Carl Cole on Tuesday, 5th March 2013.

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