Ernest Rode


Born: Mecklenburg, Germany – 31 Mar 1830

Died: Rock Island County, IL – 31 Jan 1909

Father: Johann Anthon Bernhard Rode

Mother: Sophia Maria Louise Rode

Spouse: Margaret Salter Rode


Great Great Grandfather Ernest Ludwig Hermann Rode

My great-great grandfather Ernest Rode was born on March 31, 1830 in Waren, Germany which is in Mecklenburg, a large region in northern Germany. He was a child of Johann and Sophia Rode. He was baptised in Waren, Mecklenburg, Germany on April 4, 1830. 

According to the 1900 census, Ernest arrived in the United Stated in 1852 and became a naturalized citizen. His granddaughter, Irene, said she understood that he came to America to avoid the draft in Germany but Germans also came to America for freedoms they did not have in Germany.  The farmers came for available lands in the midwestern states and there was a large emigration from Germany to America in the mid-to-late 1800’s. Many, like Ernest Rode settled in the midwest. Ernest was in Davenport, Iowa for several years before moving to Geneseo, Illinois.

The Salter family was also living in Davenport and in 1855 Ernest and Margaret Salter were married in Davenport. They moved to to Geneseo a year or two later and remained there for over ten years.  

In the 1870 census Ernest, Margaret, Ernest 8, Fred 4, and Sophia 6, lived in Moline, Illinois and Ernest worked in a plow shop and Margaret was keeping house.

In the 1880 census and the 1900 census Ernest, Margaret, and son Louis age 9 lived in Coal Valley, Rock Island County, Illinois.

In the 1900 census Ernest and Margaret still lived in Coal Valley, Rock Island County, Illinois.

This is the only photo I have of Ernst and Margaret and was probably taken around 1890 or 1900.


Ernest and Margaret Salter Rode


They had seven children in 15 years:

Frank born 1855 probably Davenport, IA

Henry born 1856 Davenport, IA ??, died 1941 Rock Island County, IL

Anthony born 1859 Geneseo, IL, died 1944 Bakersfield, CA

Ernest born 1862 Illinois

Sophia born 1863 Geneseo, IL, died 1938, Moline IL

Fred born 1866 Illinois, died 1880

Louis born 1871 Moline, IL, died 1942 Moline, IL

Ernest died on January 31, 1909 in Rock Island County, Illinois having lived 78 years and 10 months. He was buried in the Coal Valley Cemetery in Coal Valley, Illinois.


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