Margaret Salter Rode

Born: Holstein, Germany – 29 Jul 1833

Died: East Moline, Rock Island County, IL – 5 Apr 1916

Father: Johann Soltau

Mother: Sophia Priess Salto

Spouse: Ernest Ludwig Hermann Rode

Great Great Grandmother Margaret Salter Rode

My 2nd great grandmother Margaret Salter was born on July 29, 1833 in Holstein, Germany which is in the region at the very northern tip of Germany. Her parents and any possible siblings are unknown at this time.

According to the 1900 census, Margaret arrived in the United Stated with her family in 1847 at the age of 14. They probably settled in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois where she met her future husband Ernst Rode. According to the 1900 census, Margaret and Ernst had been married 45 years making their wedding in 1855 or possibly 1854. They were married in Geneseo, Illinois.

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

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

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

Ernst died on January 31, 1909 in Rock Island County, Illinois. 

Margaret lived with her daughter, Sophia and son-in-law Charles Lietdke in East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois until her death on April 5, 1916.


The seven children of Ernst and Margaret were:

Frank born 1855 Geneseo, IL

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

This is the only photo that I have of Margaret and Ernst Rode.

Ernest and Margaret Salter Rode

They are buried in the Coal Valley cemetery in Coal Valley Illinois.

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