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 great-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 were unknown until recently when I found a small notice in an 1894 newspaper saying “Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rode have returned from attending the funeral of Mrs Rode’s mother at Geneseo.” This led me to discover her parents Johann Soltau and Sophia Priess Salto. 

Margaret arrived in the United Stated on the ship ‘Rudolf' with her family in 1847 at the age of 14. They landed in New Orleans on June 22, 1847 and made their way up the Mississippi River to settle in Davenport, Iowa where she met her future husband Ernest Rode. According to the 1900 census, Margaret and Ernest had been married 45 years making their wedding in 1855 or possibly 1854. They were probably married in Davenport.

In 1860 they were living in Geneseo, Illinois with 2 sons, Henry 4 and Anton 1.

In the 1870 census Ernest, Margaret, Ernst 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.

Ernest 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. Both Ernest and Margaret are buried in the Coal Valley Cemetery in Coal Valley, Illinois.

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The seven children of Ernst and Margaret were:

William Tim born 1856 in Davenport, IA, died before 1860

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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