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Is of Scotch extraction. The family came to America and settled in South Carolina in an early day. They were farmers, and in ante-bellum days were slave holders. John Rhodes, the father, was born in Newberry District, South Carolina, but died in Van Zandt county August, 1901, at the age of 86. Jacob was born in Marshall county, Mississippi, November 11, 1850. He was reared on the farm under the conditions then prevailing. He attended the common schools and Cooper Institute. He at once became a teacher, and followed that calling for many years, teaching mostly in Van Zandt county. His old pupils are found in every part of the county now. He left the school room for a time to engage in commercial pursuits. He succeeded in both lines well. In November, 1880, he married Miss Julia F. James in Mineola, Texas. With small exceptions they have lived all the time in Van Zandt county. They have five children, and have made special efforts in their rearing and education. Misses Carrie and Maggie have been specially qualified as teachers, and have been honored this year with the Rhodesburg School, in their home community. The very highest estimate is placed on them by their neighbors as models of propriety and success. Mr. Rhodes has for many years been a Socialist, and many of his neighbors are also of that faith in the Grand Saline suburb named Rhodesburg in his honor. Rhodesburg is a flourishing community and boasts of superior water, high altitude and good health. Mr. Rhodes is well versed in political movements of the county and lives much in his library mid current literature, devoted to economics. He has his own home in Rhodesburg and a most excellent family.