Mary Noble Ellis Rode


Born: Cable, IL – 9 Jan 1859

Died: Edgington, IL – 23 Sep 1904

Father: Richard B Ellis

Mother: Drucilla Vilott Ellis

Spouse: Anthony Rode

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Great Grandmother Mary Ellis Rode

My great grandmother Mary Noble Ellis Rode was born in Cable, Illinois on Jan. 9, 1859. Her parents had settled in Cable, Mercer County, Illinois in 1853 and remained in Cable the rest of their lives.

Mary was the 5th of 9 children born to Richard and Drucilla Ellis. When she was 24 years old she married Anthony Rode on Dec 24, 1883. Mary and Anthony lived on a parcel of land west of Cable and adjoining Mary’s parents land. Anthony worked in the Ellis coal mine and saved his money. Mary gave birth to 5 daughters from 1894 to 1895.

The five daughters were: Lottie Violet born 1884, Luella Rio born 1887, Irene Eva born 1889, Mary Ellis ‘May’ born 1892, and Margaret Drucilla ‘Reta’ born 1895. The middle daughter, Irene, lived to be 105 years old and in her mid-90’s wrote a couple of books about her life. Her book “My Yesterdays” is packed with stories about her father Anthony and mother Mary. Book 1 covers 1899 - 1909 while living in Illinois and Book 2 recounts the years 1910 - 1934 after moving to Idaho.

In March 1893 Mary and Anthony bought a farm 3 3/4 miles southeast of Cable. It was a 72 acre parcel that needed some loving care. They remained on this farm until February of 1902 when they moved to a 160 acre farm just one mile north of Edgington, Illinois. 

Mary’s health began to decline and on Sept. 25, 1904 she died from tuberculosis. Her funeral was held in the Edgington Presbyterian Church the following day and she was buried in the Edgington Cemetery about a mile south of town. 

In August 2018 I drove to Illinois and spent 3 days exploring. I spent time in Cable and Edgington and stood on both farms that Mary and Anthony owned. I also stood in the nave of the Edginton Presbyterian Church and thought of Anthony, my Grandma Lottie and her sisters singing hymns at Mary’s funeral.

I search the Edgington Cemetery and located Mary’s tombstone. She was only 45 years, 8 months, and 14 days old when she died on September 25, 1904.


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