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Rhoda Cruff

Rhoda Cruff

Female 1749 - 1819  (70 years)

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  • Name Rhoda Cruff 
    Born 9 Feb 1748/1749  Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Nov 1819  Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11841  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2009 

    Father Samuel Cruff,   d. 31 May 1781, Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Abigail Sprague,   b. Abt 1719,   d. Aft 1806  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 15 Mar 1745/1746  Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6631  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Daniel Jenckes, Jr.,   b. 19 Mar 1742/1743, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1799, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married Between 31 May 1764 and 23 Apr 1776 
    Children 
     1. Lemuel Jenckes,   b. 8 Aug 1768, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Sarah Jenckes,   b. 8 Sep 1769, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ezra Jenckes,   b. 20 Mar 1771, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Dianna Jenckes,   b. 4 Nov 1772, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Rispah Jenckes,   b. 29 Sep 1774, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Daniel Jenckes,   b. 21 Feb 1777, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Russell Jenckes,   b. 15 Oct 1782, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1842, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     8. James Jenckes,   b. 27 May 1784, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. Sterry Jencks,   b. 6 Feb 1787, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1853, Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F6658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Feb 1748/1749 - Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Nov 1819 - Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: The Sprague Database (Mail from Dick Weber (undisclosed at example dot net) to Weldon Whipple, 23 Oct 1997)

      !SOURCE: "Descendants of Abigail Sprague," email from N. Combs to Weldon Whipple, 17 Aug 2003. Cites names mentioned in the will of Samuel Cruff, dated 23 Apr 1776, proved 2 Jul 1781 in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island. Also cites Vital Record of Rehoboth, 1642-1896 (birth).

      !SOURCE: Sprague Database (printout dated 7 Nov 1997), mailed by Dick Weber (REWeber@sprague-database.org) to the Whipple Web Site. Gives surname Whipple.

      !SOURCE: Email from N. Combs to Weldon Whipple, 30 Aug 2004. Sheds light on Rhoda as the second wife of Daniel Jenckes, and which children were the children of the first (versus second) wife. The Cumberland, RI will abstracts has the following entry:
      JENCKS, RHODA, of Cumberland, widow. Will dated 13 March 1808, proved 24 April 1819. Mentions sons Russell Jenks & Stirry Jenks; grandson Ezra Jenks; grandsons Knight Ray, William Ray, John Ray, Simon Whipple Ray, Preston Ray, & Halsey Ray; Gideon Jenks son of my late husband by his first wife. (src: Abstracts of Cumberland, RI Wills by Nellie Beaman, RI Genealogical Register vol. 4 No. 1 p.95, Cumberland, RI Probate Records Vol. 12, 180-181)

      Per Arnold's VRs (21:303 RI American 5/11/1819): Jencks, Rhoda in 72nd yr. suddenly at Cumberland. {Age of 71 at death gives an approximate birth date of 1748.}

      The above will abstract leads to the conclusion that Gideon Jenks {50297} is the son of Sarah Whipple {13221} and Daniel Jenckes {13043} and that all the other children listed as being Sarah's are really Rhoda's {13222}. {I have not found a surname for Rhoda, but Whipple is in the Whipple Genweb; perhaps "Sterry" would be worth checking as a son is so named.} Arnold's VRs (3:5:40 Cumberland 1:26) note the Jan. 6, 1763 marriage between Sarah Whipple and Daniel Jenckes, Jr. Arnold's VRs (3:5:106 Cumberland 1:120) show Gideon as the child of Sarah and Daniel Jenckes. Then there is a gap of four years until the births of Lemuel (1768) and Sarah (1769) to Rhodia (sic) and Daniel Jenckes. The next six children--Ezra, Dianna, Rispah, Daniel, Russell, and James--are attributed to Sarah and Daniel Jenckes.

      It was probably my assumption that the name Rhod(i)a was in error, but it would appear that Arnold (or the Town Clerk) incorrectly noted Sarah as the mother of the six youngest Jenckes children. Apparently, Sarah (Whipple) Jenckes died after Gideon's birth in May 1764 and before Rhoda's first child was born in Aug. 1768.

      Norma also cites the Family Data Collection - Individual Records, which gives Rhoda's surname as Cruff.


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