Rhoda Jones Stith was wife of Thomas J. Stith.  Thomas J. Stith, Benjamin Stith, and Richard Stith, Jr. were brothers.  Rhoda's husband, Thomas J. Stith, had died 27 July 1821.  Rhoda had sons Benjamin B. Stith, 11 years old in 1828, Richard Stith, 34 years old in 1828 and Thomas J. Stith who was 30 years old in 1828.  The indenture below must have been between Rhoda and her two sons, Richard and Thomas J.. The Richard Stith, Sr. was probably Rhoda's brother-in-law Richard, otherwise known as Richard Stith, Jr.!  (Rhoda's father-in-law was Richard Stith, Sr.)    Perhaps where Rhoda's brother-in-law Richard signed "Jr." when his father was living, he began signing "Sr." after his father died and he had a younger nephew, Richard.

      The date of the indenture is 9 October 1828.  Rhoda married her second husband, Matthew Patridge, on Oct. 21, 1828.  This agreement was apparently a part of her marriage
settlement with the Stith family.

    Jesse Jones Stith son of Richard Stith Jr. was six years old at this time.  This transcribed from copy of the handwritten county record by Carol Anne Scott August 1999 and edited by Jesse Brown Scott September 1999)

Deed Book A

Rhoda Stith To Tho. J. Stith & Richard Stith

Commonwealth of Kentucky Meade County Court

      I, William Fairleigh clerk of the county court for the County aforesaid, do certify, that this deed of Mortgage from Jack Kendall to Soloman Brandenburg was this day produced to me in my office by the said Kendall and acknowledged by him to be this act and deed. Whereupon the said deed together with the foregoing certificate hath been duly admitted to record in my office. Given under my hand this 11th day of September 1828.

Wm. Fairleigh, Clk.


(Ex.& delivered to B.B. Stith for his mother 1st June 1848)

     This Indenture made and entered into this 9th day of October, 1828 between Rhoda Stith of the county of Meade and State of Kentucky of the one part and Tho. J. Stith & Richard Stith Jr. of the other part witnesseth that whereas the said Rhoda Stith being deceased that her children shall inherit her estate hath this day for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to her in hand paid by the said Thomas J. Stith and Richard Stith Jr. hath this day granted, bargained, and sold to the said Thomas J. Stith and Richard Stith Jr. the following negro Slaves to witt: one man named Squire, two boys Pascal & Lampson one woman Hannah and her three daughters also all her interest in her father’s estate in Virginia. To have and to hold the aforesaid slaves to them the said Thomas J. Stith and Richard Stith Jr. forever in trust. Nevertheless to and for the purposes herein after mentioned that is to say for the use, benefit, and purposes of the said Rhoda Stith during her natural life and at her death to be distributed to her children according to law or as she may think proper to will.

        The aforesaid trustees are hereby authorized to sell any of the aforesaid slaves by and with the consent of the aforesaid Rhoda Stith. In testimony where of we have here unto set our hands and seals the date above written.

In presence of:     --------

Benjamin Stith

Mathew Patridge, Senr.                   

Richard Stith Senr.   

Rhoda Stith        (Seal)

Tho. J. Stith        (Seal)

Richard Stith Jr.  (Seal)

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(page 411 seems to not have any family connection? Maybe it just got copied because it was the next page after 410 which dealt with Richard Stith? J. Scott 1999)

                                                                                           Deed Book A
Chas. H Wilmans To N. D. Anderson, North (??)                              411

Commonwealth of Kentucky
                              Meade County to witt:

        I, William Fairleigh Clerk of the county court for the county aforesaid, do certify that this deed of trust from Rhoda Stith to Richard Stith Jr. & Thomas J. Stith was on the 3rd day of November 1828 produced to me in my office and proven to be the acts & deed of the several parties therein mentioned by the oath of Mathew Patadge and also in the 4th day of Nov. 1828, proven to be the act and deed of the parties aforesaid by the oath of Richard Stith Sr. Where upon the said deed together with the foregoing certificate hath been duly admitted to record in my office. Given under my hand this 4th November 1828.

Wm. Fairleigh, Clk.

(17th Decr 1828 Exd & delivered to George Calhoon Esqr. On Jser Order)

           Know all men by these presents, that I, Charles H. Wilmans of Mead County and State of Kentucky for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and eight dollars to me in hand paid by Nathan D. Anderson of the County of Breckenridge and state aforesaid, at and before the sealing and delivering of these presents, the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge, have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell to the said Nathan D. Anderson the following goods & chattels (to witt:)
           One Bureau, one press, one crib, one dining table, one breckfast (sic) Table, one Small Table, one set winsor chairs, two beds & furniture, one dressing glass, one clock, one Book case or shelf, two cows & calves, ten head of Hogs, and one yearling steer being the same property which said Anderson purchased at Sheriff sale under diverse execution against said Wilmans, and which he has since resolved to the aforesaid Wilmans for one hundred and eight dollars.
         To have and to hold the aforesaid goods & chattels to the only proper use and behalf of the said Anderson his heirs and assigns forever.

note 29 Nov. 02 In the note at the top of the page I corrected to brother-in-law and father-in-law where it used to say brother and father regarding Rhoda's relationship to Richard Stith, Jr. and Richard Stith, Sr..  (JBS)