John George Rodery (1841-1896) was born in Missouri of unknown parents who were born in North Carolina. John came to Chalk Bluff about 1859 at about the age of eighteen perhaps with his parents and lived there during the battle of Chalk Bluff. At one time soldiers took all the food they had including a sow and eight pigs which they killed and threw in a wagon. The soldiers were so hungry they cut chunks of meat from the hogs and ate them raw. The family was given some bacon and corn meal by a neighbor who had part of his food hid in the woods. (This story was told to Grady Webb by his father. Grady was between five and seven years old at the time of the war. The Roderys and Webbs lived next door to each other on the 1870 Greene Co. Census in Chalk Bluff.)
John George Rodery fought in the Battle of Shiloh and was shot in the shoulder and cleansed the wound by running an iodine-covered silk handkerchief through the wound. (Information from Randall Baker of Corning typed in a history handed to the late Nevah Clubb of Campbell.)
John George Rodery was married to Mary E. ----- on the 1870 Clay Co., Chalk Bluff Census and they had Elizabeth A., Martha E., and Serena (Reenie) Rodery who married Ed Davis of St. Francis in 1893. John’s second marriage was to Lydia Ellen Webb, the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Webb, about 1879. Their children were: William Levi, twin Nancy Catherine, a twin sister died at birth Dec. 28, 1881, Joseph (Joe), Fanny Augustine, Ada Florence, and Van Buren Rodery, Sr.
William Levi Rodery (1878-1962), son of John George and Lydia Webb Rodery, married Nora Minnie Webb in 1903 and had (1) Alva “Red” Rodery who married Clarence Fry and died and is buried in Roswell, New Mexico and left two children, Charles and Evelyn; (2) Walter Elmer Rodery married Mary Ellen Luff Ziegler (Cecil) and had Wesley, Anna Lou, and Betty Jean; (3) Albert (Ab) William Rodery married Ethel Mary Luff and had Clifford Ray; (4) Florence Ruthie Rodery married Oscar Luff and had Kenneth Luff and Irene Luff Duncan; and (5) Dorothy Lydia Rodery married Leland Clifford Pittman; (6) and one child died in infancy.
Nancy Catherine Rodery (1881-1934), a twin daughter of John George and Lydia, married William C. Heffner and had Ruby Edith Benton, John Henry Hefner, Lola Irene Benton, Orbra Cleo Hefner, William Dallas Hefner, Verna Hefner died at age 3, Lloyd Calvin Hefner, Edgar Lee Hefner, and Cleattus Lavern Hefner. The other twin died at birth. Nancy is buried at Gravel Hill.
Joseph (Joe) Rodney (1888-1966), son of John George and Lydia, married Effie Polsgrove in 1907 and had Ralph Rodery, Mabel Rodery, Ruth Rodery Fortner, Gladys Rodery, Paul Rodery, and Rachel Fortner. Joe’s second marriage was to Ether Mae George in Jan., 1921, and she is buried beside him in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Ether had (1) Floyd Rodery who married Opal Madison and they had Floyd Alan “Sonny;” Regina Rodery who married Jack Crittenden; Rick Rodery married Cheryl, Ava Rodery married Darrell Hankins, Steve Rodery married Brenda; and Rebecca Rodery married Russell Riney. (2) Wayne Rodery married Helen Marie Blevins and had five children. (3) Lavern Rodery married Neoma Lorene Gurlen and had three children. (4) Anna Lee Rodery married Joe Alvin Nichols, JR. and had two children. (5) Hillard Rodery married Robbie Lee Gibson and had three children. (6) Carlos Rodery married Gwendolyn Marie Rieves and had five children.
Fanny Augustine Rodery (1890-1966), daughter of John George and Lydia Rodery, married Taylor Baker and had Virgil Allen Baker, Ira Ethridge Baker, Pansy Lee Gordon, Elva Marie Hodge, and William Lloyd Baker. Fanny and her husband are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Campbell, Mo.
Van Buren Rodery, Sr. (1894-1969, son of John George and Lydia, is buried at Gravel Hill. His first marriage was to Grace Pittman in 1915, and she died in 1925. Their children were (1) Nellie Irene Rodery married Henry Oliver Runyon and had Delbert, Raymond, and Thomas Joseph. (2) Lela Mae Rodery married Troy Ellis and lived in Oklahoma. (3) Pauline Vivian Rodery married Andrew Thomas Jenkerson. (4) Clarence George Rodery married Earlene Nicholas and they had a son Kenneth. His second marriage was to Vagel Mae McFarlin, and they had Douglas and John Rodery, and a step-daughter, Donna Ring.
Ada Florence Rodery (1897-1963), daughter of John George and Lydia Rodery, married Isaac Melton in Piggott in 1920, and they are buried at Gravel Hill. Ada died at Farminton, Mo. They had six children: Louis Sylvester Melton, Jewel Allen Melton, Robert William Melton, twins Ray and Ralph Melton, and James Harold Melton.