Rohde Family Genealogy Forum
Erica, I believe we are cousins. If your grandfather is Richard ROHDE who married Jeanne MENAGE, then his father would be Rufus H. ROHDE, born 11 Oct 1894, and his mother Gazelle SIMES.
Rufus was the son of John Hans Lex ROHDE, born 9 Aug 1865 in Schleswig Holstein, and Emma KLEPPEEN. Rufus had a sister Amelia who married Arnold SPRANGER.
John Hans Lex ROHDE was the brother of my grandmother, Anna Margaretha Elsabea. Their siblings were Hans Friedrich, Peter William, Wilke Fredericka, Herman N., Mathilda Dorothea, Detlef, William J., a child name unknown, and Adolph H. Except for Adolph they were all born in Busum (with an umlaut over the first u), which is on the west coast of Schleswig Holstein. The eldest son was sent to the US first, to avoid conscription into the army. The rest of the family came in 1870, and went first to Bettendorf, Iowa, then to Tama County, Iowa, and later to Estherville. They were the children of Lex Johannsen ROHDE, born 24 Sept 1824, and Metta Margaretha KOCK, born 28 Feb 1830. I have photos of both of them.
From there we go back 4 more generations on the ROHDE (RODE) line, and back to the 1670's on other lines. I have more information in my database, and if you are interested, I'll be happy to share. It's truly a delight to find someone your age who is pursuing their family history.