Eliza Harvey was born in 1823 in Halesworth, Suffolk, England and taught with her siblings at their father's Castle Academy. A linguist like her father, Eliza traveled to the Netherlands for a teaching position in the 1840s. There, she met and married Hermanus Karel “Charles” Rodi, a carpenter by trade.
The couple embarked upon an immigrant story together, first heading to Montreal where their son Charles Harvey was born. After several years of "adventure" on Michipicoten Island, Ontario, Herman got a job at the Quincy Mine near Hancock.