Facts and Events
Robert Rhea was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records of Robert Rhea in Augusta County, VA
Robert Rhea is referred to as "Robert Rhea of Bath County" in the following record in Augusta County:
Information on Robert Rhea
Robert Rhea:[William] Born in 1759 in north central Rockbridge Co, VA. At about age eight moved with family to now eastern Bath Co along Mill Creek (near Millboro). About 1781 married Martha Meek. His brother, James, married Martha's sister, Elizabeth. Both families located in then Greenbriar County. He got 102 acres by patent in 1781. Was taxed in 1782. Sold 102 acres to William Ewing on 3 Apr 1802, a witness being son, Robert Rhea, Jr. In 1791 purchased 193 acres at Little Levels, Greenbriar Valley, near the south border of now Pocahontas County. On 20 Apr 1798 he got 378 acres from David Boiler, father of his second wife, then sold to Morrison 25 Dec 1833. His home farm of 47 acres, surveyed in 1798, was close to the Greenbriar River just north of the Pocahontas County line. There are numerous other transactions, a record of which was supplied by Don Strong of Preston, ID. By 1834 the inventory of property at Robert's death incuded 575 acres of land, some perhaps being in Greenbriar County.
The land was left equally to sons, James, David and Alexander, subject to Catharine's life estate. In 1838 Catharine conveyed her life estate "in so much of the real estate as lies in Pocahontas County" to James and David, who in turn sold it for $2,000 to Josiah Beard. Other land was likely retained by Archibald, who continued to share a household with Catharine until between 1840 and 1850, as indicated by the censuses of Pocahontas Co.
About 1790 Martha Meek "went away" with John Ewing, according to a petition of 10 Sep 1793 by Robert to the General Assembly of Virginia for a divorce on grounds of desertion and adultry. A divorce was granted on 22 Nov 1796. In 1798 Robert married Catharine Boiler, a sister of Elizabeth who married Robert's son, William.
In his will dated 15 Oct 1834 Robert left Catharine a life estate in the land in addition to household property, some livestock and some farming equipment. She also got negros Lewis, Ben, Esther and George for her lifetime. At the sale of the land or the death or remarriage of Catharine the following bequeaths were to be made: William - $20; ch of Thomas - $100; Robert - $100; Martha - $150; ch of Samuel - $100; Hannah Callison - $150; Ann Hill -$150. James received some coopering tools; Archibald got a colt and a rifle; David was to get the surplus from livestock sold, net of debts. The land, when sold, was to be divided equally among James, David and Archibald. Catharine's will left each of her sons $1.00 with the rest going to the children of Hannah Callison and to Ann Hill, daughters.
Robert Reagh:[William] Robert was born in 1759 in now northeastern Rockbridge Co, VA, a son of William and Elizabeth. About 1767 he moved to near Millboro in Bath co. He moved to Greenbriar River about 1781 after marriage to Martha Meek. They followed his brother, James and her sister, Elizabeth, there (page 24). He got his first land, 102 acres, in 1781 and continued to buy and sell land for many years. He got his homesite land, 47 acres, in 1798. This with other land totaled to 575 acres at his death in 1824. After county realignments most of his land was in Pocahontas County (now) WV. He, like several of his brothers, used a few slaves to help with the farmwork.
Robert's first marriage lasted until 22 Nov 1796 when he was granted a divorce by the General Assembly of Virginia. There were five children. Robert secondly married Catherine Boiler, whose father, David, sold Robert some land. They had seven children. Catherine was a sister of the wife of Robert's son, William. Although WV was not a state until 1763 , it is considered the birthplace of the children.