Person:William Rhea (4)

William Rhea
d.25 Apr 1802 Bath County, Virginia
m. Abt 1715
  1. William Rhea1716 - 1802
  2. Robert Rhea1718 - 1779
  3. Archibald Rhea, Jr.Est 1720 to 1730 - Bef 1804
m. 1749
  1. William Rhea, Jr.Bet 1749 & 1755 - 1824
  2. Archibald RheaAbt 1750 - Bef 1774
  3. Ann RheaAbt 1752 - Bef 1837
  4. James RheaEst 1753 - 1795
  5. John S. RheaAbt 1757 - 1814
  6. Robert Rhea1759 - 1834
  7. Alexander RheaAbt 1760 - 1815
Facts and Events
Name William Rhea
Gender Male
Birth? 1716 Donegal, Ireland
Marriage 1749 Beverly Manor Plantation, Augusta County, Virginiato Elizabeth Clark
Death? 25 Apr 1802 Bath County, Virginia

William Rhea was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA


William Rhea's land (Borden Tract NW, 230 acres, 1750) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: the adjoining tract to the northeast was William's brother, Archibald Rhea, Jr., and the next tract up was acquired by William's other brother, Robert Rhea).

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 751.--17th May, 1750. Benj. Borden to William Reagh, 230 acreson Hays Creek. Delivered: R. Breckinridge, 23d August, 1751.
  • Page 339.--22d May, 1767. John Willson, Gent., to William Reah, £246, 600 acres on Elk Creek of Calfpasture. Delivered: Wm. Buchanan, August, 1769. (Note: in 1775, William Rhea deeded tracts on Mill Creek to sons James, William, and John, From "Bicentennial history of Bath County Virginia (1791-1991)", pg. 324).

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 485.--1st May, 1769. William Reaugh (Reaoh, Reah) and Elizabeth to William Robinson, £65, 65 acres on Jackson's River, purchased by William Reaugh from William Cleark. Delivered: William Robinson, February, 1771. (Note: the William Clark in this record was the brother of William Rhea's wife, Elizabeth).
  • Page 114.--17th October, 1769. William Raigh (Reigh, Reaigh, Reaoh) to Archibald Raigh, £100, 230 acres of Borden's 92,100, on Hays' Creek. Delivered: Hugh Rhea, 16th December, 1795. (Note: the Archibald Rhea listed in this record is William Rhea's son, Archibald).
  • Page 15.--16th March, 1775. William Reagh, Sr., and Elizabeth ( ) to John Reagh, son to said William, on Mill Creek, a branch of Calfpasture, west side of Cabin Creek. (Note: the preceding record was as follows: Page 7.--Teste: John Clark, John Reagh, corner James Reagh.)

Will of William Rhea

  • 1802 Will of William Rhea of Bath dated Jan. 3, 1801 Wit: Robert Bratton, Anne Dunlap, Henry Dill and John Dunlap -Probated June 1802 court Exec: son Robert Beq: to beloved wife Elisabeth "her body clos, two beds and bedding of cloes", saddle and bridle, two of my horses, plows and tackling, 5 cows, 5 calves, all the sheep, 1/3 of the hogs, kitchen and "cobert" furniture, 1/3 of my books, negro child Sam and $70, and for life Negro slave Tom and woman slave Dafney to sons of Archabel Rhea dec., Huey and John $1 each to son John $1 to son Robert and Alexander 50 pounds and land on the Cowpasture movable estate in fifths to the two grandson and son of Robert and Alexander and daughter Ann Lockridge [Bath County Will Book 1, page 238].
  • Inventory- William Rhea Submitted December 1802 court by James Braton, James Kelso, Nathan Crawford and James Graham tableware, kitchen utensils, 10 books, household furniture, farm implements and tools, nine slaves (Samuel, Tom and Dafney listed by name), cattle 32, hogs 23, sheep 9, geese 5, horses 12 including "a sickly sorrel filley", money weights, one "pistle" and one "swoard spoon mole", cooper's tools, shoemaker's tools, spinning wheel, clothes, wagon, saddles and bridles.
  • pg. 311 - Inventory (balance)- William Rhea
Submitted Dec. 20, 1804 by James Graham, James Kelso, Nathan Crawford.
Negro child Ben, spinning wheel, woolen wheel, farm implements, tools, bridles, ink stand.
[Abstract of Wills and Inventories of Bath County, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 40].

Will of wife Elizabeth

Pg. 306 - Will of Elizabeth Rhea, dated Nov. 20, 1804.
Wit: James Kelso, Robert Mines, John Rhea and Kitty Dill.
Probated December 1804 Court.
Exec: James Kelso and John Rhea.
Beq: to grandchildren and great grandchildren called Elizabeth or Betsey 1 "bible and Watses syms"
to son William and all grandchildren named William the same.
to son Robert "1 bead with all the close belonging to the same".
to son Alexander 7 pounds.
to daughter Ann Laughrays "my bead in the little room" and all wearing apparel
to grandchild Ann Rhea, daughter of son John 1 bed and bedstead with all the furniture and choice of yearling heifers.
to son John yearling bull.
to son William's son Robert Rhea "Whitefield Sermons"
3 Negro children Samuel, Toby and Ben to be sold with their mother, and all livestock and household furnishings, making seven shares to be divided between shildreen now living and children of sons Archible and James Rhea, dead.
to Negro man Thomas $8 cash, rifle gun, and a man's saddle "which he now clames".
to Negro woman Daughfeney $8 cash
none of her books to be sold, to be equally divided among children.
Pg. 309 - Inventory - Elizabeth Rhea
Submitted Dec. 19, 1804 by Thomas Cock, Nathan Crawford, James Graham and Hazeal Williams.
Cattle 16, hogs 21, sheep 14, horses 7, 2 bee hives, geese 6, oats, rye, hay, wheat, corn, flaxseed, cyder cask, farm implements, kitchen furniture, spinnning wheel, clothes, shirting linen, Negro boy Sam and girl Pheeby.
Source: Abstract of Wills and Inventories of Bath County, 1791-1842, Bruns, pg. 39-40].

Processioning List of 1760

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Page 287.--1760: Processioned by Reagh and Huston: For James Walker, for James Robison, for James Moore, for Charles Hays, for Andrew Hays, for Samuel Dunlap, for Wm. Porter, for Robert Ealson, for James Anderson, for Jacob Anderson, for Wm. Young, for Alex. Walker, for Alex. Walker, Sr., for Robert Hurt, for John Edmiston, for James Buchanan, for William and Robert Buchanan, for Samuel Hayes, for John Robertson, for Mathew Robertson, for Widow Bell, for James Coulter, for John Buntin, for Wm. Buchanan, for Andrew Buchanan, for Alex. Miller, for John Wallace, for Samuel Buchanan, for Wm. Reaoh, for Joseph Culton, for John Walker, for Wm. Porter, for Robert Catton (Cotton), for John Hurt (Hart).

Records of William Rhea in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:

  • Page 358.--14th May, 1760. James Buchanan's further appraisement, by Jno. Wallace, Steth (Streth, Heth?) Wilson, William Reah.
  • Page 196.--1st November, 1773. Archibald Reach, Jr.'s, will--To wife, Margaret; to children. Executors, wife and Uncle Archibald Reah. Teste: Michael Coulter, William Reah, James Clark. Proved, 15th March, 1774, by Coulter and Reah. Executors qualify (Margaret her mark) with Thomas Hill. William Reagh.
  • Page 4.--20th August, 1774. James Clark's will--To daughter, Jean Clark (Clok), 2 shillings; to daughter, Elizabeth Regh, 2 shillings; to daughter, Sarah Clok, 2 shillings; to son, John, 2 shillings; to son, James, 2 shillings; to son, William's heir, 2 shillings; to daughter, Ane Dunlap, 2 shillings; to son, Alexander, 2 shillings; to son, Samuel, 2 shillings; to son, Robert, 2 shillings; to daughter, Marget, 2 shillings; to wife, Elizabeth. Executors, wife, and son Wm. Regh. Teste: James and John McCleerey, James Ewing. Proved, 17th March, 1778, by James McCreerey and Ewing. (Note: proves identity of William Rhea's wife as daughter of James Clark).
  • Page 208.--8th October, 1781. Elizabeth (mark) dark's (s/b Clark) will--To daughter, Jean Elliot's heirs; to well beloved Elizabeth Breath (s/b Rhea) (Reath, Reoth?); to daughter, Sarah Elliot; to daughter, Anne Dounlap; to daughter, Margret Clenkaid (s/b Kincaid); to son, John Gridle; to son, James; to son, Alexander and to Alexander's wife; to four daughters; to son, Samuel; to son, William's heirs; to son, Robert. Executors, son Robert Clark and William Reaoh. Teste: Charles Donally, James McCleerey, Robt. Patterson, Geo. Berry. Proved, 20th November, 1781, by McCleerey and Berry. Robert Clark qualifies. (Note: Elizabeth Clark was the mother-in-law of William Rhea).
  • Vol. 2 - John Rhea vs. William Rhea's heirs--O. S. 45; N. S. 15--Bill filed 19th July, 1804, Augusta. In 1777 orator's brothers were about to leave their father, William Rhea, in order to settle themselves. William applied to John to stay with him. John was drafted for a tour for a year for which he hired a substitute. John married a daughter of Thomas Turk and Wm. promised him land. William died, leaving wife Elizabeth Rhea and children, viz: Alexander, Nancey (now married to Joseph Ritchey); Elizabeth, now married to Robert Rhea; James, Thomas, Margret, Hannah, Polly, Martha, Jane, which Nancy, Elizabeth, James, Thomas, Margret, Hannah, Polly, Martha, John are children df James Rhea, deceased, son of William, and now reside out of the Commonwealth. Hugh Rhea, a child of Archibald Rhea, another son of William also living out of Commonwealth; Robert Rhea, Ann Lockridge and William Rhea, children of William, deceased; John Rhea, another son of said Archibald Rhea, which Robert, Ann, William and John live in the Commonwealth. Deed dated 22d March, 1805, proved in Bath July Court 1805. Robert Rhea, of Bath County, Ann Lockbridge and John Rhea, of Augusta; William, Alexander Robert and Elizabeth, his wife, James, Thomas, Margret, Hannah, Mary, Martha and John Rhea, of Kentucky; Hugh Rhea and Joseph Richey and Nancy, his wife, of Tennessee; all to John of Bath County tract on Mill Creek.

Information on William Rhea

Husband: William RHEA
Born: 1716 at: Donegal, Ireland
Married: 1749 at: Beverly Manor Plantation in VA, Augus
Died: 25 APR 1802 at: Bath Co VA
Father:Archibald RHEA
Mother:Ann UNKNOWN
Wife: Elizabeth CLARK
Born: JAN 1727/28 at: Augusta Co VA
Died: 23 NOV 1804 at: Bath CO VA
Father:James CLARK
Mother:Elizabeth SUMMERS
Name: William RHEA, JR.
Born: BET. 1745 - 1760 at: Augusta Co VA
Married: 1772 at: Augusta Co VA
Died: 20 SEP 1824 at: Greenup Co KY
Spouses: Mary Elizabeth GAY Elizabeth BROWNLEE
  1.   Virginia, United States. Chancery Records Index. (Virginia, United States: Library of Virginia)
    Pages 1 to 23, 1777-1805.

    Joseph Richey and his wife Nancy (nee Rhea) from Tennessee.

    Augusta County (Va.), Chancery Causes, 1746-1928. John Rhea vs. Heir(s) of William Rhea Etc. Index No. 1805-045. Original Case Number 15. Local Government Records Collection, Augusta County Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.