Rhea, Moses Boling

Moses Boling Rhea
b: 1822
d: 1893
From Goodspeed of Lawrence County Arkansas

Moses Bolling Rhea is one of the oldest settlers of Lawrence County. and has been here over fifty-four years. There is only one citizen in the above county. C. S. Pinnell. who has been in this section longer than Mr. Rhea. He was born in Warren County. Tenn., June 6, 1822. and is the son of Obadiah Rhea. of East Tennessee. who settled in Arkansas about the year 1835, and located within fifteen miles of the present town of Walnut Ridge, where he lived until his death, in 1855. The wife of Obadiah Rhea was Miss Elizabeth Littlepage. of Tennessee. They were the parents of ten children, six of whom are still living. Their names are: Moses B., Thomas, a farmer of Greene County: Elizabeth, widow of James G. Rutherford, residing near the old homestead: Nancy, wife of James Edward, of Greensboro.Ark.; Mary, the wife of C. C. Grayson. of Greene County; Emily, the wife of Allan Pierce, a resident of Cache Township. This is indeed a remarkable showing for one family. Six of the ten children areliving, the oldest being sixty-eight years old and the youngest fifty-four years. They have outlived every family who settled in Lawrence County, at about the same time, and have more living members as a proof of their
longevity than any other of the early settlers. The mother of these children died at the age of seventy-two years, in 1871 or 1872. Moses B. was thirteen years of age when he first came to Lawrence County, but resided in Greene County, until his twenty-third year, before he settled on his present farm. seven miles east of Walnut Ridge. He has been a farmer all his life, and a very successful one,owning some 1,200 acres of land, of which 550 acres are under cultivation, and besides his lands. he owns considerable stock. His children have cause to remember him with gratitude, as he has presented each of them with a good farm. He first started in life for himself when twenty-two years of age, with nothing but a mare and colt. The meagerness of his worldly possessions, however, did not disturb him in the least. and it was not long before his industry secured for him almost all of the freighting between Cape Girardeau, Memphis, Powhatan. Jacksonport. Forest City and other points, and no doubt he has hauled more freight than any other man in Lawrence County. He fought under Price during the war, and was in that general''s raids through Missouri and Kansas. Hard work never affects him apparently, and he keeps it up steadily on the farm. His principles were toward the Union at first, but he afterward changed to be a strong Southern man. In his early days he was a Whig, and mingled in polities considerably, but under no circumstances would he ever accept an office, although often urged to do so. He was married February 8, 1844. to Miss Sarah C. Lamb. of Alabama, whose parents. William and Mary (See) Lamb, were among the earlier [p.815] settlers of this county. She died in 1867, and Mr. Rhea was again married in 1868 to Clementine Seego. This wife died in 1869, and in 1870 he was married to Miss Mary Slavin, whose death occurred in 1871. His fourth wife was Miss Sarah Daily, who died in 1876, and his present wife is Miss Ruth Kinyon, who has lived in this county about thirty-eight years. Mr. Rhea is the father of sixteen children, only five of whom are living: Murcinda, wife of William Hennessee; John A., of Walnut Ridge; Flavius, married; Laura Daily, who lives near thehomestead; James and William, who live at home.

1850 US Census Powell, Greene Co., Arkansas 14 Nov 1850
Moses B. Ray28 MFarmer400Tenn
Sarah24 FAla
William 5 MArks
Mary 3 F"
Mary E.10/12 F"
NOTE: Next Household Samuel Ray, age 44, born KY - possible relative

Land Records: AL, AR, FL, LA, MI, MN, OH, WI, 1790-1907
Document number: 4744 Description number: 1
Number of acres: 80.0900 Accession number: AR0550__.340
Patentee Surname: Rhea Patentee given name: Moses
State name: Arkansas
Volume: 550 Page number: 340
Land office: Batesville Aliquot part reference: E½NW
Section number: 18
Township: 16 North Range: 4 East
Meridian or special survey area: Fifth Principal Meridian
Title transfer authority: Sale-Cash Entries
Combined signature date: Mar. 1, 1856
Multiple patentees: N Multiple warrantees: N
Signature: Y Canceled document: N Subsurface rights reserved: N
Metes and bounds: N Fractional section: Y

1860 US Census Herndon PO, Salem Twp, Greene Co., Arkansas 16 July 1860
Moses B Rhea Salem, Greene, AR 37 1822 Tennessee Male
Sarah C Rhea Salem, Greene, AR 33 1826 Alabama Female
William T Rhea Salem, Greene, AR 15 1844 Arkansas Male
Marcinda K Rhea Salem, Greene, AR 12 1847 Arkansas Female
Obadiah Rhea Salem, Greene, AR 7 1852 Arkansas Male
John Rhea Salem, Greene, AR 5 1854 Arkansas Male
Sarah C Rhea Salem, Greene, AR 2 1857 Arkansas Female

1870 US Census Powhattan, Cache, Lawrence Co., Arkansas 15 Aug 1870
Ray, Moses B. 48 M W Farmer 3000 TN
Mary 30 F W Keeping House Arkansas (Mary [Slavens] Rhea, daughter of Henry)
Obediah 19 M W Arkansas
John 16 M W Arkansas
Flavious 10 M W Arkansas
Robert S. 6 M W Arkansas
James 4 M W Arkansas
Thomas 13 M W Arkansas

1880 US Census Cache, Lawrence Co., Arkansas
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father''s POB Mother''s POB
Moses RHEA Self M Male W 58 TN Farm
Ruth RHEA Wife M Female W 54 TN Keeping Hou
Clavis RHEA Son S Male W 19 AR Works On Fa
Robert E. RHEA Son S Male W 16 AR Works On Farm TN TN
James M. RHEA Son S Male W 10 AR TN TN
William RHEA Son S Male W 5 AR TN TN
Laura DAILY SDau S Female W 16 KY At Ho
Andrew RANY Other S Male W 27 TN Farm Labor --- ---
NOTE: Sons Obadiah and John A. and their families are living next to Moses
  • 1822 - Birth -
  • 1893 - Death -
Moses Rhea
1770 -
Obadiah Rhea
1790 - 1855
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Obadiah Rhea
Death1855 Arkansas, United States
Marriageto Elizabeth Emma Littlepage
FatherMoses Rhea
MotherHannah Ritter
PARENT (F) Elizabeth Emma Littlepage
Birth1790Tennessee, United States
Marriageto Obadiah Rhea
MMoses Boling Rhea
Marriageto Sara C. Lamb
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Moses Boling Rhea
Marriageto Sara C. Lamb
FatherObadiah Rhea
MotherElizabeth Emma Littlepage
PARENT (F) Sara C. Lamb
Birth1827Alabama, USA
Marriageto Moses Boling Rhea
FatherWilliam Lamb
MotherMary See
FRachel Mersinda Rhea
Birth1850Arkansas, United States
Marriageto William Franklin Hennessee
Descendancy Chart
Moses Boling Rhea b: 1822 d: 1893
Sara C. Lamb b: 1827 d: 1867
William Franklin Hennessee b: 1848 d: 1910
Sarah Calender Hennessee b: 1873 d: 1964
Elbert Jerimiah McGee b: 1876 d: 1946
Jim Duddly McGee b: 2 MAY 1902 d: 5 APR 1978
Verna Sylvania Toy b: 14 JAN 1908 d: 1986
Brancie R. McGee b: 1912 d: 1953
Brooke McGee b: 1906
Dovie Sis McGee b: 1901 d: 1953
Charles Dewey Toye b: 1903 d: 1987
Addie Elizabeth McGee b: 23 NOV 1903 d: 29 DEC 1978
Clarence Robert Allen b: 20 DEC 1901 d: 12 JAN 1972
Thomas Clarence Allen b: 2 DEC 1934 d: 23 DEC 2013
Gregory Allen b: 21 DEC 1966 d: 11 FEB 2000
Elizabeth Ann Dunn b: 31 JUL 1968 d: 23 DEC 2003
Waymon Edward Allen b: 29 OCT 1928 d: 16 FEB 2000
Mary Hennessee b: 1876
Thomas Hennessee b: 1871
Moses Hennessee b: 1878