Rhea, Obadiah

Obadiah Rhea
b: 1790
d: 1855
Biography
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 are living, 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. From Source Information: Ancestry.com. Northeast Arkansas Biographies and Historical Memoirs [database online]. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 1998. Original data: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeast Arkansas. Chicago: Goodspeed Publishers, 1889.

The known history of the Rhea family in Greene County begins long ago in Warren County, Tennessee. On the 19th of March 1830, Moses Rhea, father of Obediah Rhea (later of Greene County, Arkansas) made his will. In this will Moses Rhea mentions his wife, Hannah Ritter Rhea; his daughter, Polly Hubbert; a son, Joseph; a daughter, Jane Cambell; a daughter, Susannah Sims; a son, James; a son, John; ason, William; and a son, Alfred. A grandson of Moses Rhea, also named Moses, is also mentioned. This younger Moses Rhea was the son of Obediah. This will was witnessed by Leroy Braly, Thomas Martin, and Alfred Braly.

Obediah Rhea was born in 1790 in Virginia. He later married Elizabeth Emma Littlepage and they lived near Pinson in Madison County, Tennessee until about 1836 when they began their journey to Arkansas. Obediah and Elizabeth brought with them two sons and five daughters, leaving their
oldest married son, John, behind in Tennessee. The two sons brought with the family were Thomas and Moses Boling Rhea. The daughters were Nancy, Elizabeth, Mary, Minerva, and Emma Littlepage Rhea. The family settled near Old Bethel Church in Greene County.

Thomas Rhea is buried at the Rutherford Cemetery in Craighead County, Arkansas. Moses Boling Rhea is buried on the old Rhea farm just inside the Lawrence County line near Highway 25. Nancy Rhea married James Edwards and they lived near old Greensboro; at a later date they moved to Jonesboro.
Elizabeth Rhea married a man whose last name was Rutherford. Mary Rhea married C. C. Grayson. Minerva Rhea married Clabourne Pinnell. Emma Rhea first married a man named Swindle and later a man namedPearce. Emma''s daughter, Mrs. Laura Tiener of Walnut Ridge was the last surviving grandchild of Obediah and Elizabeth E. L. Rhea.

Nancy Rhea Edwards died in 1913 and was buried at the Pine Log Cemetery in Craighead County. Elizabeth Rhea Rutherford is also buried at Pine Log. Mary Rhea Grayson is buried at the Mt. Zion Cemeteryin western Greene County. Minerva Rhea is buried in Lawrence County. Emma Rhea Pearce is also buried in Lawrence County.

(Information for this sketch was provided by Mr. Floyd Barnhill of Jonesboro, Arkansas who obtained it from members of the Rhea family.)

1850 US Census Powell, Greene Co., Arkansas 14 Nov 1850
Obadiah Ray 60 MFarmerVirginia
Elizabeth51 FKY
Nancy21 FTenn
Mary17 F"
Dovietta13 F"
Emma12 FArk
Living beside Obadiah was son Thomas W. Ray age 25 and wife Eliza.


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 firstcame 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 the homestead; James and William, who live at home.
Facts
  • 1790 - Birth - ; Virginia
  • 1855 - Death - ; Arkansas, United States
Ancestors
   
John M. Rhea
1739 - 16 FEB 1813
 
 
Moses Rhea
1770 -
  
  
  
 
Obadiah Rhea
1790 - 1855
  
 
  
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Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Moses Rhea
Birth1770Warren Co., Tennessee, USA
Death
Marriageto Hannah Ritter
FatherJohn M. Rhea
MotherMary Bolling
PARENT (F) Hannah Ritter
Birth1770
Death
Marriageto Moses Rhea
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MObadiah Rhea
Birth1790Virginia
Death1855Arkansas, United States
Marriageto Elizabeth Emma Littlepage
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Obadiah Rhea
Birth1790Virginia
Death1855 Arkansas, United States
Marriageto Elizabeth Emma Littlepage
FatherMoses Rhea
MotherHannah Ritter
PARENT (F) Elizabeth Emma Littlepage
Birth1790Tennessee, United States
Death1871
Marriageto Obadiah Rhea
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MMoses Boling Rhea
Birth1822
Death1893
Marriageto Sara C. Lamb
Descendancy Chart
Obadiah Rhea b: 1790 d: 1855
Elizabeth Emma Littlepage b: 1790 d: 1871
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