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  • ID: I0037
  • Name: Wilson REA
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT. 1770 in Henry Co. VA
  • Death: 12 AUG 1853 in Franklin Co. IL
  • Event: Cause of Death (Facts Pg) Cholera
  • Burial: Rea Cemetery Benton, IL
  • Note:
    1 MALE BETWEEN 10 AND 16
    1 MALE 45 AND OVER

    Wilson Rea was in the war of 1812 enlisted in the Militia in Cumberland Co. North Carolina. ( This may be Wilson Rea II. Information from Randy Ray in Alabama.

    Black Hawk War
    Second Regiment, Mounted Volunteers
    Enlisted from Franklin Co. IL
    Enrolled June 16, 1832
    Wilson Rea, born 1170-1778, Henry Co. VA
    died August 12, 1853, Franklin Co. IL of "cholera marbus" and was dead within 24 hours.
    (1) Married Fannie Ann Franklin, she was still alive on October 04, 1838.
    (2) Married Patsy Prince April 1814
    (3)Married second February 25, 1845 to Angeline Beasley Lewis, widow of James Lewis.
    Wilson Rea was the son of William Collings Rea and Winnifred Wilson. William Collings Rea was the son of James Rea and Johanna/ Hannah (Kasoinah?-an Indian girl) of Henry Co. VA. Winnifred Wilson was the daughter of Thomas J. or (J. Thomas) Wilson. Abraham Rea, son of Wilson, came to Illinois as early as 1817/1818. Wilson first showed up as a commissioned justice of the peace for Franklin Co. IL on July 16, 1821. He had many other offices; county commissioner, August 02, 1824 ; commissioned Justice of the Peace for Franklin Co. IL August 31, 1831; attended the Constitutional Convention, April 19, 1847; commissioned associate county justice of the peace, November 15, 1849; he was a candidate for representative, August 04, 1843 and his home was used for a polling place for the Spring Settlement Precinct, July 07, 1838 (later called Crittenden, now Mt. Pleasant).
    An interesting article appears in the Executive Record, 1847-1852, Volume 5, Page 244; "Wilson Rea and John Goldon Convicted of sending a challenge to fight a duel and deprive of all Civil Rights by order of the Circuit Court, had their Civil Rights restored."
    It is not known the order of the birth of their children; most all information comes from wills, estate papers, land abstracts and other papers concerning court proceedings. Some of their children were born in TN, and at least one John K. Rea was born in KY; the youngest was born in IL. Wilson Rea and Fannie Ann Franklin had the following children:
    (1) Gatewood Dunn Rea September 18, 1796-December 1850, died of pneumonia, Poinsett Co. Arkansas, married first on July 18, 1816 to Sarah Hooten June 04, 1800-September07, 1847. Wilson and Dunn did not get along and Dunn left his family in Franklin Co. IL and went to Arkansas. He left behind a wife and 18 children. The 1840 census IL shows 10 children under the age of 20 years in his household. Dunn married second Mary C. Smith and they had one son.
    (2) Abraham Rea December 30, 1805North Carolina-April 24, 1871, married Delilia/Delila/ Delilah Neal 1810 IL-December 30, 1889.
    (3) Cynthia Rea born between 1800-1804, died Between 1837-1839.

    This from the book : FRANKLIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS 1818-1997. Content is questionable
    On 1840 census for Jackson Co., IL

    Wilson as far as known at this time, was born about the year 1770 in Henry Co., VA. He first married Fannie Franklin. Later is found a Wilson Rea married a Patsy Prince in April 1814 in Cumberland County N.C. Later in life he married Angelina Beasley Lewis, widow of James Lewis, the father of Andrew Jackson Lewis. Andrew Jackson Lewis is the ancestor of most all present-day Lewis' in Franklin Co., IL.
    It is not known the order of birth of his children. Nor do we know the mother of each of them. Since most all of the information comes from wills, estate papers, land abstracts and other papers concerning court proceedings.
    Found Wilson Rea's Marriage Bond in Henry Co., VA, where he married Fanny Franklin on January 10, 1796. In the 1800 Census of Cumberland Co., N.C. find Wilson Ray as Head of Household in the 26 to 45 age bracket, one female child under 10 years of age and an adult Female age 26 to 45 age bracket. In the 1810 Census of Buncomb Co., N.C. Wilson had 4 Males in his household one 0-9 years, tow between 10-15 years, and one between 26-45 years. Also listed, 3 Females between 0-9, one between 10-15 years, and one between 26-45 years.
    In the IL 1820 census Wilson Wray appears as Head of Household with 11 other "whites". In the 1830 IL Census Wilson Rea appears with 3 other males and 1 female.
    It is known that some of Wilson's children were born in TN. And that at least John K. was born in KY. The Arkansas Reas referred to Wilson as a Kentuckian. Wilson's last child, Wilson A. Rea was probably born in IL as he died in Pope Co., IL at the age of 22 years in August 1842.
    Abraham Rea, Wilson's son came to IL as early as 1817 or 1818 while Wilson shows up as a Commissioned Justice of the Peace for Franklin Co., IL in July 16, 1821

    Executive Record 1818-1832, VOL 1 P.41.

    Other offices held by Wilson Rea:
    Elected County Commissioner August 2, 1824
    Commissioned Justice of the Peace for Franklin Co August 31, 1831
    Attended the Constitutional Convention April19, 1847
    Commissioned Associate County Justice of the Peace November 15, 1849
    Wilson was a candidate for Representative August 4, 1843 and his home was used as a polling place for Spring Settlement Precinct July 07, 1838, later called Crittenden, now Mt. Pleasant.


    August 19, 1853 Page2 Column 5

    DIED--On Thursday night, the 11th last, Mr. Wilson Rea, about 83 years of age. Mr. R was one of the first settlers of Franklin Count, IL. He removed to this state with his family about 35 years ago, and was much respected by a large number of acquaintances. He leaves a widow, and his son, Col. Abraham Rea, to morn in their somewhat sudden bereavement, for , although he had out-lived the space generally allotted to man, "three score and ten", he was well and hearty about 24 hours before he died. Being attacked by Cholera Marbus, life was soon gone. During his short sickness he was constantly attended and had all his earthly wants and wishes supplied by his wife and his son A. Rea


    Dishes A. Rea Note $ .65
    2Books, Razor, Strap A. Rea " 1.00
    2 wooden boxes D. Mooneyham " .60
    1Burro B. Wilkerson " 7.10
    2Pitchers A. Rea " 1.00
    12 Plates John Miller " .60
    One lot shelf ware, bottles
    & nails John Miller 1.10
    one quart bottle D. Mooneyham " .10
    one candle stick W. ? " .20
    cups & saucers James Buckner " .25
    one mouse trap and pails
    and hand iron F. L. Rea " 2.50
    one bell John Miller " 1.15
    one bell F. M. Rea " 1.25
    One bell A. Rea " .75
    one bell A. Rea " .90
    one hand saw John Tucker " 1.55
    2 Sives A. Rea " .75
    5 Augers John Miller " 2.00
    1 Square, Draw Knife & Hatchett A. Rea " 2.00
    1 Feed ? and a lot of iron P. Mooneyham " 3.25
    1 Clevis A. Rea " 1.00
    A lot of Chisels and a skilyard John Lewis " .87 1/2
    2 collars, set of chains and
    a pr of S Bags James Moore Note 1.20
    1 axe B. Williams Paid 1.05
    1 Auger and umbrella A. Rea " 1.25
    23 3/4 lb. wool @ 40 Cents J. Buckner " 9.50
    1 Barrel and a box H. Yost Paid .30
    1 Basket John Miller Note .12 1/2
    1/2 bushel, a basket & # bucket D. Mooneyham " .50
    2 Reeds Wm. Grammer Paid .40
    25 lbs. Bacon @ .10 Joseph Browning Note 2.50
    221/2 lbs. Bacon @ .11 Joseph Browning " 2.47
    261/2lbs. Bacon @ .12 John Mooneyham " 3.15
    251/2 lbs. Bacon @ .12 M. Teffertiller " 3.42
    3 kegs soap grease A. Rea " 1.00
    1 Jar D. Mooneyham " .30
    1 lot tobacco @ 23/4 lb M. Trffertiller " 27.00
    1 hammer, 1 pr tongs Wm. Crammer Paid .55
    1 Sythe &1 ? P. Mooneyham " .30
    1 Sythe & 1 ? F. M. Rea " .30
    1 Grubbing hoe B. Wilkerson " .75
    1 pr chains & axe Thos. J. Mooneyham " 1.90
    1 pot rack W. S. Yost " 1.00
    1 Dump fork John Tucker " 1.00
    1 plow and clevis M. Ammermon " 3.00
    1 plow Wily Jones " 2.00
    1 plow Jackson Lewis Paid .50
    1 wagon Jefferson King Note 25.05
    1 log chain J. Mooneyham Note 1.20 1 cow & calf W. B. Hill " 20.00
    4 Head Hogs 1st choice E. Moberly " 15.00
    4 Head hogs 2nd choice E. Moberly " 12.00
    4 Head Hogs 3rd choice Thomas Morris " 10.00
    1 sow & 6 Pigs David Rawlings " 7.40
    1 Horse James B. Buckner " 71.00
    1 wagon H. Moore " 17.40
    1 Buggy Jeff King " 15.00
    1 Saddle Wm. Lewis " 9.80
    2 boxes A. Rea " .50
    1 cow G. L. Hall " 19.75
    1 Stear yearling John Whittington " 7.50
    1 cow & calf Wm. Fraiser " 15.20
    5 head sheep 1st choice W. J. Yost @ 1.85 " 9.25
    5 head sheep 2nd choice W. J. Yost @ 1.70 " 8.50
    5 head sheep 3rd choice W. J. Yost @1.66 " 8.30
    5 head sheep 4th choice W. J. Yost @ 1.61 " 8.05
    5 head sheep 5th choice W. J. Yost @ 1.46 " 7.30
    Set of harness John Lewis " 10.20
    HANES & A CHAIN Wm. Lewis " 1.10
    1 buggy Joseph Weston " 46.25
    1 lot of boards P. Mooneyham " 1.05
    1 whip Wily Jones " .75
    1 pr. saddle bags James Buckner " .40
    1 cook Stove P. Mooneyham " 8.55
    1 hand vice F. P. Berryhill Paid .25
    1 single tree John Tucker Note .60
    1 pr spectacles J. Hanilton Paid 23.72
    1 keg soap Angeline Rea 1.05
    1 pr sheep shears B. F. Harrison Paid .60
    1 plow & center John Miller Note 1.00
    The crop of corn Joseph Browning " 10.10
    one mare James S. Moore " 56.05

    1 bed, 2 pillows,& 1 counter pone
    (Bed Spread) A. Rea " 5.00

    1 Bed stid A. Rea " 2.00
    Total $ 525.92

    State of Ill. ]
    ] We certify that the foregoing is a correct sale bill of the
    Franklin Co.} Personal property of Wilson Rea Sr. Deceased. Sold 12th
    day of Sept. A. D. 1853.
    Samuel Mooneyham

    Thomas J. Mooneyham Cryer
    Clerk of Sale

    Warranty Deed Filed : Sept. 16, 1852--Received , page 457

    Wesley Walker to Wilson Rea--W. 1/2 of SW Qt. of SE QT. of Sec.5T, 6S, R -2East

    F. G. Rea, being first duly sworn on oath says he is
    the owner of Certain lands in Sec.5 & 8 in annexed Abstract
    described and is a grandson of Abner Rea Sr. who originally
    owned the greater part of said land and purchased it from
    the U. S. Government.

    Affiant says that he knows personally of the death of
    his said grand-father and knows that he died without a will
    and leaving his surviving as his sole and only heirs at law
    his widow, Alcy Rea and the following named children,
    to-wit: Abner Rea, Forrister Rea, John Rea, Charity Rea,
    wife of Robert Rea, Martha Rea, Lucretis Rea and Narcissa
    Rea as his sole and only heirs at law and affiant knows said
    Martha Rea and Lucretia Rea were unmarried until after 1848.
    That church lot referred to in Nos. 15, 16, 18 is in W 1/2
    SE SW Sec.5 -- Red'd Misc. "M" Page 76.

    Affidavit of Thomas O. Mooneyham filed, stating that Wilson
    Rea died intestate on or about August 12th, 1853.

    Release of dower
    Angeline Rea, Dated: Feb 3, 1860

    TO Filed Feb 18, 1860

    Purchaser or purchasers Released: Deed 1., Page 89
    of the real estate herein
    described for the use of the
    heirs of at law of
    WILSON REA, Deceased.


    All my right, title and dower interest in the following
    described Real Estate of which Wilson Rea, deceased, my late
    husband died seized.

    The SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4, except 1 acre where a certain
    meeting house now stands;
    The West 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 Sec. 5, T 6 S,
    R. 2 E, (And other lands not abstracted herein) for the
    benefit of the heirs at law of Wilson Rea, deceased, to the
    purchaser of purchasers of said real estate at the sale to
    be made by virtue of an ordered decree of the Franklin
    Circuit court made at the September term 1859, in the cause
    wherein Abraham Rea was Complainant and Angeline Rea;, et.
    al. were Defendants.

    Angeline Rea


    Abraham Rea, Complainant, vs. Angeline Rea, widow of Wilson Rea, Deceased, Margaret Rea, James Rea, Abraham Eubanks, Wm. Eubanks, Felix G. Eubanks, John Tucker, Elizabeth Tucker, Polly Jones,Geo. W. Jones, Jane Maddox, Angeline Neal, Chas. Neal, Adeline McClure, Jacob F. McClure, Heirs of Cynthia Eubanks, Dec., Polly Williams, Mumford Williams, Francis E. J. Rea ( Daughter of Wilson A. Rea). Alice Wood, Wm. M. K. Wood, Malinda Eubanks, Dec., Aurey Browning, and the unknown heirs of John Rea and Gatewood Rea; Deceased, Heirs at law of Wilson Rea; , Deceased and Michael Teffertiller, Defendants.

    And no on this same day came the complainant by Nelson and Pierce and his Solicitors, and on motion of Complainant Samuel Harrigan, is appointed guardian as litem to defend on behalf of Francis E. J. Rea, a minor, and the unknown minor heirs if John and Gatewood Rea, and Matilda Eubanks a minor, and it appearing to the court that notice of the pendency of this suit was given for four successive weeks in the "Benton Plaindealer" a newspaper published at Benton, in said county of Franklin and that the first insertion was made in said paper 60 days before the first day of April Term A. D. of the Franklin Circuit Court, it is therefore further on motion of Complainant ordered that the adult defendants be ruled to plead answer or dumur to Complainants Bill by 9 AM on Wednesday morning.

    And afterwards to-wit on Wednesday the 7th day of September AD 1859, came again the Complainant by Nelson and Peirce his solicitors and the adult defendants with the exception of Michael Teffertiller on being three times solemnly called came not but made default, it is therefore adjudged and decreed that the complainants Bill be taken for having filed his answer herein, and the said minor heirs having by their guardian filed their answer herein. It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed that the Bond for the conveyance of the Rea Estate, in Complainants Bill described be given up to be cancelled and that the same be annulled and held for naught and that the contract of purchase between Wilson Rea, Dec., and the said M. Teffertiller be and it is hereby rescinded, and it is further ordered adjudged and decreed that the Administrator of the said Wilson Rea, Dec., do give up to the said Michael Teffertiller the notes given by him, the said Teffertiller on account of the purchase of the said real estate to the said Wilson Rea Dec., and still remaining unpaid, and also that the said Administrator do enter satisfaction of all or every judgment standing unsatisfied against the said Teffertiller, on account of the purchase of the said real estate in Complainants bill described and that the purchase of said real estate and it is being proven to the satisfaction of the court that the said Wilson Rea, Dec., departed this life, seized and possess in in fee-simple of the real estate in complainants bill described and that he left the heirs at law described herein surviving who or proportions following, Via: To Margaret Rea, formerly Eubanks, wife of James Rea, Abraham Eubanks, William Eubanks, Felix G. Eubanks, Polly Jones, Alias Eubanks, wife of Geo. W. Jones, Jan Maddox, Alias Eubanks, wife of Noah Maddox, Dec., Angeline Neal, wife of Charles Neal, Adeline McClure, wife of Jacob F. McClure, one tenth part of said real estate or shares of their deceased parent, Cynthia Eubanks;, Alais Rea; To Polly Williams, Alais Rea one tenth part or portion; To Eilzabeth Tucker, Alais Rea, one tenth part or portion; To Francis E. J. Rea, infant daughter of Wilson A. Rea, one tenth part or portion; To Malinda Eubanks, one tenth part or portion, or one undivided one-third part or portion each of one tenth part or portion,To Alice Wood, Alias Rea,one tenth part or portion; To the complainant Abraham Rea, one tenth part or portion; To the unknown heirs of John Rea, one tenth part or portion; To the unknown heirs of Gatewood Rea one tenth part or portion: SUBJECT nevertheless to the rights of Dower of Angeline Rea, widow of the said Wilson Rea, Dec., and it is further ordered by the court that Levi Browning, Calvin M. Clark, and Wm L. McCreery be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to make partition of the said real estate Via: SE SW except one Acre where a certain meeting house now stands and the W 1/2 of SW SE Sec. 5 Twp 6 S. Range 2 East: (and other lands )

    Circuit Court Record "B" Book 2 Page 589

    All land sold Feb 4, 1860 to Abner Rea and wife Mary.


    Warranty Deed
    February 8, 1849
    Between Wilson Rea and Angeline Rea, his wife, to Francis M. Rea for the consideration of $40.00 for 40 acres described as follows: The Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section 9 in Township 6 South of Range two East.
    Signed in presence of Franklin L. Rea and William C. Lewis
    This was marked Rea Bond.


    Wilson Rea Sr. to Francis M. Rea Deed
    Filed for Record on the 31 day of January 1852
    Recorded Book D pages 308-309 on the 2nd of February 1852
    W. R. Browning Clerk.
    Fees: $ .44
    Warranty Deed 12 November 1851. Wilson Rea and Angeline his wife to Francis M. Rea in consideration of 800 Dollars the following described land: The NE Qt. of the SE Qt. of Sec. 12 in Town 6 One East South of Range one East containing Forty acres and also the West 1/2 of SW 1/4 Sec. 7 in Twp. 6 S. Range 2 E containing seventy two and ninety hundredths of an acre, and also the NW Qt. of SE Qt. of Sec 12 in Twp 6 S of Range No One East containing 40 acres.
    Witnessed by J. Pettis Smith and Jessie Hammonds.

    Know all men by that these presents that I do hereby bond myself heirs Executors and administrators firmly by these presents in the final sum of four hundred dollars of good lawful money of this state to Abner Rea in witness. Hence I do set my hand and seal this January the 27, 1834. The conditions of the above obligation is such that if the above bondant Wilson Rea doth make unto the said Abner Rea or heirs a good and assfiant Lawful warrantee deed of the conveyance to Forty acres of land lying and being in the State of Illinois and county of Franklin it being in range 2 town 6 Section 8 NE Qt. of S. West quarter then the above obligation to be null and void otherwise to remain in full force virtue in land in witness whence of I set my hand and seal this January 27, 1834.
    Signed in the presence of James Eubanks
    Wilson Rea Seal.


    Father: William Collings REA b: 6 MAR 1752 in VA
    Mother: Winniford WILSON b: in Hennry Co., VA

    Marriage 1 Fanny Anne FRANKLIN b: ABT. 1778 in VA
    • Married: 11 JAN 1796 in Henry Co. VA
    1. Has No Children Malinda REA
    2. Has Children Cynthia REA b: ABT. 1790 in TN
    3. Has Children Gatewood Dunn REA b: 18 SEP 1796 in VA
    4. Has No Children Alice REA b: ABT. 1798
    5. Has No Children Ila R. REA b: ABT. 1799
    6. Has Children Matilda REA b: ABT. 1800
    7. Has Children Mary Ann Polly REA b: ABT. 1804 in VA
    8. Has Children Abraham REA b: 30 DEC 1805 in TN or NC
    9. Has Children Eilzabeth REA b: 1807
    10. Has Children Aura REA b: 11 NOV 1813
    11. Has Children John K. REA b: 12 DEC 1815 in KY
    12. Has Children Wilson A. REA b: 1820

    Marriage 2 Patsy PRINCE
    • Married: APR 1814 in Cumberland Co., N.C.

    Marriage 3 Angelina Beasley LEWIS b: 1798 in NC
    • Married: 22 FEB 1845 in Franklin CO., IL
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