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Rhea Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0002

This collection consists of material relating to the Rhea family of Sullivan County, Tennessee and covers the time period 1807-1931. Contained within the collection are Civil War-era records, John Rhea's financial transactions, Sons of Temperance financial transactions, material on Samuel Rhea's missionary trips to Persia, and John Rhea's correspondence. Also included are Rhea genealogical material and various church records.

This collection is organized into six series. Series I, Correspondence, includes that of John Rhea's business and daily activities in Knoxville as well as Samuel Rhea's missionary work in Persia and the United States. Series II contains John Rhea’s personal and biographical information of the Rhea family and includes diaries and genealogical material. Series III contains lands grants and Series IV includes speeches and sermons. Series V holds the financial records of John A. Rhea including invoices, receipts, and an estate ledger. Series VI includes material related to the Sons of Temperance such as ledgers, receipts, and speeches.

Dates

  • 1807-1931

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Abstract

This collection consists of material relating to the Rhea family of Sullivan County, Tennessee and covers the time period 1807-1931. Contained within the collection are Civil War-era records, John Rhea's financial transactions, Sons of Temperance financial transactions, material on Samuel Rhea's missionary trips to Persia, and John Rhea's correspondence. Also are included are Rhea genealogical material and various church records.

Biographical/Historical Note

Two of the most prominent Rhea brothers, John and Samuel L. Rhea, are represented in the collection. Reverend Joseph Rhea, a Presbyterian minister, emigrated from Maryland and later moved to Sullivan County, Tennessee. Two of his descendents, John L. Rhea and Samuel Rhea, are featured heavily in this collection

John L. Ray (1832-1910) established himself as a Knoxville merchant and served as a member of the Company G 19th Tennessee during the Civil War. He also did work with the Grand Division of the Sons of Temperance and Associated Charities. He had property dealings in Iowa and Wisconsin and stock dealings with the Ohio Central Railroad and East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad.

Samuel A. Rhea (1827-1865) was a Presbyterian missionary to Persia. His first wife died in Persia and on his return trip to America he remarried and he and his second wife, Sarah, had four children: Sophie, Foster, Annie, and Leighton. His memoir was published in 1869.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two boxes and is arranged into six series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Personal and Biographical
  3. Series III: Land Grants
  4. Series IV: Speeches and Sermons
  5. Series V: Financial Records
  6. Series VI: Sons of Temperance

Acquisition Note

Miss Lucy Rhea of Knoxville, Tennessee donated this collection to the library in 1946.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480