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Ann Rhea

This is an e-mail I received from Kelli Rea Webb Oregon on 22 June 2006:

I absolutely love the way you designed your family tree, they are so hard to understand sometimes when you are going back back back……

I just wanted to ask you where you obtained your Rhea family information, starting obviously with Anne. To the point I was curious if you have her parents, siblings names.

That is one family, that has so many variations on the line, I am getting confused. Thank you so much for letting me share your family website, you have done such a wonderful wonderful job, it is quite unique.

I am answering here:

There are many, many records of Ann (Rhea) Turk. Ann Turk is recorded in Augusta County, Virginia land records with her husband. Ann was mentioned in his will in Blount County, Tennessee. In 1836, There is a court record of Ann Turk devising her interest in her brother John Rhea's estate to her grandson. Ann Turk and her brother Robert Rhea were deposed in Monroe County, Tennessee court records 1835-1839. She is mentioned in DAR and other Revolutionary War records as wife of patriot Captain Turk.

The Rhea and Rea families of Albemarle County, Virginia appear to be unrelated to each other; the Rheas came to Albemarle/Augusta area of Virginia from the mountains and the Reas were a family of Tidewater origins.

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The Dallam Tower

Dallam Tower Manifest 1883

About 2001, when I was creating the website for the RICHARDSON family of Hounslow Heath, England, I found the family of my grandfather, Arthur James RICHARDSON, in the State Records of New South Wales, Australia, Immigrant Index of 1880-1896. On Reel 2142 was recorded his family’s arrival in 1883: Edward Richardson, age 34, Emily, age 34, Florence, age 10, Arthur, age 3, and under remarks for these people was listed “and family.” Henry, age 14, and Richard, age 13, were also found, but with no remarks.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, the sailing ship “Dallam Tower” arrived on the 1st of November, “with 419 Government immigrants.” Just recently, a Richardson cousin has sent a link to these same records that are now posted on-line as ships’ passengers on “The Dallam Tower”. There are links to the original scanned records: Edward and Emily Richardson with Florence, Arthur and Agnes.

I assume that the term “Government Immigrants” signified they were sponsored by the British government.

The image, Dallam Tower Manifest 1883, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Neddy’s flickr favorites.

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