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Re: James Rea Henry County Virginia 1730-1788
Posted by: Roger Ray (ID *****1329) Date: November 08, 2011 at 12:37:05
In Reply to: James Rea Henry County Virginia 1730-1788 by Edward Rea of 1752

I know I've already replied personally to you on this question last summer, but I'll repeat my opinion for others who may also be interested.

I know that John Ray & Hannah Hasty/Hastey are often given as the parents of James Rea [Henry Co VA] in several WorldConnect trees [wc.rootsweb.com]. I've written emails to these various posters but have never gotten a response stating the source of the info. One of the trees [from A Deason Smith] even states that there is no proof of this connection. On the other hand I have heard from Joseph C Rhea, who wrote Ray-Rhea: a family book of history and genealogy for Rhea and related families (1969) in which he describes how he is descended from John Ray & Hannah Hasty. The passage in the book that seems to have led to the confusion has been transcribed in this old RHEA-L post

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/rhea/1998-02/0888121389

It is now clear from Y-DNA evidence that the results from descendants of Joseph C Rhea do not match those of the descendants of James Rea of Henry Co, VA. Therefore these two Rea lines are not related.

Similarly, a group of descendants of Matthew Campbell "The Rebel" Rhea have had Y-DNA testing and those results match neither the John Ray/Hannah Hasty line nor the Henry Co James Rea line.

The Y-DNA studies have turned out to be quite powerful in showing connections between the various Ray/Rea/Rhea/etc families but they also show that there were many different families who used the surname Ray in its various forms.


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