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Rea Surname Group

The Rea Surname Group is for all people researching the surname Rea or its spelling variations (Rhea, Ray, etc.) in any location.

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Latest Activity: Mar 6, 2020

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Comment by Paul J. Lareau on April 5, 2017 at 8:14am

Here is a recent version of our HOUSTON-STEWART DESCENDANT GENEALOGY (Ancestral to the REA family)  HOUSTON-STEWART-20170219-D.pdf

Comment by Paul J. Lareau on April 5, 2017 at 8:12am

Here is a recent version of our PATTON DESCENDANT GENEALOGY (Ancestral to the REA family.  PATTON-20170217-D.pdf

Comment by Paul J. Lareau on April 5, 2017 at 8:08am

Here is a recent version of our BERRYHILL-ASKE DESCENDANT GENEALOGY (Ancestral to the REA family).BERRYHILL-ASKE-20170218-D.pdf

Comment by Paul J. Lareau on April 5, 2017 at 8:02am

Here is a recent version of our REA DESCENDANT GENEALOGY.   REA-20170219-D.pdf

Comment by CLRay on April 4, 2017 at 8:09pm

Hello everyone! I'm looking to see if anyone knows of any Rays in Pueblo, Colorado, around the mid to late 1800s? I'm stuck on a family member in my genealogy named James Earl Ray, born in the 1880s in Pueblo, Colorado. 

Comment by Susan Rea on March 4, 2012 at 7:13pm


Thank you for your prompt response.

Will keep following other leads!


Comment by GaryRea on March 4, 2012 at 6:31pm

Welcome to the group, Susan.

Just a note: I'm no longer running the Rea Surname DNA Project that I founded in 2002 and ran until 2011. It's been merged with a Wray project on Family Tree DNA:

Anyway, I wanted to mention a member of that project, Allen (Richard) Rea, whom I've met in person, back in 2009. He lives in Queensland, Australia and is a cattle rancher there. I have no idea where his ancestors came from, though, and I no longer have his email address. Not much help, am I?  ;)


Comment by Susan Rea on March 4, 2012 at 5:39pm

Good morning

Have just joined the group and am interested in the Rea family in Australia.

The Rea family we belong to came from the Ilderton, Wooler area of Northumberland and we have info as far back as Charles James Rea and Elizabeth Laing in the 1820s. The first member of the family to come to Australia was John Arthur Rea in the late 1870/1880s.

Glad to exchange any info I can


Comment by GaryRea on December 7, 2011 at 7:11pm

I think you must mean Searcy County, Arkansas, William. North Central Arkansas. I'm from Oklahoma City, myself, originally. There was no white settlement, to speak of (a few fur traders and missionaries) in what was then Indian Territory and later Oklahoma. Most of the white settlement began in 1889, with the settlement of the Unassigned Lands of Central Oklahoma and, later, the panhandle. Oklahoma City was created literally in one day, April 22, 1889, with the first land run. It was nothing but unsettled rolling prairie at noon and by nightfall there was a tent city of 10,000 inhabitants from all over the world.

I'm the first born in Oklahoma. My line came from County Down, Northern Ireland to Pennsylvania in 1774 and, from there, went to Ohio and Wisconsin, in the 1840s, and Minnesota in the 1870s. My father was a young civil engineer when he married my mother in St. Louis in 1950 and they moved to Oklahoma City that year. 

The Rea Surname DNA Project has recently merged with Family Tree DNA's Wray project and is being run by one of my members and the founder of the Wray group.

Comment by William Rea on December 7, 2011 at 1:54pm

Hi, Gary, glad to find this group page. have been looking around many websites

looking into my Rea family line. furthest back i have gotten on the Rea side is Joseph Rea b.1787 in mecklenburg,co NC.d. 1855 in searcy, co OK

his son William Thomas Rea b.1827 d.1882 is my 2nd ggf,

his son Jehu Rea b. 1869 d.1946 is my ggf

his son Garland Esper Rea b.22-mar-1902 d.1979 is my gf

his son Arthur Floyd Rea b.16-feb-1928 d.27-aug-2003 is my father 


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