Soldier. Rhett was considered one of the leading men of Charleston during it's early colonial days. He was the hero against the invasion of the Spaniards and French in 1706 and was in charge of the naval expedition that sought out Blackbeard, ultimately capturing another pirate, Stede Bonnet in 1717. Bonnet and his crew of pirates were all hung alongside the Ashley river and their bodies were dumped into the river.
From FAG contributor Anonymous;
"Col. William Rhett (1666-1722), Receiver-General, Comptroller of Customs, Lt. General and Vice Admiral of Carolina was the last Charleston Rhett aristocrat. The name became extinct in Charleston 1728. The present day Rhetts are descended from James Smith, a great-grandson of Col Rhett, who's sons legally changed their name in the 19th century." The Carolina Herald, Vol 3. number 1
In hopes of a joyful Resurrection
Here rests the body of
Col. William Rhett
Late of this Parish,
Principall Officer of his Majesties Customs
in this Province:
He was a Person that on all occasions promoted
the Publick good of this Colony, and severall
times generously and successfully ventured his
Life in defense of the same.
He was a kind Husband,
A tender Father,
A faithful Friend,
A charitable Neighbor,
A Religious constant worshipper of God.
He was born in London
4th Sept 1666,
Arrived and settled this Country
19th Novembr 1694,
And dyed suddenly but not unprepared
12th Janry 1722
In the fifty seventh year of his age.