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Capt William Alexander Rhea

Capt William Alexander Rhea

Sullivan County, Tennessee, USA
Death 22 Dec 1906 (aged 73)
McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA
Burial McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 40
Memorial ID 6627085 · View Source
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Captain William A. Rhea (Standing) With his younger brother James. C-1859

William grew up on his parents' farm in Collin County and at 19 years of age attended the Blount Academy in Tennessee.
He engaged in business with Larkin Adamson at Weston, and for a time taught school at Mantua. In 1857 he and his brother James entered into a partnership and operated a mill for building machinery. The location they selected grew
into Rhea Mills, ten miles northwest of McKinney. By the time the Civil War came the operation had flourished and they were operating an extensive carding machinery, corn and flouring mills.

In 1861 W. A. Rhea joined the Confederate Army, enlisting as a private in Company D, Sixth Texas Cavalry, and in the
following spring he was elected Captain. At the Battle of Corinth he had his left foot torn away by grape shot. He returned to Texas in 1863 and was elected to the legislature, then appointed Adjutant General by Gov. Murrah and aided Gen Griffith in organizing the state troops. After the war the mills were extended and business expanded. A mercantile store was added to serve the community.

Capt. Rhea was married the 16th of July 1868 to Ella Foote, daughter of Dr. G.A. Foote. Six children were born to them: James F., Emogene, William A., Lawrence J., Mary E., John Edwin.

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Captain Wm. A. RheaCo.D 6th Texas Cav. CSA

Gravesite Details This Confederate officer lost his left Foot at the Battle of Cornth Miss. 1864 He died Dec. 22nd 1906 at age 73




  • Created by: Herbert Rickards
  • Added: 22 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6627085
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William Alexander Rhea (9 Dec 1833–22 Dec 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6627085, citing Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Herbert Rickards (contributor 10274696) .