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John J Rea

John J Rea

Male 1814 - 1872  (58 years)

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  • Name John J Rea 
    Born 9 Jul 1814  Hayston, Glamis, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Jul 1872  Mount Vernon, Dane Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3257  Whitton
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 

    Father James Rae,   b. 1792,   d. 8 Oct 1873  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret Gibson,   b. 7 Jul 1792,   d. 7 Oct 1873  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellen G Craik,   b. 1814,   d. 1903  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 12 Mar 1836  Glamis SCotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret or Margaretha Ellen Rea,   b. 15 May 1840, Charleston, Forfarshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1925, Pioneer Cemetery, Eugene, Lane Co Orgegon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     2. James C Rea  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F1971  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John was born at Cottartown of Hayston, Glammis Parish, Scotland, on 9 July 1814.1 He was the son of James Rae and Barbara Gibson. John J. Rea was baptized at Glamis, Forfarshire, Scotland.1 He married Ellen G. Craick at Glamis, Forfarshire, Scotland, on 12 March 1836. (Glorya Welch indicates her name was Helen Craik).1 A census listed John as head of household at Charleston, Forfarshire, Scotland, in 1841. His occupation was listed as quarrier.

      Charleston Village had been the Estate of Rochelhill and originally belonged to the family of Ogilvey. The next owners were named Henderson. In the early 1800's the proprietor feued a portion to small lots. Each house was built with a small garden attached. The area then was called the Village of Charleston. In 1859 the Earl of Strathmore purchased the property. The land was also known as Strathmore Muir and Woodbank before it became Rochelhill..1
      He and Janet Coupar with James Rae, Margaret Rea, Thomas Rea, Marjory Rea, Barbara Rea, Elizabeth Rea, George Rea, Mary Rea, Jean Rea, Barbara Gibson, Ellen G. Craick and David Allerdice were listed on a passenger list of It was bound for New York City from Dundee. The entry Glorya Welch identifies as that actually for Barbara wife of James is "Janet Rae 49", that for Janet, 21 wife of Thomas is "Jessie Rae 25", that for Margaret Rae 23 wife of David Allerdice is "Cath Alidice 21". In addition, Thomas Rae listed as 25 was actually 21, Helen Rae 22 was 27, D. Alidice 29 was 24, Margry Rae 19 was 18, Barnary Rae 17 was Barbara 15, Geo Rae 11 was 8, Mary Rae 10 was 6 and Jessie Rae 7 was Jean 3. Also on board was Janet Rea 21 who was not listed with the rest and whose relationship with them, if any, is not known. Not listed, but known to be passengers are the children of John and Ellen Rae: Janes 5, Agnes 3, Margaret 1, and James (born at sea).

      Glorya Welch also says "From Thomas Rea's Bible now in the possession of Virginia Olsen of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin: Left Scotland and sailed for America on the 2 of October 1841, 21 days to cross the ocean on a sailing vessel." This is interesting because they arrrived the 24 December 1841 not in October. To at New York City, NY, on 24 December 1841.1 In the Census of 1850, John J. Rea was listed as a head of household at Merton, Waukesha Co., WI. He is listed as a farmer, immigrated in 1841..
      According to Paul Hutchinson, a local historian, in Canada,
      James was likely working in connection with the construction
      ofthe second Welland Canal, which was being constructed in 1843
      when his son John was born. A lot of stone was needed for
      locks, weirs, embankment reinforcement and probably other
      miscellaneous uses. The series of locks enabled ships to "climb
      the mountain," that is to go up and down the Niagara
      escarpment, a major difficulty for the canal which links Lakes
      Ontario and Erie. The town in the early 1800s was called
      Centreville, became the Town of Merritton, and is now St.
      Catherines.

      The name slabtown has reference to lumber and sawmills. When a
      log is sawn into planks the outer, rounded parts with bark on
      them are not saleable. These pieces, referred to as slabs, were
      salvaged by poor Irish people and used to construct shanties,
      which were numerous in Centreville, where many lived. Thus
      Centreville's nickname became Slabtown. This latter name
      appears in print many time in newspapers, but rarely does it
      appear in any serious context. A birth, marriage, or death
      notice pre-1860 will always say Centreville, rather than
      Slabtown. However, in disparaging accounts in the newspapers,
      Slabtown was the norm, even "the classic district of Slabtown".

      [14] He is mentioned in an 1877 history of Madison and Dane Co. as
      "Foye and Rea, masons" generally prospering.

      [12] 1841

      [13] I John J Rea of the Town of Primrose Dane county State
      of Wisconsin Being of Sound mind and Memory and mindful of the
      uncertainties of human Life do make Publish and declare this my
      last will and Testament in manner following. First after the
      Payment of my just debts and Funeral Expenses I give devise and
      Bequeath to my wife Elen Rea all the Property that I have
      whether it be in land or money or in other Personal Property
      and in case there is any property that falls to me from my
      Fathers Estate I give devise and Bequeath it all to my wife
      Elen Rea allso to controle and dispose of as she Sees fit. I
      hereby nominat and appoint my Sone James C. Rea the Executor of
      this my last will and testament and hereby authrozie and
      empower him the said James C Rea to compound comp-- and Settle
      and Claim or --- which may be against or in favor of my Estate
      in witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this
      Second day of May AD 1872. John J. Rea The above instrument
      consisting of this Sheet was signed Published and declared by
      the Said Testator to be his will and testament in Presence of
      us who have signed our names at this request as witnesses on
      his Presence and in Presence of each other. Witnesses Richard
      B. Chandler of the Town of Primrose. Mathias Schlingan of the
      Town of Primrose. Edwin Shumway of the Town of
      Springdale. Inventory NW 1/4 North West
      Quarter Sec ten (10) town five (5) North of Range seven (7)
      east $2400 (Primrose Township). Horse $90, 3 yr old mare $70,
      Yearling Colt $35, 2 cows $50, 4 2yr old steer $72, 2 yr old
      heifer $16, 2 yearline heiffers $22, yearling $6, 23 sheep $54,
      Hogs & Sholts $31, Seeder $30, harrows $8, plows $3, Fanning
      mill $5, Sorghum mill $20, wagon $15, harness $15, sled $5,
      graindstone $1, 2 hive bees $10, 60 bu wheat $60, 150 bu oats
      $30, 100 bus corn $30, 20 bu potatoes $10, 2 stoves $20, watch
      & clock $25, Clothing $30, Sundry Household furniture $30,
      Total $796.50