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Rhea Family Connection ???
Posted by: CC Weed (ID *****8232) Date: January 02, 2011 at 12:45:06
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Responding to Your Really Old Post Re Rhea Family......

While doing some family research I came across your post regarding the Rhea Family. My Mother remembers visiting John and Beatrice Rhea in Williamsport Pa when she was a little girl. She remembers their son "Jack" who she thought was around her age (she is 81)....anyway she said she can not figure out how ...but believes that Beatrice Rea was her Mother's cousin...so I told her I would look into it today. She also remembered John was a barber. Well ....I did not know Beatrice's maiden name until I came across your post through Google. Once I knew her name was Phillips I was able to locate her in Ancestry.com. I found then in the 1920 Census from Williamsport Pa":
Evan C Lloyd age 47Indicates He is Beatrice's Stepfather
Alma M Lloyd age 39
Beatrice C Phillips age 18
(Records indicate that Beatrice Phillips's Father was Edward J. Phillips born in 1879)
Suddenly I realized that Beatrice's Mother, Alma M (married name was Lloyd (and before that Phillips) is almost certainly the Alma May Maffet I have been looking for for a while.

I believe that she was born in 1880 .....Alma May Maffet and was the daughter of William Maffet.
and Rachel Saxton. Rachel was only 19 when Alma May was born and she died shortly after Alma May's birth.

Anyway...long story short.....My Mother,was born in Williamsport in 1929 and grew up in Muncy Pa. She was the only child of William James McCarty and Myrtle Saxton. Not only was Billie an only child .....but when she was born ...all of her Grandparents were already dead and although her mother had 2 brothers and a sister and her father had 3 sisters...NONE of them had any children ...so she did not have any 1st cousins either. ....the only relatives she has these days are her own four children and 4 grandchildren. So finding even a distant relative is exciting for her these days.

The interesting part of the story is that several years ago when I started getting into genealogy and finding out more about our ancestors I came across an old family Bible that belonged to Billie's Grandfather, Millard Fillmore Saxton. Millard was born in 1857 in Jersey Shore, Pa. His younger sister Rachel (Alma May Maffet's Mother) was born on Oct 19,1861. Their parents were Jeremiah T. Saxton and Martha Updegraph.

Sadly, 1st Lt. Jeremiah T. Saxton was Killed in Action on August 28, 1862 in Thoroughfare Gap, Virginia. Rachel was not even a year old....and he must have been away most of that year. Millard was only 5 years old. He then went to Orphan's School.

There is certainly a theme of sadness when telling the story of this family.

The Family Bible that I have looks like they tried to remove some of the information related to Rachel and Alma. I don't know if Alma May was told the truth about her parents or if her father remarried and found her a new mother figure.

Rachel's brother, Millard seemed like a pretty cool guy...a musicain and an entrepreneur. He ended up marrying a widow who already had 2 children , her mame was Lina Klett. They married and then had 2 more children. John and Myrtle (my grandmother) My Grandmother was a really neat person...way ahead of her time ...as was her father Millard.

Did your Grandmother Beatrice ever talk about her Mother Alma's Family.?.maybe you already knew all of the Saxton and Maffet relatives.?? My Mother remembers visiting Bea Rhea with her Mother Myrtle Saxton McCarty (Millard's daughter) Are you aware of a connection ??

You can also contact me at: ccweedcc@comcast.net





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