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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


J. H. REA, farmer and stock-grower, P. O. Carmichaels, was born in Cumberland Township, August 26, 1831, and is a son of John and Margaret (Dowlin) Rea, who were of Scotch-Irish descent.  His mother was a native of Pennsylvania, and his father, who was a blacksmith, was born in New Jersey, and came to Greene County in 1803, and died November 25, 1847.  Of their ten children, nine grew to maturity, the youngest of whom is the subject of this sketch.  His has lived all his life on a farm, with the exception of two years spent in the army.  He owns the farm of 106 acres where he now resides.  He was united in marriage, August 26, 1852, with Miss Orpha, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Long) Worthington.  Mrs. Rea is of English origin.  Their family consists of seven children—Calvin B., Margaret Alice, wife of James Craig; Frank L., a stock-dealer in the West; Mary M., Walter G., Anna V. and John Linn.  They are all members of the Presbyterian Church, in which Mr. Rea has been elder, trustee, and superintendent of the Sabbath-school.  Mr. Rea takes a great interest in educational matters, has served as school director, and filled most of the important offices of his township.  In 1861 he enlisted as a private in Company F, First Pennsylvania Cavalry.  At the regular organization of this company at Harrisburgh, August 17, 1861, he was elected Captain, and was promoted to the office of Major, November 14, of the same year.  He was discharged for disability, January 12, 1863, and was carried home on a stretcher, in what was then thought to be a dying condition.  He is a member of the G. A. R. Post.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 18 July 2007

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