Descendants of William Rea


90. Anna Rea

Anna attended Pennsylvania State Univeristy at Ogontz. She established the Missionary Union of Denver, Colorado, held state offices in the Colorado Congregational Church and contributed to local and religious periodicals. Anna was also an accomplished musician.

Jeremiah Emery Ayers

Jeremiah graduated from Dartmouth with an A.B. degree in 1858 and earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. He went on to become an educator, real estate broker and farmer. He was a principal at Boys High School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and professor of Latin and Greek at Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh), was the founder of Ayers' Latin School in PIttsburgh and was a real estate broker and owner of a stock farm in Colorado. He was trustee of Colorado College and was prominent in church, civic and educational affairs in Denver. The Ayers family moved from Pittsburgh to Colorado in 1873.

198. Lucy Emery Ayers

Lucy attended Colorado Teachers College, Berkeley University and the University of Denver. She was a music teacher in Denver, Talladega, Alabama, Casper, Wyoming and Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii public schools. Lucy was an accomplished pianist.

S. Howard Eisenberg

Lucy and S. Howard Eisenberg had no children.

91. John A. Rea

John attended Western University of Pennsylvania (now the University of Pittsburgh), Jefferson College and Princeton Theological Seminary. He became a minister and was ordained May 6, 1869 at Downington (Pennsylvania) Presbyterian Church. He became pastor of the same church (1869-72) and served in Home Missions, Port Townsend, Washington (1872-78). He was assistant pastor at First Congregational Church, Oakland, California (1881-91) and organized and taught an Oakland Sunday school class of over 1,000 members and wrote the musical scores for its orchestra. He retired from the active ministry in 1897.

199. Florence Pauline Rea

Florence was a talented musician and wrote many musical scores for the instruction of young students.

93. Mary Laughlin Rea

Mary attneded private schools in Pittsburgh and St. Louis, Missouri and devoted much of her life to church activites, especially Sunday school and charities.

Henry Clinton Ayers

Henry graduated from Dartmouth in 1864. He entered the life insurance business and pioneered in the institution of the National Association of Life Underwriters and the Pittsburgh LIfe Underwriters Association, of which he was the first president. He was an elder in the East Liberty (Pittsburgh) Presbyterian Church and was active in civic affairs.

203. Eleanore Sherburne Ayers

Eleanore attended St. Margaret's School and Washington Seminary. She never married.

96. Dr. Samuel Culbertson Rea

An expert in the field of transportation, Samuel spent most of his adult life in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad, rising from the position of rodman on a civil engineering corps to president of the company. His services was as follows: Rodman and chainman, Morrison's Cove Branch (1871-73), assistant engineer for the construction of the Point Bridge over the Monogahela River in Pittsburgh (1875-77), assistant engineer in charge of the construction of the Pittsburgh, Virginia and Charleston Railway, a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad, engineer in charge of surveys (1879-1883), assistant to the vice president, with title of Principle Assistant Engineer (1883-1888), assistant to the second vice president (1888), assistant to the president (1892-97) during which time Samuel was in charge of all general construction work, first assistant to the president (February 10, 1897-June 14, 1899), fourth vice president to vice president (June 14, 1899 to November 13, 1912), and president (1913-1925). He retired from the presidency but remained in the company as a member of the board of directors (1925-1929). In addition to the above positions, Samuel was elected president of the Long Island Company in which the Pennsylvania Railroad had the controlloing interest (december 5, 1923) and he was a member of the board of directors of several other railroad companies partially owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad. In addition to the above positions, Samuel held a clerkship with the Hollidaysburg Iron and Nail Company (1873-75), was an assistant engineer in locating the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad system, was the first cashier in the freight terminal in Pittsburgh and was the first passenger ticket agent in Pittsburgh (1877-1879). He was also vice president of the Maryland Central Railroad Company and chief engineer for the construction of the Baltimore Belt Railroad, a subsidiary of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (1889-1891).

Samuel earned honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1910 and Princeton University in 1916, as well as Lafayette College in 1916. He was awarded the Franklin Medal from the Franklin Institute, was an honorary member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (London) in 1928 and was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Samuel was credited with the planning and supervision of the construction of the Hudson River railroad tunnel, the Pennsylvania Railroad tunnel in Manhattan and the Pennsylvania Station in New York City (1901-1910). He is also credited with the planning of the Hell Gate Bridge over the East River in New York City, the 130 pound rail as the standard for the Pennsylvania Railroad, which became the standard for all railroads, and he assisted in the planning and building of Union Terminal in Washington, D.C. and the Union Station in Chicago. He was president of the Terminal Company (Union Station, Chicago), and assisted in the forming of the last great extension of the New York Subway System.

When the federal government took over control of the country's rail system in WWI, Samuel served on the Railroads War Board and was a member of the Executive Committe of the Special Committee on National Defense of the American Railway Association. He assisted in directing the operation of all the railroads in the United States from December 28, 1917 to the end of the war.

101. Thomas Blair Rea

Was still a batchelor in 1886.

102. Samuel Rea

Was the second Vice President of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1899 to 1912 and President from 1913 to 1925, retiring at 70. In 1910, there was a bronze statue of Samuel erected at Penn Station in New York City, which he helped to design and which was opened in 1910. The site is now Madison Square Garden.

208. Ruth Rea

Ruth and George had no children. Ruth attended the Baldwin and Irwin Schools and Briarcliff Junior College. She was active in the Women's Board at Bryn Mawr Hospital (1949- after 1960), the Women's Association, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (vice president and treasurer), and the Associate Committee of Women of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (treasurer).

Ruth's place of death is from the Social Security Death Index.

George Benn Junkin

George and Ruth had no children. George graduated from Werntz Preparatory School and the U.S. Naval Academy (B.S., 1913). He served in the U. S. Navy, 1909-1924 (Ensign to Lt. Commander), was president of the Wolf Summit Coal Co. (1925-1928), president of the Delaware-New Jersey Ferry Co. (1928-1956), and president of the Wilson Line, Inc. (1928 to after 1960). He was vice-president of Virginia Ferry Corporation, the Wilson Line, Inc., Delaware-New Jersey Ferry Co. and the John T. Dyer Quarry Co.

George's place of death is from the Social Security Death Index.

104. James Newton Rea

Lived in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

209. George Robinson Rea

George and Dixie had no children. George attended Shady Side Academy and Lehigh University. He worked in the office of the president of the Pennsylvania Railroad (who was Samuel Rea).

Dixie Walker

Dixie and George had no children. Dixie attended Sophie Newcomb School and was active in the American Red Cross.

106. William Holdship Rea

Lived in Pittsburgh. May have served with the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company L from August 4, 1863 to February 20, 1864.

There is currently a William Holdship Rea Scholarship fund at Chatham College, founded in Pittsburgh in 1869.

Edith Oliver

Edith attended several finishing schools, including Miss Fuller's, Miss Hayward's, Madamoiselle Charbonnier's, and Miss Ann Brown's. She was active in the WWI war effort, doing volunteer work for the Red Cross and the Y.M.C.A. She was a member of the Women's Federal Council, the National War Savings Committee and gave the U.S. Navy the use of her yacht for scout service. She contributed the Rea Swimming Pool and Rehabilitation Center at Walter Reed Hospital and was field director of the Department of Military Relief, Potomac Division and of all Red Cross activities at Walter Reed Hospital. She was also a member of the Committee of 11, appointed by President Harding, March 29, 1921 to investigate the matter of soldiers' relief. After the death of her father, Edith was chairman of the board of directors of the Oliver Iron & Steel Co. and the Oliver & Snyder Steel Co., as well as trustee of her father's estate.

109. Louise Harbaugh Rea

Louise devoted her life to religious activities, in cluding Bishop Bowman's Institute. She was president of the Woman's Auxiliary Committee of the Southern Presbyterian Assembly, was regent of the Barium Springs Orphanage and trustee of Mission Court.

Rev. Walter Lowrie Wilson

Rev. Walter L. Wilson served the Presbyterian Church, chiefly in home missions.

110. Samuel Rea, Jr.

Was a farmer, according to the 1880 census of Marion, Owen County, Indiana. His wife is listed as Elnora, age 52 (Samuel was 63), born in Ohio. Elnora's father was born in Virginia. Their children are shown as: Eli (19), Oliver (17), Samuel (15), George (11), Moriah (20), Lucy (12), Susan (12) and Barbara E. Rea (9).

223. Eli Rea

There was an Eli Rea born in 1860 in Patricksburg, Owen County, Indiana who married Ellen Rockliff in 1885 in Patricksburg and who died in 1917, according to LDS Ancestral Files data.

In the 1880 Census of Marion, Owen County, Eli was living with his parents at the age of 19.

226. Lucy Rea

Lucy and Susan were twins.

227. Susan Rea

Susan and Lucy were twins.