from Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion and Edgar Counties, Volume 2
William Rees...Our subject was born in Greene County, East Tennessee, April 16, 1819, and is the son of William Rees, Jr., who was born near Richmond, Va., and who died many years ago.
The paternal grandfather of our subject was also William Rees, who removed with his family to Guilford County, N. C., about 1771, when his son William was but two years old and prior to the Revolutionary War. The family were at one time within three miles of the battle-ground of Guilford Cour-house and heard the report of cannon and musketry at that battle. The army, however, moved on, but for some time the cannonading could still be heard.
William Rees, Sr., the grandfather of our subject, was also a native of Virginia and the son of Thomas Rees who emigrated from Wales soon after his marriage and a short time before his son William was born.
The parents of Thomas Rees were of the Saxon race. Thomas was married in his native country to Miss Mary Bowen, and they immediately set sail for America. Upon their arrival they settled near Richmond, Va, and became the parents of four sons, William, Robert, Solomon and David.
William married Miss Charity Dillon, of Irish ancestry, and by her became the father of seven children, Moses, William, James. John, Mary, Margaret and a daughter whose name does not appear. Thomas Rees lived to be 105 years old.
The father of our subject was the second child of his parents and upon reaching manhood was married to Miss Susanna Jones, a native of Virginia, who was taken by her parents to Tennessee when but a child. There were seven other children in the family, three of whom are living-: Mary, Mrs. Bales; Rachel, who is unmarried, and our subject, who was the youngest born; the others, who all lived to mature years, were named respectively. Charity, Deborah, John, James and Jane...