from Notable Southern Families, Volume 2 by Zella Armstrong and Janie Preston Collup French
Matthew Rhea IV (1755-1816), (son of Rev. Joseph Rhea and Elizabeth (Mcllwaine) Rhea married (1778) Jane Preston (a sister of Robert Preston who married III Margaret Rhea). They had children:
1 Joseph Mathew Rhea
2 Robert Preston Rhea,
3 Margaret Rhea.
4 Matthew Rhea V.
1 Joseph Matthew Rhea (1789-1860) married (1806) Catherine Myers (daughter of Charles Myers and Annie (Case) Myers). According to tradition they had eleven children, names of six known:
(i) Emma Rhea;
(2) Edmund Rhea;
(3) Jane Rhea;
(4) Eleanor Rhea;
(6) Walter Preston Rhea (1831-1897), who married Sarah Jane Pile....
2 Robert Preston Rhea (1791-1872), married (1868) Nancy Davidson. Children:
(1) Jane Rhea, who married Dr. Rivers;
(2) Josiah Davidson Rhea;
(3) Sarah Rhea.who married Jackson:
(4) John Preston Rhea, who married Matilda Longacre;
(5) Matthew Rhea VI, who married Sallie Rhea, no issue;
(6) Robert Campbell Rhea M. D. (1837-1911), who married Margaret Caroline McQueen...
(7) Margaret Rhea, never married.
3 Margaret Rhea married Fickle and had one son, Robert P. Fickle.
4 Matthew Rhea V (1795-1870). married (1818) Mary Looney. of Middle Tennessee. Matthew Rhea V was born near Bluff City, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Moved to West Tennessee about 1836. Was President of the Female Institute of Somerville. He was a man of great learning and took an especial interest in history. Assisted by his cousin, Matthew Campbell Rhea, he made the first map of the state of Tennessee. He was a man of great learning during the War Between the States. He had children:
(1) Margaret Rhea (1820-1880), who married twice: First, Nicholas Long; Second. James Dysart Rhea,(son of William Rhea and Elizabeth (Bredeni Rhea). ...
(2) Elizabeth Rhea (1822-1892). who married John Rhea (son of William Rhea and Elizabeth (Breden) Rhea)...
(3) Ellen Preston Rhea;
(4) Sarah Lucinlita Rhea, no issue;
(5) John William Rhea (1828-), who married Italia G. Porler, and had children: William, Annie, Lillian and Pearl;
(6) Abram Rhea (1830-1912), who married Emma Cross...
(7) Mathew Rhea VI, died without issue;
(8) Mary Annis Rhea;
(9) Samuel Doak Rhea;
(10) Jennett Preston Rhea;
(11) Walter Preston Rhea (1841-1880), who married Jennie Edmondson, (daughter of William C. Edmondson and Susie E. (Rhea)...
(12) Ellen Preston Rhea (1844-), who married Hudson Gary...
(13) Frances Bell Rhea (1848-), who married James T. Rhea (son of James Dysart Rhea and Elizabeth (Carter) Rhea). ...