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Male William Thomas Rea (Ray) Click to view William Thomas Rea (Ray) in the family tree

William Thomas was born about July 1858 in Mississippi.1   William Thomas' father was Thomas S. Rea (Ray) and his mother was Mary Adeline (Sarah) Ridings.  His paternal grandparents were John W. Rea (Ray) and Rachel McWilliams; his maternal grandparents are David Ridings and Unknown Wife. He had seven brothers and two sisters, named James, Susan, Charles Randolph, Emmett Theopolius, Ella, Jesse David, Hattie (Hollie?), Victoria (Viola) and Beulah Sedalia 'Della'.  He was the oldest of the ten children.  He died on February 13th, 1923 in Ft Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas.1 

William Thomas' family with Sallie Jane Young

‌William Thomas and Sallie Jane were married in a religious ceremony on September 20th, 1877 in Tupelo, Lee Co., Mississippi.1   They had eleven sons named Flora B., Lou Jean (Jennie), Jasper Bradford, Thomas Jefferson, J. Leonard, Arthur, Howard, Mollie, Evy M., Beatrice and Bertha.

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