Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Beeks line: Morris Rees, Thomas Rees and oh my goodness

I worked on the Rees line early in my genealogy life, and determined that this family, or these families, were too much for me to work on, at the time.  Looking back at my early work, I should have stopped several generations sooner than I did, and I would still have had plenty of Rees's to confuse me.  I need to delete some names from the tree, for they surely can't be correct. 

The Rees lines that I am fairly sure of are Morris Rees and Thomas Rees.  They were likely related in some fashion, but whether it was a fairly recent connection, such as great grandfathers, or further back in time and place, I can't say at this time..  In general, I can say that these were Quaker families whose children intermarried, and I can say that they came through Pennsylvania to Virginia, thento washington County, Pennsylvania, and onto Ohio and Indiana.

All this matter Thomas Rees, son of Thomas Rees and Margaret Bowen, married Hannah Rees, daughter of Morris Rees and Sarah Butterfield. Also Jane Rees, another daughter of Thomas Rees and Margaret Bowen, married Jacob Moon.  To make tracing the family just a little more difficult, Thomas Rees who married Hannah named sons Thomas and Morris, and Morris Rees who married Sarah Butterfield names sons Morris and Thomas.  Each of the families also had a son named John, and they each also named daughters Mary and Margaret. 

We, however, are concerned only with the direct lines of Thomas Rees and Margaret Bowen, which would be Thomas who married Hannah daughter of Morris and Sarah, and with Jane, who married Jacob Moon.  The Thomas and Margaret family worshiped near Fredericksburg, Virginia with their neighbors, at the Hopewell Meeting House.  The Meeting House was built in 1759, when families who had fled the French and Indian Wars were coming back to their homesteads.  It's believed that Morris and Sarah were one of the families who had left Virginia and gone back to Pennsylvania during this time period,  Thomas and Margaret had arrived in 1743 and Morris and Hannah about 1753, and Morris's land was located just a little north of Thomas's. 

Thomas who married Hannah moved onto Washington County, Pa sometime between 1774 and 1781.  Thomas's brother, John, had been disowned by the Quakers for marrying outside the faith, and it's not clear whether Thomas had chosen to leave the faith is support of his brother or whether he was still a member in good standing.  As early as 1801, Thomas and Hannah moved on to Fairfield County, Ohio, where he died in 1805 and she died in 1806. This would make them very early pioneers of the state. 

I've previously written about Solomon Rees and his son Owen Traveler, and I've also written about Butterfields and Bowens.  This post is an attempt to fill in the dots and give a little bit of the flavor of life for the Rees family, which was primarily farming and living in the neighborhood and manner of the Society of Friends, the more official name for Quakers. 

I guess I need to work harder to figure out the folks who were in the next generations back from Thomas and Morris, although I realize greater minds than mine have already thrown up their hands.

Here are the lines of descent:

Thomas Rees-Hannah Rees
Solomon Rees-Ann or Anna
Owen Traveler Rees-Margaret Ellen Moon
Eliza Matilda Rees-Samuel Goodnight Dunham
Margaret Catherine Dunham-Harvey Aldridge
Cleo Aldridge-Wilbur Beeks
Mary Margaret Beeks-Cleveland Harshbarger
Their descendants

The other line is:

Jane Rees-Jacob Moon
Thomas Moon-Jean Gray
Margaret Ellen Moon-Owen Traveler Rees
see above

Margaret Ellen Moon and Owen Traveler Rees were second cousins, having Thomas Rees and Margaret Bowen as their common great grandparents.  This was totally acceptable in the time period.