The Descendants of Rev. Joseph Rhea of Ireland - Edward F. Foley. The Rhea family in America is descended from Matthew Rhea of the Campbell Clan of Scotland. His grandson, the Rev. Joseph Rhea, emigrated from Ireland to America in the mid-eighteenth century. This book tracks nine generations of Rheas from Joseph to the present day, and identifies over 1,600 descendants and their nearly 800 spouses. Rev. Rhea settled in Maryland but later preached in Tennessee, where he bought land. After his untimely death in 1777, his family removed to eastern Tennessee. His descendants have now spread across Tennessee and to all corners of the United States. With an easy-to-follow format and numbering system, and information gleaned from many sources, this book is a must for Rhea family libraries. A full name index completes the text.The author is a well-traveled businessman living in Singapore, an amateur historian and a member of genealogical societies in South Carolina and Tennessee. He married into the Rhea clan. (1996), 2007, 5½x8½ paper, index, 280 pp.