William Rea, seaman

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William Rea, seaman

Immediate Family:

Son of William Rea, Brewer in Dundee and Barbara Anderson
Husband of Catharine Combs McNab
Father of William Rea; Helen Rea and David Anderson Rea
Brother of Margaret Rea; Matilda Johnston Rea; Robert Rea and James Rea, mill foreman

Managed by: David Rae
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About William Rea, seaman


Sailor in Dundee

William Rea is the son of William Rea, brewer and his wife Barbara Anderson. He was born on 5 May 1801 and his baptism was registered at Dundee in Angus, Scotland, on 10 May 1801. He was named after his father [Registrar General for Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Dundee Baptisms, 1795-1802, reference OPR.282/8].

Death of Wife

William Rea appears still to have been alive on 27 May 1835, the day that his wife, Catherine McNab, was buried in Dundee's Howff Graveyard Friends of Dundee City Archives: Howff Graveyard of Dundee

Middle Street, Dundee, 6 June 1841

William Rea, seaman, age 35-39, was living in the same household, at Middle Street in Dundee, as the following individuals, when the census was enumerated on 6 June 1841: James Rea, mill foreman, age 35-39, Matilda Rae, age 40-44, William Rea, age 14, Helen Rea, age 12, and David Rea, age 10 [Registrar General for Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Census Return for 1841, registration district number 282 (Dundee), enumeration book number 7, pp. 2-3].


William Rea, sailor, married Catherine Combs McNab on 15 February 1827 Dundee Marriage Records The marriage record reads as follows: "William Rea Sailor & Catherine, daur. of George McNabb, Musician, both in this parish".They were contracted on 16 December 1826 and married on 15 February 1827 [Registrar General for Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh, Dundee Marriages,1820-29, reference OPR.282/21]


William Rea and his wife,Catherine Combs McNabn, had three children. They follow:


  1. William Rea
  2. Helen Rea
  3. David Anderson Rea
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William Rea, seaman's Timeline

May 5, 1801
May 10, 1801
Dundee, Angus, Scotland
June 27, 1827
February 14, 1830
Dundee, Dundee City, Scotland, United Kingdom
February 8, 1832
Dundee, Angus, Scotland