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The Rees Reese and McPhail Genealogy Project

Updated December 30, 2006

Daniel Curtis McPhail Reese

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Dedicated to the living memory of the Reese and McPhail families of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and their ancestors in Wales, England, and Scotland.

January 2004
On a recent trip to Lumberton,NC to visit and interview McPhail and Ivey family relations a real treasure trove of documents from the late 1700's to the Civil War were found to be in the family's possession. Deeds, bonds of indenture, tax receipts, Civil War letters, and many other original signed documents were found. We have contacted a professional document preservation group and will be looking to safeguard these valuable items. Watch for an inventory of the documents on this site as they are being patiently transcribed.

Documents being scanned and transcribed at this time:
1: Land Grants
2: Deeds of Indenture
3: Land Surveys
4: Plot Outlines
5: Court records
6: Letters-Civil War
7: Letters-Of historical value
December 2005
This year we focused on the South Carolina State Archives and the SC Caroliniana Library in Columbia. Records of the Rees/Reese family living in the High Hills area of Sumpter County the the brothers William, Hugh, Edwin, Isham, and Benjamin were located. Taking the platt drawings and matching them with a list taken from the will of Edwin Rees there is more evidence that the family settled in Virginia before 1660 in areas of Charles, Brunswick, Amelia, and Lunenburg counties.
January 2006
A trip is in the works for the McPhail family line to visit the courthouse in Lumberton, SC to search for early wills and deeds and to spend a day at the NC Archives in Raleigh.

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Family Photos

  • Archibald R. McPhail and Sally Martin (178 KB)
    Robeson County, North Carolina ca.1860
  • Angus McPhail's fiddle (51 KB)
    Brought from Argyleshire, Scotland ca. 1787
  • Hugh Rees grave marker, McDuffie Co., GA (77 KB)
    This grave marker of Hugh Rees II in the Rees burial site McDuffie Co., GA was dedicated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Here Robert Reese records grave site and accompaning Rees grave markers.
  • Wyman and Ocey Reese Homeplace, Camak, GA (92 KB)
    Farm of Wyman Grady Reese and wife Ocey Turner from his father Curtis Augustus Reese, grandson of Hugh Rees.
  • McPhail trunk from late 1700s (70 KB)
    This trunk was carried by the McPhail family from Scotland to North Carolina in the 1700s. Passed down through the family it was the repository of family papers, deeds, and Civil War letters now being evaluated. It is now in the possession of the son of Mr. Tommy Wellington of Lumberton, NC.

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