A Guide to the Peter Goodman Rea Narrative, [ca. 1890]
Born in Henry County, Virginia, Peter Goodman Rea (1819-1899) moved with his family to Cooper County, Missouri, after the death of his mother in 1827. Following the death of his father in 1835, Rea joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and enrolled in the Cumberland Presbyterian College in Kentucky in 1837. Despite not graduating from the program due to poor health, he became an ordained minister in 1841. Working as an itinerant preacher and missionary for two years, in 1843 Rea married Mary Evangeline Rubey, with whom he had five children. He settled with his family in Saline County, Missouri, where he became a member of the Missouri Synod and later was elected as the president of the Missouri Female College in 1863.
"Peter Goodman Rea." Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Accessed August 8, 2011. http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/ReaPeterGoodman.htm.
One typescript composes the Peter Goodman Rea Narrative, [ca. 1890], documenting his career as a Presbyterian minister and itinerant preacher during the mid to late-19th century. The narrative contains a biographical sketch of Rea as well as a description of his life in Saline County, Missouri, while also discussing a trip to Texas from 1849 through 1850.
This collection is open for research use.
Peter Goodman Rea Narrative, [ca. 1890], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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