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Uncovering Roots: The Rheas of Augusta, Bath and Rockbridge Counties, Virginia is a genealogical history of the Rhea family. The author, Lillian “Sissy Crone” Frazer, traces the family as far back as the 1680s to Scotland. There, the facts give way to supposition. Rhea family legends link their family to a Matthew “The Rebel Rhea” Campbell, who was reportedly embroiled in the Monmouth Rebellion. The book acknowledges that there is no proof of this claim, which has been disputed by other researchers. But it is an interesting anecdote and all families have their stories. The book continues to outline the histories of Matthew Campbell’s three grandsons and their wives and families, on down through the Civil War and beyond. The genealogical research is supplemented with historical facts and interesting histories of the places the Rhea family lived and the people they crossed paths with. The addition of photographs adds visual interest.
Lillian “Sissy Crone” Frazer has put together a quite thorough and well-written account of the Rhea family. Uncovering Roots is full of information that will be very useful to other researchers and genealogists interested in the Rhea family or other families that tie into the Rheas. It’s very readable and nicely organized into manageable sections that make it easy to peruse. Frazer’s writing is good, and her work is well edited. While the market for books like this is fairly limited, there is a large community of amateur and professional genealogists who would love a resource like this. This would be an excellent addition to libraries and other research collections.