Rees Message Boaed
: "William Rees convict.
Hugh Watkins and I found a common link in William Rees, convict, transported to Van Dieman's Land for the theft of 2 sheep in 1838.
I have long been searching for William's descendants.
I have much information on William. Born Bettws Newydd, 1804. One sone emigrated to USA, as Hugh says. Another, William Rees, moved to Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, where they opened a grocery shop in the late 1800's.
In World War I a young ANZAC came to Blaenavon looking for his Rees family - he was a descendant of William Rees, convict. Unfortunately a grouchy Aunt sent him packing.
In Van Dieman's land, in 1854, William married a Frances Code, but he married under the name WILLIAM REEVES. So we don't know if Rees or Reeves is the name of his Aussie descendants."
by Sue Winch