Robert Barnwell Rhett, the great-grandfather of Margaret Rhett Cuthbert Ezzell, died September 14, 1876 in St. James Parrish near New Orleans. R. Barnwell Rhett was a staunch secessionist and passionate defender of states rights. He was born December 21, 1800 in South Carolina.
He had an illustrious career in politics as an attorney general in South Carolina, a U.S. Representative and as a U.S. Senator. He was a leading fire-eater at the Nashville Convention of 1850.
He is buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston South Carolina.