James Rainwater was born ca 1813 in North Carolina, the son of James Rainwater and Charity Fowler. He married twice: first to Delilah Kifer on 27 Nov 1833 in Knox Co., TN, and second to Julia Jane Frasier Sanderson on 9 Sep 1851 in Fayetteville, Washington Co., AR. Between the two marriages he was the father of at least seven children. These are John Kifer, Jacob Cessum, Ashley Wynn, Martha Susannah, Presley R., and James (who died in 1850) from his first marriage; James Donald and William Finas from his second. The second marriage ended in divorce.
James Rainwater lived in Prairie Township, Washington Co., Arkansas in the 1850 census. In 1869 or early 1870, he moved with his son, Jacob, to Missouri, and then eventually to Dayton, Columbia Co., Washington where he spent the rest of his life and was buried.
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