Rainwater Family Name
The family record of Abraham Butler & Sarah Catherine Waters Rainwater
The family Bible of Bartholomew & Nancy McLaughlin Rainwater
The family record of James & Charity Fowler Rainwater
The family Bible of Catherine McCall Rainwater, wife of James
The family Bible of James M. & Ella Sampson Rainwater
The family Bible of James H. & Nancy Claud Rainwater
The family Bible of John Edwin & Lucy Hyde Rainwater
The family Bible of Josiah & Elizabeth Jane Weddle Rainwater
The family Bible of Margaret E. Weir & Thomas Henry Rainwater
The family Bible of Matthew Rainwater & Mahala Snapp
The funeral register of Miles E. Rainwater
The family Bible of Moses Fowler & Elizabeth Oliver Rainwater
The family Bible of William & Patsy Hodge Rainwater
The family Bible of William Howard & Minerva Rayeborn Rainwater
Rainwater Maiden Name
The family Bible of Lucy Isadore Rainwater & John Pinkney Aderholt
The family Bible of Sciota B. Rainwater & John Levi Elder
The family Bible of Moses & Margaret Rainwater Lewallen
The family Bible of Dempsey Pace & Elizabeth Rainwaters
The Rainwater-Webb family Bible
The family Bible of Velma Henson Tate, granddaughter of Matilda Rainwater Henson
This record was originally printed in The Rainwater Researcher, Vol. 2, Issue 3, April 1996. It is described as a letter kept in the Bible of Jacob Rainwater, written by Judge Clive Pettijohn, the son of Mary Catherine Rainwater Pettijohn, to his half-aunt, Jesse Rainwater Thompson.
"James Rainwater died in Sevier Co., TN. He was born about 1780 and died about 1841. He was your great-grandfather, Jessie, my great-great grandfather.
These are your great Uncles and your great-grandfather’s brothers and sisters:
1. John R[ainwater] married Barbara Einutt, Ennutt or Emmett1
2. Sesame R[ainwater], died young2
3. Moses R[ainwater], don’t know anything about him3
4. Ann R[ainwater], don’t know anything about her 4
5. Catherine R[ainwater] married a man named Baker 5
6. James R[ainwater], father of Jacob, your grandfather. He was born in 1810 in Sevier Co., TN. Died Jan 9, 1894 at Dayton. He married Delilah Kiefer.6 They had the following children:
1. John K. married first Nancy Sparks7, 2nd Aunt Viola
2. Jacob S. married Lucinda Williamson, 2nd Nellie Pintler
3. Wynn married Rhoda LeBow (or Beaux)8
4. Press married Mary Carter
5. Martha Susan married first ___ Smith9, 2nd Abner Neal
There may have been two more boys – (do you know if your Grandfather was married twice)? There was a Catherine Regan and a Sanderson – I think Mother said Sanderson was the name of your great-grandfather James’ 2nd wife. Maybe Catherine Regan 10 was one of his wives. She was either his or your Grandfather James’ 2nd (if he had a 2nd), I don’t know. I just know Catherine Regan belongs in somewhere. They lived in Sevier Co., Tenn. too."
This Bible belonged to William Rainwater (ca 1774 Surry Co., NC - 1825 Pulaski Co., KY) and his wife, Martha "Patsy" Hodge (ca. 1781 North Carolina - bet. 1850-1860 Pulaski Co., KY). The transcription was made from photocopies given us by Frances Aderholt Smith. We have been unable to determine who, if anyone, presently owns this Bible.
Lydda Rainwaters daughter of William Rainwaters and Patty his wife was borned May the 8" 1802
Bartholomew Rainwater son of ditto was borned the 20" of January 1804
James Rainwater son of ditto was borned the 8" of February 1806
Abraham Rainwater son of ditto was borned the 3" of April 1808
John R. Rainwater and Nancy Rainwater son and daughter of ditto was borned March the 5" 1810
William Howard Rainwater son of ditto was borned June the 17" 1813
Susannah Rainwater daughter [page damaged] borned September the 28" 1815
Miles Rainwater son of ditto [page damaged] May the 15 day 1818
Elizabeth Rainwater [page damaged] was born October the [page damaged]
Patsy Rainwater daughter and son of ditto was born March 15th 1823
This Bible belonged to Bartholomew Rainwater (20 Jan 1804 Stokes Co., NC - 28 Jun 1889 Pulaski Co., KY) and his wife, Nancy McLaughlin (20 Aug 1807 Russell Co., KY - 20 Jan 1883 Pulaski Co., KY). This transcription was made from photocopies obtained in the 1960s by Roscoe Rainwater, one of Bartholomew’s grandsons. We have been unable to determine who, if anyone, presently owns this Bible.
Bartholomew Rainwater was born January the 20th day 1804 and died June 28, 1889
Nancy McLaughlin was born August the 2nd day 1807 and died January 20 1883
Anne Rainwater, daughter of Bartholomew and Nancy Rainwater, was born April the 15th day 1826 Saturday.
Emily Rainwater was born May the 17th day 1827 Thursday.
Daniel M. Rainwater was born November the 10th day 1828 on Monday.
Samantha Jane Rainwater was born January the 19th 1830 Tuesday.
Sally Rainwater was born February the 16th day 1832 on Thursday.
Susannah Rainwater was born February the 12th day 1834 on Tuesday.
Two girls born and deceased March the 13th day 1835.
Miles Rainwater was born April the 7th day 1836 on Friday.
Polly Rainwater was born December the 28th day 1837 on Wednesday.
Ciota Rainwater was born December the 26th day 1839 on [unreadable].
Sarelda Ann Rainwater was born December 9th day 1841 on [unreadable].
Josiah Wilson Rainwater was born October 10th day 1843 on Wednesday.
Galen E. Weddle was born May the 10 1829.
Lucy Isadore Holbrook was born March 5 1860.
Francis M. Holbrook was born July 14 1861.
Nancy Belle Holbrook was born May 1st 1863.
John Perry Chumbley was born January the 10th day 1860.
James M. Chumbley was born May 7th 1862.
Miles R. Chumbley was born 27 March 1864.
George A. Chumbley was born Dec 2 1866.
Nancy Jane Chumbley was born Sep 17 1869
Bartholomew Chumbley was born Apr 3rd 1872
Robert Chumbley was born January 12 1875
Margaret Ann Chumbley was born March 27 1877
Lewis Milton Chumbley was born July 8th 1879
Malinda Chumbley was born June 12 1883
Josiah Chumbley was born November 3rd 1886
Bartholomew Rainwater was married to Nancy McLaughlin February 24th day 1825.
Alexandria Eastham and Emily Rainwater was married Sept the first day 1844.
Daniel Weddle and Anne Rainwater was married July the 26th day 1846
Daniel M. Rainwater [unreadable] December the 14th day 1848.
Galen E. Weddle was married to Sally Rainwater July the 6th day 1848.
Thomas D. Hayney was married to Susannah Rainwater January the 16 day 1856.
Alexandria Chumbley [unreadable]
J.W. Rainwater and Elizabeth J. Weddle married January 11th 1856.
Alexandria Eastham departed this life December the 4th day 1859
Polly Holbrook, daughter of Bartholomew and Nancy Rainwater, departed this life in Linn County, Kansas, January 20th 1865 - aged 27 years & 1 month.
Nancy Rainwater, wife to Bartholomew Rainwater, departed this life Jan. 20th, 1883, aged 75 years, 5 months, 0 days 1
Bartholomew Rainwater departed this life June 28 1889, aged 85 years 5 months & 8 days.
Daniel Weddle was born March the 14th day 1817
Anne Weddle, his wife, was born April 15th day 1826
William N. Weddle was born June the 10th day 1840
Daniel C. Weddle was born April the 10th 1842
Nancy Jane Weddle was born May 31st day 1844
Francis Marion Weddle was born June 12 1847
Joseph Milton Weddle was born Oct 5th 1848
Sarah Elen Weddle was born February 24th day 1850
John Perry Weddle was born February the 6th day 1852
James Madison Weddle was born January 12th day 1854
Millard Filmore Weddle was born July the 3rd day 1856
Bartholomew Franklin Weddle was born November 13th day 1857
Martha E. Weddle was born October the 16th 1848
Mary Jane Weddle was born May the 27th 1850
George Wm. McDa. Weddle was born December 11 1858
Miles R. Weddle was born April the 4th 1855
Emily E. Weddle was born December the 10 1856
Daniel F. Weddle was born April the 20 1859
T. B. Weddle was born Sept the 11th 1861
Jenitta Belle Weddle was born November 18 1863
Madison Weddle was born April 1867
Elizabeth M. Eastham was borned July the 25th day 1845
Polly Ann Eastham was borned July the 8th day 1847
Zachary Taylor Eastham was borned December the 15th day 1848
Nancy P. Eastham was borned May the 9th day 1850
Obediah Eastham was borned September the 10th day 1851
Lucinda Frances Eastham was borned November 24th day 1852
Susannah Eastham was borned October the 2nd day 1854
John Foster Eastham was borned July the 5th day 1857
Talitha Isabel Eastham was borned February the 6th day 1859
1I was unable to decipher this entry, but Kelly Jurgeson proposed
this reading of it and I think the available evidence suggests she is correct.
2 Children of Daniel Spencer Weddle and Anne Rainwater. The children born after 1860 are not listed in the Bible.
3Children of Galen E. Weddle and Sally Rainwater. The children born after 1867 are not listed in the Bible.
4Children of Alexandria Eastham and Emily Rainwater.
This Bible belonged to Josiah Wilson Rainwater (10 Oct 1843 Pulaski Co., KY - 16 May 1934 Wilbarger Co., TX) and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Weddle (7 Sep 1847 Pulaski Co., KY - 25 Jun 1943 Wilbarger Co., KY) This transcription was made from photocopies obtained in the 1960s by Roscoe Rainwater, one of Josiah’s sons. We have been unable to determine who, if anyone, presently owns this Bible.
J.W. Rainwater and Elizabeth Jane Weddle was married Jan the 19th 1866
J.P. Aderholt and Lucy Rainwater, and R.L. Luttrell and Doretta Rainwater was married Wednesday, Dec. 14" 1892
P.C. Rainwater and Martha J. Rainwater was married Wednesday, June 28" 1893
C.M. Gossett and Nannie Rainwater was married Wednesday, Nov. 15" 1893
Miles Rainwater and Ollie Cooper was married Wednesday, March 16" 1898
Charlie Aderholt and Mollie Rainwater was married Wednesday, Dec 22" 1898
A.F. Gaston and Cornelia Rainwater was married Wednesday, Oct 29" 1898
Roscoe Rainwater and Gertrude Caughron was married Wednesday May 23" 1906
John Brownlee and Minnie Rainwater was married Feb 27" 1908
Josiah W. Rainwater was born Oct 11th 1843
Elizabeth Jane Weddle was born Sept 7th 1847
Martha Jane Rainwater was born Oct 24" 1866
Nancy Frances Rainwater was born Saturday August the 28" 1869
Lucy Isadore Rainwater was born Sunday January the 7th 1872
Doretta Rainwater was born Thursday March the 18th 1874
Miles Rainwater was born Thursday June 15 1876
Mary Rainwater was born Monday April the 28" 1879
Cornelia Rainwater was born Sunday April 17" 1881
Roscoe Rainwater was born Wednesday July the 4" 1883
Minnie Rainwater was born Wednesday July 15 1885
Gertrude Caughron was born at Taylor, Texas October 19 1884
Solomon Weddle was born May 9" 1822
Patsy Weddle was born July 18" 1822
Josiah W. Rainwater died at Vernon, Tex March 16 1934 on Friday - age 90 years 5 months 5 days
Elizabeth Jane Weddle died at Vernon, Texas June 25, 1943 11:15 pm Friday - age 95 years
Martha Jane Rainwater died 1962 - age 96
Nancy Frances Rainwater died at Taylor, Texas August 30 1942 - age 72 years 11 months 5 days
Lucy Isadore Rainwater died at Vernon, Texas 1962 - age 90
Doretta Rainwater died April 6 1966 - age 92 years 18 days
Miles Rainwater died May 20 1956 - age 74+
Cornelia Rainwater died in Calif 1967 - age 86 - Buried in Vernon, Tex
Minnie Rainwater died Electra, Texas July 15 1971 - Buried Vernon East View Cemetery
Gertrude Caughron died at Vernon, Texas - Aug 17 1969 3 pm
Solomon Weddle departed this life on Friday March 21 1890 - aged 67 years 10 months 12 days
Patsy Weddle departed this life at home in Pulaski County, KY Thursday Dec 17 1896 - aged 73 years 7 months and 1 day.
This scan was originally printed in The Rainwater Researcher, Volume 1, Issue 3, April 1995. I have no idea who presently owns this Bible.
James B. Rainwater was bornd July the 21 day 1832
Martha Rainwater was bornd May the 12 day 1839
John R. Rainwater was bornd April the 5 day 1841
Miles Rainwater was bornd October the 21 day 1843
Mary Rainwater was bornd September the 11 day 1845
Sarah Rainwater was bornd October the 25 day 1847
William H. Rainwater was bornd May the 5 day 1850
Matthew Rainwater was bornd April the 21 day 1852
Mark Rainwater was bornd Jan the 9 day 1855
Luke Rainwater was bornd May the 7 day 1858
George Washington Rainwater was bornd September the 20 day 1863
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Contributed by Glidie Rainwater Mobley
J.E. Rainwater and Lucy R. Hyde were united in holy matrimony at Shubuta, MS on the 2nd day of Nov in the year of our Lord 1881 in presence of family and friends. Signed: Rev.J.W. Adkison
J.G. Rainwater and Irene Edith Sims were married in New Orleans, La in St. Joseph Church (Catholic) 15 Nov 1906
Joseph Judson Rainwater and Mabel Ruby Holland were married in San Antonio,Tex on 20 Nov 1918. Joe is Regimental Sargent Major.
J. E. Rainwater, Jr. and Mary Coleman were married in New York City 23 Mar 1916
Minnie Myrtle Rainwater and Chester Weems were married in Shubuta, Ms 14 Sep 1920
Clifton Rainwater and Clara Buechner were married in Peoria, Illinois 6 Sep 1921
Robert Jennings Rainwater and Eunice Smith were married in Lumberton, Ms 20 Feb 1921 (Eunice Smith was born in Ms on 25 Dec 1895.)
Jesse Gould was borned in Shubuta, Ms on the 20th day of July A.D. 1882
Freddie Hyde Rainwater was borned in Shubuta, Ms on the 18th day of Oct 1884
John Edwin Rainwater, Jr. was borned in Shubuta, Ms on the 31st day of Dec A.D 1886
Minnie Myrtle Rainwater was borned in Shubuta, Ms on the 4th of June A.D. 1892
Joseph Judson Rainwater was borned in Shubuta, Clarke, Ms on the 1st day of Feb 1895
Clifton J.Rainwater was borned in Shubuta, Clarke, Ms on 9th day of Mar 1898
Robert Jennings Rainwater was borned in Shubuta, Ms on the 1st day of June A.D. 1900
Lucy Rebecca Weems was born in Shubuta, Ms 20 Feb 1922. Married to Charles E.McLendon, Jr., born 17 Apr 1942 in Wash., D.C.
William Chester Weems, Jr. was born 13 Oct 1924, Quitman, Ms. Married Josephine Klimowitz on 19 July 1947. Josephine Klimowitz was born 31 July 1926 at Wilkes Barre, Pa.
Keith R.Weems, born 6 Feb 1947
Jo Ann Weems born 25 Mar 1950 at Wash., D.C.
A.A. Weems (Bob) was born 2 Mar 1929 at Quitman. Married Audrey Berry on 12 Mar 1950. Audrey borned 1 Mar 1929.
John (Jack) Edwin Weems was born 2 Aug 1931 at Quitman, Ms
Clifton Rainwater, Jr. was born 10 Oct 1923
Ronald J. Rainwater was born 7 Mar 1925
ROBERT JENNINGS RAINWATER’S CHILDREN
Birth of daughter, Juanita, 6 Aug 1922 to Robert Jennings and Eunice Smith Rainwater.
Juanita Rainwater married Irwin Moshier 20th Dec 1941.
Daughter, Eunice Helen Moshier, born 15 Sep 1943.
Juanita and Irwin Moshier divorced Oct 1951.
Juanita R. Moshier married John Words Buckner 25 Jan 1953 in Crossett, Ark.
John W. Buckner was born 16 Dec 1908.
Birth of daughter, Dorothy, 15 Aug 1924 to Robert Jennings and Eunice Smith Rainwater.
Dorothy Rainwater married W. T. Higginbotham of Hamburg, Ark on 14 Dec 1945 in Crossett, Ark.
Rebecca Lynn Higginbotham was born 9 Dec 1951.
RONALD JAMES RAINWATER’S CHILDREN (SON OF CLIFTON)
Joseph James Rainwater-born 31 Mar 1956
Julia Ann Rainwater-Born 16 Aug 1957
Mary Lou Rainwater-Born 14 Aug 1958
Fred Hyde Rainwater died 31st Oct 1905 in Shubuta, Clarke, Ms
John Edwin Rainwater Jr. died in Jamaica, New York on 16 May 1919. His home address was #300 W.147th St.,N.Y. He was buried in Shubuta,Ms 21 May 1919
John Edwin Rainwater,Sr died in Shubuta, Ms 15 Dec 1925. Buried at Shubuta, Ms
Lucy Rebecca Rainwater died at Poplarville, Ms at residence of Mrs. Minnie Orr 21 July 1931 - Buried at Shubuta.
Robert J. Rainwater died at Crossett, Ark 25 Jun 1950. Buried near Picayune, Ms (Near Eunice’s father’s home)
Clifton Rainwater died 8 Feb 1958 at San Gabriel, Calif and is buried there.
Minnie Myrtle Weems died 11 Oct 1961 at Falls Church, Va and buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Jesse Gould Rainwater died 10 Feb 1962 at New Orleans, La and is buried there.
John Edwin Rainwater was borned in San Augustine, Tex on the 26th day of Nov A.D. 1855
Lucy Rebecca Rainwater was borned in Paulding, Ms on the 22nd day of Nov A.D. 1861
John P. Rainwater and Malinda Buckley were married 30th Nov 1852 in Tex.
John P. Rainwater died 12th Jul 1900 in Tex.
Malinda Rainwater died 28th Aug 1900 in Tex
Irene Edith Rainwater born 22 Jun in New Orleans.
Jesse Gould Rainwater, Jr. borned in New Orleans 26th Jan 1911.
Originally printed in "Mississippi Cemetery and Bible Records, Vol. 10, Sept. 1963" by the Mississippi Genealogical Society. I have excerpted only the portions that bear directly on Rainwater descendants.
Dempsey Pace was borned February 26th A.D. 1775, son of Frederick and Elizabeth Pace
Elizabeth Rainwaters, daughter of William and Elizabeth Rainwaters, was borned A.D. 1783
Thomas Pace, son of Dempsey and his wife Elizabeth Pace, was borned December 14th A.D. 1802
William Pace, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, was borned August 15th, 1804
John Pace, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, was borned March 1st, 1806
Alfred Pace, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, was borned October 11th, 1807
George Pace, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, was borned March 10th 1811
Gillim Pace, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, was borned January 15th 1812
Sarah Pace, daughter of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, was borned December 3rd 1813
Elizabeth Pace, wife of Dempsey Pace, departed this life A.D. 1813
Sarah, daughter of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, departed this life in December A.D. 1813
George, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, departed this life December 15th A.D. 1813
Gillim, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, departed this life 1841
Alfred, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, departed this life June 26th 1846
Thomas B. Pace, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, departed this life Oct 27th 1860
William, son of Dempsey Pace and his wife Elizabeth, departed this life November 6th AD 1834
Dempsey Pace departed this life Jan 29th 1864
Dempsey Pace and Elizabeth Rainwaters was married on the 25th of Febuary A.D. 1812*
*Either this couple was married after most of their children were born, or the transcription is wrong and this date should be 1802.
Contributed by Steve Skrivanek
In Memory Of
M. E. Rainwater
Date of Birth: April 23, 1863
Died at: Porum, Oklahoma
Date of death: Sept. 28, 1941 age: 78 yrs 5 mo 5 days
Interment at: New Blaine, Arkansas, September 29, 1941
Page 2: Children
Charlie Rainwater - born Mch 6 1886 - died Feb 26 1887
Cecil Ross Rainwater - born Mch 2 1888 - married Cora Horn (born Apr 7 1893) - Mch 26 1911
Bonnie B. Rainwater - born Feb 16 1890 - died Oct 4 1890
Carrie V. C. Rainwater - born Mch 3 1892 - married E. S. Tourney - Jun 21 1917
William Ira Rainwater - born Nov 21 1894 - married Vera Week (born Feb 17 1899) - Dec 7 1919
Rote Raymond Rainwater - born Aug 31 1898 - died May 27 1906
Dennis R. Rainwater - born Mch 29 1901 - married Irene Coon - May 23 1923, married Lucille Levinger - Sept 26 1936
Dale Rainwater - born Mch 29 1901 - married Willie Hair - Nov 19 1938
Emery Everett Rainwater - born Oct 3 1903 - died Dec 21 1918
Page 3: Grandchildren
Chancel Rainwater - born July 30 1914
Anna Laurine Rainwater - born Oct 13 1917
Joe Hale Rainwater - born Jan 18 1923
Virginia Lee Rainwater - born Nov 15 1929
William I. Rainwater Jr. - born May 19 1921
Earl David Rainwater - born May 9 1925
Terry Allen Rainwater - born May 9 1925
Barbara Jo Troxel - born Feb 19 1940
From "Mid-South Bible Records, Vol. 2, Bicentennial Edition, 1776-1976" printed by the Fort Assumption Chapter DAR of Memphis, Tennessee. It is not a transcription, but an abstract, and it is impossible to determine how much of the information is from the original Bible and how much was added by the individual who contributed the record for publication. The family Bible was owned at the time by Bertha Rainwater Kent.
Bertha Rainwater, born July 25, 1888. Married George Robert Kent on June 3, 1925.
Robert Orville Rainwater, born Dec 15, 1890. Died Aug 12, 1967. Married Elizabeth Esther Wilson.
Riley Sloan Rainwater, born Nov 28, 1892. Married Virginia Hatcher.
Terry Henry Rainwater, born Jan 27, 1895. Died Oct 13, 1954. Married Lena Fender.
Juddie Lindsey Rainwater, born Apr 11, 1897. Died July 8, 1966. Married Otis Linden.
Elmer Hugh Rainwater, born Jan 31, 1899. Married (first) Opal June Childress. Married (second) Dorothy Nerurt.
Nell Rainwater, born April 6, 1901. Married Roscoe Glenn Barger.
Charles Clifford Rainwater, born July 10, 1903. Married Louise Stewart.
Vera Rainwater, born July 14, 1905. Married Albert George Gunner.
Luther Clay Rainwater, born Oct 2, 1907. Married (first) Ethel Thudium. Married (second) Lucille Davidson.
Opal Rainwater, born Nov 29, 1909. Married Richard R. Newton
This Bible is presently owned by Micajah Thomas Rainwater. The scans were provided by his daughter, Frances Rainwater Taylor.
This certifies that the rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated between
James H. Rainwater of Milton Co., Georgia, and Nannie C. Claude of Camden, Arkansas
on the 19th of May 1874 at the residence of Mrs. Nancy Ives by Rev. Eugene Daniel
James H. Rainwater was born May 3d 1849
Nannie C. Claud was born Feb 8th 1858
Clinton D. Rainwater was born June 8th 1875
Edith Octavia Rainwater was born Feb 5th 1877
James Milton Rainwater was born April 28th 1880
Cloyd A. Rainwater was born May 22d 1884
W. P. Rainwater was born Oct 20th 1847
We originally had only a fragment of this Bible, from an affadavit from the Civil War pension papers of John Rainwater, son of Matthew and Mahala Snapp Rainwater. Kim Ottina recently noticed this, recognized the Bible and has donated scans of the original.
The Bible was originally owned by Mahala Snapp Rainwater, passed to her daughter Susan Rainwater Lewellen, through unknown intermediate generations to Ruth Lewellen Lawson, thence to Raymond R. Lewellen, the present owner.
William Rainwater was borned January the 23 - 1852
(in pencil, very faint) Martin waters was born (unreadable)
John A. (the remainder is unreadable due to an ink blot)
Martin Rainwaters was Nov the 9 1855
Nancy Bell Rainwaters was born May the 5 18(page edge damaged)
Aruziee Helatiah was bornd Septem(page edge damaged) the 4 1860
Ider Bell Lewellen was borned (unreadable) the 10 1882
BLANK PAGE FOLLOWING FLYLEAF
Abraham Rainwaters was born Wed June the 13: 1846
Samuel Rainwaters was born May 18 1848
(in pencil, very faint) William Henderson Rainwaters born Tue Jan 24 1854
Martin Rainwaters was borned Martin the 9 of 1855
(page edge damaged)st the 6: 1846
This book cost 56 and a forth this the 16 of April 1831
Benjamon Rainwater was born June the 18 1840
John Rainwater was bornd April the 9 1842
Charity An Rainwater was born April the 20 and died 1844
Ider Bell Lewellen was borned August 18th 1882
Campbell C. Lewellen was borne March 16th 1864
Levi Lewellen was borned Julye the 26 1884
William Lewis was borned March the 30th 1886
The Holy Bible
Containing the Old and New Testaments
Translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently compared and revised
Sterotype edition, New York, Sterotyped by A. Chandler, for the American Bible Society, 1830
James Samuel Lewellen was borned December the 12th 1859
Ider Bell Lewellen was born August the 10 1882
INDEX PAGE, left side
Matthew Rainwater departed his life March 30 3 o’clock in morning 1878
BACK BLANK PAGE #1
left side, inverted
Samuel Rainwaters was borned May 8th 1849 and departed this life November 21st 1854
Charaty An Rainwaters departed this life August 6th 1846
Mary Emeline Rainwaters was borned January 26th A.D. 1854
Myrtle Lewellen was born March 1, 1912
Matthew Rainwater was born October 9, 1815
Mahaly Snapp B Septem 18th 1818
Margaret E. Rainwater was born May 29 1835
BACK BLANK PAGE #2
left side, inverted
Mrs. Mahala Snapp Her Book Born September the 17th day 1818
Matthew Rainwaters was born Oct 9 1815 and departed this life March 30th 1878
Barbara Rainwater was born August 7 1834
Bengeymon Rainwater was born 18th Jun 6
BACK FLYLEAF, left side
Margaret E. Rainwater was born May the 29 1835
Barbara Rainwater was born August the 7 1836
Benjamon Rainwater was born June the 18 1840
Charity An Rainwater was born April the 20 1844
(crossed out) Abraham Rainwater was born Jun the 13 of (unreadable)
Samuel Rainwater was May the 8 1848
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Back blank page #1, left
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Nancy Bell Elder bornd Feb 6 18--
Mary J. bornd Nov the 4 1861
Sarah F. bornd Nov the 8 1863
Amanda E. bornd Nov the 7 1865
Cornelie E. bornd Jan 7 1868
James R. bornd April the 4 1870
David A. bornd Nov 6 1872
Sabrina A. bornd March 13 1875
Baby Sabrina died February 20 1878
Jesse L. bornd January 18 1879
Dorah M. bornd Dec 1 1883
Nellie Leona Ford, daughter of Cornelia and Robert Ford bornd [month cut off] 31, 1905
John Levi Elder was born Dec 4, 1837, Died Aug 17 1905
Sciota Elder was born Dec 26, 1893, Died June 7, 1908
Cornelia Elen Elder Ford was born Jan 7, 1868, Died July 27, 1907
Nellie Leona Ford was born Aug 31, 1905, Died March 11, 1914
Sarah F. Elder Judd died [no date]
Amanda Emaline Elder Lane died April 16th, 1925
David Allen Elder died April 22, 1928
Jesse Levi Elder born Jan 18, 1879, Died Mar 29, 1945
These Bible pages display multiple sets of handwriting. All but the final entry on the Births page were made in the same hand, and appear to be the oldest entries. The entries on the Deaths page were made by three different people.
From photocopies of the original provided by William Rainwater. This Bible was last known to be in the possession of the late Hiram B. Rainwater, Jr.
James M. Rainwater, February 1st 1841
Ella M. Rainwater, December 31st 1823 1
Pearl Rainwater, October 7" 1872
Etta Rainwater, July 15th 1874
Frank Rainwater, January 13th 1876
Mary Rainwater, June 22nd, 1878
Hyram B. Rainwater, Oct. 9th 1881
Gertrude Rainwater, Marth 7th 1887
Hyram Brown Rainwater Jr., Apr. 28 1915
James M. Rainwater married to Ella M. Sampson December 21st 1871
Etta Rainwater married to Chas. B. Cole June 12th 1899
Pearl Rainwater married to W. B. Averyt
Frank Rainwater married to Eugenia Davies 9-1-1909
Hiram Rainwater married to Pearl Henry 2 Dec. 28 1912
Gertrude Rainwater married to J. T. Moore Feb. 21 1916
James M. Rainwater died July 14th 1894
Ella M. Rainwater died March 7th 1908
Eugenia wife of Frank Rainwater died Feb. 22 1914
Hiram B. Rainwater died Nov 29 1947
Mary Rainwater died May 5 1961
Etta Cole died Nov. 2 1964
Frank Rainwater died July 24 1955
Pearl Rainwater died Sept. 4 1966
1 The Bible clearly says 1823, but based on the 1900 census record for this individual, should read 1853. 2 Her tombstone says Hervey rather than Henry.
From a transcription provided by Raymond Bostick. According to Robert Gerstenberg, the family record pages were removed from the family Bible, divided among the decendants, and are now apparently lost. If you know the whereabouts of any of the original pages, please contact one of these two gentlemen, or this website.
Margaret Elizabeth Rainwater was born May 29, 1835
Moses Alexander Lewallen was born Oct. 30, 1834
Jennie Lewallen was born Feb. 6, 1858
William Lewallen was born Oct. 30, 1859
Thomas Lewallen was born Sept. 24, 1861
Mahala Lewallen was born Apr. 27, 1866
Mary Lewallen was born Feb. 28, 1868
Nancy Lewallen was born Feb. 5, 1870
Maggie Lewallen was born Aug. 17, 1872
Fannie Lewallen was born January 4, 1875
Charlie Lewallen was born September 18, 1878
Mary Ethel Arthur was born March 1, 1890
Henry Floid Arthur was born October 2, 1892
Emmer Lee Arthur was born November 5, 1893
Charlie Monroe Arthur was born October 2, 1896
Herbert Cecil Arthur was born May 18, 1899
Margaret Elizabeth Lewallen died April 4, 1898
M. A. Lewallen died December 6, 1908
Henry Floid Arthur died Dec. 10, 1892
Joseph Charles Arthur died Jan. 22, 1923
Marye Ethel Latham died Jan. 18, 1923
Fannie Mabel Thompson died Nov. 26, 1932
Mr. Cecil Arthur December 1919
Miss Grace Thompson May 7, 1923
Miss Octol Thompson December 1921
Miss Dollie Thompson (no date given)
Mr. H. D. Thompson (no date given)
Miss Mable Thompson (no date given)
Miss Lola Thompson November 10, 1940
Photocopies of the original pages were contributed by Glidie Rainwater Mobley. Based on the content, it must have passed to Sarah F. A. Rainwater Petre following her parents’ deaths. A microfilmed copy of this Bible may also be found on US/Can #1697574 item 24.
Name / Place of Birth / Date of Birth / Date of Marriage / Date of Death
Moses F. Rainwater, Richmond, Nc, July 18th 1804, Oct 2nd 1832, Jan 3 1886 St. Louis
Elizabeth C. Oliver, Anderson Co., Tenn, Jan 7 1815, OCt 2nd 1932, Aug 18th 1895
Juliett O. Rainwater, Campbell Co., Tenn, Aug 8th 1833, Feb 15 1850, Oct 19th 1901
Katherine C. Rainwater, Campbell Co., Tenn, May 18th 1935, Nov 16 1851, [no date]
C. C. Rainwater, Ray Co., Mo, Apr 6 1838, Sep 16 1858, Nov 10th 1902
M. A. Rainwater, Ray Co., Mo, May 2nd 1840, Apr 3 1859, May 22 1900
S. F. A. Rainwater, Ray Co., Mo, May 1 1842, Jan 7 1858, Feb 11 1918
J. K. P. Rainwater, Ray Co., Mo, Jan 5 1845, [no date], 5 Mar 1852
Amelia M. Rainwater, Ray Co., Mo, Mar 8 1847, 22 Dec 1862, [no date]
M. E. Rainwater, Ray Co., Mo, Nov 22 1849, 10 Mar 1870, [no date]
Alice M. Rainwater, Ray Co., Mo, Mar 19 1857, 7 Sep 1875, [no date]
Bertram A. Rainwater, Independence, Kas, Feb 6 1879, Oct 10, 1904, [no date], son of George W.
Rainwater & Clara C. McClain
May B. Rainwater, Saint Louis, Mo., Aug 27 1880, Oct 10, 1904, [no date], daughter of C. C. Petree & Sarah F. Rainwater
Dorothy May [Rainwater], Saint Louis, Mo., Nov 19 1905, Sept 12 1925 to R. W. McCay, [no date]
Maude Love [Rainwater], Saint Louis, Mo., May 10 1908, Jan 21 1923 to R. H. Folmar, [no date]
Alice Clay [Rainwater], Saint Louis, Mo., May 8, 1911, [no date], [no date]
Virginia Ellen [Rainwater], Saint Louis, Mo., July 23 1916, 3 April 1938 to Terrell Croft, [no date]
Charles C. Petree, b. Nov 29, d. Chicago
Harry L. Petree, d. Chicago
Maud L. Petree, b. Dec 1 1852, d. Feb 11
Bettie C. Petree, Knoxville, Tenn, Apr 29 1875, d. Nov
May B. Petree, St. Louis, 1880, 1904, 1935
Christopher C. Petree, Knoxville, Tenn, Mar 27 1832, Jan 7 1858, Feb 19 1897
Sarah Francis Petree, Ray Co., Mo, May 1 1842, Jan 7 1858, Feb 11 1918
This large Bible is inscribed as the property of A. J. Rainwater. Aaron J. Rainwater, son of Leroy N. and Hannah Smith Rainwater of Georgia, came to Texas prior to the Civil War. He was eventually joined by all of his siblings. When he died in 1892, the Bible passed to his widowed sister, Mary Rainwater Webb. In addition to preserving information about the family’s births, deaths and marriages, the Bible has an unusual photo album section in the back which contains numerous tintypes and photographs. The Bible is presently owned by Mr. & Mrs. James H. Webb, Jr.
A. J. Rainwater
in his handwriting
in different handwriting
James H. Webb and Mary Elizabeth Rainwater, Dec 13, 1866
Eula Violet Webb and Jason Bush, Jun 28, 1899
Oliver B. Webb and Annie Hopkins, Oct 13, 1899
Charles H. Webb and Marie Baldwin, Mar 27, 1907, at Paris, Texas
James H. Webb and Clifford Belle Easley, Jun 8, 1921, at Dallas
Oliver B. Webb and Irma Harris Barnette, Jun 24, 1922, at Bryan, Texas
Eula Katherine Bush and John Pettus Dunaway, Jul 4, 1924, at Hartselle, Ala.
Mary Emily Bush and Claude B. Gilchrist, Mar 6, 1926
Ben McCulough Webb and Beatrice ________, Jun 22, 1925, at Los Angeles, Calif.
from typed addition kept in Bible
James Harvey Webb, Jr., and Marjorie Jane Day, Jul 27, 1946, at New York, N.Y.
Mary Lloyd Webb and James K. Appleton, Aug 15, 1970, at Dallas, TX
James H. Webb III and Sherron Ann, Apr 23, 1976, at Dallas, TX
Douglas Thurston Webb and Dorothy Marlene Henning, Nov 17, 1984, at Dallas, TX
Mary Frances Lloyd and Charles Russell Day, at Ilion, N.Y., parents of Marjorie Jane Day
Willie M. Webb at Roswell, GA, Nov 12, 1867
David M. Webb at Roswell, GA, Jan 8, 1869
Minnie V. Webb at Roswell, GA, Mar 3, 1871
Charles H. Webb at Roswell, GA, Aug 26, 1872
Oliver B. Webb at Roswell, GA, Dec 13, 1873
Eula Webb at Roswell, GA, Jun 25, 1876
John Claude Webb at Roswell, GA, Mar 8, 1878
Carry Ethel Webb at Roswell, GA, Jan 29, 1880
Howard Webb (born dead) at Roswell, GA, May 10, 1882
James Harvey Webb at Roswell, GA, Jan 31, 1886
James H. Webb born in Cobb Co., GA, Nov 11, 1838
Mary Elizabeth Rainwater born in Milton Co., GA, Jun 24, 1849
Mary Emily Bush at Roswell, GA, May 11, 1900
Eula Katherine Bush at Roswell, GA, Jun 24, 1901
Benjamin McCullough Webb at New Orleans, LA, Jun 12, 1904
L. S. Thorne Webb at New Orleans, LA, Dec 7, 1908
Mary Davenport Webb at Paris, Texas, Sep 8, 1908
James Harvey Webb, Jr., at Dallas, Texas, Sep 30, 1923
Minnie V. Webb at Roswell, GA, Jul 16, 1872
Willie M. Webb at Roswell, GA, Jul 3, 1869
John Claude Webb at Roswell, GA, Jul 3, 1879
Howard Webb (born dead) at Roswell, GA, May 10, 1882
James H. Webb at Roswell, Mar 16, 1886
David M. Webb at Paris, Texas, Sep 29, 1899
Eula Webb Bush at Roswell, GA, Sep 29, 1901
Annie Hopkins Webb at New Orleans, Dec 15, 1916
James Harvey Webb at Dallas, Oct 13 1948
Clifford Belle Easley Webb at Dallas, Feb 8, 1964
Carry Ethel Webb at Dallas, Feb 8, 1964
Mary Lloyd at Ilion, N.Y., Nov 17, 1963
Charles Russell Day, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nov 18, 1976
This Bible was given as a gift to Catherine McCall Rainwater, the estranged wife of James Rainwater, by her son, John Sanford Rainwater. Based on the clues he provides in the flyleaf inscription correlated with other known data, the gift was sent between 1851 and 1870. At Catherine’s death in 1875, the Bible must have passed into the hands of one of the children still living in Tennessee, probably the family of William Inman and Mary Blackwell Rainwater. Whether the Bible still exists and who presently owns it, is not known. Photocopies of the original were contributed by Glidie Rainwater Mobley to therainwatercollection.com.
It would afford me much pleasure to see you once more. Twenty-five years has elapsed since I have seen your face, but mother I have not forgotten you yet. I did calculate to see you this winter but owing to my cotton crop I have on hand. It would be out of my power to come there this winter without losing part of my cotton. And mother, if I never see you on this earth I hope I will see you again in a better world than this. My family are all tolerable well at this time. Father is in tolerable health for a man his age but still remains blind. I have another little girl near three months old. The children are going to school at this time. I will write again soon I think.
John S. Rainwater to Mrs. Catherine Rainwater 1
Page 1: FAMILY RECORD
Catherine Rainwater was bornd July 20 1795
Catherine Rainwater departed this life Nov -- 1875 [unreadable]
This is Catherine McCall, born in Scotland.2 Married James Rainwater [unreadable]
Page 2: BIRTHS
Heirs of James Rainwater
Eli D. Rainwater was bornd Nov 4th day in the year 1811
Mileas W. Rainwater was bornd March the 7th, 1816
John S. Rainwater was bornd May the 21st, 1819
Maston C. Rainwater was bornd June the 18, 1822
Louisa C. Rainwater was bornd Sept. the 23, 1828
William I. Rainwater was bornd February the 17 day of 1832
--End of All--
Mary C. Rainwater was bornd November 4th day A. D. 1833 3
Page 3: BIRTHS
Heirs of Maston C. Rainwater
Melvina Rainwater was bornd Sept. the 21st day in the year 1844
Catharine Rainwater was bornd March the 19 in the year of our Lord 1846
Andrew J. Rainwater was born August the 5th in the year of our Lord 1848
Heirs of William I. Rainwater
Juley C. Rainwater was bornd October the 29th day in the year of our Lord 1853
Jonathan Nelson Rainwater was born January 12th day in the year of our Lord 1855
Sarah E. Rainwater was bornd November the 9th day A. D. 1956
James Monroe Rainwater was bornd Sept. the 11th A. D. 1858
Samuel M. Rainwater bornd November 9th 1860
Page 4: DEATHS
Daughter of Mastin C. Rainwater, Melvina Rainwater died 12 day of July 1845
Heirs of William I. Rainwater
Sarah Elizabeth Rainwater departed this life October the 31 ar 8 o’clock A. M. 1857
William I. Rainwater died December the 19 A. D. 1862
Juley C. Rainwater died November the 11 A. D. 1868
Samuel M. Rainwater died December the 20 A. D. 1865
J. N. Rainwater died November the 20 A. D. 1877
Page 5: MARRIAGES
Eli D. Rainwater was married to Catherine Slover July the 26 1838
William I. Rainwater was married to Miss Mary Catherine Blackwell December the 19th day in the year of our Lord 1852
Mary C. Rainwater was born November the 4th day in the year of our Lord 1833
1 The original inscription contains no punctuation of any sort, and very little capitalization. I have added this for clarity.
2 There is much controversy about which Scotland is meant. Possible and plausible meanings include the European country, the county in North Carolina, or the town in Halifax Co., NC.
3 Mary Catherine Blackwell, wife of William I. Rainwater. A second birth record is given for this individual on Page 5.
This family record was saved from destruction when it was purchased at an estate sale by Polly Thorne Flory (who is not a Rainwater descendant) and graciously contributed to The Rainwater Collection.
Mother’s Family Tree
Mother’s Name: Lucy Isadore Rainwater Aderholt, born January 7th, 1872, born Waterloo, KY; died January 1963
Her Brothers and Sisters: Miles, Roscoe, Martha, Minnie, Doretta, Mollie, Cornelia, Minnie
Mother’s Father: Josiah Wilson Rainwater, born October 11th, 1843, Somerset, KY. Died March 16th, 1934, Vernon, Tex.
His Brothers and Sisters: Daniel, Miles, Anne, Susan, Sally, Sciota, Emily, Relda, Jane, Polly
Mother’s Mother: Elizabeth Jane Weddle Rainwater, born 1847, Somerset, KY. Died 1943
Her Brothers and Sisters: Jake, John, Lincoln, Male1, Johnson, Emily, Margaret, Lucy, Helen, Doretta 2
Mother’s Paternal Grandparents: Bartholomew Rainwater and Nancy McLaughlin (English)
Mother’s Maternal Grandparents: Solomon Weddle and Patsy Tarter (Irish) 3
Father’s Family Tree
Father’s Name: John Pink Aderholt, born June 21st, 1870, Springville, Ala. Died July 6th, 1946, Vernon, Tex.
His Brothers and Sisters: Fletcher, Adam, Forrest, Charlie, Bud, Porter, Annie, Emma, Florence, Nellie
Father’s Father: Emanuel Aderholt, born 1846 Oct 9th, St. Clair Co., Ala. Died 1916 July 3
His Brothers and Sisters: Bob, Dave, John 4
Father’s Mother: Saphronia E. Jones5, born Dec 17th, 1854, St. Clair Co.
2 Missing from this list are sisters Jenetta, Mary and Sarah
3 They were of German descent, not Irish
4 Missing from this list are Sarah, Fannie, Daniel, Avarilla, William, Lucy, and Alice
5 Jones was the maiden name of Emanuel Aderholt’s 2nd wife. Saphronia’s maiden name was Stone.
Velma Henson Tate was the granddaughter of Matilda Rainwater Henson. These scans were donated by Krista Freeman.
Loretta Mae Tate, July 26, 1921
Lawrence S. Tate, Dec 22, 1922
Lucille Virginia Tate, Nov 23, 1924
Wilma Garnetta Tate, Aug 31, 1927
Leon Henson Tate, June 13, 1943
Loretta M. Tate & Robert Pyles, April 3, 1937
Loretta M. Tate & Lester Nichols, Nov 1, 1945
L. Virginia Tate & Curtis Wilson, Jan 17th, 1942
W. Garnetta Tate & Edw. Corcoran, June 30, 1943
Leon Henson Tate & Sherry Kay Miller, Oct 1960
This record is part of Abraham Butler Rainwater’s 1898 Civil War pension application.
Abraham Butler Rainwater m. Sarah Catherine Waters, October 17 1870 by Parson William Brown, a Missionary Baptist Minister, at Linn Creek, Camden Co, Missouri
Sarah Lieunettie, born Sept 8, 1871
Mary Lizziebeth, born December 25, 1872
Benjamin Franklin, born Nov 5, 1874
George Edward, born October 20, 1876
Rubin Butler, born March 8, 1878, died May 8, 1878
Jeremiah Leonard, born May 20, 1879
William Merit, born Aprile 14, 1881
Trinkey Florentine, born October 5, 1883
Roze Anna, born Sept 17, 1885
Josy Florence, born March 9, 1888
Harisson Spurgen, born October 22, 1890
Stella Maybell, born July 18 1894, died Feb 22, 1896
Lem Oliver, born Feb 8, 1986
Download copies of the original document
Abraham Butler Rainwater’s Civil War pension file