After two decades of wandering between Missouri and Washington, Jacob Sessum Rainwater finally settled in Columbia Co., Washington, probably in the late 1870s or early 1880s. His first wife, Lucinda Williamson Rainwater, Jacob’s first wife, died around 1880, shortly after the birth of Etta, the last child born to that union.
In 1884, Jacob married his second wife, a plump girl of German descent 30 years his junior, named Nellie Pintler. It was marriage of convenience – Augustus Pintler figured it was time daughter Nellie left the family nest, and Jacob, quite well off, seemed to be logical and available. One of Nellie’s granddaughters recounted Nellie saying that she had “only married that old man because she figured she wouldn’t have to raise a lot of kids.” It turned out to be only ten.
Into the couple’s home on Robinett Mountain were born nine more children. These were: Leonard C., 1885; Bernard, 1886; Robert L., 1887; Jessie, 1889; Lloyd N., 1891; Harry, 1893; Harold M., 1895; Agnes M., 1896; Leah L., 1903; and Ada A., 1905. This photograph was taken between 1896 and 1903, prior to the birth of the last two children.
Jacob S. Rainwater died in 1906 in Dayton, Columbia Co., Washington. His second wife, Nellie Pintler Rainwater died some 30 years later, in 1938.
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