Biographical Documents & Genealogical Research

Reminiscences & Letters

Civil War Reminiscences of Sarah Fowler Rainwater, wife of Charles Cicero Rainwater

The Rainwater Family by Mrs. Charles Cicero Rainwater (Sarah Fowler Rainwater), The Missourian newspaper, 16 July 1932, 217 KB. PDF

Recollections of Mary Catherine Rainwater Pettijohn, from the archives of Ann Pettijohn Tomlinson, PDF

History of Catherine McCall and James Rainwater, by a granddaughter of Eli Rainwater, believed to be Nellie Rainwater Mills, daughter of Dr. Bradley Rainwater, 2MB, PDF


The Family Tree of Clois Miles Rainwater and Nancy Jane McIlhaney: One Texas Family’s Origins, 1706-2012” by Susan Chance-Rainwater and R. Steven Rainwater, available through

The Rainwater Family Research of Oscar S. Brooks, June 2009, 2 MB, PDF

Here’s the Plan of the Rainwater Clan” by Roscoe Rainwater, 1972, 6.2 MB, PDF

Genealogy of the Rainwater Family” by Donald S. Webber, Dec 1981, 8.9 MB, PDF

Genealogical research (1984) and research notes (1966) of Thelma P. Sargent, Mesa, AZ, (16.4 MB), PDF

Shirley, Rainwater, Crawford,” from ‘Ancestors and Friends: A History and Genealogy” by William Lusk Crawford, Sr., published 1978, 2MB, PDF

Rev. James Rainwater, 1795-1871, Georgia, from History of the Baptist Denomination in Georgia, published 1881, 4MB, PDF

Rainwaters: A Family History” by Richard James Rainwaters, (32 MB)

Profile of the Delilah Rainwater & Richard Phillips familiy,” from the Pioneer History of Forsyth Co., GA

Research into the Descendants of Burrell & Elizabeth Rainwater,” by Kay Ohana, June 2009

Susan’s Research Notes

The Perplexing Problem of Jane Rainwater Rash, c1809-before 1900,
Susan Chance-Rainwater, May 2019

A Case of Familicide in Orrick, Missouri: The William B. Rainwater Murders,”
Susan Chance-Rainwater, 2018

Determining the Identity of Nancy J. Rainwater of Muhlenberg Co., Kentucky,”
Susan Chance-Rainwater, Nov 2017

Rebecca J. Rainwater’s maiden name – McDaniel, McDonald, or McPherson?,”
Susan Chance-Rainwater, Nov 2017

Jessie Etnie / Martha Edna Rainwater name and date issues,”
Susan Chance-Rainwater, Apr 2019

Finding Kansada Wood Rainwater’s Maiden Name,”
Susan Chance-Rainwater, Feb 2017

  • Nothing is obvious: reasoning to the parents of John Lysander Rainwater,”
    Susan Chance-Rainwater, Aug 2019
  • Articles

    Pioneer Recalls Trip Across Oklahoma Without Firearms, recollections of Martin Van Buren Rainwater, Fort Worth Star Telegram, 27 Sept 1935

    Panama Duty Career Highlight, recollections of Roscoe Rainwater, Vernon Daily Record, Jan 1963

    “Matriarch built a flush family without plumbing”, Thelma May Rainwater, 20 Sep 2009

    Vernon Inez Waldrop Connaster Rainwater: “Struggles, triumphs: woman overcomes tough times with courage”, 23 Nov 1987

    Lemuel Flewellyn Rainwater, 1848-1933, Mississippi, Profile

    Biography of Annie Heads Rainwater, 1912-1992, Carrollton, TX, PDF

    The Rainwater Researcher Family Newsletter, 1994-1998

    The Rainwater Researcher, a printed newsletter, edited by Robert O. Albert, Jr., lasted four years and helped create a cohesive research community. It was the forerunner of and inspiration for this website. While some of the information contained in the newsletter is questionable, most is of good quality and there are many fascinating family stories worth preserving. Non-genealogical filler material, such as poems, cartoons, etc. have been dropped for file size considerations.