Josiah and Elizabeth Rainwater
Submitted by:  Susan Rainwater

Husband: Josiah Wilson Rainwater
Birth: 10 Oct 184356 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski County, KY 354 39
Death: 16 Mar 1934354 Place: Vernon, WIlbarger County, TX 354 57
Burial: Mar 1934354 Place: East View Cm., Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX 77
Occupation: Farmer, merchant, banker, postmaster, etc.17 39 9
Education: Attended school in Pulaski Co., KY 7
Religion: Joined Baptist Ch 1871 77 134 544
Father: Bartholomew Rainwater (1804‐1889)
Mother: Nancy McLaughlin (1807‐1883)
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Marriage: 11 Jan 1866 Place: Pulaski Co., KY by Rev. Billie Porter 39 56 57 349
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Wife: Elizabeth Jane Weddle
Birth: 7 Sep 1847593 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 51
Death: 25 Jun 1943355 Place: Vernon, Wilbarger County, TX 355 57
Burial: Jun 1943355 Place: East View Cm., Wilbarger Co., Vernon, TX77
Occupation: Homemaker 8
Education: Attended school in Pulaski Co., KY 7
Religion: Baptist 134
Father: Solomon Weddle Sr. (1822‐1890)
Mother: Martha "Patsy" Tarter (1822‐1896)
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Children...
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1. F Child: Martha Jane Rainwater
Birth: 24 Oct 1866328 Place: Somerset, Pulaski Co., KY ®2504
Death: 2 Aug 1961707 Place: Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX 707 ®2504
Burial: Place: East View Cm., Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX ®1418
Occupation: Homemaker
Education: Attended school 9
Religion: Member, Bethel Baptist Church ®2405
Spouse: Peter Christopher "PC" Rainwater
Marriage: 28 Jun 1893 Place: Waterloo Williamson Co., TX 57 82
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2. F Child: Nancy Frances "Nannie" Rainwater
Birth: 28 Aug 1869328 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski Co., KY 17
Death: 3 Aug 194242 Place: Taylor, Williamson Co., Texas 57
Burial: 3 Aug 194238 Place: Taylor City Cm., Taylor, Williamson Co., TX 42
Education: Attended school 9
Spouse: Charles Mercer Gossett
Marriage: 15 Nov 1893 Place: Williamson Co., TX 82 57
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3. F Child: Lucy Isadore Rainwater
Birth: 7 Jan 1872328 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski Co., KY 17
Death: 12 Jan 1963151 Place: Vernon, Wilbarger County, TX 57
Burial: 13 Jan 1963151 Place: East View Cemetery, Vernon, TX 77 42
Education: Attended school 9
Religion: Baptist 151
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Spouse: John Pinkney "Pink" Aderholt Sr.
Marriage: 14 Dec 189257 Place: Taylor, Williamson Co., Texas77 82
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4. F Child: Doretta Rainwater
Birth: 18 Mar 1874328 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski Co., KY 17
Death: 6 Apr 196657 Place: Electra, Wichita Co., TX 151
Burial: 8 Apr 196634 Place: East View Cm., Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX42
Religion: Bethel Baptist Church 83
Spouse: Ranza Lee "Ranzy" Luttrell
Marriage: 14 Dec 189257 Place: Taylor, Williamson Co., Texas 77 82
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5. M Child: Miles Rainwater
Birth: 15 Jun 1876328 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski County, KY 17
Death: 20 May 195617 Place: Vernon, Wilbarger County, TX 17
Burial: Place: Eastview Cm., Vernon, Wilbarger Co., TX 42
Occupation: Farmer12
Education: Literate 14
Spouse: Ollie Frances Cooper 17
Marriage: 16 Mar 189857 Place: Taylor, Williamson Co., TX 151
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6. F Child: Mary "Molly" Rainwater
Birth: 28 Apr 1879328 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski Co., KY 9
Death: 4 Nov 198442 Place: Taylor, Williamson Co., TX151
Burial: 6 Nov 1984151 Place: Taylor City Cm., Taylor, Wmson Co., TX 42
Education: Literate 14
Spouse: Charles A. Aderholt
Marriage: 22 Dec 189857 Place: Taylor, Williamson Co., TX 151
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7. F Child: Cornelia "Neely" Rainwater
Birth: 17 Apr 188111 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski Co., KY 151
Death: 17 Oct 1967459 Place: Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA 151 ®1041
Burial: Place: East View Mem Cm, Vernon, TX 42
Religion: Member of 2nd Baptist Church, Vernon, TX
Spouse: Alva Fenton "Al" Gaston
Marriage: 29 Oct 1902 Place: Taylor, Williamson Co., TX 57
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8. M Child: Roscoe Conklin Rainwater
Birth: 4 Jul 1883351 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski County, KY351
Death: 8 Nov 1972351 Place: Vernon, Wilbarger County, TX351
Burial: Nov 197241 Place: Wilbarger Meml Park, Lockett, Wilbarger Co., TX 351 79
Occupation: Bank pres, dept store owner, bookeeper on Panama Canal 20
Education: Hill's Business College, Waco 34
Religion: Deacon in Baptist Church 20 134
Spouse: Gertrude Alice Caughron
Marriage: 23 May 1906 Place: 1st Baptist Ch.,Taylor, TX by Rev. J.A. Arbuckle20 57
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9. F Child: Minnie Rainwater
Birth: 15 Jul 1885328 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski Co., KY 17 151
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Death: 15 Jul 197117 Place: Electra, Wichita Co., TX 17
Burial: Place: East View Cemetery, Vernon, TX57
Occupation: Life insurance agent 14
Education: Literate 14
Religion: Baptist 17
Spouse: John H. Brownlee
Marriage: 27 Feb 190857 Place: Taylor, Williamson Co., TX 151
Spouse: Tom Powers17
Marriage: 1955950
Husband’s Notes...
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Found in parents' 1860C HH in Pulaski Co., KY pg 308.
Found in own 1870C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 168.
Found in own 1880C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 394. Includes Jamis A. Owens, age 12, relationship is not specified.
Found in 1890C Pulaski Co., KY, pg 181. 10
Found in 1900C in Taylor, Williamson Co., TX. 11
Found in own 1910C HH, Wilbarger Co., TX, pg 141B. Was also one of the county's census enumerators. 12
Found in own 1920C HH, Wilbarger Co., TX, pg 132. 13
Found in own HH, 1890 tax list, Pulaski Co., Harrison Precinct. Owned 170 acres valued at $1000 and 25 acres valued at $75.
Nearest neighbor was Solomon Weddle. 6 children age 6‐20. 420
Served 5 Nov 1861 ‐ 10 Jan 1865 with Company D, 3rd Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Union Army in Civil War. 45 Service record
indicates that enrolled for service at Camp Wolford, and the muster rolls for this camp show him as a private at his enlistment,
a corporal @ Jan 1863, promoted to sergeant @ July 1863, appointed ordnance sergeant on 23 April 1864.. He was wounded
in the Battle of Stone River, TN (Murfreesboro) Dec 31 1862 ‐ shot in the hand ‐ serving under Gen. Rosecrans. He was
wounded at Marietta, GA on June 27 1864, apparently during Sherman's march on Atlanta ‐ shot in the hip and thorax. 327
Pension received in 1883 due to wounds $1.00 per month. 137 Pension #194180 401
Pulaski Co., KY 1890 Census
Roll 103, Line 29, House 396, Family 396
Josiah W. Rainwater
Sergeant, Company D, 3rd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry
Enlisted 5 Nov 1861 ‐ Discharged 10 Jan 1865
Served 3 years 2 months 5 days
Lives at Waterloo, Kentucky
Gun shot wound in right arm 10 420
In Pulaski Co., KY he was a farmer, deputy sheriff, general store operator, tax assessor & collector for the county. In Williamson
Co., TX he was postmaster of Waterloo in 1897 and 1901 Post office opened 12 May 1893 and ceased operation 15 Sep 1904.
He moved to Wilbarger Co., TX in 1907 and became a school board trustee (1914‐1927), Director of 1st State Bank, a deacon in
the Baptist Church and a Mason. Achieved the rank of Worshipful Master. He was a US census enumerator (1880 Pulaski Co.,
KY, 1910 Wilbarger Co., TX). He moved into the city of Vernon in 1919.77 94
Pension records indicate that he had lived in Pulaski Co., KY from 1865 to 1890, then moved to Taylor, Williamson Co., TX in
1890, followed by a move to Wilbarger Co., TX in 1907 where he was then living. He described his residence as 5 miles
northeast of Oklaunion, Texas. 328
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Member of Bethel Baptist Church, Wilbarger Co.83 Founding member of Somerset Missionary Baptist Church in Pulaski Co.
(minutes book owned by Betty Jo Parker)150
Land transactions in Williamson Co.: Release from endebtedness to New England Loan & Trust, book 74 p 106; release from
D.R. Mead, book 74 p 126; release from G.W. Burkitt, book 74 p 128. These three purchases are for approx. 300 acres of land in
the Caleb W. Baker survey, with Pecan Creek as the west boundry and platt block 4 as the east boundry, Waterloo, TX.133
Listed with family in Taylor Baptist Church records, dated 16 Aug 1908. Record indicates that Josiah, Mrs. Elizabeth, Roscoe and
Miss Minnie have all lettered out. 134
Newspaper article about Mollie Rainwater includes her memory of a long train trip to Texas from Kentucky when the family
moved. They were met at the station by Charlie Gossett, her sister's future husband, and stayed that night in the Gossett
home.34
Testified to the service of Erasmus D. Compton in his pension application, 1896. 326
Medical:
Cause of death given as cardiac disfunction. 354
Wife’s Notes...
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Found in parents' 1850C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 252.
Found in parents' 1860C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 297. 7
Found in husband's 1870C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 168. 8
Found in husband's 1880C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 394. 9
Found in husband's 1900C HH, Taylor, Williamson Co., KY. 11
Found in husband's 1910C HH, Wilbarger Co., TX, pg 97B. 12
Found in husband's 1920C HH, Wilbarger Co., TX, pg 132. 13
Was generally called by her full name. Married in father's home. 51
Listed with family in Taylor Baptist Church records, dated 16 Aug 1908. Record indicates that Josiah, Mrs. Elizabeth, Roscoe and
Miss Minnie have all lettered out. 134
Medical:
Causes of death given as bronchitis and pneumonia. 355
Uncle Gene Rainwater said that she went out to put up the chickens in a driving rainstorm and came down with pneumonia as
a result.
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Reference Note 7 1860 census
Reference Note 8 1870 census
Reference Note 9 1880 census
Reference Note 10 1890 census (Civil War survivors & widows)
Reference Note 11 1900 census
Reference Note 12 1910 census
Reference Note 13 1920 census
Reference Note 14 1930 census
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Reference Note 17 Roscoe Rainwater, "Here's the Plan of the Rainwater Clan", genealogical document, 1972, original
Reference Note 20 Louise McIlhaney Deering, deceased, McIlhaney family
Reference Note 34 Newspaper articles ‐ birth & marriage annc., obituaries, interviews, etc.
Reference Note 38 Other documents ‐ letters, funeral programs, newsletters, diplomas, certificates, etc.
Reference Note 39 Military records
Reference Note 41 Calculation or estimate from confirmed data
Reference Note 42 Tombstones, seen in person or photographed (as distinct from transcription books)
Reference Note 45 Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Civil War, Vol. I, Union.
Reference Note 51 Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Records, Vol 3, 1864‐1886, PCHS
Reference Note 56 Bartholomew Rainwater family Bible, photocopy of original
Reference Note 57 Josiah Rainwater family Bible, photocopy of original
Reference Note 77 Williamson County, TX: Its History and Its People, Williamson Co. Genealogical Society (Frances Aderholt
Smith)
Reference Note 79 Texas Data, Vol. 2, Christine Knox Wood
Reference Note 82 Williamson Co., TX Marriage Records, Vol 1, Books 2‐8, 1860‐1900, Frances T. Ingmire
Reference Note 83 Wilbarger Co., Texas History, Wilbarger Co. Historical Commission
Reference Note 94 Land of Good Water ‐ A Williamson Co., TX History, Clara Stearns Scarbrough, 1973
Reference Note 133 Direct, General and Reverse Indexes to Deeds of Williamson Co., TX, various volumes, Williamson County
Courthouse, Georgetown, TX
Reference Note 134 1st Baptist Church of Taylor, TX, membership records, 1908, photographs of original
Reference Note 137 List of Pensioners on the Rolls, January 1 1883, Vol. 5, US Pension Office
Reference Note 150 Betty Jo Rainwater Parker (Bartholomew Rainwater family), deceased
Reference Note 151 Frances Aderholt Smith (Aderholt & Rainwater families)
Reference Note 326 Civil War Union pension papers of Erasmus D. Compton and Martha Jane Duck Compton, 7 Sep 1871‐10
May 1924, photocopies
Reference Note 327 Civil War Union service papers of Josiah W. Rainwater, 5 Nov 1861‐10 Jan 1865
Reference Note 328 Civil War Union pension papers of Josiah W. Rainwater and Elizabeth Jane Weddle Rainwater, 10 May
1879‐2 Apr 1934, photocopies
Reference Note 349 Marriage license of Josiah W. Rainwater & Elizabeth Jane Weddle, 1866, Pulaski Co., KY, certified copy
Reference Note 351 Death certificate #87001, Roscoe Rainwater, Wilbarger Co., TX, 1972, certified copy
Reference Note 354 Death certificate #70687, Josiah W. Rainwater, Wilbarger Co., TX, 1934, certified copy
Reference Note 355 Death certificate #29941, Elizabeth Jane Weddle, Wilbarger Co., TX, 1943, certified copy
Reference Note 401 Records of the Veterans Administration, Record Group 15, National Archives, US Military Pension Files,
selected abstracts, Ross Cameron
Reference Note 420 Pulaski Co., KY 1890 Federal Census of Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Widows and the 1890
County Taxpayers List, transcription, PCHS
Reference Note 459 Funeral program, Cornelia Rainwater Gaston, 17 Oct 1966, original
Reference Note 544 Obituary of Josiah W. Rainwater, 17 Mar 1934, Vernon Daily Record, transcription
Reference Note 593 Bible of Abraham Lincoln Weddle, Pulaski Co., KY, printed in Mississippi Cemetery and Bible Records, Vol.
17, 1978, pgs. 74‐77, Mississippi Genealogical Sociery, original owned by Mrs. J. P. Wilkerson, transcription of original
Reference Note 707 Texas Death Record Index, 1960‐1962, Roll #7, microfilm
Reference Note 950 Ancestry.com's Rootsweb and WorldConnect online databases (information from this source is
questionable and requires 2nd confirmation)
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