William and Martha Rainwater
Submitted by:  Susan Rainwater

Husband: William Rainwater
Birth: Between 1765/17753 Place: Surry Co., NC 17
Death: 182553 Place: Faubush, Pulaski County, KY 17
Burial: Place: prob. Rainwater Cm., Pulaski Co., KY
Occupation: Farmer 17
Religion: Baptist 17
Father: James Rainwater Sr. 587 (1735‐1790)
Mother: Unknown‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
Marriage: Before 1802178 Place: prob. Surry Co., NC 41
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Wife: Martha "Patsy" Hodges587
Birth: Circa 17853 Place: Surry Co., NC 16
Death: After 184149 Place: Pulaski County, KY 17
Burial: Place: prob. Rainwater Cm., Pulaski Co., KY
Father: Bartholomew Hodges26 (1750‐1830)
Mother: Elizabeth26 (1760‐1830)
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Children...
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1. F Child: Lydia Rainwater (Never married)
Birth: 8 May 1802178 Place: North Carolina 7
Death: After 18809 Place: prob. Faribault Co., MN 9
Burial: Place: Rice Lake Cm, Wells, Faribault, MN154
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2. M Child: Bartholomew Rainwater
Birth: 20 Jan 180456 Place: Danbury, Stokes Co., NC 31 17 51 544
Death: 28 Jun 188956 Place: Waterloo, Pulaski County, KY 17
Burial: Place: Rainwater Cm., Pulaski Co., KY 48
Occupation: School teacher & farmer 17 6 544
Education: Literate 41
Religion: Baptist 17
Spouse: Nancy McLaughlin
Marriage: 24 Feb 182556 Place: Adair Co., KY 475 621 888
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3. M Child: James Rainwater48
Birth: 8 Feb 1806178 Place: North Carolina 7
Death: Circa 186253 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 53
Occupation: Farmer 6 Moneylender 404
Spouse: Mary "Polly" McDaniel48 26
Marriage: 19 Apr 1826 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 49
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4. M Child: Abraham Rainwater
Birth: 3 Apr 1808178 Place: North Carolina 17 6
Death: Circa 1875194 Place: Brown Co., IN. 194
Occupation: Farmer6
Religion: Baptist 194
Spouse: Anna McLaughlin26
Research by Susan Rainwater, 22 Jul 2011
Marriage: 16 Apr 1829147 Place: Russell Co., KY by Rev. John Antle 321
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5. M Child: John R. Rainwater (Twin)
Birth: 5 Mar 1810178 Place: Surry Co., NC196 8 2
Death: 188948 Place: prob. Casey Co., KY
Burial: Place: Grave Hill, Mintonville, Casey Co., KY 48 196
Occupation: Farmer 6 Works on farm 9
Education: Can read but not write 8
Spouse: Elizabeth Lawless17
Marriage: 2 Dec 1837 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 49
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6. F Child: Nancy Rainwater (Twin)
Birth: 5 Mar 1810178 Place: Surry Co., NC 2
Death: 10 Aug 1891158 Place: Fulton Co., IL 158
Spouse: William Merritt Roy26 158
Marriage: 22 Feb 1834 Place: Pulaski Co. KY 26 49
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7. M Child: William Howard Rainwater Sr.
Birth: 17 Jun 1813178 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 6
Death: Circa 1889193 Place: Brown Co., IN 27
Occupation: Farmer 7
Education: Able to read, but not write 8
Spouse: Nancy Ann Hodge197
Marriage: 2 Oct 1831 Place: Casey Co., KY 197
Divorced: 13 Jan 1837
Spouse: Minerva Ann Rayborn
Marriage: 4 May 1838 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 49
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8. F Child: Susanna Rainwater 17 (Never married)
Birth: 28 Sep 1815178 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 263
Death: 14 Apr 1858263 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 263
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9. M Child: Miles Rainwater
Birth: 15 May 1818178 Place: Faubush, Pulaski Co., KY 17 6 48
Death: 9 Jan 188448 Place: prob. Pulaski Co., KY 41
Burial: Place: Rainwater Family Cm, Pulaski Co., KY 48
Occupation: Farmer 6
Spouse: Frances Chaney
Marriage: 29 Jul 1843 Place: Pulaski Co., KY49
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10. F Child: Elizabeth "Betsy" Rainwater17 174 49
Birth: 1 Oct 1819/1822178 Place: Pulaski Co. KY 154
Death: After 18809 Place: Faribault Co., MN154
Burial: Place: Loveall family farm, Faribault Co., MN154
Spouse: Isaac Roberts174 49
Marriage: 24 Nov 1843 Place: Pulaski Co. KY 174 49
Spouse: Zachariah Loveall Sr.154
Research by Susan Rainwater, 22 Jul 2011
Marriage: 15 Oct 1854 Place: Bedford, Lawrence Co., IN 242
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11. F Child: Patsy Rainwater 17 (Twin)
Birth: 15 Mar 1823178 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 41
Spouse: Tilman Davenport49
Marriage: 14 Dec 1841 Place: Pulaski Co. KY 49
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12. M Child: infant Rainwater (Died at birth)
Birth: 15 Mar 1823178 Place: Pulaski Co., KY 41
Death: 15 Mar 1823178
Husband’s Notes...
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Is probably NOT the William found in own 1790C HH, Newbern District, Johnston Co., NC. 1
Found in own 1810C HH, Surry Co., NC, pg 163. 2
Found in own 1820C HH, Pulaski Co., KY. Also found an Abraham Rainwater in 1810, age 26‐45, who is very possibly William's
brother.
Bought a farm west of Faubush, Somerset Co., KY in 1813. Deed to land and probated will, dated 1825, found at Pulaski Co.
Courthouse, Somerset, KY by Roscoe Rainwater. 17
Transcript of nuncupative will calls wife Patsy. Pulaski Co Wills, Book 2, page 192, 1825. Administration of will 1827 Book 2
page 340. 53
Land acquisition in KY: 200 acres near Wolf Creek, surveyed 1 Feb 1807. Book 26 pg 285 (part of the grants south of Green
River). 90
Grantee: Rainwater, Wm Acres: 200 Book: 26 Survey Date: 2‐ 1‐1807 County: Pulaski WaterCourse: Wolf Cr Reference:
An individual named as William Rainwaters Sr. served as a private in Capt. Wm. H. McClellan's Co. (or Capt. George C. Allen's
Co.) along with Edward, Newsom and William Rainwaters Jr., War of 1812. Enlisted 1 Jan 1814, remarked as deserted 20 Jan
1814. This is almost certainly NOT this individual, as the enlistment took place at Fort Hampton in Alabama. 173
Probably buried in Rainwater Cemetery with sons Bartholomew and Miles. Two handmade fieldstone tombstones exist that say
M.S.R. d.1841 and W.S.R. No idea what the middle S stands for in either case.
Ordered to assist in laying out the road from John Ryan's plantation, and another road from Rockford to Dry Branch, Thurs 13
Feb 1806. Ordered to assist in laying out a road from Hogan's Creek to Fisher's Gap, Weds 11 Feb 1807.343
Deed from James Rainwater Sr. to Abraham Rainwater proved in court by William Rainwater, Fri 16 May 1806, Surry Co., NC.
343
Ordered to serve jury duty, Weds 14 Aug 1811. Vinire Facias executed by sheriff, Thurs 15 Aug 1811.344
His property eventually passed to son Miles, who left the "William Rainwater farm" to his daughter Mary E. Gossett in 1884.
403
Year of birth calculation: If we assume William had his first child the same year he was married and married when he was 16,
the latest he could have been born as late as 1786. In the 1810 Surry Co. census he is listed as a male age 26‐45, giving a birth
year of 1765‐1784. In the 1820 Pulaski Co., KY census he is listed as a male over age 45, meaning he HAD to be born in 1775 or
Research by Susan Rainwater, 22 Jul 2011
earlier. The William born on 3 Jun 1774 in Johnson Co., NC is a different person.423
Medical:
Info from Diana Flynn indicates that he died as a result of an infected foot (sounds like Gangrene or Tuberculosis of the bone)
that the local physician, Dr. WIlliam Roy, told him needed to be amputated. He refused and died as a result. 26
Wife’s Notes...
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Found in parents' 1800C HH, Salisbury District, Surry Co., NC, pg 664. Listed as female age 16‐26.
Found in husband's 1810C HH, Surry Co., NC, pg 163. Listed as female age 26‐45. 2
Found in husband's 1820C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 14. Listed as female over age 45. 3
Found in own 1830C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 22.
Found in own 1840C HH, Pulaski Co., KY, pg 332.
Name given as Patty (family Bible), Patsy (1830 & 1840 census, husband's will) and Martha (daughter Patsy's marriage record)
by various sources. Possibly listed as Marty in son James' marriage record.
Received entire estate in husband's 1825 will. Called Patsy in this document. 304
Children listed in William Rainwater Bible but NOT listed in RR doc are: Lydia, James, Nancy (twin of John), William Howard. RR
doc lists two children not listed in the Bible transcription, Joycie & Sukey, and gives a son named Billy. 178 Howard Rainwater
doc. lists Sukey and Anson, but not Lydia or Nancy. 108
She is probably buried in Rainwater Cemetery with sons Bartholomew and Miles. Two handmade fieldstone tombstones exist
that say M.S.R. d.1841 and W.S.R. No idea what the middle S stands for in either case.
Info from Diana Flynn says that Martha refused to own slaves for religious reasons. 26
Apparently son William married a cousin or other relation of his mother's in Casey Co. The marriage ended in divorce. 44
Surname Hodges and ID of parents is traditional ‐ there is no documentary evidence to support this.
Ancestry.com gives her surname as Cochran, no source.
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Reference Note 1 1790 census
Reference Note 2 1810 census
Reference Note 3 1820 census
Reference Note 6 1850 census
Reference Note 7 1860 census
Reference Note 8 1870 census
Reference Note 9 1880 census
Reference Note 16 1800 census
Reference Note 17 Roscoe Rainwater, "Here's the Plan of the Rainwater Clan", genealogical document, 1972, original
Reference Note 26 Diana Flynn (Rainwater & Hodge families) ivie@tima.com
Reference Note 27 Coy B. Hodge, Sr., deceased, (Rainwater‐Hodge families).
Reference Note 31 Death certificate or death index
Reference Note 41 Calculation or estimate from confirmed data
Research by Susan Rainwater, 22 Jul 2011
Reference Note 44 Internet: e‐mail, genealogical newsgroup, web site, etc.
Reference Note 48 Pulaski Co., KY Cemetery Records, Vol. 2, PCHS
Reference Note 49 Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Records, Vol 1, 1797‐1850, 2nd edition, Mary Weddle Kaurish, PCHS
Reference Note 51 Pulaski Co., KY Marriage Records, Vol 3, 1864‐1886, PCHS
Reference Note 53 Pulaski Co., KY Index to Wills, 1800‐1935, PCHS
Reference Note 56 Bartholomew Rainwater family Bible, photocopy of original
Reference Note 90 Kentucky Land Grants, Parts 1 & 2, 1782‐1924, Willard Rouse Jillson, ScD
Reference Note 108 Roscoe Rainwater files (general)
Reference Note 147 Newly Discovered Russell Co., KY Marriage Records, Loose Paper & Consents, 1826‐1829, Carol L. Sanders
Reference Note 154 John D. Roberts (Rainwater‐Roberts family)
Reference Note 158 Terry E. Davis (Rainwater‐Roy family) tedavis@plateautel.net
Reference Note 173 Roster of the Volunteer Officers and Soldiers from KY in the War of 1812‐1815, Adjutant General's Office,
1891
Reference Note 174 Rainwater Researcher newsletter (1994‐1998), web site, mailing list & family association. Quality of
material is uneven – requires 2nd confirmation.
Reference Note 178 William & Patsy Rainwater Bible, photocopy of original
Reference Note 193 Brown Co., IN Abstracts of Probate Records, 1836‐1945, Helen H. Reeve
Reference Note 194 Indiana Source Book, Vol. 3, Willard Heiss
Reference Note 196 Casey Co., KY, 1806‐1983, A Folk History Including Communities and Cemeteries, Gladys Cotham Thomas
Reference Note 197 Early Marriages of Casey Co., KY, 1807‐1915, Phillip A. Rice, Kathleen Goff, Charlotte Mason and Edward
Mason
Reference Note 242 HI Hal Irving (Kentucky Rainwater family) GenieHal@Worldnet.att.net>
Reference Note 263 Pulaski Co., KY Vital Records, Birth & Death, 1852‐1859, 1861, 1874‐1878, PCHS
Reference Note 304 Will of William Rainwater, 6 Jan 1825, Pulaski Co., KY, Book 2 page 192, photocopy of original
Reference Note 321 Russell Co., KY Marriage Certificates, Book 1, 1826‐1954, Kentucky Ancestors, Vol 2, Mrs. Donald E. Jordan
Reference Note 343 Surry Co., NC Court Minutes, County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Vol. 4, 1805‐1809, Iris M. Harvey
Reference Note 344 Surry Co., NC Court Minutes, County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Vol. 5, 1810‐1814, Iris M. Harvey
Reference Note 403 Will of Miles Rainwater, 14 May 1883, Pulaski Co., KY, Book 7 page 101, photocopy of original
Reference Note 404 Will of James Rainwater, 1862, Pulaski Co., KY, Book 6 pg 115, photocopy of original
Reference Note 423 Johnson Co., NC County Court Minutes, 1787‐1792, Book 4, Weynette Parks Haun
Reference Note 475 JG Jim Garner (Laton B. Weddle family) SpruceGoose@columbus.rr.com
Reference Note 544 Obituary of Josiah W. Rainwater, 17 Mar 1934, Vernon Daily Record, transcription
Reference Note 587 Tradition. This reference indicates that an item that cannot be satisfactorily proven or documented, is
never‐the‐less traditionally sited in this way.
Reference Note 621 Bond for marriage for Bartholomew Rainwater & Nancy McLaughlin, Feb 1823, Adair Co., KY, photocopy of
original
Reference Note 888 Marriage Records of Adair Co., KY, 1802‐1840, Ruth Paull Burdette
Research by Susan Rainwater, 22 Jul 2011

 

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