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The sons of George Wallace Rainwater, ca 1900


L-R, back row: Wallace and Naaman
L-R, front row: Luther and George Savage

George Wallace Rainwater was born in Georgia to Zebulon Rainwater and his wife Rhoda Eskew Rainwater in September 1850. On 9 September 1872 in Wayne Co., Tennessee, he married Alaminta Frances Benham, known as Fannie. The family lived in Decaturville, TN in the 1860 census, then in Mill Creek Township, Franklin Co., Arkansas in the 1880, 1900, and 1910 censuses. By 1920, the George and Rhoda had moved to Charleston, Franklin Co., Arkansas.

George and Fannie were the parents of nine children, five of whom were boys. One son, Herbert E., was born and died in 1891. The other four lived into adulthood. They are shown in this ca 1900 photograph.

The eldest was Luther W. Rainwater, born in December 1876. Luther married Mary C. Brown and produced a large farm family. Next was George Savage Rainwater (see separate profile), born in May 1879. George married Bonnie Kate McKinney, and they were the parents of two children. The third was Naaman Rainwater1, born in August 1888 and died in 1912. Fourth was Wallace R. Rainwater, born 16 June 1896, who became a grocer and died in January 1981. All four boys were born in Arkansas.

Their sisters, not shown in this photo, were: Lilly F. (Rice), born ca 1874; Lorina A., born in August 1882; Lois C. (Simpson), born in August 1885; and Lula A., born in April 1893.

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This photograph and some of the biographical information was contributed by Flo Chism.

1 There is much disagreement about his name. The 1900 census says Nathan E.. The 1910 census says Harmon G. Rootsweb says Naaman Silvanus and Norman Silvanus. Flo Chism notes that his sister Lois named one of her sons Naaman, suggesting at least, that Naaman is correct, though the middle name is unclear.