PHILIP RAINEY, miller, Petersburg; was born in Boydton, Va., Oct. 7, 1829, where he was raised and schooled. His first business experience was in connection with the post office at that place, where he continued several years. In 1849, he removed to California, and remained some four years engaged in mining and mercantile business; during this time, his father died. In 1854, he returned home, and lived with his mother until the close of the late war. He came to Petersburg in 1867, and shortly afterward purchased an interest in the mill of which he is now sole proprietor. He bought out his partner in 1869, and has since devoted his entire attention to grain-dealing and milling. He has, by his fair dealing and business qualification, won for himself a good reputation. He married Miss Marcia H. Rourke, of this county, May 24, 1869; she is the daughter of Col. C. Rourke, of this place. They have a family of four children.