Maraney Anderson Rains

Nov 17, 1802 - Jan 29, 1885

Wife of Emory Rains

Maraney Anderson Rains was born in what is now Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, the daughter of Wyatt Anderson and Nancy McFadden; she was sister of Jonathan "Shelby" Anderson, Mrs Myra Anderson English, Mrs Sarah Anderson Scritchfield, Mrs Mahala Anderson Barr, Wade Hampton Anderson, and Thomas Jefferson Anderson.  The Anderson family migrated to Pecan Point (now in Red River County, Texas) in the fall of 1816 with a group of their family.  Her paternal grandfather, Bailey Anderson, Sr. was one of the few Revolutionary War soldiers who settled in Texas; he died 01 Aug 1840 and is buried in Elysian Fields, Texas: his grave is marked with a Texas historical marker.

More of the Anderson family arrived in Texas later in 1818.  In 1821 Lovisa Anderson Lout brought "up the rear", so to speak.  Lovisa was married 2nd to Martin Parmer. Among this last group to arrive in Texas in 1821 was Maraney Anderson Rains' first cousin, Bailey Inglish, who built Ft. Inglish, as well as Maraney Anderson Rains' sister Myra Anderson.

Myra Anderson, daughter of Wyatt Anderson and Nancy McFadden, went to Pecan Point with her parents and siblings in the fall of 1816.  She married William English there sometime in 1818.  Within a few months they moved to Ayish Bayou (now in Shelby County, Texas) and their first child, John Patroon English, was born there 17 Jan 1819.  William English became a delegate to the "Texas Conventions", representing the District of Teneha; William English who was a bitter enemy of Stephen F. Austin from "their Arkansas Territory days".

Maraney Anderson Rains' 1st cousin Elizabeth "Betsy" Inglish married Martin Varner 26 Sep 1818 and they were among the first settlers of Wood Co, Texas.  They are buried in Wood County, Texas, and their graves are also marked with a Texas historical marker.

Maraney Anderson was also the niece of Capt. Bailey Anderson Jr., brother of her father Wyatt Anderson, who lead troops at the Battle of Nacogdoches and at the Seige of Bexar; many of her cousins were participants in the battles.

Information provided by Kathye [Payne] Upham, 4th great niece of Maraney Anderson Rains

(Some links thanks to the Handbook of Texas)

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