Written by Elizabeth Bell Rains in December 1920 for two of her daughters, Martha Ida and Olivia Lorena. She was born in  1848 in Shelby County , Texas, making her 72 years old at the time she wrote it. She was Emory's brother's daughter-in-law.
Transcribed from copies of the handwritten originals provided by Margaret D. Suddath (Doddie), a direct descendent of the
 author.

Livie's Log

Now I will tell you something about the Rains & Yarbrough families. Your Grate Grand Mother Raines maden name was Katy Dunkin.
Your Grate Grand Mother Yarbrough's maden name was Elizabeth Rushing.
The Rainses & Yarbroughs was all natives of Tennessee. They was among the earliest settlers of Texas. Some of them left tennessee sometime in 1830 ,maby 1832, or maby a little later than that.
I will begin now with your grand fathers brothers and sister.

Emory Rains was the oldest of the seven brothers and one sister. Uncle Emory to Texas in 1829, three years befour the rest of them came. He lived in East Texas severil years. He marryed Rainey Anderson. He was a smart yousful man. He was in office many years of his life. He went to the legislator severil times. It was him who interduced the Homested Law, which is
one of our best laws today. He lived to be very old. He died in Rains County which was named for him. The county sete of Rains County was named in honor of him Emory.

I can't give much, only the names of the Rains family.
Sexton Rains was the next. I don't know who he marryed.
The next was JoeAb Rains. I don't know who it was he marryed.
The next was Preston or Presley Rains. He was Tom Clark's grand father.
The next was Nellie Rains. She marryed Gilbert Yarbrough.
The next was Raleigh Rains, you Pa's father. He marryed Jane Yarbrough.
The next was John Rains. He had a big family of boys. I guess the most of them are somewhere in Texas. I don't know who he marryed.
The next was James Rains. I don't know who he marryed. Her given name was Margaret. He lived in Missouri duering the Sivil War. He was doing well there but the northern army broak him up. He was a southern general. That made the northern soldiers mity bitter against him. He left Missouri and came back to Texas after the war.

Now I will give you a little history of your grand father's family. He marryed Jane Yarbrough in Tennessee. They emagrated to Texas soon after they was marryed. 8 children was born to them.
P. P. Rains as he was called was the oldest. He died in early childhood.
The next was Cathern Rains. She died at the age of 14.
The next was George Rolley Rains, your father. He marryed Margaret Bell.
The next Marry Rains. She marryed Mang Billingsley.
The next was Carrol Rains. He married Louisa Right.
The next was Bud Rains. Louis Cass was his name.
The next was a little infant girl. Her name was Hannah Jane Rains. She only lived a short time after her mother died. I think she was less than a month old when her mother died, your grand mother.
Bud Rains left Texas and went to Arkansas and marryed. He lived there the rest of his life. He left a wife and 7 children when he died.
Your Grand Father Rains marryed Martha Wheeler the second time. 3 children was born to them.
The first was a little son. I have forgotten his name. He only lived 3 months.
The next was Sarah Rains. She died at the age of 14.
The next was Nancy Rains. She died while a young lady at the age of 23.
Your Grand Father Rains died may 29th, 1888.
Your step grand mother died Jan the 26th, 1890.

Now I will tell you about your father's mother's peopal the Yarbrough family. They was all Tenniseens as far back as I Know. Your father's grand father was Joel Yarbrough. His wife's maden name was Elizabeth Rushing. I will give you the names of theyer children.
Gilbert Yarbrough, the oldest. I think he marryed Nellie Rains.
The next, Asey Yarbrough, he marryed a Miss White.
The next, Millie Yarbrough, she marryed a Mr. Jarvis.
The next, Richard Yarbrough, he marryed Hannah Rains a first cousin to your Grandpa Rains.
The next, Wm Yarbrough, he marryed Argen Hill.
The next, Jane Yarbrough, your Pa's mother.
The next, Marry Ann Yarbrough, she marryed Gill Tatum.
 
 

Ida's Log

Now I will tell you what I can about your Pa's people. They was all Tenniseans as far as I know. Your Pa's Grand Mother Rains was a Miss Katie Dunkan. His Grand Mother Yarbrough was a Miss Elizabeth Rushin.
They all came to Texas sometimes in 1830 or maybe later.
The oldest one of your Grand Father Rainses family was Uncle Emory Rains. His father died early in life. He left 7 boys and one girl, maby none of them quite grown.  Uncle Emory came to Texas 3 years befour his mother and the balance of the family did. Texas being a new frontier place made it mity hard for the early settlers.   Emory Rains marryed in Texas to Miss Rainey Anderson. They raised a large family of children. I believe only2 sons, John D. and Press.

The next, I think, was Sexton Rains. I don't know who he marryed.
The next was JoeAb Rains.
Then John Rains. He raised a large family of boys which I supose are in Texas or some of his desendants.
The next was Nellie Rains who marryed Gilbert Yarbrough, your Grand Mother Rainses brother.
Then Raleigh Rains, your Pa's father. He marryed Jane Yarbrough. They marryed in Tennessee. 7 children was born to them,
4 sons & 3 daughters.
The Oldest. P. P. Rains died while quite small.
The next, Catherine Rains. She died at the age of 14 years.
The next, George Rains, your father marryed Margaret Bell.
The next, Mary Rains.
The next Carrol Rains, he marryed Louisa Right.
The next Louis Rains, called Bud, he marryed in Arkansas and died there. He left 7 children, I think.
The next, a little infant.Your grand mother died before it was a month old. It lived for a few weeks and dyed.
Your grandfather remarryed Martha Wheeler. She was his second wife. There was 3 children born to them. The oldest one was a son, lived only 3 months.  The next one, Sarah Rains, dyed at the age of 14.  The next, Nancy Rains, she lived to be 23. She never marryed.
Father Rains died in 1888.  Mother Rains, your Pa's step mother, dyed in 1890.

Uncle Emory Rains was a noted man in East Texas. He helt some office many years. He was first alcade which was the same
a judge. After that, he was sent to the legislator several time. In his young days, there were very few people in Texas. It was
him who interduced the Homestead Law which is one of our best laws today.
Presley Rains, I think, came next.
The next, James Rains, he went from Texas to Missouri and was a General duering the Sivil War.
Marry Rains, your Pa's sister, marryed Mang Billingsley.

Now I will tell you what I can about the Yarbrough family.
The oldest Gilbert Yarbrough.
Acey Yarbrough was next.
The next , Millie Yarbrough, she marryed Jarvis.
The next Richard Yarbrough, he marryed Hannah Rains a cousin of your Grand Father Raleigh Rains.
The next was Jane Yarbrough, your Pa's mother.
The next William Yarbrough.
The next, Mary Ann Yarbrough, she marryed Gill Tatum.

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