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"Tribute to Civil War Veterans"

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Civil War Veterans Obituaries

We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.


Wills Point Chronicle

October 23, 1913


The brave boys who buckled on the weapons of warfare during the sixties and the pioneer settlers who bore the heat and burden of wilderness life in this country 40 to 60 years ago, are most all beyond the mystic river. Those who tarry have either reached or are nearing their "three score year and ten" allotted to man on earth, which in the very course of nature, means, that soon the weary limbs of both soldier and pioneer shall have found a permanent resting place in the cemeteries of a land loved so well. Could we secure the data, gladly would the Enterprise lay tribute to every mother's son of those of both battle field and forest, whose chivalry, patriotism, industry, economy and hardships have made a wilderness blossom--as the roses and left their posterity, indeed as good heritage.

Of such has been mentioned above, was the late James P. Rainey, now no more. He died at his home three miles South of Edgewood, Saturday morning, Oct. 4, 1913 at 2:30 o'clock. The body was conveyed to Oak Hill cemetery, this city (Edgewood) and laid to its last resting place in the evening of the above named day. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. William Dawson of the Presbyterian church, Wills Point, and J. W. Saucier of the Congregation church, Fruitvale.

Deceased had been in rather declining health for some 4 years resulting from lung troubles and had been confined to his bed some five or six weeks at the time of his death.

"Jim" Rainey, as we all called him was a Tennessean by birth having been born in Marshall county of that State, Dec. 9, 1841.

Young Rainey was 20 years old when the Civil War broke out and served clean through to the close and was with the army of General Robert E. Lee when he surrendered to General Grant at Appomatox Court House, April 9, 1865. Of that momentous occasion, the writer has heard Mr. Rainey tell this incident: A large old apple tree stood near where Gen'ls Lee and Grant perfected terms of peace, and the soldiers fell upon that tree and literally chopped it to small bits, purposely to keep as mementos marking the spot where ended the four long years of bloody war.

In 1871 Jim Rainey mounted a fine young Tennessee mule and set out for Texas. He arrived here safely on "Dutch" as he called her, and for first year made his home with a kinsman in the Carter settlement--now known as Mount Pisgah community.

Dec. 19, 1872, James P. Rainey led to Hyman's alter, Miss Viola Faulk of the Holly Springs community. About the year 1876 he purchased land and made himself a good home where he lived until he passed away.

Few men loved home as did James P. Rainey. He delighted to be there and there he lived happily. He was a very quiet, peaceable citizen and a splendid neighbor. He professed a hope in Christ, when about 30 years of age and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church in which organization he held membership, until some five years since when he united with the Congregational church of which he was a member at Rainey's Chapel (Named in honor of deceased) at time of his death.

Mr. and Mrs. Rainey were the parents of 8 children, 7 of whom are living. All were with their father in his last sickness and when the end came. They are: Mrs. Emma Byres, Mrs. Ora Fields, Mrs. Cora Smith, Mrs. Docia Smith, Miss Vernon Rainey, Tilly Rainey and James P. Rainey Jr.. All reside in the Rainey Chapel community near the old home. -- Edgewood Enterprise.

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