|Birth: ||Aug., 1840|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1908|
Tracing the life of James Herbert Raines has been made difficult by the various spellings of the name, scant official records and duplication of given names in unrelated families with the same family name throughout the White River basin. Current research tends to support our subject was the son of Robert Rains who was born in Kentucky around 1803.
James Raines's mother, Matilda Carey, known simply as "Tilda" was born in 1822, most likely in Illinois. The family apparently lived in Arkansas where three older children, including our subject, were born. They then homesteaded about 1847 on Big Creek in eastern Taney County.
The Bob Rains described in S.C. Turnbo's manuscript entitled "Powered to the Game of Chicken of the Walk" is thought to detail the demise of the elder Mr. Raines. Various dates have been ascribed to John Jackson's stabbing death during the fight in front of the Vance Store in Forsyth. However, Turnbo ascribes no such date himself and our subject's mother's widowhood in 1860, along with John Vance being a retail merchant in the village that year seems to date the event prior. A specific date cited in some sources of January 19, 1858 is more probable.
The mother continued to live in the Taney and Christian County areas. She remarried Jacob Roberts in 1869 and died at the age of 76 near Oldfield where she was buried in the Old Boston Cemetery.
Our subject is thought to have been born between 1840-44. He enlisted in May 1861 in the Civil War with the Greene and Christian County Home Guards. His Civil War records indicated a home station of Forsyth in Taney County in 1862. He served in the Union Army's 6TH Cavalry for which he received a pension in 1891. He spent much of the remainder of the post-war years farming near Swan and Surratt Creeks although his war records reference living in Bauff (Dit or Nance as well) near current day Protem as well as Bradleyville, all in Taney County.
He married Dianah Adams in 1865 in Christian County and their farm was located near Garrison. According to the census, there were several children born of the marriage before Mrs. Raines died in 1876. Pension records indicate a second marriage although the wife was unnamed. She may have been Nancy Clayton who married a James Rains September 23, 1877 in Christian County. There was at least one child, James Robert Rains, born 1878. The second Mrs. Raines apparently died about 1880 and James then married Amanda Clark nee Harless in 1882.
There is one known photograph of James Herbert Raines taken around 1900 at the Grand Army of the Republic gathering in Bradleyville. He was the uncle of Newton D. Boles through his sister, Emeline. Mr. Boles was the Taney County Sheriff killed between Kirbyville and Hollister while pursuing bank robbers in 1924.
James Raines is buried next to his son, James Robert and wife, Lillie Case Rains Beesley. His third wife Amanda received his Civil War pension after he died on June 30, 1908 and continued to live in Christian County until her death in 1923; the year after Mr. Raines's son, James Robert, died. The surviving wife was buried in Sparta.
Robert Rains (1804 - 1858)
Matilda Rams Roberts (1822 - 1898)
Nancy M Rains (1851 - 1880)
Amanda Elizabeth Harless Raines (1827 - 1925)
Diannah Adams Raines (1847 - 1876)*
J. R. Rains (1881 - 1922)*
Created by: Brad Melton
Record added: Jun 13, 2013
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