My great great fandfather was John
Rainey (1800-1868). He was born in Ireland and came to the US around
1835 with his Irish wife and first three sons (John, Michael and
Patrick). My grandfather was his 4th son and first born in the US
in 1838 in Troy, N Y. Here's the rest:
1st Son: John Rainey (1832-1892)married Mary Gilligan
Rainey (1834-1898) in Irleand about 1828. Both lived and died in
Troy from at least 1838 to her death in 1864 and his in 1868. The
are buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
His descendents include: John (1855-1929), Dr. John
Joseph (1884-1973); Mary Rainey Duffey married John J Duffey about
1882. Most of the family then settled in Watervliet including many
Duffey lines today.
2nd Son: Michael Rainey (1831-19??) married Maria
Cardiff(1835-19??) about 1853; lived in Troy till at least 1890.
His descendents include: John (1854-?), Eliza (1857-?),
Thomas (1859-?), Michael Jr. (1860-1890) and Mary (1863-?). Dozens
3rd Son: Patrick Rainey (1833-1???) Last known address
was Yonkers, NY in 1860
4th Son: Maurice (Morris) Rainey (1838-1906) !!My
great grandfather!! married Mary Martin (1852-1894) in about 1870.
Both born and died in Troy; buried in St Joseph's Cemetery.
His descendents include: William (1871-1912); John
(1872-193?)--moved to Dover NJ in 1903; had son James Rainey 1909-1981);
Maurice Jr (1874-1942) !!my grandfather!! Charles (1875-1896); Anna
Rainey Beehm (1879-194?); Ellen Rainey Butler (1886-194?).
My grandfather had four sons (Joe 1900-1960), James
1907-1972), John Carl (1912-1992) and my father Raymond; his daughter
Mary (1903-1977) married Irving Van Vorst about 1928.
An unusal fact about my great grandfather is that
somehow he ended up in Mobile, Alabama in 1859 when jobs must have
been scarce. He ended up as a Confederate solder from 1861-1865.
We have several of his military records including his prisoner release
and the Allegiance Pledge he took and signed in June, 1865. From
what I've traced his brother Thomas was a Union soldier from 1862
to 1864. This is based on a Civil War listing of Troy veterans who
served. The age matched that this could hve been Maurice's brother.
1st Daughter: Maryann (1841-191?); remained unmarried
and was a lifelong resident of Troy. Last appeared in the Troy US
Census for 1910.
5th Son Thomas (1842-1???) Apparently in Civil War.
May have married an Ellen? and lived until at leat the 1880's.
6th Son: Henry (1844-1???) No record of him after
address in Yonkers in 1860.
Some of the other family names that had marriages
with family members include:
Beehm who married Macomber (from Rochester, NY)
O'Connor (from Waterford, NY)
Rainey was spelled in various records as