Tombstone Tuesday: Josiah Wilson Rainwater

  Josiah Wilson Rainwater was born on October 10, 1843 in Waterloo, Pulaski County, Kentucky to parents Bartholomew and Nancy McLaughlin Rainwater.  He was the youngest of eleven surviving children born to their marriage and named after Reverend Josiah Wilson, a...

Surname Saturday: Rainwater

There are several theories as to the origins of this surname, one source referring to it as a very rare surname.  Perhaps most plausible is the theory the name was brought to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066, since the English word “rain” was originally...

Book Review Thursday: The Book of Aron

I’ve read several books about the Holocaust, but never one quite like this one narrated and told through the eyes of a young Jewish boy named Aron.  While there are adult characters in this work of historical fiction by Jim Shepard, the book’s focus is on the children...

Tombstone Tuesday: Christopher Mann (1774-1885)

   I came across this interesting person recently while researching the two-part series on Chedorlaomer “Lomer” Griffin (Part One, Part Two), who for many years was believed to have been born in 1759 when in fact he was born in 1772.  At the time of his death he was...

Wild West Faith: Endicott Peabody

Franklin Roosevelt once said of this man, “As long as I live his influence will mean more to me than that of any other people next to my father and mother.”  Endicott Peabody was born into a wealthy Boston Brahmin family on May 30, 1857, the son of Samuel Endicott and...

Feisty Females: Dr. Lillian Heath

Lillian Heath was born in Burnett Junction, Wisconsin on December 29, 1865, the daughter of William and Calista Hunter Heath.  Her father later moved the family steadily west, first to Aplington, Iowa and in 1873 to Laramie, Wyoming. The Transcontinental Railroad was...