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My grandmother, Mary Ellen Raines (picture), was one of 12 children born to John Henry Raines and Mahala Adeline Bowers (chart). (Chart with pictures [560K].) I'm looking for family information and have found very little on the Raines ancestry other than notes from her family Bible. The Bowers ancestry is well documented online, thanks to the efforts of other descendants. They lived in Jackson County, near Murphysboro, Illinois, before moving south sometime before 1900. My grandmother lived in Memphis, Tennessee, around and after 1900 (based on the postmark on a postcard addressed to her). Several family members are buried in Walker Cemetery, Poinsett County, Arkansas, which indicates that they were living in the area by or before 1910. (picture of Raines family plot   driving directions)   There is a relationship to a Kirksey family in or near Jonesboro, Arkansas. In a box of old pictures, there were 1960-1961 school pictures of children with the last name of Chestnut from Weiner and Waldenburg schools. If you know of any family members, please send
Other family names: Sarah Louise Vinson, Robert H. Morgan, William Elie Willcox, John Junius Talman, James William Carter, William F. Hughes, Jasper Evans, Della Thompson, Mary Hazel Jackson, Mildred Applebury, James Marion Evans, Sara Frances Willard

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