Sunday, February 16, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #7 Ann Raines

My maternal 5th great grandmother Ann Raines was born on September 3, 1762, in Sussex County, Virginia, to Nathaniel Raines and Susannah Parham. Nathaniel was a Revolutionary War soldier in Virginia. Ann married Thomas Goodwin Mitchell, who also fought in the Revolution. Ann and Thomas had 11 or 12 children. As I noted in my post about their daughter Susannah (my 4th great grandmother), besides Susannah, according to Huxford, their children were Amy Goodwin, Hartwell, Nathaniel Raines, Richard, Thomas G., Tobitha, Nancy Green, Taylor, John, and Robert.[1] I have Edward listed as a child of theirs in my tree but I don't have Tobitha listed as a daughter. While researching for this post, I found a genealogy website about the Raines family that notes "Tabitha" died in infancy. Edward is listed as a child and died in Jasper County, Georgia, in 1824, but Robert isn't listed as a child of theirs. See Descendants of William Raines Looking at this website, I see many connections between the Raines family and several of my surnames: Goodwin/Goodwyn, Wyche, and Mitchell. Apparently these relationships go way back.

Ann and Thomas moved to Hancock County Georgia after the Revolutionary War and then moved to the portion of Montgomery County that was later included in Telfair County. Thomas may be the Thomas Mitchell in the 1806 Montgomery County, Georgia, tax digest below. It notes "Do [ditto Montgomery], Hancock" next to his name. Below his name is a Thomas Raines who may have been a relative or sibling of Ann's. Listed above Thomas Mitchell is Edward Blackshear who may be the same person who married their daughter Amy.[2]

1806 Montgomery County tax digest for Thomas Mitchell (click on image for a larger view)

In 1825, Ann and Thomas moved to "newly formed" Thomas County, Georgia, where Thomas died the following year. Ann died there in 1830.[3]


This post is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.

[1] Folks Huxford. Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia. Vol. 1. Cooper Press, Jacksonville, Florida, 1966, 184-185.

[2] Georgia Property Tax Digests 1793-1892. Militia District Number 51. Citing Georgia Tax Digest [1890]. 140 volumes. Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives.

[3] See footnote 1.

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