Who were the parents of Mary Rainwater (wife of John Berry)?

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Does anyone have any information on John Berry Rainwater, b. 1820 in N.C.?  He was the son of Mary Rainwater and John Berry and he took his mother's maiden name as his last name, apparently according to old English custom.  Do you know who Mary Rainwater's parents were?         Terry Thurman
in Genealogy Help by Living Wisniewski G2G Crew (340 points)

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Here he is in 1880, still married to Mary.

John B. Rainwater

United States Census, 1880

birth: 1821 North Carolina,​ United States
residence: 1880 Fayetteville,​ Washington,​ Arkansas
spouse: Mary Rainwater
children: Sarah J. Rainwater,​ Parlee Rainwater...
name: John B. Rainwater
residence: Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas
birthdate: 1821
birthplace: North Carolina, United States
relationship to head: Self
spouse's name: Mary Rainwater
spouse's birthplace: Tennessee, United States
father's birthplace: North Carolina, United States
mother's birthplace: North Carolina, United States
race or color (expanded): White
ethnicity (standardized): American
gender: Male
martial status: Married
age (expanded): 59 years
occupation: Lumber Dealer
nara film number: T9-0059
page: 680
page character: B
entry number: 1836


by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (214k points)
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On your question about her parents; this is user-submitted and does not cite sources.  However, according to this, her maiden name was not Rainwater, but Kifer.  I personally never heard of such an old English custom and suspect Rainwater was, in fact, his name, with Berry being his middle name.

Pedigree Resource File at FamilySearch.org

by Fred Remus G2G6 Mach 4 (44.6k points)

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