George Rainford was born 1 June 1810 in London, according to his gravestone. A nonconformist Roman Catholic record has appeared on FindMyPast with birthdate 1 June 1812. The first existing record is his Church of England marriage to Harriet Strickland, 3 Sep 1834 in St Marys, Lambeth, London, England. For three of their five children born in England, non-conformist baptism records exist from 1837-1845 plus baptism of their US-born son in 1849. When he was widowed, he then married 12 Jul 1855 • Illinois, USA to Margaret Wilcox (1832–1908) who had worked with him as a nurse. They had 13 children together. George practiced medicine in Illinois and later in Lake Village, Indiana. He died 6 Mar 1892 in Lake Village, Indiana USA. His headstone is inscribed "George Rainford born London 1810"
Baptism (Non-Conformist) 
1 June 1812 Birth
12 Jun 1812 Baptism, Horseferry Road Parish, St Mary's
Marriage3 SEP 1834
St Marys, Lambeth, Surrey, England
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Trying to distinguish George Rainford the Emigrant who left in 1849 from George Rainford the landowner/brewer who died in 1849. (Or any other George Rainford, Rumfort, Ranfort.)
Premise: they were Sr./Jr No house numbers on most documents. Two Residences on Medway are reported; one is in parish of St Margaret and the other is Medway, parish of John the Evangelist. Are these distinct? George the emigrant is reported at both.
Dean Street at corner of Orchard Street North,
St Margaret, Westminster
George Rainford residence
Dean Street, St Margaret Westminster
George Rainford, Brewer address on petition 23 Nov 1834
Dean Street, St Margaret, Westminster
George Rainford Rate Book
Medway Street Place (only listing of George Rainford Junr) Year 1836 
Medway St, St John the Evangelist, England
George Rainford Jr residence
Peter Street, St Margaret Westminster
Rate payer changed from George Rainford
Medway Street Place, St Margaret, Westminster, England
George Rainford House & Brewery 
4 Medway Street, St John the Evangelist, Westminster
George Rainford Voter Registration
Medway Street, St John the Evangelist, Westminster
George Rainford Voter Registration
St John The Evangelist, Westminster, England
George Rainford and Harriet census
Medway Street , St John the Evangelist
George Rainford voter registration
1840 also 1842, 1844
Medway Street , St Margaret, Westminster, England
George Rainford House & Brewery 
Medway, St Margaret, Westminster
Dau Harriet born
3 Moody's Garden, Westminster
George Rainford resident, owner Strange
20 Jul 1847
Moody's Gardens, Westminster, Middlesex, England
Birth of infant son Richard
25 Oct 1848
St Margaret, Westminster, England
Death of infant son Richard
6 Jan 1849
9 St Margaret Terrace, Westminster
Death of George Rainford, age 67
Ordered death cert. 67 year old Brewer at 9 St Margaret's Terrace, Westminster. Death reported 10 January by E Rainford, who was present at the death. Subdistrict St Margaret West in County of Middlesex. cause of death chronic bronchitis 3 mo certified.The death address of George Rainford, died 6 Jan 1849, was 9 St Margaret Terrace in Westminster. That location was torn down and sold on 1 Apr 1879
28 MAY 1849
Emigration of George Rainford and family
New York, New York
OccupationResearch Note: For clarity, these sources indicate that George's named occupations in England were largely in the brewing industry. He began practicing medicine after emigration to the US. (George's brother-in-law, John Hutchins Baylis 1810–1859 was a doctor who qualified for Membership in the Royal College of Surgeons M.R.C.S.E. on May 20, 1839. Now exploring the premise that George learned enough from his brother in law and enjoyed lax licensing in USA to change his occupation.)
2 Nov 1837
Tin Plate worker, from child's birth certificate
08 Feb 1839
Yeast Merchant, from child's birth certificate
23 Jun 1840
Hair Dresser, from child's birth certificate
Tinner, from 1841 Voter Registration List from Parish of St John, London
Fact: Tax Assessment (1832) Dean Street, Westminster , Middlesex 
Fact: Tax Assessment (1833) Orchard Street North St Margarets 
Fact: Tax Assessment (1833) Dean Street St Margaret 
Fact: Tax Assessment (1834) Dean Street , St Margaret, Westminster, 
Fact: Tax Assessment (1838) Great Peter Street , Westminster, Middlesex, 
Fact: Residence (1841) Shows George, Harriet, Charles and Mary living at the Medway Street address with a large number of other people. Medway Street, Westminster, St John The Evangelist, Middlesex, England
Fact: Tax Assessment (1841) Medway Street , St Margaret, Westminster, 
Fact: Tax Assessment (1842) Medway St , St Margaret, Westminster, 
"FindAGrave George Rainford, 1892; Burial, Lake Village, Newton, Indiana, United States of America, Lake Village Cemetery; citing burial George Rainford. Find A Grave: Memorial #67501281
1841 England Census Transcript:Birth date: abt 1811 Birth place: Middlesex, England Residence date: 1841 Residence place: St John The Evangelist, Middlesex, England. Detail: Class: HO107; Piece 737; Book: 13; Civil Parish: St John The Evangelist; County: Middlesex; Enumeration District: 14; Folio: 19; Page: 32; Line: 17; GSU roll: 438838.
England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 NameGeorge Rainford GenderMale Marriage Date03 Sep 1834 Marriage PlaceLambeth, Surrey, England SpouseHarriet StricklandFHL Film Number254611Reference IDp270, rn810
"United States Famine Irish Passenger Index, 1846-1851," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDX2-CL7 : 27 December 2014), George Rainford, 28 May 1849; from "Famine Irish Passenger Record Data File (FIPAS), 1/12/1846 - 12/31/1851," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (http://aad.archives.gov : accessed 2012); citing "Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. Center for Immigration Research 1976-2002."
1850 United States Federal Census Name: George Rainford Birth Date: abt 1811 Birth Place: England Residence Date: 1850 Residence Place: Joliet, Will, Illinois.Year: 1850; Census Place: Joliet, Will, Illinois; Roll: M432_133; Page: 195; Image: 393.
Record ID Number: MH:S64 User ID: 880BAE44-4CCC-4F92-B646-8A64D248D298 Title: Kankakee Gazette Repository: #R18
Ancestry.com. Title: Illinois State Census Collection, 
Ancestry.com Title: U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 
Naturalization 5 OCT 1874 Kankakee County, Illinois, USA
West, LaVanche "The Rainford Ancestry, Dr George Rainford" ring-bound 200+ pages published first in 1994. Photos, memorials, news clippings about descendants of Dr Rainford. Out of print. [Rainford-19|Robin Rainford] has personal copy. Space: The_Rainford_Ancestry_Source
↑ Rate Book for Property Tax. First name(s) George Last name Rainford Occupier's first name(s) George Occupier's last name Rainford Date 1834 Year 1834 Address Orchard Street North St Margarets Place St Margaret Westminster Parish St Margaret, Westminster Notes Paving & Light ,
There was a law requiring that brewers indicate whether they are licensed as a brewery or licensed as a brewery and pub. The 'board', presumably the sign, had to say specifically "Not to be drunk on the premises." George Rainford's brewery was not in compliance and he was taken to the Queen Street Police Department and came before Magistrates who convicted him. His 'answer' is a handwritten petition asking for leniency, because the £10 fine is beyond his means. In 1838 he moved his brewery and house to a different location on Medway Street, also in Westminster. Copyrighted image of the correspondence is at the National Archive.
↑ 1835 • St Margaret, Westminster, England First name(s) George Last name Rainford Occupier's first name(s) George Occupier's last name Rainford Date 1835 Year 1835 Address Dean Street Place St Margaret Westminster Parish St Margaret, Westminster Notes St Margaret Paving & Lighting Etc Rat
↑ Year range 1835 Address Medway St Place Westminster, St Margaret County London Country England Record type Land Tax Archive City of Westminster Archives Centre Record set Westminster, Poor Law And Parish Administration
↑ 1837 First name(s) George Last name Rainford Junr Year 1837 Address Medway St, Milbank Division Place Westminster, St Margaret County London Country England Record type Land Tax Archive City of Westminster Archives Centre Record Set
↑ Rate Book for house No 2109, however, George Rainford name is scratched out and replaced by Valentine Harrison as the Rate Payer.
↑ shows Geo Rainford payment on House and Brewery @ 25 annual rent, therefore charged 1.8 for Rectors rate. Occupier's first name(s) George Occupier's last name Rainford Date 1838 Year 1838 Address Medway Street Place St Margaret Parish St Margaret, Westminster Notes Rector'S Rates 1831-1841 Folio number 44
↑ Source: #S282 Page: Class: HO107; Piece 737; Book: 13; Civil Parish: St John The Evangelist; County: Middlesex; Enumeration District: 14; Folio: 19; Page: 32; Line: 17; GSU roll: 438838. Data: Text: Birth date: abt 1811Birth place: Middlesex, EnglandResidence date: 1841Residence place: St John The Evangelist, Middlesex, England Note: http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=uki1841&h=8174400&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt
↑ First name(s) George Last name Rainford Occupier's first name(s) George Occupier's last name Rainford Date 1835 Year 1835 Address Dean Street Place St Margaret Westminster Parish St Margaret, Westminster Notes St Margaret Paving & Lighting Etc Rat
↑ Estate Emmanual Reed. Proof of publication made. Claims allowed; Levi Shaffner,$66.60; D. H. Mitchell, $60.50; E. D. Small, $23.22; E. P. Catlin $15;A. Krause,$25.25; George Rainford, $72; Chas. Holt, $21.16; First National Bank, Kankakee,$10.50; First National Bank, Wilmington, $100. Note: Estate filed with claims against estate by George Rainford.
↑ 1880 Census. User ID: C38E0DA7-47BC-49B3-BF55-8587CB281D26 Record ID Number: MH:IF42506, :: Date: 1880
↑ Listed in the Medical & Surgical directory of US George Rainford Physician License 1886 Publisher Polk & Co, Newton County, Indiana
↑ for land Lot 20, 19 APR 1882, Rockville Twp, Kankakee Co, Illinois, USA, Record ID Number: MH:IF9429
↑ "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6WB-2H6 : 12 April 2016), George Rainford, Illinois, United States; citing p. 22, family 170, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,791.
↑ "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MH91-LTY : 14 August 2017), George Rainford, Lake, Newton, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 128, sheet 214B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0301; FHL microfilm 1,254,301.
↑ 1825-1865 Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.Original data - Illinois State Census, 1825. Microfilm. Record Series 103.003, 1 roll. Illinois State Archives, Springfield, Illinois.Illinois State Census, 1830. Microfilm.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with George by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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