Thomas Raines, b1833 MYSTERY!!!
I have just discovered who my GGGrandfather was!His name is listed as Thomas JW Raines, though he usually went by simply Thomas W. Raines.
Here's the mystery.My grandfather looked for the name of his grandfather all his life.Grandpa's grandmother was never married.All three of her children were from the same man. Through some old family letters, we got the name of Thomas Raines who was a dentist and the mayor of Almonte, Ontario.
The family letters (and some newspaper accounts in Almonte) state that Thomas was a soldier in the US Civil War and escaped from a prison and went to Canada.He got Sarah Johnstone pregnant but they were not permitted to marry (she was 17).He left Almonte "to return to Alabama" to go to medical (dental) school. He then returned to Almonte to marry a prominent socialite and open his dental practice and later become mayor.He and Sarah Johnstone had 2 more children (b 1876 and 1882) although he married Lucina Rose in 1869!This is pretty much all we know about him.
Of course, he could have been a deserter who changed his name when he went to Canada... but why would he "return to Alabama?"People would have known him.He could have been from another state as well, but I'd bet he was a southerner.It would be an easy mistake for a Canadian to say "Alabama" even if he were from Georgia, Mississippi or South Carolina!All those southern states are the same for a Canadian!! :-)
We may have run into a dead end with Thomas Raines family in the US but if anyone sees ANYTHING that looks like it would fit, please forward to me!I have looked up a couple of Thomas (or T) Raines and tried to research if there was any follow on information about them (later on deaths or children born from them to rule them out).
Darcy in Wall, TX