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Emory Rains - Emory City Cemetery - Emory, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 52.680 W 095° 46.088
15S E 241015 N 3641160
Quick Description: Emory Rains was a prominent civic leader in the early days of Texas, and both this county and its county seat are named for him. He is buried in Emory City Cemetery, on Alexander Road, in Emory, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/18/2015 10:13:46 AM
Waymark Code: WMNHEZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Manville Possum Hunters
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Handbook of Texas Online has an excellent biography of Judge Rains: (visit link)

Emory Rains, early legislator, was born in Warren County, Tennessee, on May 4, 1800. In 1826 he moved to Texas, where he first settled in the section of the Red River district that later became Lamar County. He subsequently moved to Shelby County, which he represented as senator in the Second and Third congresses of the republic and in the Convention of 1845. Among Rains's most important legislative accomplishments was his sponsorship of the Homestead Law in 1839. After annexation he continued to represent Shelby County in the House of the Second, Fourth, and Fifth legislatures. Sometime before 1859 he moved to Wood County; he represented that county in the Senate of the Eighth Legislature. Rains County, which he helped to survey in 1869, was established from Wood County on June 9, 1870, and named in his honor. Rains was married to Marana Anderson sometime before February 19, 1835, the date he received, as a married man, one league of land in Lorenzo de Zavala's colony. Emory and Marana had twelve children. Rains died at his home in Rains County on March 4, 1878, and was buried in the cemetery at Emory.

Mr. Rains's grave is marked by a 10' obelisk with a cross on it, and on the plinth is:

Emory Rains

May 4, 1800,

Mar. 4, 1878.

There is a lengthy epitaph on the reverse of the plinth, but unfortunately, time and the elements have weathered much of it to the point of illegibility. There is a photo of him here. (visit link)
A Texas Historical Marker stands between his grave and that of his wife, providing some background. (May 2, 1800 - Aug. 11, 1878) Texas pioneer Emory Rains served as an alcalde under Mexican rule and as a counselor in the East Texas Regulator-Moderator War of the 1840s. As a senator in the Republic of Texas Congress, he helped pass the Homestead Act. Rains also served in the 1845 Constitutional Convention and in the state legislature, where he worked for the formation of this county, which was named in his honor. The Rains county seat, Emory, was also named for him. (Note the difference between the dates on the marker and those on the grave marker.)

Date of birth: 5/4/1800

Date of death: 3/4/1878

Area of notoriety: Politics

Marker Type: Headstone

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daylight hours

Fee required?: No

Web site: [Web Link]

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