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View Tree for Henry RainsHenry Rains (b. Bef. 1685, d. Bef. August 1767)

Henry Rains407 was born Bef. 1685 in England407, and died Bef. August 1767 in Caroline County, VA407. He married Esther Chapman on Abt. 1712 in Johnston County, NC407.

 Includes NotesNotes for Henry Rains:
[Lancaster, Sowell, and Related Families.ged]

***Will of Henry Rains of Caroline Co VA
The following is transcription of a hand written copy of the original will of Henry Rains of Caroline Co Va. The copy was made in 1801 to be used in a Spotsylvania District Court case involving Henry Hill vs John Purvis and was filed with the District Court records where it remains today. The copy appears to show that Henry died after Dec. 27, 1766 and Before Feb. 12, 1767 when son Ignatious had it approved for probate. I am not in law, but the bottom to me includes Henry had died. Then this copy with the probate date on it was used in the above mention case. 

 (Will) In the name of God. Amen. I Henry Rains of Drysdale Parish & County of Caroline Planter, being low and week in perfect sence & memory, by calling to mind the transatory estate of man & that all flesh must yealed unto death where it shall please God to call them. I do therefore make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner & form following.

First & principally I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God. Not doubting but trusting through the march and passions of Jesus Christ my savior to receive forgiveness of all my sins and as for my world estate I give and bequeath as follows with.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my two sons John Rains, Ambrose Rains, & Ignatious Rains all my lands that I am possessed according to a division made by me, supposing each part to contain three hundred acres be that more or less to them & their heirs for ever.

Item. I give to my John Rains the part binding on my Henry Rains & Mordica Rod to him & his heirs for ever. 

Item. I give to my son Ambros Rains the part he now lives on to him & his heirs for ever. Item. I give to my son Ignat ious Rains the part I now live on to him & his heirs for ev er.

Item. It is my will & desire that all the rest of my estate  be sold by my excutors hereafter mentioned at twelve months credits & the money that shall thence arise to be equally divided between all my children viz: my sons John Rains , Henry Rains, Ambros Rains, & Ignatious Rains & my daughters Oliviah Pearce, Mary Duval, & Cordeliah Perry & their heirs for ever. 

I appoint my sons Ambros Rains & Ignatious Rains exors of this my last will & testament revoaking all other will or wills by me made. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal this 27th day of December 1766.

Teste. Anthony Thorton  William Duvall   William Sorrele
  Henry (his mark) Rains (seal)
The following two documents were filed with the above document:  Copy Henry Rains Will 52 _____ William Purvis Dist Court  The a court held for Caroline County February 12, 1767 . This will was proved by the witnesses _____ & ordered to be recorded. On the motion of Ignatious Rains a certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof, bond acknowledged according to law.  A copy Teste. John Pendelton Jr Dc   

More About Henry Rains:
Property 1: June 02, 1730, 250 acres; Caroline County, VA.408
Property 2: June 02, 1730, 436 acres; Caroline County, VA.408

More About Henry Rains and Esther Chapman:
Marriage: Abt. 1712, Johnston County, NC.409

Children of Henry Rains and Esther Chapman are:
  1. +Henry Rains, b. Abt. 1715, Spotsylvania County, VA409, 410, d. May 29, 1785, Johnston County, NC411.
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