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Re: Rainbolt - Native American?
Posted by: Carolyn Rainbolt Fleming Date: August 06, 2001 at 11:30:17
In Reply to: Re: Rainbolt - Native American? by Deb Rainbolt-Young of 916

I also grew up hearing about the Rainbolt Indian history. I have some information about descendants of one Adam Rainbolt through a William Wesley Rainbolt (who was my great great grandfather). From the information I know, the indian influence may come through marriages. It appears the Rainbolt name in our family originated from Germany--a spelling of Reinholdt, Reinbold, Rainboldt, etc. The first of our family was Matthaus Reinbold, who emigrated to New york, then to Pennsylvania, then to the Cape Fear, North Carolina area, sometime after 1710-1711. He fought in the Revolutionary War at the battle of Camden, September 1780, in South Carolina and at the battle of Cowpens, January 1781. Married Jane Potter in 1787 in Carter Co. Tenn and had eight known children. I need to get this all together, as I have been collecting other people's work for so long. My great great grandfather is buried in Talequah Okla. at the end of the "Trail of Tears". That lends some credibility to the Indian reference, but my brother has checked a little further and it seems to be considered Cherokee Indian (which is the legend in our family) you must have registered in the early 1900's and our ancestors did not register--whether due to an oversight or the fact that they were not of indian ancestry--who knows. My father says that his father (who had incredible indian features) never breathed a word of Indian ancestery, and that when he was young it was a shameful thing. Please reply. I just found this site and I intend to go backwards in the postings. Have you done that?


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