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William Rainbird


Section 18 Adams Township


       William Rainbird, a farmer residing on section 18, Adams township, was born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, on the 4th of September, 1873, his parents being James and Margaret (Tarleton) Rainbird. The father was also born in County Fermanagh, March 27, 1844, and he followed farming in Ireland until 1880, when he took his family to New York city, where he lived for two years, but in 1882 removal was made to Delaware county, Iowa, where he has since followed farming. His wife passed away in 1908. To their union were born ten children, nine of whom survive, namely: Mary Ann, the wife of Joseph Winnistorfer; William, the subject of this review; John, who is married and resides with his father; Virginia, the wife of Edward Annas, of Prairie township; Adelaide, who married Charles E. Falconer, of Adams township; Anthony, who is married and resides in Buchanan county, Iowa; Margaret, the wife of Kenneth Hildridge, of Cedar Rapids; Samuel, who is married and lives in Alabama; and Isaac, who makes his home in Ireland.
      William Rainbird has followed farming since old enough to assist his father in the work of the homestead and has never had occasion to regret his decision to continue in the occupation to which he was reared. His farm, which is located in Adams township near the town of Robinson, comprises forty acres and is in a high state of cultivation. The buildings thereon are all adequate to their purpose and in an excellent condition of repair. He does general farming and as he is enterprising and industrious his fields yield him a good return annually.
        In 1894 Mr. Rainbird was united in marriage with Miss Mary S. Robinson, a daughter of Robert and Catherine (Simpson) Robinson and a native of Ireland. Her father died a number of years ago but her mother is living. To Mr. and Mrs. Rainbird have been born seven children, five of whom survive, namely: Verna, Victor, Alice, Hazel, and Mary, all at home. Mr. Rainbird has devoted his life to farming and has gained from his labors not only a competence but the consciousness of worthy work will performed and the respect and good will of his neighbors.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 263-264. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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