North Carolina Raynor Family Genealogy

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Welcome! This website was created on 11 Aug 2004 and last updated on 16 Jul 2018.

There are 844 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded events are the births of Williams, William, b.1657 and Williams, George, Jr. in 1657. The most recent event is the birth of Davis, Johnny Michael in 2018.The webmaster of this site is Betty Raynor-Davis. Please click here if you have any comments or feedback.

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About North Carolina Raynor Family Genealogy
Welcome to my North Carolina family . . .  

North Carolina has provided the backdrop for the history of many Raynor and 
connected families who by now have spread throughout the United States.  My 
first documented ancestor was David Rainer who may have actually been named 
William David Rainer. Currently knowledge exists to substantiate that David 
Rainer had at least two wives.  

I have designed this site to preserve the history of the NC Raynors, 
descendants of David Rainer, his two wives and associated families and to 
separate us from the Northern lineage with whom we currently have found no 
family connection.    

Information has been discovered about many other early North Carolina 
Rainers/Raynors who are possibly connected to David's line.  Some of that 
information, although not currently documented as actually being connected to 
this line, is also being presented in these pages for interested family 

This site is currently under construction with only a limited amount of 
material to view at present.  Over time information that has been collected 
throughout the years about my Raynor and connected families who originated 
primarily in North Carolina will be placed on this site and the site will 
begin to grow.  Any and all information from connected families will be 
welcome and your family photos will share an honored position on the site for 
all family members and interested parties to enjoy. 

Additional connected Raynor family history can be found at Sally's Family 
Place by going to and for those interested 
in the Canadian Raynors of Prince Edward Island go to

Donna Sherron of Johnston County, NC is a major co-contributor to this web 
site.  Her husband is a descendant of David Rainer and his second wife Amy.  
Donna is herself a virtual library of family information in her own right and 
eagerly welcomes your family history questions.  She can be contacted at

John L. Edwards, also a Raynor descendant, born in Grantham, Wayne Co, NC, now 
resides in Houston, Texas and has also contributed family information as 
well as numerous photos for use on this site.  John's father, John Edwards, 
was brother to my grandmother Annie Edwards Raynor, children of Gaston Edwards 
and Civil Eliza Draughon.  Civil Eliza descended from David Rainer through his 
daughter Piercy Rainer who wed both Green Wood and John Bright Draughon.

Please sign our guestbook.  We may not yet have much information to offer but 
hearing from you will add so much more to this family.  

YOU ...
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***To all who access this site, please enjoy all the benefits of exploring our 
Raynor family history but please do not utilize any of this material for 
commercial or financial gain or publication of any kind***


One of the newest tools available to genealogists utilizes DNA testing.  These
tests can help to solve long standing problems in tracking family lines and
determining areas of origin.
In order to help solve the puzzles remaining in the Rainer/Rayner/Raynor family
ancestry, a DNA project has been established.  The project is set up through
Family Tree DNA, which is also working with the National Geographic Society and
IBM on the human genographic project.  Details are available at:  For testing information, click on "Pricing", for the
various tests from which to choose.
When ready to order a kit for being tested, click on "Projects", then go to the
search window in the upper right corner of the screen.  Enter "Rainer" and click
on "project search.  In the next screen, click on the Rainer name, underscored.
 There will be a screen for ordering a kit for testing.
If I can help with answering questions, just let me know.
Sue S. Coffelt
Rainer Project Administrator


Archie Raynor Jr, aka James Archie Raynor died last Monday, January 10, 2005 
at his home at 6705 William R. King Rd in Newton Grove, NC.  He was the uncle 
of the site web master, Betty Raynor.

Lorene Shields died also on Monday, January 10, 2005.  She was the mother of 
Donna Sherron who is also a major contributor to this site.
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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