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Welcome! This website was created on 11 Aug 2004 and last updated on 07 Jul 2024.

There are 1225 names in this family tree. The earliest recorded event is the birth of Atwater, Robert, Esq in 1479. The most recent event is the death of Raynor, Luby Allen in 2024.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  members.

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 http://www.sallysfamilyplace.com/ 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  Tdsherron@cs.com.

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.

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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:  www.familytreedna.com.  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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