Robert & Martha Raines

1 RAINES, Robert






Hair color:Dark

Eye color: dark

Skin color: dark


1789, NC

25 Sep. 1845, Marshall Co. AL

Marshall Co. AL

Farmer, Soldier





Enlisted in US Army 24 June 1813; Recruited in Tennessee served as Corporal in Capt. Minor Sturgets Co. 24th Regiment, US Infantry. In a battle led by their 2nd in command Maj. Andrew Holmes 4 Aug. 1814 against the British at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island (see straits of Mackinac). Robert was wounded in this battle, a musket ball in his ankle rendered him lame. He was discharged 5 March 1815 at Detroit,Territory,of Michigan The handwritten Medical Discharge gives a detailed description to prevent improper use of the Discharge or the Warrant for Land, signed by A. Butler Col.Commanding officer.

Robert received twenty complete rations for himself and his wife Martha on this discharge plus his full pay and traveling allowance to the place of his discharge.

Chillicothe, Ohio

District Pay office

March 27 1815.

April 23 1815

Signed H. Brittenson Capt. 17th infantry.

a Pension 19 June 1832 of 3/4 disability@ $6.00 per month.

From Archives National Washington DC the record contains,travel orders 3-4 pages some hand written like his military discharge 1815.

The family moved to Alabama sometime between 1826 & 1827, and were enumerated in the Blount Co. Alabama 1830 US Census. , a Warrant for 160 acres of Bounty land see Warrant #23405 in Blount Co. AL in Sep. 20 of 1833 full legal description of the 1833 grant as listed in the Blount County land Patents page 172 Document #6433 property located on the west side of Blountville AL. Signature is Robert Raines plus an additional 40 acres in 1835 He sold 40 acres (in Section 11) to cover a debt owed to a man in Marshall Co. (Researcher Vic Chambers 2nd source: 26 Oct. 95 letter. fr. Betty Taylor, researcher in Guntersville, AL).


Spouse: KETCHAM, Martha




ca 1786, VA


aft 1860, Pontotoc Co. MS


Martha gave birth to seven children while caring for her disabled husband who was a pensioner of the War of 1812. As a widow, Martha moved to Pontotoc Co. MS in 1848 with her sons & youngest daughter, Margaret, then married to James A. Billingsly.

Enumerated 4 October 1850 on US Census age 74 in Pontotoc Co. MS along with her sons William (single, age 30), George (single, age 28) & Jacob & his wife Martha Wester. See FHL film #443,592 page 112-113

In 1853 she applied for and apparently was denied a widow’s pension in Pontotoc Co. MS. She applied again 20 April 1854 under the Act of Congress 3 Feb. 1853, which granted certain widows 1/2 of the pension received by their husbands. She gave her age as 78, residing near Old Town Creek Post Office in Pontotoc Co. Affidavits were taken under oath on both these applications from witnesses: her sons James Hyslop and William Rains, Benjamin Pollock (James’ father-in-law) & James Billingsly (Martha’s son-in-law).

Martha received $3.50/month beginning July 1854.

Enumerated 23 August 1860 in Chesterville Community.,near Tupelo, Pontotoc Co. MS, living w/ her still-single son William.




Isaac born 1809 TN.

Joannah (ca1810-) TN

James Hyslop (1812-ca1880)

William (1815-)

George Washington (1822-)

Margaret (1824-)

Jacob S. (1825-)