John Y. Rainey was born ca. 1800 in North Carolina. He married Susan Wigley on December 3, 1829 in Amite County, Mississippi. Susan was the daughter of John Wigley and Jane Crowder. Susan was born in 1812 in Amite County, Mississippi.
The John and Susan Rainey family arrived in Attala County, Mississippi about 1836, where they settled in the community of McAdams. Sometime prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, the family had relocated to Leake County. During the Civil War, John was a member of the Militia Unit, Captain Nash's Company, "The Leake Rangers". This unit was primarily a home-guard unit that never left Leake County.
John Rainey was a blacksmith and a farmer. The children of John and Susan Rainey were:
- Woodson V. Rainey, born November 1830 in Miss. He died in Leflore County, Mississippi.
- John Augustus Rainey, born about 1831 in Williamsburg, Covington County, Miss. He died in Attala County, Miss. in 1904.
- Francis M. Rainey, born 1836 in Miss. Francis served with Co. G, 21st Miss. Infantry.
- Josehine Rainey, born 1842 in Miss.
- Matilda Jane Rainey, born 1846 in Miss.
- Susan B. Rainey, born 1847 in Miss.
- Benjamin Franklin Rainey, born February 6, 1851 in Miss. He died on October 16, 1925 in Strawn, Palo Pinto, Texas.
It is not known when John Y. Rainey and Susan Wigley Rainey died but it is believed that they are buried in the Mascedonia Cemetery.
The information for the John Y. Rainey family was supplied by India J. Wolf of Milford, Ohio.