The image below shows the four Rainwater families in Spartanburg County, South Carolina in the 1820 US Census. Celia and Gabriel Rainwater would have been in one of those families.
I have only Mazie's Family Tree (drawn by Rosemary) to show that Elizabeth Cannon was a daughter of Ellis Cannon and Barbara Huffman (or Elizabeth Coleman). I cannot be sure that she was born in 1770 in Overwharton Parish as I do not yet find any source for that information from another researcher.
I have not found birth records for all of Ellis Cannon's children yet. So I will continue to look for Virginia church records in Stafford and Culpepper counties and in Spartanburg South Carolina. In addition, I will look for ways to eliminate each of these Rainwater households and to locate other family members for Celia and Gabriel Rainwater, along with their birthdates for comparison in these columns.
Where was Gabriel in 1820?
Based on the US Census records for 1850 and 1870, Gabriel was born in about 1805 (+/- one year) and would have been 15 years old in 1820. There is only one household that includes a 15 year old male in the four that are listed in Spartanburg. His father is most likely to be Levi Rainwater, from this image. This doesn't suffice as proof.
Where was Celia in 1820?
Based on all three US Census records for 1850 to 1870, Celia was born in 1799 or 1800 and would have been 20 or 21 on the 1820 US Census, if she was recorded correctly. She could be in either Levi's household with a younger brother aged 15 and a sister close to her age and one older female who is likely to be Levi's wife. She is less likely to be the oldest female in Burrel Rainwater's household, because that looks to be his young wife and Celia marries Elijah Cannon ( a fact that is proven by sufficient documentation).
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