well, I'm sure that your great-grandmother didn't consider you to be an "ancestor" of the congressman. But on a more serious note, what was your greatgrandmother's name? Was she a descendant of the congressman? How so? As I under stand the family tree, Congressman Rainey had 3 children: Joseph Hayne Rainey, II; Herbert St. Claire Rainey, I; and Olivia Rainey (I think). The Rainey II line of descendants lived in Philadelphia. Rainey II was a pullman porter. Rainey III was one of the first black judges in Pennsylvania and was the first black to run for Congress in Pennsylvania. Rainey IV unfortunately died at the age of 12 years. My wife and I met Rainey III's sister in Phildelphia in 1992. Rainey III died in Florida around 1990.
Herbert was an international celloist, I think, and musician. He married a Jamaican named Carmen and they lived in Brooklyn. Herbert II was a pianoist and music professor. Herbert III was a NYC police officer. Herbert IV is a little kid in Queens, I think.
Olivia was the first black teacher in Springfield, MA. She died unmarried and without children.
So, perhaps you are a descendant of one of the congressman's siblings. So, you think that might be the case?
You are welcomed to call me at 619-269-5733, to discuss the matter further if you wish.
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