Palmira Rainwater was one of the
11 children of Daniel McDaniel Rainwater and Ann Whitaker.
Born in Pulaski Co., KY in January 1871, she was one of twin
girls. In 1897.
She married James F.
Anderson, a farmer and coal miner. Anderson died ca 1903,
apparently in a mining accident, leaving his widow and three
children - Wesley Omar, b. 1898; Walter W., b. 1899; and
Gertrude, b. 1902.
Palmira then moved her family to
Texas, possibly motivated by her cousins and at least one
uncle who had also relocated there. She placed her children
in the Buckner Baptist Orphanage in Dallas for a brief time,
in order to establish herself financially.
She married a second time, to a
Baptist preacher, Rev. Morris J. Osborne, and reclaimed her
children from the orphanage. The couple had one child, Cecil
M. Osborne, b. 1909, though Osborne had three children from
a prior marriage. Morris Osborne died sometime between 1910
In the 1930s, Palmira married
Jesse Thomas Sybert, a farmer in Post, Garza Co., TX. She
spent the remainder of her life in Post. Jesse Sybert died
in March 1947, Palmira in December 0f the same year. She is
buried in Terrace Cemetery in Post, Texas.
This original photograph
is owned by
Kelly Jurgeson, who also
contributed the biographical information.