The origin of Grigory Rasputin
Grigory Rasputin was born June 29, 1871 in the village Pokrovskoe of Tiumen region. As the place of his birth was practically inaccessible for most of people wishing to visit it, there remained only fragmentary and inexact information ( the source of which was mostly Rasputin himself) about Grigory Rasputin's life in his homeland
In 18 years Rasputin made the first pilgrimage to a monastery in the Verkoturie, however hasn't accept a monastic vow and monkhood.
In 19 years he has come back to Pokrovskoe where married to Praskovia Fedorovna. In this marriage three children - Dmitry in 1897, Maria in 1898 and Barbara in 1900 were born.
Marriage has not cooled a pilgrim heat of Grigory. He continued to visit various holy places, even monastery Athos in Greece and Jerusalem has reached by him by foot!
Hearings about the Siberian sorcerer began to extend across Russia, and soon not Rasputin made pilgrimage, but people aspired to get to him.
Many of his patients arrived from distant lands. It is necessary to notice thus that Rasputin did not study anywhere, had even no approximate representation about medicine, and finally was illiterate.
However he irreproachably played the role: really helped people, could calm those who was on the verge of despair.
Once at Spring time there was a sign to Grigory - Madonna Theotokos appeared to him and has told about illness of tsarevitch Alexey, the only son of emperor Nikolay II (he suffered by a hemophilia - a hereditary illness which was transferred to him by a parent line) , and ordered to Rasputin to go to St. Petersburg and to rescue the successor of a throne.
Source: Oleg Platonov. The truth about G.E.Rasputin