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Gaines, Benjamin James Harris

Male 1817 - 1890  (72 years)


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  • Name Gaines, Benjamin James Harris  [1
    Born 24 May 1817  Rhea Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 1890  [3, 4
    Buried Greenwood, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I43844  Bob Juch's Kin
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 

    Father Gaines, James Strother,   b. 1769, Goochland County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1823, Catawba, Dallas Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Easley, Judith,   b. 1770, Charlotte Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1823, Stokes Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 7 Dec 1790  Stokes Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F254  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Inge, Sarah Johnson,   b. 24 Sep 1827, Fayetteville, Lincoln Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1917, Warner, Muskogee Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 1848  Sumter Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. Gaines, Marshall Strother,   b. 13 Jul 1857, Monroe County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1908  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
     2. Gaines, John Harris,   b. 29 Apr 1870, Farmington, Washington Co., AR Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1940  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     3. Gaines, Helen Marr,   b. 14 Feb 1851, Sumter Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1937  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     4. Gaines, Thomas Wetmore,   b. 29 Nov 1854, Livingston, Sumter Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1929, Okemah, Okkfuskee Co., OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F14721  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Greenwood, Sebastian, Arkansas, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Benjamin J. H. Gaines, ex-judge of the county court of Sebastian County, [p.1317] Ark., is a native of Rhea County, East Tenn., and was born in 1817. His father, James S. Gaines, was of Welsh descent, and was born in Culpeper County, Va., in 1767. He was married in his native State to Miss Judith Easley, and after a short residence in North Carolina returned to Virginia, and in 1800 moved to Rhea County, Tenn., and in 1820 took up his abode in Southern Alabama, where he died two years later. His wife was born in Virginia, and also died in 1822. Benjamin J. H. is the youngest of their thirteen children, and was only five years old when his parents died. From that time until he was sixteen years of age he resided with his brother, John S. Gaines, and then became salesman in a store in Knoxville, Tenn., but at the end of one year returned to Southern Alabama, and engaged in pedagoguing, and also did some clerking in the courts. From 1839 to 1840 he taught school in the "Lone Star" State, and at the latter date returned to Alabama, and was married in 1848 to Miss Sallie Inge, who was born in Fayetteville, Lincoln Co., Tenn., in 1827, by whom he became the father of four children: Helen, wife of J. L. Duke, a jeweler of Fayetteville, Ark.; Thomas W., a merchant; Marshall S., a merchant, of Greenwood, Ark.; and John H., who clerks for his brother, Marshall. In 1849 Mr. Gaines was elected clerk of Sumter County, Ala., but the following year the law was changed and he was deprived of his office. At the same time, however, he was elected probate judge of the same county, serving in this capacity six years. In 1856 he moved to Monroe County, Tenn., and in 1859 took up his residence in Fayetteville, Ark., for the purpose of educating his children. He had commenced the study of law in 1848, and the following year was admitted to the bar, practicing his profession in Fayetteville until 1880, when he became a citizen of Greenwood, Ark. Two years later he was elected judge of Sebastian County, being re-elected in 1884 and 1886. He has always rendered his decisions with judicial fairness, and has made a capable and popular public officer. Previous to the late lamentable war he was a Whig in politics, but since that conflict has been a supporter of Democratic principles. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. His wife belongs to the Christian Church. =================================================== Benjamin James Harris Gaines taught school and worked at times as clerk of the court in Livingston, Sumter Co., Ala., for about fourteen years before he was elected Clerk of the Court, Sumter County, Ala. in 1849. Also that year his studies in law had progressed and he was admitted to the bar. A year later the law was changed and his position of Clerk the Court was abolished; but at the same time he was elected Probate Judge of the same county. He served in this capacity for six years. In 1856 he moved to Monroe County, Tenn. and three years later moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the purpose of educating his children. He practiced his profession in Fayetteville until 1880 when he became a resident of Greenwood., Ark. In 1882 he was elected Judge of Sebastian County and was reelected in 1884 and 1886. Prior to the War Between the States he was a Whig but after the war he was a Democrat. He was a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the Methodist Church. (The source of the foregoing is SHistory of Northwest ArkansasT, author & name of publisher unknown.) Sarah Johnson Inge prior to her marriage was a teacher and the following is an excerpt from an announcement of the beginning on the 1st day of March 1847, of the first session of THE LIVINGSTON FEMALE ACADEMY of Livingston, Sumter Co., Ala., which announcement was reprinted in the Mobile Press Register of Mobile, Ala., Sunday, December 14, 1969 in of interest. The supervision of the institution in confided to Mrs. MARGARET McSHAN, a lady of known abilities and tested experience in governing and teaching. She will be assisted by Miss SARAH J. INGE, most favorably known to the patrons in Livingston, who can testify that none ever taught more correctly or advanced students more rapidly. March 2, 1847. Lineage of the Gaines Family may be found in SA Compilation on the Gaines Family DataT by Calvin E. Southerd, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 1969.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1836] Web: Arkansas, Find A Grave Index, 1809-2012, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).

    2. [S856] World Family Tree Vol. 13, Ed. 1, Brøderbund Software, Inc., (Name: Release date: August 14, 1997;), Tree #1183.
      Date of Import: Dec 13, 1998

    3. [S857] World Family Tree Vol. 5, Ed. 1, Broderbund Software, Inc., (Name: Release date: August 22, 1996;), Tree #1809.

    4. [S855] Rootsweb's WorldConnect Project.

    5. [S1211] Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998;).