The GAINES Family Tree
My connection to GAINES is through Fannie Gaines, daughter of Dr.
William Fleming Gaines (1804-1874) and Jane Elizabeth Spindle
(1813-1869). Fannie married on 5-2-1860 Seaton Grantland
Tinsley (1836-1901). They had seven children. The first born, Harriet (Hattie) Bryan Tinsley
married James Brainard Preston (my
grandparents).(* My line).
The Gaines family can trace it's lineage to Brychon, King of Wales who reigned early in
the fifth century. The earliest known home of the family was in Brecon City, Wales. The
name Gaines has a peculiar origin. One David Gam was so called because of a physical
defect, a squint eye. His name had been quite an illustrious one, David of Llewellyn,
which dated back to Llewellyn the Great, an immortal name in Welsh history. David Gam also
saved the life of Henry V on the field of Agincourt in 1415. The name remained Gam for
several generations and then it underwent changes in spelling. It became Ganes, Gaynes and
finally Gaines. Six members of the Gaines family located in the Virginia Colony prior to
Gaines Coat of Arms
A cousin sent me this info from a book by Calvin Sutherd, regarding this line of
Gaines:(Note: ab means son of and would precede fathers name.)
Note:There is no positive proof of the above lineage. I believe it is fairly well
documented from this point on.
Descendants of Harry (Henry) Gaines
Major Harry (Henry) Gaines* was a member of the House of Burgess of
King and Queen County, Virginia. He was appointed trustee of the Pamunky Indians, Feb.
1754. Harry died between 2/1766 and 3/1768. He married Martha
Fleming* and they had 6 children that survived:
About May 1, 1862, Yankees moved in and took over the Gaines homestead for about 6
weeks. They used their land to launch a hot air balloon called the Intrepid from which
they observed the evacuation of Richmond, wagon trains crossing the Mayo's Bridge. Those
present at the house at the time were: Dr. and Mrs. William Fleming Gaines (Jane Elizabeth
Spindle Gaines), both of whom were about 60 at the time, along with their daughter, Mrs.
Seaton Grantland Tinsley (Fanny William Gaines) who was in her early 20's at the time, and
Fanny's daughter (my grandmother) Harriet Bryan Tinsley who was about 1 year 3 mo. old at
the time, along with some negro slaves, Mary, Toler, Uncle Anthony and some others. Mr.
Seaton Grantland Tinsley was in Richmond and had a position in the treasury department.
When Jacksons army arrived they fought in Mechanicsville and then at Gaines Mill. The
confederates drove the Yankees back. The complete story can
be found at this link including a picture of Yankees preparing to launch the balloon
William and Jane had 2 children:
Much of the above information supplied by my cousin Frances Gaines Anderson, daughter
of Fannie Taliaferro Tinsley and Justin Kenderdine Anderson and granddaughter of Fannie
Gaines and Seaton Grantland Tinsley. Frances spent most of her life in Charleston, West
Virginia and is now in North Carolina. Some data noted as notes by Dr. Charles Ryland
given to Jennie Tinsley. Data expanded by notes from Karen
Last updated 1/4/2007
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