GAITHERS IN NORTH CAROLINA.
A copy of my paper on the Gaithers and Burgesses, of South River, Maryland, having reached some descendants in North Carolina, Dr. P. F. Laugenour, of Statesville, North Carolina, has forwarded to me the following additional information of interest. Says he:
"I assume that our early settlers John and Benjamin Gaither were grandsons of John Gaither (of John) and Jane Buck; sons of John and Ann Gaither described by you in your sketch which reads.
"'John Gaither and Ann, his wife, were seated on 'Left Out' (near Dayton, Howard County). Their issue were Benjamin, John, Elizabeth, Ann and Seth.'"
Soon after the close of the Revolution a number of Gaithers came from Maryland and settled in what then was Rowan County, but the territory is now embraced in the Northeastern part of Iredell and the part of Davis adjacent to it. Their lands lay on South Yadkin River, Hunting, Rocky, Dutchman, Little Dutchman, and Elisha's Creeks. This territory lies between Turnersburg, Houstonville and Mockville.
Those who were granted lands by the State from 1784 to 1787 were Burgess, Basil, Benjamin, Johnsie, brothers, Nicholas, Eli, brothers, Benjamin 2nd, Azariah, William and John.
Basil, in 1785, was granted 500 acres of land on Elisha's Creek, near Mocksville, in Davie County. He was wealthy for his day and community and was a member of the Legislature from Rowan County from 1792 till 1802, serving in both branches. (Davie County was cut off from Rowan in 1838.)
His children, according to his will dated 1802, were Martha (Jones), Walter, Gassaway, Nathan, Betsy and Basil. He gave from 200 to 250 acres of land to each of his sons and divided several negroes among his children. He has some descendants about Mockville through his son Basil.
Burgess Gaither was an important character in Iredell County a hundred years ago and figures on the records in land transaction, etc., rather conspicuously. He married Amelia Martin, who came from near Richmond, Virginia. He represented Iredell in the Legislature, from 1790 to 1801. His old homestead on Rocky Creek above Turnersburg, just opposite Tabor Church, is now owned and occupied by Columbus Hayes. On an elevated plateau near his old homestead, surrounded by a neat stone wall, repose the ashes of this pioneer of a family whose descendants are numerous, without a lettered stone to inform his posterity whose mortal remains were there laid to rest.
This solitary grave is now in the midst of a cultivated field; twenty-five years ago it was in an old field with a number of very old apple trees about it. There is a tradition that it was his request to be buried at that spot under a certain apple tree. He had a son Charles Cardsworth Pinkney Gaither, who, in 1836, lived in Morengo County, Alabama.
In 1829, Burgess S. sold to his mother his right and title in the old homestead devised to him by his father.
In 1836 his widow sold to Lebetius Gaither, son of Nicholas, the old homestead, "from which she recently moved" (to Morganton). He was the father of the late Hon. Burgess Sidney Gaither, of Morganton, an able and distinguished lawyer of his day and one of the prominent men of the State, who held many County, State and Federal positions and was a member of the Confederate Congress. He was born 1807, located at Morganton about 1830 and died 1893, leaving many descendants about Morganton, among whom are Burgess S., Gaither and Samuel Pearson.
Benjamin, brother of Basil and Burgess, in 1784, was granted land on Bear Creek. In his will, dated 1802, he names the following children, some of whom were small: Thomas, Johnsie, Beall, Basil, Brice, Bruce, Sallie, Henrietta, and alludes to his daughters, Margaret Howard, Elinor Varner and Ann Parker.
Johnsie, a brother of these, was granted land on Elisha's Creek, in 1786.
Of Azariah Gaither nothing is known, except that he was granted 400 acres of land on Hunting Creek, in 1786, adjoining John Gaither.
Eli Gaither, a brother of Nicholas, owned land on Little Dutchman Creek adjoining Jeremiah Gaither. His will, dated 1809, names Elizabeth, Bruce and William as his children, of whom I can learn nothing.
Nicholas Gaither, whose homestead was on Little Dutchman Creek, in 1793, willed lands on south side of South Yadkin River, to be sold after the death of his wife, the proceeds to be divided among his four sons, Edward, Libetius, Horatio, and Walter. In 1811 the land was sold and bought by Libetius and Horatio.
I know of no descendants of these in this country, except Libetius, born 1783, died 1860, who was father of David Burgess Gaither, who died an old man some fifteen years ago at Newton. Lawyer W. B. Gaither and Captain Junius R. Gaither, one of the leading business men of Newton, are his sons. Libetius had several daughters one of whom married Hall and one Donaldson. A son Junius died a bachelor. One daughter married J. A. Bell.
Benjamin Gaither, second, (in North Carolina,) whose will is dated 1788, died before 1804, that being the date of a sale of land under power of the will, left the following children: John, executor; Jeremiah, second, born 1771, died 1844; Zachariah, born 1772, died 1843; Basil, 17711844; Edward, Reason, Rachel and Ann.
Jeremiah, second, was father of Elam, who went to Tennessee and had four sons in the Confederate Army.
Zachariah has many descendants in the old neighborhood. His children were as follows:
Isham, 18091894, father of Enoch; Milton, 18121891, father of Spurgeon and Newton J.; Elijah, 18161863; Noah, 18191854, father of Tom, Zach., Yank., and others; Temperance, 1822, who married Casper Kinder; Asberry, 18241891, father of Wiley; Mrs. Dr. Ellis, 1827, mother of Milton; Wiley, 1829, killed in battle at Spotsylvania, May 9, 1864; Alexander Gray, 1832. The mother of all these, except Isham, was a sister of John Taylor, who being well off and having no children, willed his property to her and her children, embracing the old homestead occupied by the late Milton Gaither.
Basil, son of Benjamin, had five sons, Frank, Ivory, Bruce, Vincent and Azariah, all of whom went West, and three daughters, Nancy Maiden, Polly Forcum and Martha Mason. In 1805 he bought land on Hunting Creek, from Wilson Turner. His will is dated 1842. He died in 1844 and was buried near the residence of Mile Campbell. Of the other sons of Benjamin, second, I know nothing.
John Gaither was granted land on Hunting Creek, in 1786, near where Mile Campbell now lives, adjoining Azariah Gaither. His children were: Jeremiah, first, born 1762, died 1815; Greenberry, John, Sr., and three daughters of whom nothing is known. John, Sr., born 1766, died 1844.
Jeremiah Gaither, first, had two sons, Greenberry, second, who to distinguish him from his uncle, Greenberry, was called "Dockie," and Enos (Een Gaither) and some children by his second wife, who with her children went West after his death, in 1815. A daughter by his first wife also went West.
Enos, 17931877 had three sons, viz., Wiley Summers, 1822, who went to Georgia and died young, leaving a son, Wiley, and a daughter, who married Camp; Frank, 1824, went to Atlanta, left one daughter; Burgess, 1826, married in Richmond, Virginia, where he died. He had three daughters, viz., Lamira, who married, first, Robinson, whose children were John, who went to Alabama; Henry, who went to Tennessee; a daughter, who married Hay Powell; another who married D. A. Ratledge, both of Davie County. Her second husband was Jack Campbell, whose children were Tyson, who went to Tennessee; Amos and two daughters.
Elvira, daughter of Enos, married Marshall Turner, is the mother of Watt and Bill, of Cool Springs, besides one son, John Burgess, who died in the Civil War. She is still living at eighty-five years of age.
Darcus married Cam Powell, father of Frank and Jim, of Statesville.
Greenberry, son of Jeremiah, first, (Dockie) 17901860, was married twice; his first wife was Mary Tomlinson, daughter of John, who died 1826, about thirty two years old. Her children were Ivey, father of William C, whose children are Mrs. Bena Houp, Charles, Frank, Oat, Robert, Will and Nellie (Carson) all of Statesville; Caroline, who married Robert S. Colvert, father of John E., Augustus A., Mrs. J. Wes. Nicholson, Mrs. C. W. Stimson, all of Statesville, and Mrs. Johnsie, of Charlotte, all of whom are past middle age. Martin Gaither, father of Frank, of Harmony; Betsy, who married William I. Colvert, father of John G., Mrs. J. E. Stimson, and the mother of W. T. and Rev. Walter L. Nicholson, all of Statesville; Ellen, 1823 1854, first wife of Humphrey Tomlinson; mother of Mrs. Burt Owens, of River Hill; John M. Gaither, 18261874, father of Mrs. John Hayes, Lily who married H. F. Laugenour, 1877 and died 1878; Robert F., James and John, of Harmony.
The second wife of Greenberry Gaither (Dockie) was Joana Gray, who was born in 1801 and died July 9, 1857. Her children were as follows: Amos F., who died about 1884, leaving no children. He represented Iredell County several terms in the Legislature; Emily, married Oliver Henry, died 1903, children are Harvey, James F., Mrs. Newton J. Gaither, Mrs. Will Campbell, William S., and Robert; James went to Florida and died there leaving no children; Lavina, 18321859, married D. A. Ratledge and was the mother of Thomas Ratledge and Mrs. Dwiggins, of Davie; Emiline Juliana, 1840, only one now living, married J. Martin Turner, whose children are William S., who died 1901, leaving James, Thomas and Lonnie; Sallie, who married Dr. P. F. Laugenour in 1886; Cora, who married W. T. Nicholson; Lizzie, who married William Fraley; Eugene and Latona, all of Statesville; Sarah married Alfred Turner, died 1904, leaving Blanche (Clifford), Daisy (Foster) and Arthur, all of Statesvile.
Greenberry Gaither, first, son of pioneer John, has a number of descendants in Iredell. Four sons were: (Hostler) John, father of J. Alfred; Leander, father of Fry and William; William, Greenberry.
John Gaither, Sr., son of John, 17661844, was twice married. His children were as follows: two by his first wife, the others by his second, who was Drucilla Beall, who died September 29, 1872, in her eighty-ninth year. Elvira, married Samuel Albea; Sina married Elijah Campbell, who came from Maryland about 1790. Her children were Milus, Fry, Lewis, William, who was killed in the war; Elvira, wife of D. M. Campbell; Belt and David, all of whom are dead, or very old; Asa Burgess Friason, father of Dr. John B., of China Grove; H. Clay, of Statesville; Mrs. J. E. Colvert; William T, (Major Bill) 18261885, father of Turner, Dr. Beall, Ernest, Lum and several daughters. Mrs. Mary S. C. Morrison, of Jonesville, now eighty-seven years old, mother of James, Clay, Lum, Filmore and Mrs. Poindexter.
Descendants of the seventh generation from these pioneer settlers in North Carolina are now numerous in this country. Many members of the family went West, or South, as far back as seventyfive years ago.