George Strother Gaines (1784 - 1873)

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Birthplace: Stokes, NC, USA
Death: Died in State Line, Wayne, MS, USA
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About George Strother Gaines

George Strother Gaines (1 May 1784 – 21 January 1873) was a leader in the Mississippi Territory and in both states formed from it, Mississippi and Alabama. He was a longtime trader among the Choctaws, and was trusted by them. At their request, he led an expedition to scout the prospective Choctaw lands in the Indian territory before the Choctaws reluctantly agreed to emigrate there.

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Gainestown, Alabama, community named in his honor, founded on the site of one of his former trading posts

George Strother Gaines b.5/1/1784 and d.1/21/1873. He married in 1812 Ann Gaines. He was b. in Stokes County, NC and d. at State Line, MS. He was the son of James and Elizabeth (Strother) Gaines. He married his cousin, Ann Gaines, by Young and Ester (Lawrence) Gaines. She was seen as a worthy member of the SC branch of the family. She was b. in SC and d. at "Peachwood State Line, Wayne County, MS. In 1794 George Strother Gaines moved with his parents to go to Sullivan County, TN and remained there until 1805 when he was appointed assistant Indian Factor of the trading house at St. Stephens, one the Tombigbee River.

      He took charge as permanent Factor and continued this occupation for many years. During the 1819 he resigned as Indian Factor and entered business in Demopolis. In 1830 he removed to Mobile to become a successful banker. He served the State Legislature in 1861.

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Essex, VA, USA
May 1, 1784
Stokes, NC, USA
Age 27
Age 40
Demopolis, AL
Age 48
January 21, 1873
Age 88
State Line, Wayne, MS, USA