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About Mary Gaither
There is some doubt as to the antecedents of Mary (Waters?) Gaither.
In Lower Norfolk County, Virginia on 16 February 1645 (1646) John Geather was granted administration on the estate of Henry Walters. On 10 June 1646 at James Citty, William Berkeley signed an order that whereas Waters died intestate, administration was granted John Geather "as Brother in law to the said deceased." At court on 15 June 1647 the accounts produced by John Geather administrator of Henry Waters were examined. At the same court the inventory of Henry Waters taken 10 Dec. 1646 was exhibited by John Geather and appraised by Peter Porter, George Horner, John Browne, and Thomas Tooker. Among John Geather's charges were "for 2 years dyett and washing" indicating Henry Waters must have lived with him before his death. In November 1642 Henry Waters had demanded 100 acres for the transportation of himself and (faded) Hally.
Some people have assumed that Waters was the maiden name of John Gater's wife Mary, but there is nothing to indicate this. If they were brother's-in-law in the modern sense, then either John Gater's wife (Joan or Mary) was a Waters, Henry Water's wife was a Gater, or their wives were sisters, surname unknown. The question is if Henry Waters wife was not a Gater, then which of John Gater's wives, Joan or Mary, was sister to either Henry Waters or his wife? Keeping in mind usage of the term brother-in-law in that time, another possibility is that John Gater and Henry Waters may have been step-brothers or half brothers.
John Gatter's son John Gather II. married Mary, and was among the migration from Virginia to Maryland in 1649/1650. His widow Mary Geather was granted letters of administration on his estate 20 November 1652 as the widow of John Geather of Anne Arundel County. John Gaither III, the son of John II and Mary, was born about 1646 and on 8 October 1662 requested renewal of a land warrant for 460 acres. It is assumed that John III was under the care of Thomas Meares for a time, since Meares bequeathed him a legacy in his will....