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James Gaines, I, Pvt.

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: King and Queen Co, VA
Death: March 10, 1786 (67)
Culpeper Co, VA
Place of Burial: Gaines Family Farm, Madison Co, VA
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Gaines and Catherine Gaines
Husband of Mary Gaines
Father of Catherine Broaddus; Virginia Sarah Gaines; Rev. Henry Gaines, Rev.; James Gaines, II; Richard Edmund Gaines and 8 others
Brother of William Henry Gaines; Francis Gaines, Sr.; Robert Gaines; Roger Gaines; Thomas Gaines and 3 others
Half brother of Sergeant, Richard Gaines; Heirom Gaines; Dorothy Gaines and William Gaines

Occupation: Officer in Revolutionay War, Farmer
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About James Gaines, I, Pvt.

James was a Private in the Revolutionary War. DAR Ancestor # A043058 His will was dated May 24, 1781, and probated in Culpepper County, Virginia, on March 20, 1786, Book C, Page 229.

James Gaines Will

In the name of God Amen, I James Gaines of the County of Culpeper, living in perfect memory, Praise God and knowing the understanding of this life do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

Principally, I bequeath my soul unto the hands of its Divine authority. Trusting through the merits and intercession of Jesus my saviour to receive pardon of them from all of my sins. My body commanded to the death to be decently interred and as to what worldly goods It hath

pleased God to bless me with, I dispose of in the following manner.

ITEM. I send to my beloved wife, Mary Gaines all of my estate, both real and personal, during her life and after her decease, my will and desire is that my whole estate both real and personal be sold at eighteen months credit except one negro girl named Fortune and one featherbed, which I do give and bequeath to my youngest daughter, Isabella Gaines, and the money arising from the sale to be equally divided between all my children; Harry, James, Richard, Edmund, Joseph, Francis, Thomas Gaines, Mary Herndon, Sarah Broaddus, Isabella Gaines, and the children of my daughter Catherine Broaddus and the children of my son William Gaines, enjoy only the part belonging to their parents, but if either my children or grandchildren should die without a bodily heir, my wish is that their portents of my estate should be equally divided amongst all the rest.

ITEM. I do appoint my sons Henry Gaines and Richard Gaines and Edward Watkins executors to this my last will and testament, revoking all other wills heretofore made, in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this twenty-fourth day of May, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-one.

signed, sealed and his acknowledged in presence JAMES X GAINES of us mark

THOMAS GARNETT JAMES GARNETT JOHN GARNETT At a court held for Culpeper County, March 20th, 1786, this last will and testament of James Gaines

Dec'd was exhibited to the Court by Richard Gaines, one of the executors therein named and was proved by the oaths fo John Garnett and James Garnett, two of the witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executor Certificate is granted him for attained a ROBAL(sic) share of in due from he having made cash thereto and given bond and security according to law.

Liberty being reserved for the other executors to join in the ROBAL (sic) when they may see fit.

teste. John Jamison St Clair

James Gaines, account of sale

An account of the sales of the estate of James Gaines, serv, Dec'd. made by his executor the 30th of April, Eighteen Hundred and Three.

To William Dade, 177 acres of_____ land more or less & 91

230 _ _

acres of land, the lease being at the request of the purchaser

To Edmund Gaines- Dinah and Pender


To Reuben Gaines --1 negro man Will

120_ _

To Allen Masie - 1 bed and furniture


To George Clayton-- 1 bed and furniture 14_ _

To Richard Gaines-1 Walnut Table 100_ _ _

1 Walnut Desk 3.13_ _ _

5 chairs 10_ _ _ _

1 old grey mare 400 _ _ _



The above is a true a/c of sales made by me as the Executor of James Gaines Estate on the 30th of April 1803, in a credit until the 1st day of November 1804.

Richard Gaines, Executor

At a court held for Culpeper County the 16th Day of October 1804, this account of sales of the Estate of James Gaines, se

Fought in the Revolutionary War

From Wikipedia: His father, James, had been captain of a company in the American forces during the Revolutionary War, and after the war his family moved to North Carolina where his father became a state representative.


Patriot: Furnished supplies; Private, Virginia colonial Militia. ("Virginia Colonial Militia", Crozier Series, Vol. 2, p 27; "Daring

Served as a private during the Revolutionary War in Captain Josiah Parker's Regiment in Virginia.

Error: "Colonial Families of the U.S." reported Isabella married William Henry Gaines.

OTHER source "Some Prominent Virginia Families" reports she married James Gaines ... and that her sister Mary married William. Genealogy of Pendleton Family in Edmund Pendleton's Bible, now owned by Colonial Williamsburg, Inc. Isabella daughter of Henry was married to William Gaines by whom she had many children and died long ago. I believe there are descendants of her to the 5th generation: they are numerous and he is still living. died about 1790.

"James Gaines, said to have been a brother of Henry, m. Mary Pendleton, sister of Isabella Pendleton, above. In Book "C," p. 239, Culpeper Co. records, is the will of James Gaines, dated May 24, I781, prob. March 20, I786, in which he names wife Mary and children. The will of Mary Gaines, dated March 7,1803, prob. March 24, 1803, is recorded in Will Book "I," P. 392, of the Madison Co. records (formed in 1792 from Culpeper). She names "my surviving children, seven in number," corresponding exactly with those named in the will of James, some having died between the dates of the two wills. In 1801 Judge Edmund Pendleton prepared an account of his family, in which he mentioned his sister Mary Gaines as then alive, aged 84. From these facts it appears clear that James Gaines was the husband of Mary Pendleton, etc. Children: i. Isabella Gaines; ii. Henry; iii. Jane; iv. Richard Edmund; v. Joseph; vi. Francis Thomas; vii. Mary, m. -------- Herndon; viii. Sarah, m. ---------- Broadus; ix. Catharine, m. -------- Broadus; x. James; xi. William (Owen, William Strother of VA, 1898, p. 21fn)."


Birth: 1710 King and Queen County Virginia, USA Death: 1786 Culpeper County Virginia, USA

Husband of Mary Pendleton, daughter of Henry Pendleton 1683-1721, and Mary Taylor 1688-1770, of King & Queen County Virginia. James and Mary were parents of twelve children.

Family links:

 Richard Gaines (1686 - 1755)

 Mary Pendleton Gaines (1717 - 1803)*
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Burial: Gaines Family Farm Madison County Virginia, USA

Created by: Karen Mickel Bennett Record added: Oct 15, 2004 Find A Grave Memorial# 9605858 http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9605858

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James Gaines, I, Pvt.'s Timeline

January 18, 1719
King and Queen Co, VA
Age 15
Culpeper County, Province of Virginia
Age 18
King and Queen County, Virginia
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Orange County, Province of Virginia
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May 10, 1742
Age 23
Orange County, Province of Virginia
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