Thursday, February 25, 2016


WILLIAM W. GAINES, Ohio County, was born in Grainger County, Tenn., November 25, 1843. He is the son of Baylos E. Gaines, a native of Virginia, who immigrated to east Tennessee when a young man and married Eliza Baird, who died in 1886, leaving three children: Martha, Jane, and James. His second marriage was in 1838, with Miss Rhoda Choram, who died in 1860, leaving nine children: Mary E., John P., William W., Rhoda E., Samuel S., Franklin P., Henry A., Melissa F., and Thomas J. His third marriage was with Mrs. Elvira E. Woods, nee Turner, who survives him, he having died February 9, 1883; by this marriage he left three children: Jasper N., Baylos E., and George C. (deceased). William W. Gaines removed with his father, in 1858, to Butler County, Ky., where he remained until 1862, when he joined the Union army; enlisted in Company D, Eleventh Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, in which he served three years under Gen. Sherman; was engaged in the battles of Rural Hill and Stone River, where he was wounded and his brother John was killed. He was also engaged in the siege of Knoxville, and through the Georgia campaign from Loudon, Tenn., to Atlanta, Ga., from which point he returned with his regiment to Louisville, Ky., and was discharged in June, 1865, after which he spent about four years in travel. April 18, 1869, he married Mary C, daughter of Philip and Martha Davenport; he resided on a farm of fifty acres belonging to his wife until 1879, when he bought 150 acres of land, where he now lives, eighty-five of which are under cultivation, and improved with fences, dwelling, barns, etc. Mr. Gaines prides himself in owing no man a dollar. In connection with the raising of grain and tobacco, Mr. Gaines gives his attention to the breeding of fine stock. He and Mrs. Gaines are members of the Baptist faith. Mr. G. is a Republican, but often votes for Democrats, at all times being concerned by the character and qualifications of the man. 

Note:  Mr. Gaines died 24 February 1913 in Owensboro and is buried in Rochester Cemetery, Rochester, Butler County, KY.

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