|Birth: ||May 1, 1784|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 1873|
The photo of the house is the plantation house called "Gaineswood" in Alabama. He later moved to and built another plantation house near State Line, Mississippi, which he called "Peachwood." Here he grew fruit trees among other things. He is buried here in the family plot, which is also called Peachwood Cemetery.
He was the son of James Strother Gaines and his wife, Elizabeth Strother. He started his career in 1805 as an assistant at a government trading house, which he did until 1819. He married Anne Gaines in 1812. In 1821, he owned a four room log house (two rooms up and two rooms down), which were separated by a dogtrot. The house was that portion of current building, where the front door at the port-cochere opens into what was originally the open dogtrot. This rather large log house for its day was located in Marengo County, Alabama. In 1843 it was sold to General Nathan Whitfield, who greatly expanded it into a mansion and gave it the name of "Gaineswood". It is now a National Historic Landmark and when you take a tour of it, the guides tell you that the original logs are inside the walls in at least one place.
From 1825 to 1827, George Strother Gaines was an Indian agent on the Spanish border and was largely responsible for the success of American trade with Spain. He was also a state senator in Alabama at the same time. He was honored when the city of Gainesville, Alabama was named after him. He moved to Mobile, Alabama in 1830 and was a merchant in that city until 1856, at which time he migrated to near State Line, Mississippi. He served as a Mississippi state representative in 1861.
James Gaines (1743 - 1829)
Elizabeth Strother Gaines (1744 - 1830)
Ann Lawrence Gaines Gaines (1788 - 1868)*
Abner Strother Gaines (1833 - 1905)*
Gaines Family Cemetery
Maintained by: Diane Gravlee
Originally Created by: Robert Miller
Record added: Apr 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26236017
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Your contribution to the history of the South was great and long may you be remembered. You and your brother gave much to our republic. I am honored to be a distant relative.|
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