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John Gaither, I
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Birth: 1599, England
Death: 1652
Maryland, USA

John Gater was born about 1620 in Britain and was brought to Virginia in the "Assurance" during 1635. Circumstances place him among the Dissenters or non-Conformists in Virginia who were persona non grata and who accepted the invitation of Lord Baltimore to settle in Maryland where complete religion toleration was granted to all Christians. The exodus from Virginia began in 1649 and most of them were well settled on the Severn before the close of 1650. It is quite possible that he left his father in Virginia, but if there were any brothers, they died without issue for the name became extinct in Virginia about this time.

His wife was Mary and it is circumstantial that they were married in Virginia before their Maryland migration. His years in Maryland were brief, for he died intestate leaving a son and namesake, John Gatear III.

On November 20, 1652, his widow, Mary Geather, was granted letters of administration by Thomas Hatton, the Secretary of the Province, as "widow and relict of John Geather late of the County of Annarundel... deceased." No further record for the estate of John Geather as administered by his widow is extant.

The only son and heir, John Gaither III, was apparently raised by Thomas Mears, of South River, who made him an heir in his last will and testament of 1674. Mears had been a neighbor of his grandfather in Virginia and had been among the non-Conformists which settled in Maryland.

—Anne Arundel Gentry: A Genealogical History of Some Early Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland by Harry Wright Newman

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  John Gaither (1620 - 1652)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: *Wife's maiden name may have been Newhall.
All Hallows Church Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
Created by: meet Virginia
Record added: Jun 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70727373
John Gaither, I
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My husband's 9th great grandfather. Rest in peace.
- Julia Soliday
 Added: Sep. 13, 2015
Please see notes on Gaither family on memorial for Richard Jacobs #136961621
- charlene towsley
 Added: Oct. 11, 2014
My 9th G-Grandfather. Steve Fortune........Boise, Idaho.........
- Steve Fortune
 Added: Mar. 16, 2012

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