John Gaither, the son and heir of John and Mary Gaither, was born in Virginia and was transported to Maryland by his parents around 1650. He was certainly a minor at the death of his father, but had attained majority for that period by 1662. It can be assumed that he was for a time under the care of Thoms Meares, his father and grandfather's friend of early Virginia days, inasmuch as Thomas Meares bequeathed him a legacy at his death.
John was the first of his family to obtain a land grant in Maryland. Patents were issued upon beautiful South River in 1660 for "Pole Cat Hill" and "Round About Hills." In 1662, he renewed a land warrant for 460 acres; 200 acres were surveyed and patented to him under the name "Gatherly" and lay on the Little Choptank River in now Dorchester County.
On January 26, 1663/4, he and Robert Proctor patented jointly "Abington," of 875 acres between the North Run and the South Run of the South River. It was on the outposts of the settlements along the Severn and South Rivers and became the ancestral estate of the senior branch of the Gaither family for a number of years.
About 1676 he married Ruth -----, whose parentage is unproved. The births of seven of their children were recorded at All Hallow's Parish.
1. John Gaither IV, born 1677/8.
2. Ruth M. Gaither Warfield Carter, born 1679.
3. Benjamin Gaither, born 1682/3.
4. Rachel Gaither White, born 1687.
5. Capt. Edward Gaither, born 1689.
6. Mary Gaither White Nichols, born 1692.
7. Rebecca Gaither Stimson, born 1695.
8. Susanna Gaither, born 1697, (died young).
John Gaither participated in the Nanticoke Indian War of 1678 under Colonel William Burgess and for his services received 80 lbs. tobacco. He became a militia officer and took part in the punitive expedition against the Indians in 1679, contributing liberally to the defense of the settlers against Indian invasions. In 1681 he received an additional 585 lbs. tobacco for public service.
On February 9, 1685/6, John Gaither bought 150 acres of "Freemanston." On July 3, 1690, he bargained for 100 acres of "Freeman's Fancy" in the woods about one and a half miles from the head of South River.
In 1696 as John Gaithere he signed a document by which he declared himself to be a military officer under the then Royal Government of the Province. He was styled Captain.
He died intestate. According to the register of All Hallow's Church, he was buried on November 12, 1702. Letters of administration were issued to his widow, Ruth Gaither. The personal estate was appraised on May 29, 1703, at £437/-/10. John Gaither and Benjamin Gaither, approved as the kinsmen. There were a great number of livestock, 97 lbs. of pewter ware, five negro slaves, one white servant-man, parcels of old books, and interesting household furniture including six high back leather chairs, writing trunk, etc.
On January 13, 1703/4, the widow married Francis Hardisty, according to the parish register. Francis Hardisty apparently became the guardian of the younger children.
—Anne Arundel Gentry: A Genealogical History of Some Early Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland by Harry Wright Newman
This memorial has been generously sponsored by Pamela Fowler Sweeney.
John Gaither (1599 - 1652)
Ruth Gaither Hardesty (____ - 1719)*
John Gaither (1677 - 1739)*
Ruth Gaither Warfield Carter (1679 - ____)*
Benjamin Gaither (1682 - 1741)*
All Hallows Church Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Created by: meet Virginia
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34075184