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William Henry Gaines
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Birth: Aug. 21, 1888
Death: May 23, 1947

According to his granddaughter Janice Williams, he was a musician who played the violin and cornet. He could triple tongue. He was a music teacher. At one time they lived in the bayous in Louisiana. Grandma Rose took her little girls and dressed them up on Sundays, and they would go to the gazebo in the park to hear him play. He was a dreamer, and Rosa finally forced him to take a job in the mills for the financial security of the family. He worked in Bonifay, Florida, in Heading Mill, which made wood tops for fruit boxes. Rosa had restaurants variously in Quitman, Georgia, and in Pine Mountain (Chipley), Georgia. They lived in Chipley (Pine Mountain) when Betty was born.

According to Aunt Janice, when (her half-sister) Betty Rose Shi was 9 months old, William Henry Gaines and Rosa lived in Plaquemine, Louisiana. That would have been about 1931. [But in 1930 Rosa is on the census twice--once in Pine Mountain, Georgia, and again with her husband William in Palatka, Putnam County, Florida. They own a restaurant (Hamilton, Georgia) and run a boarding house (Florida). (It makes sense that when their daughter Bernice divorced William Shi it was in Putnam County, Florida.)]

Willie was a Mason, and Rosa was a daughter of the Eastern Star.

Janice Williams says that his mother was a Cochran, or that she married a Cochran. Janice knew her as Grandma Cochran. [2011--new information from Dale Henderson shows that Theodocia was divorced from James Francis Gaines in 1900 and remarried James W. Cochran.]

Albert Earl Paul wrote the following:
Hi Betty
My Dad was always known as Green Paul. He stayed with Aunt Rosie and William. We all called him Willie. Because that is what Dad called him. Dad thought a lot of Him. I am pretty sure He was not Indian, I think Dad would have said so. My Dad said Willie was a head sawyer in the big saw mills. The big saw mills they used to saw the logs from the virgin cypress timber. When they was clearing the swamp land in southeast Missouri. Some of the logs was as large as eight and nine feet through. When the big timber was all gone. Him and Aunt Rosie moved on following the timber cutting. And I guess they ended up in Ga.

They had three daughters: Bernice, Myrel, and Ione. 
Family links: 
  James Francis Gaines (1862 - 1922)
  Theodocia Ann E. St. Clair Cochran (1871 - 1945)
  Rosa Paul Gaines (1892 - 1951)
  Myrel Latrice Gaines Reeves (1910 - 1987)*
  Mildred Ione Gaines Harrell (1915 - 1996)*
  Willis Almarine Gaines (1888 - 1965)*
  William Henry Gaines (1888 - 1947)
  Walter Lee Gaines (1891 - 1954)*
  Ethel Virginia Gaines Phelps (1892 - 1981)*
  Zana Marie Gaines Craft (1905 - 1985)**
  Charity LulaBell Gaines Arnold (1907 - 1987)**
  George Noel Gaines (1909 - 1996)**
  Noah Osias Gaines (1912 - 2002)**
  Susan Christena Gaines Henderson (1918 - 1983)**
  Donald Lee Paul Cochran (1919 - 1987)**
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Brooks County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Betty Dudley Smith Beard
Record added: Aug 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40583877
William Henry Gaines
Added by: Betty Dudley Smith Beard
William Henry Gaines
Added by: Betty Dudley Smith Beard
William Henry Gaines
Added by: Betty Dudley Smith Beard
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 Added: Oct. 16, 2011

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