More Gaither Connection Past Issues

Thanks to the tireless efforts of scanning past issues of The Gaither Connection by Arleen McGinn, eight issues from the late 1980s and early 1990s have been added to the Gaither website.  This brings the number of issues posted on the website to 18 out of the over 60 that have been published since the Society was founded in 1984.

There is a treasure trove of information in the newsletters and the intention is to have all past issues eventually scanned and placed on the website.  Past issues of The Gaither Connection are provided only to paid members of the Society.

Interesting tidbits from just these eight new issues include:

  • Incoming SGJD president Rowan Gaither, an attorney with the U.S. Department of State, implored members to "obtain as much information from your elders as possible" and to "record it in a format that can be preserved."
  •  Touring the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and hearing from gospel music legends Bill and Gloria Gaither during the 1989 Reunion
  • How the efforts of Benjamin Gaither changed the named of Log Town (c. 1765) to Gaithersburg in Maryland after he arrived in 1802, surveyed his tract of land he called "Self Preservation" and built his home, tavern-store, and blacksmith shop
  • The unpublished papers of George Riggs Gaither regaling stories of Ralph de Gader from 11th-century England.

To see all 18 issues, click on The Gaither Connection in the black band at the top of this page.

Photos from the 2013 Annual Meeting

Photos from the 2013 Annual Meeting have been uploaded to the Society of John Gaither Descendants website.  The 30+ photos taken by Arleen McGinn show SJGD members at many of the activities and events of this year's reunion.  You can access the photos by CLICKING HERE.

If you have photos you would like to add to the website, please use the form below to let us know and we will contact you.

President’s Message from Johnny D. Gaither

J. D. GaitherGreetings from the President’s Desk and Hey to all my Gaither Cousins!!!

I’ll start by saying, if you did not attend the reunion in Washington DC & Alexandria VA, you missed out on a great opportunity to meet with some wonderful folks and share some great times... Mack and Rebecca Gaither did a marvelous job as Host, I would like to personally and publicly “Thank Them” for all their time and effort invested to achieve this successful reunion. Our clan began to arrive early, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday at Embassy Suites on Diagonal Road in Alexandria.

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Okay, I’m at the new Gaither web site, What do I do now?

This new web site is intended to keep you informed about the Society, help you with your genealogy research, and help you stay in touch with your distant cousins.  The site has several new features and more to come.  To keep informed and to take advantage of those features there are two things you should do immediately:

To Access All of the Features:

  • At the top of the right-hand column, in the LOGIN AREA, Click on Register and complete the form.  Within a few minutes, you will shortly receive an email with a special one- Continue reading

President’s Message from Johnny D. Gaither

Greetings from the President's desk and hey to all my Gaither cousins! I do hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish for you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Now is the time for plans to be firmed up for 2013. As you may already know, Mack and Rebecca Gaither, are very busy planning our reunion in the Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C. I will not elaborate as the details appear elsewhere on this site, however I encourage each of you to make plans to attend! There will be lots of events, things to see & do, information and round table discussions for everyone.

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31st Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Washington DC, May 23 – May 26, 2013

The next Annual Meeting will be in one of the most exciting, historic locations in the United States, Washington, DC.  Let’s all use this opportunity to encourage every Gaither you know, from all four-corners of the country and beyond, to join us.  We will be staying in historic Alexandria, locally known as ‘Old Town’, which is just a short 15-minutes from the nation’s capital.

Your Annual Meeting Committee has worked hard to create new, exciting programs to help in your genealogy endeavors.  There are new social options for visiting cousins, meeting new ones, and sharing Gaither stories and information!  Continue reading

Welcome to the New Gaither Web Site

Welcome to the new Society of John Gaither Descendants web site.  Here is where you can find the latest news, announcements, and future events for the Society.  As you may know, the Society is a family organization, founded and incorporated in 1984 in Maryland.  Our goals and interests are the continued preservation and documentation of the Gaither family in the United States.

John Gater:  Adventurer; Colonist; Planter; Gentleman; Progenitor of practically all Gaithers in America; Believed born in Continue reading


Some very dedicated leaders, past and present, have devoted significant amounts of time, knowledge and research that makes the Society of John Gaither Descendants one of most documented families in America.  They have done so much for The Society; now is the time to honor their endeavors and dedication.  The Society needs your help to keep their hard work alive.  Continue reading

President’s Message from Bob Lehto

Hi, wonderful Gaither cousins.

I hope that your health is as good as can be expected and you are enjoying as mild a winter as we are in Virginia. My most important note for this newsletter concerns the 2012 Reunion. As you know, this year's reunion will be in Missoula, Montana. This is new territory for most of us and consequently gives promise of new and exciting events. Continue reading