Did you know . . . about the entrepreneurship of James H. Gaither?

James H. Gaither, an early entrepreneur in the express package delivery business, when horses and wagons provided all of the "express", was also the owner and operator of one of the largest livery stables in the Baltimore area. Today's “Did You Know . . .” story was submitted by Nancy E. Gaither of Elkridge, Maryland, the great-great-granddaughter of James H. Gaither.  Thank you Nancy for sharing. You can read the entire story, which appeared in the Catonsville Patch by clicking here. Be sure to look for the pictures of James Gaither at the top of the story.

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Did you know . . . Gaither Relative was Caddy for Jack Nicklaus?

Jack Rickard, now 84, told GolfWeek recently how he caddied 40 years ago for Jack Nicklaus in the 1974 PGA Championship at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, N.C. Rickard is the son of Hattie Gaither Rickard, the grandson of William Henry Gaither, and in the line of Elijah and Zachariah Gaither. In addition to the honor, Rickard ended up with a front row seat to a Sunday showdown between Lee Trevino and Nicklaus. You can read the rest of the story in Golf Week by clicking here.  

Today's “Did You Know . . .” story was submitted by SJGD Director Jo Ann Bondurant of Greenboro, North Carolina. Jo Ann says of her cousin, "Jack is 84 and still dancing and golfing...looks about 65! He is one of my favorite cousins."

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Did you know . . . that 294 years ago at All Hallows Church . . .

Did you know that 294 years ago, on July 10, 1720, three Gaither families gathered at All Hallows Church in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and together, baptized their newest born? The All Hallows Church Records reveal the following:

10 July 1720 were baptized: Amos son of John Gaither and wife Elizabeth; Rachel, daughter of Samuel White and wife Rachel (Gaither); and, Ruth, daughter of Richard Stimson and wife Rebekah (Gaither).

Just imagine our ancestors gathering around that baptistery almost 300 years ago! It’s a thrilling vision and wonderful to discover that “the ties that bind” were strong among those family members of so very long ago.

All Hallows was the Gaither’s first church in Maryland, with informative records of births, deaths and marriages. In recognition of its significance in our ancestors’ lives, our Society donated a lamppost in memory of John Gaither, who died in 1702. Today, that lamppost still greets churchgoers on the front walk of All Hallows Church.

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