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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2 thoughts on “Did you know . . . that 294 years ago at All Hallows Church . . .

  1. Thank you Mack! What a great post!! This is exactly what I have been looking for!!!! Benefit of belonging to Society?? I think so!!!!!!

  2. Nancy,

    There is a bronze statue of John Gaither also at the entrance of All Hallows Church, our reunion group toured the church and cemetery a few reunions ago. I have pictures of the lamp post & statue I will try to find and send

    Catherine Allison

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