President’s Message

Re∙un∙ion(Noun)

  • an instance of two or more people coming together again after a period of separation
  • a social gathering attended by members of a certain group of people who have not seen each other for some time

We will come together this May for the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society of John Gaither Descendants to not only conduct the business of the Society, but also to REUNITE, as in REUNION. We will not only RENEW old friendships with our cousins, but we will likely make new acquaintances within our extended family. We can also use this opportunity to REMEMBER those that have passed. Continue reading

Obituary – Catherine “Kitty” Gertrude Hartman Teasley

Kitty and her father, Charles Hartman, 1947

Kitty Teasley, 91, of Durham, North Carolina died on Thursday, January 8, 2015, in her home surrounded by family. She was the daughter of the late Charles Eugene Hartman and Gertrude Gaither. She was descended from Gertrude Gaither, William Henry Gaither, Elijah Gaither, Zachariah Gaither, Benjamin III, John IV, John III, John jr, and John Gaither.

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Obituary – George W. Gaither, Jr.

George W GaitherGeorge William Gaither, Jr. 84, Indianapolis, passed away December 18, 2014. He was born March 7, 1930 to George and Christine Stober Gaither. He married Donna Jeannine Cattin on April 7, 1951 and together they had 9 children, Steven (Jane), William (Lori), Cheryl (Rob), Thomas (Sarah), Michael (Brenda), Donald (Kim), John (LeeAnn), who are all surviving; and deceased daughters, Susan (Cade) Verner and Judith Ann Gaither; George is also survived by 22 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Gaither; sisters, Mary Ann Bays, Dolores Kuhn, Loretta Utterback; and was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Carolyn Doss. Continue reading

Obituary – Patsy Umphers Gaither

Patsy Umphers Gaither, resiPatsy Gaitherdent of Hernando, Mississippi, former resident of Fayette County and wife of the late Billy Gaither, departed this life Sunday afternoon, December 1, 2013 at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis where she had been a patient for two and a half weeks. She was 79 years of age and died following a brief illness.

Mrs. Gaither was born March 23, 1934 in Golden, Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence A. Umphers and Pearl Williams Umphers. She received her education in the Mississippi and Tennessee Public School Systems and was married June 12, 1965 to Billy O’Neal Gaither. Mr. Gaither was a sales representative of industrial supplies for Mid-South Tool Company in Memphis for a number of years before his retirement and died June 20, 2011.

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Obituary – Roy Alexander Gaither, Jr.

Alex-Gaither-119x150Roy Alexander “Alex” Gaither, Jr., 65, of Harmony, passed away Thursday, November 6. 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House. He was born in Iredell County on August 4, 1949 to the late Roy Alexander Gaither, Sr. and Mary Templeton Gaither, who survives.  Roy Jr.'s line is Roy, Sr.; Alexander Milton; Noah Spurgeon; Milton; Zachariah; Benjamin III; John IV; John III; John II, and John Gater.

Alex attended Harmony School and North Iredell High School. On January 11, 1974, he married Jane O’Neal and they had over 40 years of marriage before his passing. He was a member of Clarksbury United Methodist Church and was self-employed as a farmer. He was a member of the V-Point Ruritan Club and enjoyed all outdoor activities especially if they were with his family.

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Calling for Volunteers

The Society of John Gaither Descendants needs volunteers in positions critical to increasing membership and improving communications. If you or someone you know can fill any of the following roles and are willing to give a few hours per month to help, we would appreciate your help.

Membership Promoters - Responsible for making phone calls to prospective members and assisting the Membership Director in other ways.  Put on your "Thinking Cap" and let's find the best way to grow the Society's membership.

Genealogy Researchers - Responsible for reading documents such as marriage and death certificates, deeds, and wills recording key information. This work is fundamental for the Society to create an accessible, searchable library of family documents, photographs, and history for current and future generations of Gaithers.

Graphic Designers - Responsible for conceptualization and design of direct mail membership materials as well as all other Society print materials such as brochures, posters, and invitations.  Other responsibilities may include creating graphics for the Society website.  This position is critical for future growth of the Society.

Website Managers - Responsible for operating, maintaining, and enhancing the Society’s web site.  This person will be in forefront of moving the Society forward technologically for the next generation of Gaithers.

If you or someone you know can fill any of these positions critical to the Society's viability, please complete the form below.  We will be in touch soon. Thank you.

Did you know . . . a Gaither once owned the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence . . .

Did you know that a Gaither once owned the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence? According to accounts prepared by the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, "Thomas H. and Sophia B. Gaither of Howard County, Maryland, purchased the house at 207 Hanover Street , Annapolis, Maryland in 1896, which was once owned by Maryland Signer of the Declaration of Independence Thomas Stone. A veteran of the Civil War, Thomas, and wife Sophia, purchased the house as a wedding gift for their daughter, Georgiana, who married 'Collector of the Port" James Lawrence Bailliere. The 1900 Census lists Mr. & Mrs. Bailliere and two sons as living there. With the death of Bailliere in 1917, Georgiana moved to Baltimore to be near her family."

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Did you know . . . two Gaither homesteads are listed on the National Register of Historic Places . . .

Did you know that at least two Maryland homesteads settled by Gaithers are on the National Register of Historic places? “Abington” was patented 365 years ago, in 1649, by John Gaither and Robert Proctor after arriving in Maryland, from Virginia. It is located in Anne Arundel County and was listed on the National Register in 1984.

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