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Wondering what to give family members for Christmas? How about membership in the Society of John Gaither Descendants?

For $25 you can provide a one-year family membership that links your family members to both current and ancestral Gaithers! No shopping, no wrapping! Just click here to complete the membership form, include your check, mail it in, and it’s done!

Merry Christmas!

2014 DNA Testing Sale is Here!

Family Tree DNA has slashed prices on all of their most popular tests! Best of all, they are introducing mystery reward discounts on top of these already reduced prices!  Hurry, the sale ends Dec. 31, 2014! Join the other SJGD members who have been tested and store their results on Family Tree DNA by CLICKING HERE.

Remember, Y-DNA tests for paternal ancestry, father to son, and make wonderful Christmas gifts for the Gaither male in your family.  Family Tree DNA is the world’s largest Y-DNA database.

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Obituary – Paul “Delphey” Gaither

Pual Delphey GaitherMr. Paul “Delphey” Gaither 87 of Brunswick MD died on Sunday November 25, 2012 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Born August 19, 1925 in Brunswick MD. He was the son on the late Paul William Gaither and Mame Ruth Barger and the loving husband of Betty Lee Walker for 66 years. They were married on December 21, 1946.

Mr. Gaither known to many as Delphey or Coach graduated from Brunswick High School class of 1942 and the University of Maryland class of 1951. He taught in Howard County from 1951-1959 and at Brunswick High School from 1959-1979. Delphey taught track, crosscountry, baseball, basketball and soccer. He also worked for 25 years at the Charlestown Race Track. Some of his many hobbies were cracking walnuts, metal detecting, slots and mushroom hunting. He was a member of the Brunswick VFW and the First Baptist Church of Brunswick. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946 and saw combat duty in the South Pacific Naval Air Corp as a plane Captain on the B-24 Liberator Bomber. He loved the Naval Reunions.

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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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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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SALE – All Y-DNA Tests on Sale

For a limited time, Family Tree DNA is offering 20-25% savings on all Y-DNA tests and upgrades. This End of the Summer Sale ends 9/3/2014. Join the other SJGD members who have been tested and store their results on Family Tree DNA by CLICKING HERE. Remember, Y-DNA tests for paternal ancestry, father to son, and make wonderful gifts for the Gaither male in your family.  Family Tree DNA is the world’s largest Y-DNA database.

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