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.

For those already tested, you may ask, “Why upgrade“? A 37 marker haplotype has been identified for the John Gaither descendants, but it turns out that this is a modestly common haplotype for English men.  Other men with different surnames also closely share the same haplotype (the listing of values at each DNA marker location). There are close to 100 men with other surnames in the database who are within a genetic distance of 4 at 37 markers (3 mutations). This means a 37-marker test for the Gaither surname is insufficient to clearly distinguish and isolate this specific group. The solution is to analyze for 67 or 111 markers and that should reduce (or eliminate) the number of other surnames closely matching the Gaither haplotype. Now is the perfect time to upgrade! The Y-37 to Y-67 upgrade is reduced from $99 to $79 and the Y-37 to Y-111 is reduced from $220 to $179. CLICK HERE to upgrade today.

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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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Gaithers – How Many and Where Do They Live?

Have you ever wondered how many Gaithers there are in the United States and where they live? Today, there are over 318 million people in the United States. From the 1995 and 2000 censuses, the U.S. Census Bureau published a list of surnames occurring 100 times or more.  The 2000 census found a little over 150,000 unique surnames.

The top 10 surnames and the number of occurrences, in order, are:

  1. Smith - 2,376,206
  2. Johnson - 1,857,160
  3. Williams - 1,534,042
  4. Brown - 1,380,145
  5. Jones - 1,362,755
  6. Miller - 1,127,803
  7. Davis - 1,072,335
  8. Garcia - 858,289
  9. Rodriguez - 804,240
  10. Wilson - 783,051

To check the ranking and number of occurrences of other surnames, you can view or download the list as a PDF file by clicking here or as an XLSX file by clicking here.

The Gaither surname ranked 3,202 on the list. The census found that there were 10,255 Gaithers in the U.S. or 3.8 Gaithers per 100,000 people. Continue reading

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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Obituary – Allan Reese “Sully” Sullivan

Allan Reese “Sully” Sullivan. Sully was born July 30, 1946 in Miami, Oklahoma. He was the only child of Guy and Jean Millsap Sullivan. He received his Last Commanders Call August 7, 2014, from Agent Orange related illnesses, including lung cancer. Sully was united in marriage with Linda Coons on April 14, 1973 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Surviving is his wife, Linda; his Red Patch family; a cousin, Jim Sullivan of Kansas City, Kansas; and extended family members of the Springfield and Mt. Vernon, Missouri area. Allan is the son of Guy Sullivan and Joanna Ophelia “Jean” Millsap. Jean Millsap is the daughter of George Conway Millsap and Hannah Mae Rose. George Millsap is the son of Reese Thomas Millsap and Alameda Gaither,born April 22,1856 in Mt Vernon, Missouri. Alameda is the daughter of Continue reading

Map of Past SJGD Annual Meetings Now Available

You can now see a map of the locations of the 31 past Annual Meetings of the Society of John Gaither Descendants by clicking here.  Be sure to click on each pinpoint to see the host’s name and year of the event.  If you have fond memories of some of these Annual Meetings or want to recommend a future location, please comment by clicking on the “Leave a reply” or “Reply” button below.

31st Annual Meeting & Reunion was Great Success

The “Queen City” of North Carolina, Charlotte, welcomed the Society of John Gaither Descendants for its 31st Annual Meeting and Reunion, hosted by Jo Ann Bondurant and Arleen McGinn. Thirty-four members and guests attended from as far away as Maple Valley, Washington. See photos from the event by clicking here.

This year’s attendance included four new members. Many did not have far to travel as the State of North Carolina is home to the largest number of Gaither households in the United States, 558 or 12 percent of all the Gaither households in the United States.

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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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Dysons Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

Robert and Patricia Dyson of Poneto, Indiana recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Robert is the great grandson of Martha Ann Gaither, daughter of Eli and Nancy Comer Gaither of Davie County, North Carolina.Dyson 2

The Gaithers and Dysons moved to Madison County, Indiana prior to 1850. Patricia is currently serving on the SJGD Board of Directors. Robert and Patricia have five children, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.