Did you know . . . about the huge discovery at John Gater’s first American home, Jamestown?

If you haven’t heard, there’s been a huge discovery at the ongoing archaeological dig at Jamestown Fort! The Jamestown Rediscovery Team, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, has identified the names of the four men buried within the Chancel of the 1608-1617 original Church. All four were leaders in the earliest years of the Colony: Reverend Robert Hunt, Captain Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman, and Captain William West.

The excitement surrounding these discoveries serves to remind our extended Gaither Family of our own very exciting lineage. As you know, our John Gater first came to America, in 1620, on the ship “George;” survived the Indian Massacre of 1622; and, as documented in a record of the inhabitants of the Colony after that Massacre, was in the Jamestown Fort as a member of Governor Wyatt’s retinue. Then, John Gater appears, in 1624, on Captain William Pierce’s muster at the nearby defensive Jamestown outpost of Mulberry Island, with a “sword, peece, armour, and 10 bushels of corn”. Capt. Pierce was Captain of the Jamestown Guard, lending weight to the theory (that I first heard from Gaither Society member Larry Campbell) that John Gater may have been a soldier in the Fort when listed with Governor Wyatt.

To think that our John Gater was an occupant of the very Fort so prominent in today’s news - - 395 years ago!!!

I highly recommend that you go to www.historicjamestowne.org for news about their ongoing discoveries. It is exciting to see under “Events” that on August 8 there’s a special program about Joan Pierce, Captain William Pierce’s wife. Perhaps there’ll soon be a program on Soldier John Gater! And, I particularly recommend that you click on their fabulous “Map of Discoveries,” which shows the Fort layout and their discoveries to date. Just imagine our John Gater walking among those very buildings!

Obituary – Mary Francis Gaither Logan Rupard

Mary Frances Gaither Logan Rupard, 68, of Harmony, passed away Thursday, June 04, 2015 at her residence. She was born in Iredell County on January 12, 1947 to the late Roy A. Gaither and Mary Templeton Gaither, who survives. Mary's lineage is Roy, Sr.; Alexander Milton; Noah Spurgeon; Milton; Zachariah; Benjamin III; John IV; John III; John II, and John Gater.

She was a graduate of Harmony High School and received an associate degree in Theology. She first married Edgar Peyton Logan Jr. who preceded her in death in 1990. She later married Jerry Newton Rupard who preceded her in death in 2004.

Along with her father and husbands, she was also preceded in death by paternal grandparents, “A.M.” and “Miss Lizzy” Gaither; maternal grandparents, Martin Luther and Flora Alda Sloan Templeton, and her brother, Roy Alexander Gaither Jr..

Frances is survived by her mother, Mary; niece and caregiver Melanie G. Chatham (Jason) and their daughter, Jessica; a sister, Flora Ann G. Jordan; a brother, Bradley Gaither; a sister-in-law, Jane Gaither, and her constant companion, “TJ.” She is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, an uncle, and several grand nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her circle of friends, Kitty (Jay) Kennedy, Castle Mason, Soft Moon Thompson, Huck Finn, Robin Shook, and the Rupard cousins.

Memorials may be made to Clarksbury Cemetery Fund, 924 E. Memorial Hwy, Harmony, NC 28634. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com

NOTICE: 2015 Slate of Directors

The Secretary of The Society of John Gaither Descendants apprises the members of the Corporation of the following slate of directors to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation on May 31, 2015.  If any member wishes to designate an additional slate, please send such slate to the Chairwoman of the Nominating Committee, Catherine Allison, at cga67@swbell.net prior to May 31, 2015. Continue reading

Obituary – Ida Mae Claiborne

Ida Mae Claiborne, 89, of Joplin, Missouri formerly of Baxter Springs, Kansas, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015, at Joplin National Health Care. She was born January 18, 1926, in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, to William Baker and Lura (Coursey) Gaither. She was united in marriage to Dr. Richard Henry Claiborne III, on June 11, 1949, in Coffeyville, Kansas. Continue reading

Obituary – Marie Burton Long

Marie LongMarie B. Long, 74, of Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Lancaster General Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born August 13, 1940 in Harmony N.C. Marie is the daughter of Mattie Mae Gaither in the line of Robert Franklin Gaither - John Martin Gaither - Greenberry Gaither - Jeremiah Gaither - John Gaither V.

Marie was the wife of Paul E. Long to whom she had been married for 51 years. Previous to moving to Lancaster County, they had resided in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. She enjoyed playing bridge, ballroom dancing, attending theatre and was a member of the Coterie Club, Unwind Dance Club, and the Couples Dance Club. Marie was a longtime member of the Society of John Gaither Descendants and will be missed by all. Continue reading

President’s Message


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  • 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