Martha Ward Gaines

Female17 February 1741–8 December 1781

Brief Life History of Martha Ward

When Martha Ward Gaines was born on 17 February 1741, in Henrico, Virginia, United States, her father, Bernard Gaines, was 38 and her mother, Elizabeth Martha Ward, was 21. She married Thomas Turpin III on 9 April 1767, in St James Northam Parish, Goochland, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 8 December 1781, at the age of 40.

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Thomas Turpin III
Martha Ward Gaines
Marriage: 9 April 1767
Sally Gaines Turpin
Thomas Turpin IV.
Lucy Gaines Turpin
Obedience Jefferson Turpin
Archer Turpin

Sources (2)

  • Martha Ward Gains in entry for Thomas Turpine, "Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917"
  • Martha Ward Or Gains, "Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 April 1767St James Northam Parish, Goochland, Virginia, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (2)

    World Events (3)

    1758 · Mount Vernon

    Age 17

    Mount Vernon Plantation was the home of George Washington. It started off as 2,000 acres and was later expanded to 8,000 acres. The house itself started off as a six room building then got extended to twenty-one rooms.


    Age 35

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

    Age 39

    On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): variant of Gain , with post-medieval excrescent -s. In North America, this surname has also assimilated several surnames of Welsh origin, such as Gainous , derived from Gurganus .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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