Martha Ward Gaines

17 February 1741–8 December 1781 (Age 40)
Henrico, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of Martha Ward

When Martha Ward Gaines was born on 17 February 1741, in Henrico, Virginia, United States, her father, Bernard Gaines, was 37 and her mother, Elizabeth Martha Ward, was 20. 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

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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

1 English (of Norman origin): nickname for a crafty or ingenious person, from a reduced form of Old French engaine ‘ingenuity’, ‘trickery’ (Latin ingenium ‘native wit’). The word was also used in a concrete sense of a stratagem or device, particularly a trap.2 This surname has also assimilated reduced variants of Welsh Gurganus .

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

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Sources (2)

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

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