Martha Ward Gaines

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 4 daughters. She died on 8 December 1781, at the age of 40.

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Thomas Turpin III
1736–1797
Martha Ward Gaines
1741–1781
Marriage: 9 April 1767
Sally Gaines Turpin
1768–
Thomas Turpin IV.
1768–1812
Obedience Phebe Turpin
1774–1860
Lucy Gaines Turpin
1774–1850
Obedience Jefferson Turpin
1777–1846
Archer Turpin
1781–

Sources (2)

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

World Events (3)

1758 · Mount Vernon

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1776

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

1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

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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