Rebecca Jane Gaines

8 May 1827–28 July 1897 (Age 70)
Odds, Johnson, Kentucky, United States

The Life Summary of Rebecca Jane

When Rebecca Jane Gaines was born on 8 May 1827, in Odds, Johnson, Kentucky, United States, her father, Noble Gaines, was 48 and her mother, Elizabeth DeLong, was 21. She married Thomas Whitt Spears on 26 July 1847, in Floyd, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Johnson, Kentucky, United States for about 10 years and Floyd, Kentucky, United States in 1880. She died on 28 July 1897, in Kentucky, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Auxier, Floyd, Kentucky, United States.

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Thomas Whitt Spears
Rebecca Jane Gaines
Marriage: 26 July 1847
Amos Spears
John Walker Spears
Amos A. Spears
James H Spears
Serina F. Spears
Lafayette Spears
Elizabeth Jane Spears
Hiram Harrison Spears
Mary Martha Spears
David Marion Spears
Garnea F Spears
Corilda Jane Spears
Emily " Sis" Spears
Kenis Pritchett Spears
Emaline "Emma" Spears
Willie Spears

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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening
Age 3
Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · Louisville and Portland Canal Opens
Age 3
The Louisville and Portland canal opened in 1830. It was a 2 mile canal. It helped with the barrier caused by the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville by making a route around them.
Age 19
U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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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  • Rebecca J Spears in household of Thomas M Spears, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Rebecca J Spears in household of Thomas W Spears, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Rebecca J Spears in household of Thomas W Spears, "United States Census, 1870"

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