Saturday, June 26, 2010

Surname Saturday - GAINES - Kentucky

Who are you Gaines people and why are you in my Grandfather Allen's photo album? What is the relationship connection???

The bottom photo says "Sister and J.S. Gaines". The sister is Ora Gaines Allen, Allen is her maiden name and Gaines is her middle name. I have been unable to find any connection between the Allen's and Gaines or the Scott's (Ora's mother's maiden name) and the Gaines.

What am I missing?

UPDATE!!! It's 3 hours later and I may have my answer. I found the death certificate for Clyde Gaines. His mother's maiden name is Scott, same as Ora's mother. Are these Gaines first cousins to my Allens?? It's looking that way!

UPDATE UPDATE! You can see in the comments section below where I got some great help, found more information and was able to put a few pieces together. However, I now have another question...why would a mother give their child a middle name that was their sister's husbands last name?

Anna Pearl named her daughter Ora Gaines, Gaines is her middle name. Gaines is the last name of the man that Anna's sister Cassie married. Seems just a little odd to me. More than odd, that is downright strange.


  1. Don't know what you have but hope this helps. Clyde Scott Gaines grave can be found on With that information I found his death certificate on which you mentioned in your update. With his mother's name I found what I suspect to be his mother's death certificate on ancestry with this information:

    Name: Mrs Cassandra Gaines
    [Mrs Cassandra Scott]
    Death Date: 21 Dec 1936
    Death Location: Jefferson
    Residence Location: Jefferson
    Gender: Female
    Ethnicity: White
    Birth Location: Clark, Kentucky
    Spouse's name: John P Gaines
    Father's Name: T J Scott
    Father's Birth Location: Clark, Kentucky
    Mother's Name: Mattie Ecton
    Mother's Birth Location: Clark, Kentucky

    Hope it helps piecing the puzzle together.

  2. Yes, isn't the internet wonderful?!? *lol* I'm now looking for T. J. Scott and wife Mattie to see if I can find another daughter named Anna Pearl...then I will definitely have my connection. It's been a good Saturday so far! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Well I hope this helps then, if you haven't already found it! In the 1880 Clark County, Kentucky Census you should find:

    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Thos. Scott 41
    Martha Scott 38
    Alice Scott 17
    Charles Scott 15
    James Scott 12
    Liota Scott 10
    Lizzie Scott 7
    Nathan Scott 5
    Annie Scott 3

    Now although there is not a Cassandra, or any other variation living with them. In the 1870 Clark County, Kentucky census there is this:

    Name Age
    Thomas J Scott 30
    Martha Scott 27
    Cassie Scott 9
    Alice Scott 7
    Charles Scott 5
    Walter Scott 3
    Lutie Scott 8/12
    Elizabeth Owsley 40
    John Owsley 11
    Benjamin Owsley 7
    Ella Owsley 3

    Yes the internet is wonderful! It's 91 degrees in Louisville and so I am at my computer trying to beat the heat.

    Hope this helps!

  4. These families match up! Cassie would be 19 and already married in the 1880 census so she wouldn't be with her family and Annie age 3 in 1880 matches up with my Anna Pearl who was born in 1878.

    Thank you so much. I have some studying to do to make sure I'm putting this all together correctly.

    Stay cool, not sure of the temp here I'm too afraid to look!!

  5. In the 1910 census a Cassie Gaines is living with Anna Pearl and her husband Thomas!

    I would still like to find Anna's death certificate, but no luck so far. She died between 1910 and 1930.

    Much progress on this line today!