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Daniel Gaines was born 1614. His father is listed as Thomas Gaines who immigrated to Virginia about 1650.  Most details in this story comes from a book on the Gaines Family by Calvin Suthherd.   There is a suggestion by James Gaines  that Daniel's father was actually William Gaines, of Elizabeth City VA. 

Daniel, married the widow Margaret Bernard Rowzee about 1650 probably in Virginia soon after arriving there with his father. Daniel was in the Militia and carried the title Captain when they wed.

The children of Daniel and Margaret Gaines were:
1. Bernard Gaines wed Martha Taylor
2. Elizabeth Gaines  wed John Catlett Jr. it is believed they both died before 1682 re Daniel's will.
3. Margaret Gaines, died about 1719
4. Mary Gaines  wed John Smith

Captain Daniel Gaines was a distinguished and trusted man of the community. He was the first Justice of the Peace in Rappahannock Ct, and active in an Amherst County committee in 1671. He was appointed attorney in a deed transfer in 1667, and thus noted in Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol III: Early Immigrants to Virginia by Greer. Cavaliers and Pioneers by Nugent, page 334.

The will of Daniel Gaines was written August 18, 1682 and proved October 16, 1684 in Old Rappahannock, parish Sittenburne, VI Rappahannock County Wills.
Sittenbourne Parish was the first parish of Rappahannock.  It was divided in 1681, but Mr. Gaines still was part of the Sittenbourne parish. In the will he mentions wife Margaret, children Bernard, Margaret and Mary, sons in law or stepson or one each?: Ralph Rowzee and John Smith, the deceased Col. John Catlett and his son, kinsman John Catlett, Jr.

Daniel Gaines clearly said in his will, "if all of my children die without heirs......"  So in 1682 he had no Grandchildren, ie daughter Margaret had no children and could not be the Margaret, wife of John Prosser who had children.

Margaret Gaines, Daniel,s wife had at least two children by her first marriage to Ralph Rowzee.They were Ralph Rowzee, Jr. and Sarah Rouzee.  re Rappahannock Deed Bk 1656-1664 part II, 1663  where Daniel Gaines requested it be officially records that said children of deceased Ralph Rowzee would receive cattle promised to them by John Catlett, re a copartner-ship between John Catlett and Ralph Rouzee deceased when they come of age or marry.  In Old churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia by Meade 1857 the Catlett’s were described as "planters of the respectable, yet not most opulent class".




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1. Get clear documentation to his father.

2.  Who was his mother?

3. When and where were Daniel and Margaret married?

4. What are all the names and birth dates of her children by Mr. Rowzee?


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