Anthony Cuozzo


To whom it may interest: I live a stone's throw away from the ruins of the home of Col George Riggs Gaither Jr. (1831-1899) known as "Bleak House". The home was stripped down to two stone walls and turned into a playground when Columbia was built in 1968. It's my understanding that the home was abandoned some time after the great depression. Anyway, the reason I'm reaching out is that I'd love to see photographs of what it l used to look like. Perhaps some members of the society with roots back to the colonel and his children have old family photographs. Would you mind sharing my inquiry with the society? It's a long-shot, but I've managed to overcome worse odds in the past! Thank you, –Anthony Cuozzo

The Veatch and Gaither Connections of old Rowan County, NC

The Veatch and Gaither Connections in Old Rowan County, North Carolina

John D. Sinks

23 February 2024

Two marriages between Veatches1 and Gaithers took place in Old Rowan County. One was the marriage of Eleanor Gaither to an unnamed Veatch. John Gaither in his will, signed 18 September 1809, named Eleanor with no surname as a daughter and made a conditional bequest to the children of Eleanor Veatch should granddaughter Nancy Prather die without issue (Iredell Will Bk. 1, p. 274). The other marriage is documented by the bond that Greenberry Gaither posted in Rowan County on 15 January 1815 to marry Luranah Veach. John Gaither left the remainder of his estate to his son Greenberry. The goal of this paper is to identify the families of the Veatch spouses of Eleanor and Greenberry. Continue reading

Connie Gaither Lucas

Connie Gaither Lucas, 63, of Plant City, born on September 28, 1960, in Tampa, entered into eternal rest on October 20, 2023. She enjoyed the beach, traveling, animals, collecting lighthouses and seashells, and journaling.

She is survived by mother, Gynelle Gaither; siblings, Cheryl Carlisle of Plant City, and Roy Dean Gaither, Jr. (Gayle) of Turkey Creek; and many other family, and friends. She was preceded in death by father, Roy Dean Gaither, Sr. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 11 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at East Thonotosassa Baptist Church, 12735 Knights Griffin Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local SCPA. A private burial will be held at a later date. Expressions of condolences at

Patricia Dyson

Patricia Dyson, 87, a longtime resident of rural Poneto, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, October 17, 2023, at her son’s residence in Columbia City.
She was born on November 3, 1935, in Liberty Township, Wells County, Indiana to Elroy & Vera (Bender) Watson and was a 1953 graduate of Chester Center High School.
On January 31, 1954, in Wells County, Patricia and Robert L. Dyson were married.
Patricia enjoyed doing family genealogy and was very talented at sewing and quilting. She enjoyed working in her garden and was a famous cook and enjoyed fixing family meals. She was a longtime member of the DAR, (Daughters of the American Revolution).
Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Robert L. Dyson of Albion along with her children; David (Tammy) Dyson and Lois (Jim) Brandenburg, both of Columbia City, Lorinda (Tom) Gregory of Stendal, IN, DeeAnn Dyson of Albion and Dawn (Tony) Platero of Glendale, CA. She was a loving grandma to 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A private family service will take place with burial following at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Assoc. or American Diabetes Assoc.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Lemler family of Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Friends can send online condolences to the family at


Correction to Identity of Jane Cornish


Correction to Identity of Jane Cornish of Tiverton, Devon, England


Rick Saunders

In 2001 I had an article published in the Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin (42:51-101) titled “The Cornish Family of Tiverton, Devon, England.” That article examined the ancestry of Jane Cornish who in 1630 married Edward Robins and became the mother of Rachel Robins who married Richard Beard and Elizabeth Robins who married William Burgess.

It was known at the time of the article that Alice Skinner, daughter of Aquila Skinner and wife Alice Cornish, was also from Tiverton, and had settled in Anne Arundel County about 1671 and within a year had married Henry Ridgely. They had one child, Charles Ridgely, whose son Henry inherited his mother Alice’s estate left in England. Continue reading

CSM Lee Kinder Stikeleather


 Lee Kinder Stikeleather, 86, of Arcadia Florida, passed away October 3, 2015 of natural causes. He was born November 7, 1928 in Arcadia, Florida where he also grew up. He was a member of the local Army national guard anti-aircraft battalion that was activated to active duty status in 1950 in response to the Korean Crisis. Duty stations while with AA included New York, New Jersey, Thule, Greenland and Pittsburgh Pa.
Electing to make the Army a career, he transferred to the Army Security Agency where he remained for the rest of his military career. Duty stations included Ft.Devens, MA; Kagnew Station, Asmara, Eritrea; Herzogenaurach, Bad Aibling, and Frankfurt, Germany; Saigon, Vietnam (twice); and Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, VA (twice). He advanced rapidly through the enlisted ranks, and spent most of his career as a E-8 or E-9. He served as Command Sergeant Major for ASA and Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) for a total of 12 years. He presided over the re-organization from ASA to INSCOM and so was the last CSM for ASA and the first for INSCOM. He retired in 1979 as a Command Sergeant Major with more time in grade than any other CSM in the Army.

He married Cathryn Ann Waites of Alexander City, Alabama in 1955. They were married 48 years until her death in 2003. They had four children. He is survived by two sons, Lee K. Stikeleather, Luke M. Stikeleather, and two daughters, Angeline C. Stikeleather, and Jeanie Manes. He also had five grandchildren, Jacob and Lee Mawyer, Caro Anne Stikeleather, and Claire and Elizabeth Stikeleather.

He was truly an "old school" larger than life character that at times seemed indestructible. He touched many lives in his life's travels and will be missed by all who knew him. A full Military Honors funeral service will be held at the Old Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA, at 11 A.M. Friday, October 14, 2016.

CSM Stikeleather's line is  Luther Lee Stikeleather- Minnie Ethelin Kinder - Tabithia  Caroline Gaither- Martin Gaither- Greenberry Gaither, Jeremaih Gaither & Eleanor Lovelace- John Gaither V & Ann Jacobs - John Gaither IV - John III- John II- John 1

The editor had the privilege of serving with the Sergeant Major.

Austin Dale Gaither


Austin Dale Gaither, 17, of Riverview Road, Lexington passed away Friday June 2, 2023 in Lexington. Austin was born July 30, 2005 to Brandon Dale Gaither and Terri Marie Kilby both of Lexington. Growing up, Austin was a guy that loved to have fun, help others and be with his friends. Throughout his school years he played many different sports but enjoyed playing baseball the most. Beyond his competitive personality and sports, he had several jobs; he really enjoyed working for Fritts Farm. He started at Fritts Farm working only part time at first, but his love of being outside and always being busy quickly led to him working there full time. He also worked as a deliveryman for Smiley’s New Yorker Pizza. Because of that competitive personality, he prided himself as believing he was the fastest delivery guy there, always being quick and receiving good tips for it. He currently worked at Sam’s Car Wash in Lexington. At each of these jobs he was able to be outside, see and work with friends, be on the go, and do for others. Away from work, a hobby of his was buying, fixing up cars and then reselling them just for fun. But, his true passion was his motorcycle. He loved to ride. Aside from his jobs, his hobbies and his motorcycle, his big fun-loving heart caused him to want to and love to hang out with his family and friends, his dog, June, go fishing and just enjoy life and live it to the fullest every day.  

            Austin was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Larry Potts; maternal grandparents, Doris and Frankie Hicks; Terry and Pat Kilby and paternal aunt, Amanda Potts. He is survived by his mother, Terri Marie Gaither and James Rose of Lexington and his father, Brandon Dale Gaither and Tabitha Troutman of Lexington; his sister, Kelly Gaither of Lexington; his paternal grandmother, Sherry Potts of Lexington; uncle, Steven Hewett of Trinity; aunt, Angela Jones and aunt, Shannon Gaither both of Lexington; cousins, Malik Millner of Lexington, Stephen Jones, Sr., Christopher Jones, Devin Potts, Kiana McLain, Kelly McBride, Briana Maner, Chloe Hewett and Evelyn Hewett. 

            A visitation for Austin will be held Tuesday June 6, 2023 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington and a funeral service will be held 4:00 pm Wednesday June 7, 2023 at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel in Lexington. Online condolences may be made at



James C Gaither

James C. Gaither

James Caldwell Gaither was a prominent citizen in the history of Texas as well as several of the central counties south of Waco. He was a military and political leader who left a very favorable legacy in Texas.

James C. Gaither was born April 12, 1826 in Iredell County, NC, to Forest and Lamira (Caldwell) Gaither. The Gaither family moved progressively westward to Marengo County, AL, in 1836 and then on to Fayette County in Central Texas in 1840. After the outbreak of the Mexican War, Gaither enlisted as a first lieutenant in John C. Hays’ regiment of Texas Cavalry and entered the conflict. The unit was sent to reinforce General Winfield Scott arriving in Mexico just after the fall of Mexico City. Also in Scott’s entourage of junior officers in this campaign were Robert E. Lee, Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, James Longstreet, U.S. Grant and George Meade. Gaither survived the conflict, however his brother Carlos was killed in action. Continue reading

Lt. Col Henry Gaither

Lt. Col. Henry Gaither was a Revolutionary War veteran and
became the second commander of Fort Adams, Mississippi Territory.
Lt. Col. Henry Gaither, who commanded Fort Adams in Mississippi Territory, 1801.
The fort was built in 1799 and served as the United States port of entry along the
Mississippi River and a line of defense against the Spanish.
It also hosted the signing of the treaty with the Choctaw Indians for the building
of a road that would later become known as the Natchez Trace.

Jane Gaither Thomas

Jane Gaither Thomas,

the Family Outcast

Jane Gaither was born on the 26th of May, 1823, in Iredel County,
North Carolina. Her father, Forest Gaither, son of Burgess
Gaither, is described as a wealthy plantation owner who was
involved in the loan of a large amount of money, with 40,000
acres of land in Texas as security . When the loan defaulted, he
moved with his family to take it over. Jane was his only
daughter .
Daniel Thomas, Jr. , a part time Methodist minister . His son Daniel
Claiborne Thomas, Sr., is said to have "gone to Texas to see the
Gaither girl and to have married her there" in 1843.
Daniel Clayborne Thomas had a brother, Preston, who went to St.
Louis to see one of the three witnesses to the events involving
Joseph Smith in restoring the Church of Jesus Chris t of Latter
Day Saints. When Oliver Cowdery confirmed the truth of what he
had seen, Preston went to Texas to tell his brother about it and
he also joined the Mormon Church. A few years later , his wife,
Jane, also joined.