Some comment which I hope will clarify this. The Edmund Pendleton Gaines who was s/o James Gaines and Elizabeth Strother, was g/s of William Gaines and Isabella Pendleton.
Thomas Gaines 1754-1800, who died in Newberry Dist. SC m(1) Margaret Bush abt 1780. Thomas was s/o James Gaines and Mary Pendleton. (Note: this James was bro. of William, above, and Mary was the sis. of Isabella, above.)
Thomas and Margaret had 6 children, dates are approximate:
1. James 1783, m Nancy Arnold
2. Mary Pendleton 1784 m Henry G. Johnson
3. Isabella 1787 m. Clement T. Latimer
4. Margaret (Peggy) 1788
5. Catherine (Cathy) 1795
6. Sarah (Sally) 1796 m Micajah Berry
Margaret d. abt 1796 and Thomas m Delilah Fort abt 1797. They had one child: Thomas Boykin Gaines abt 1798. I have no knowledge of Delilah being a widow or having children by a previous husband. It is possible. However, I am not aware of any Strothers living nearby in SC, makeing that connection not very likely.
There were quite a few individuals who were named Edmund Pendleton Gaines. We do not really know of them all. The one mentioned in my first paragraph, above, was a hero in the War of 1812, arrested Aaron Burr after his infamous duel with Alexander Hamilton, and rose to the rank of General. He retired in New Orleans and died there. To my knowledge, he never lived in SC, so it is unlikely that he was the partner of Thomas Gaines. Thomas had a nephew named Edmund Pendleton Gaines b. 1767, s/o Thomas' older brother, Henry Gaines. This Edmund lived in nearby Abbeville Co SC. He is probably the one memtioned in your documents. Thomas also had a brother named Edmund Pendleton Gaines b. 1845, although, I believe that he remained in VA.
Henry also had a son named Reuben b. 1765. However, Reuben lived most of his adult life back in Culpeper Co. VA, having inherited family land there. He might have lived in SC at the time of the property dispute with Thomas that you documented. There were others, more distantly related, named Reuben Gaines in upcountry SC about that time.
Sorry this was so long. I wanted to connect the names that you found. I was not aware of Thomas Gaines' will. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
Edmond Gaines Case
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