I received my book yesterday "Bio of Pike and Calhoun counties" and your Samuel B. Gaines is listed.
Samuel B. Gaines is a well-known and wealthy farmer and stock-raiser of Pike county. he is an hono9red resident of Kinderhook Township, where he has a large, well managed farm and one of the most pleasant homes in this part of the country. He was born in Otsego County, N.Y., April 19, 1821, his father Ebenezer Gaines, having been a pioneer of that region. He was born and reared in Connecticut, coming of a sterling ancestry and was there married to Ann Blakesley, who has also born and reared in Connecticut. they were married in Hartford County, that State and then moved to New York, where he engaged in farming. While yet in life's prime his busy career was closed by his untimely death at the age of thirty-five years. He was the father of six children, three sons and three daughters- Julius W., Lester K., Sophronia, Samuel B., Lydia and Ann, of whom the latter and our subject are the only ones now living.
Samuel B. was the fourth child and third son of his parents. When he was twenty-one years of age he went to Ohio, and engaged in the clock business there for a time, and then proceeded to Tennessee, where he was engaged in the same calling for about eighteen months. He returned to Ohio, and in the month of June 1844, his marriage with Miss Margaret M. Twaddle was celebrated in Huron County, the place of her birth. She accompanied her husband to Pike county, died in their pioneer home March 6, 1849, and was interred in Kinderhook cemetery.
Mr. Gaines was married a second time, taking as his wife Mary, a daughter of Thomas and Lydia Fitzpatrick. she was born in Butler County, Ohio, February 8, 1831, and came to Pike County, in 1838 with her parents. They located in Kinderhook Township, where she went to school in a log schoolhouse with puncheon floor. Her parents were pioneers of the county and took up their residence in a log house, where they were busily engaged during their life in improving a farm. They had ten children of whom six are now living as follows: Sarah, Mrs. McTee who lives in Oregon; James also a resident of the State; Susan, Mrs. Benson, who lives in Kinderhook; Thomas, a resident of Kinderhook; and William, a resident of Tye Valley, Oregon. There have been born to Mr. and Mrs Gaines eleven children, six daughters and five sons of whom the following is recorded: Dorinda A. married A.J. Liggett, of Hannibal, Mo.; Lydia lives at home; Mary Ella married J.W. Clutch, of Kinderhook; Sylvester S., and Edward N., live in Barry Township and Barry City respectively; Minnie M. married Arthur S. Clark in the month of September, 1890. Of the other children, one died in infancy, Joseph F. died at the age of five years; Charles, James T., and Carrie B. each died at the age of one year.
In 1846 Mr. Gaines made an important move in his life when he came to Illinois to make his home here. In 1847 he brought his wife here and located in Kinderhook Township, on section 36, on a tract of one hundred and ninety acres of land. He erected a good house and developd a farm until it became one of the best improved places in that township. He remained there until 1860, and then built a store in Kinderhook and went into mercantile business where he at the same time carried on his farm. He was eminently successful in his business enterprises, and used to handle grain ver extensively, besides having a well fitted up store where he sold merchandise of all descriptions.
Our subject was also greatly prospered in his agricultural pursuits and at one time had six hundred acres of good land. He has since disposed of much of it at a good price, but still retains three hundred and thirty-seven and one-half acres. of which one hundred and forty acres is in Barry. He has his farm amply supplied with buildings of all kinds of which he has fourteen in all on his place, including a fine barn, ice houses, granary, etc. He has seventeen head of good horses and other stock. His residence in the city of Kinderhook is a commodious, well finished dwelling comprising fourteen rooms and he has four other dwelling houses besides a substatial store building 92x22 feet in dimensions. Mr. Gaines is pre-eminently a self made man. He was left fatherless at the age of four years, and has always had to depend upon his own resources since he was large enough to earn his own living. He never had anything given him but a pair of socks, and though he satid with one man thirteen years he never received but fifty cents in money from him during that long period. He cleaned horses and did chores of all kinds for which he got a penny at a time and contrived to save $21, which was the nucleus of his present fortune. He then went to work to make more money and has acquired his wealth by constant hard toil and strict attention to business. He has given his children $4,000 each and still has a handsome property, the income of which enables him to pass his declining years in ease and in the enjoyment of every comfort and luxury that he can desire. His life-record thus far shows him to be aman of honor who has made the best use of the talents given him by nature. His fellow-citizens have often shown their confidence in his uprightness and in his ability to manage affairs by calling him to public positions of trust and responsibility. Thus he has served as Township Collector and Assessor, has represented Hadley Township on the County Board of Supervisors, was Township Trustee for sixteen years, has been Road Commissioner, School Director and School Trustee for several years, and served twelve or fifteen years as Postmaster. He is highly regarded in social and religious circles, is a Mason belonging to Kinderhook Lodge No. 353, is a stanch Republican in politics and is one of the leading members of the Baptist Church, of which he has been Deacon thirty years, his wife also being a consistent member of that church. Our subject has made two trips to Connecticut to Illinois by team.
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