U.S. States: Texas: Gaines County
Gaines County was named for James Gaines, who was born in Culpepper County, Virginia, in 1779, and went with United States troops to Nacogdoches in 1805, establishing a Mercantile business and ferry across the Sabine River. In 1836 he was elected as a delegate from Sabine to the (Texas) Constitutional Convention and was a signer of the (Texas) Declaration of Independence. In 1839 he represented the County of Sabine in the Congress of the Republic of Texas and later moved to Bastrop County, Texas. Gaines County was created August 21, 1876 and was partly surveyed by D. L. Cunningham in 1879, containing 1.590 square miles.
I was born and raised in Gaines County. I now live in Knoxville, TN.