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Henry Gaines Biography
Bollinger County, Missouri

Henry Gaines Bollinger Co Mo Biography
  • Henry Gaines, a prosperous blacksmith and farmer of Bollinger Mills, Mo., was born in Giles County, Tenn., in 1842, and is a son of William H. and Martha Ann (Harnon) Gaines.

    William H. Gaines was a native of Virginia, born in 1817.

    He emigrated from his native State to Tennessee and from thence to Missouri.

    While in Tennessee he was married, his wife being a native of that State, born in 1826.

    They have eight children. Henry is the eldest child.

    He early learned the blacksmith's trade with his father, and has since followed it very successfully.

    He came to Missouri with his parents, and in 1844 married Sarah Sweazea, a native of Bollinger County, Mo., born in 1842, of German-Irish parentage.

    During the Civil War Henry Gaines was one of those brave Union men who shouldered arms and risked their lives to save their distressed country.

    He enlisted in the Third Missouri Volunteers, and remained in the service almost four years, being mustered out at St. Louis.

    Rejoicing in the preservation of the Union he returned home and has since enjoyed a quiet and peaceful domestic life.

    For the last three years he has been working at his trade at Bollinger Mills, and as his is the only blacksmith shop in the place he is doing a good business.

    He also owns a farm of 196 acres which he superintends.

    Mr. and Mrs. Gaines have five children: Emma, Ella, Andrew, Henry and Martha.

    In politics Mr. Gaines is a staunch Republican.

    He and family are consistent members of the General Baptist Church. [p. 829]

Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, [p. 829]
Contributed by Joe Crim

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