Henry Gaines Bollinger Co
- Henry Gaines, a prosperous blacksmith
and farmer of Bollinger Mills,
Mo., was born in Giles County, Tenn., in 1842, and is a son of
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
wife being a native of that State, born in 1826.
children. Henry is the eldest child.
He early learned
trade with his father, and has since followed it very
came to Missouri with his parents, and in 1844 married Sarah
native of Bollinger County, Mo., born in 1842, of German-Irish
During the Civil War Henry Gaines was one of
Union men who shouldered arms and risked their lives to save
He enlisted in the Third Missouri
remained in the service almost four years, being mustered out at
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,
his is the only blacksmith shop in the place he is doing a good
He also owns a farm of 196 acres which he
and Mrs. Gaines have five children: Emma, Ella, Andrew, Henry and
In politics Mr. Gaines is a staunch
He and family
are consistent members of the General Baptist Church. [p.
Goodspeed's History of
Southeast Missouri, [p. 829]