Rebecca Gaines 8th great grandma on RootsMagic tree.
Rebecca was born in Connecticut in 1688 or so, one of 10 children of Samuel and Anna Burnham Gaines. On August 1, 1704 Rebecca married Samuel Risley in Hartford, Connecticut where they set up a home. Around 1710 Rebecca’s mom deeded land to Rebecca’s husband, “Anna Gaines of Hartford, widow, for 30 shillings, conveys to her son-in-law, Samuel Risley of Hartford, all her right and interest in land formerly sold to her father, Thomas Burnham, late of Hartford, by the Indian sachem Totonimo, which lands are undivided among the children of Thomas Burnham, [Signed] Anna Gaines, her mark..
Rebecca was a widow in 1752. In her husband’s will, “I give and bequeath to my Beloved Wife Rebecca one hundred and fifty pounds out of my moveable Estate old Tennor and also ye free use and improvement of ye one half of my dwelling house and cellar and three acres of land by said house as long as she shall Remain my widow.”
There’s no date, no record for Rebecca’s death and her burial place is unknown. She was a widow at 68, probably died fairly soon after her husband. He has a headstone at Old Eastbury Cemetery in Glastonbury. Rebecca is probably right by him.
- Samuel Risley’s will, The Risley family history, page 46. At HathiTrust.
- Their marriage in The New England historical and genealogical register 1859 Volume 13, page 144 Hartford Records. At Archive.org.
- Find a Grave, Samuel Risley, Rebecca is probably here. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11885367
- Henry Gaines and family. The New England historical and genealogical register 1931 Volume 85, page 38, 39. At American Ancestors