Samuel Gaines and Rebecca Couch, 8th great grandparents on RootsMagic tree
Samuel Gaines was born in 1670 in Hartford, Connecticut. His grandparents came to America from Buckinghamshire, England. Rebecca Couch was born February 16, 1671 in Hartford, Connecticut. Her grandparents were from Buckinghamshire, England too. Samuel and Rebecca were married around 1694 and they lived near Glastonbury, Connecticut. “At the Glastonbury town meeting of 15 December, 1709 he [Samuel Gaines] was chosen surveyor of highways.”
Samuel Gaines inherited, bought and deeded land in and around Glastonbury from 1705 to 1750. Records of land deeds from 1734-1745, show Samuel’s dad had lands in the Three Mile and Five Mile Tracts of “1672 when Major John Talcott of Hartford bargained with Chief Joshua the third son of Uncas the Mohegan sachem, for a certain tract of land about five miles square” in present day Manchester, Connecticut.
Samuel and Rebecca’s marriage is probable and the search still continues for an actual marriage record. From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, “this Rebecca Couch had a brother Simon Couch, who lived at Glastonbury, and Rebecca named a son Simon. The age is appropriate for this marriage, and the name Simon is significant”. Rebecca Couch has few records, she probably died in 1750 a few years after her husband.
Samuel died on July 17, 1748.
Samuel and Rebecca’s 2nd great grandson Obed Gaines was in Iowa by 1854. Obed’s granddaughter Mary Ella Gaines married James Miller in Waverly, Iowa, 1878. Mary Ella’s grandson, Faber Miller. was born in Greene, Iowa in 1905.
- Map of the Five Mile Tract 1731 and 1753 http://www.langeonline.com/Five_Mile_Tract.jpg at Paul Lange’s Genealogy http://www.langeonline.com/Five_Mile_Tract.html
- History of Manchester, Connecticut at HathiTrust
- Colonial families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut at HathiTrust
- New England historical and genealogical register at American Ancestors