Obed Gaines b. 1793

Obed Gaines 4th great grandfather on RootsMagic tree

Obed Gaines was born May 3, 1793 in Guilford, Vermont to Joseph and Abigail Tubbs Gaines. He married Leydia Connable on August 10, 1815 probably in Bernardston, Massachusetts, 15 miles from Guilford and by 1820 they were living in Cazenovia, Madison, New York, 250 miles from Guilford. The family probably farmed and they moved a lot.

Headstone Gaines, ObedIn 1826 Obed and family were in Painesville, Ohio, 1831  in White Pigeon, Michigan, 1838 in Eden, Indiana. By the 1850s Obed and Leydia were in Bremer County, Iowa where sons Obed Jr and William were living. Obed was a widow in 1854, he lived with his sons and their families until March 5, 1877 when he died. He is buried at Willow Lawn Cemetery in Plainfield Iowa. The tall headstone has fallen over so it lies on the grassy ground the inscription reads:  At Rest.

Obed Gaines (1793 – 1877)
William Newcomb Gaines (1825 – 1907)
Mary Ella Gaines (1855 – 1917)
William Miller (1879 – 1949)
Faber W Miller (1905 – 1957) m. Gladys Cable (1913 – 1991)

Iowa, Cemetery Records, 1662-1999, Original data: Works Project Administration (WPA, the New Deal, Great Depression, FDR). Graves Registration Project. Washington, D.C. $ source on Ancestry.

Vermont, Vital Records, 1720-1908 individual index cards at FamilySearch.org  Free registration, log in required. This is a great collaborative site where everyone shares the same tree. Obed’s page here

Find A Grave  completely unverified but a good source for connecting families.

Leydia Gaines b. 1820

Leydia Gaines (Lyda on headstone) 4th great aunt on RootsMagic tree

Leydia was named after her mother Leydia Connable and was a triplet with Obed and Abigail Gaines, all born July 24, 1820 in Cazenovia, New York south of Syracuse. The Gaines family moved to Plainsville, Ohio about 1826, then to Concord Ohio in 1828, to White Pigeon, Michigan by 1831 and Eden, Indiana by 1838. Leydia married first Alexander Berry on July 21, 1839 in LaGrange Indiana, she was a widow by 1842 so probably traveled with her parents and children to Barclay, Iowa near Dunkerton where she married John Ramsey and they had 6 children. Leydia died February 20, 1884 and is buried in Old Barclay, or High Point Cemetery. Leydia’s headstone shows a hand holding a book, maybe that book is Bible or the book of life with her good deeds recorded.

Leydia Gaines 1820-1824 sister of William Newcomb Gaines 1825-1907
Mary Ella Gaines 1855 – 1917
William Earl Miller 1879 – 1949
Faber W Miller (1905 – 1957) m. Gladys Cable 1913-1991


Volume 1 page 85, John Cunnabell and his descendants, Genealogical memoir of the Cunnabell, Conable or Connable family. At HathiTrust

“4 Lydia Gaines, b. July 24, 1820, in Cazenovia, N. Y.; m. (1) in Lima, Ind., 1839, Alexander Berry, b. Nov. 29, 1810, d. Feb. 15, 1842; m (2) in 1844, John F. Ramsey. They reside in High Point, Decatur Co., la., where she d. Feb. 20, 1884. Children by Mr. Berry: 1 Mary, 2 Lydia Anna; by Mr. Ramsey: 3 John Foster, 4 John Gaines, 5 Harriet L., 6 Almond J., 7 Alma J.”

Gravestone Symbolism at Grave Addiction

Find a Grave Find A Grave, database and images, memorial page for Lyda Ramsey, Memorial 6179163. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6179163

William Newcomb Gaines b. 1825

William was born Nov 16, 1825 in Madison county New York, he died May 16 1907 in Lane, Oregon and is buried in Janesville, Iowa. He was the sixth child of Obed and Leydia Connable Gaines born after triplets Abigail, Lydia and Obed. William was either adopted or ‘bound out to’ his mom’s first cousin Samuel Newcomb. With Samuel, an early Mormon, William went to Salt Lake Territory in 1850. By 1854 he was married to Sarah Swain and living in Bremer County, Iowa. William was a hotel proprietor, a postmaster, a farmer, an assessor and a carpenter. He and Sarah had 6 children. William in the History of Butler and Bremer Counties.
The 1860 Agricultural census shows William producing 200 lbs. of maple sugar or syrup. William probably had no idea that his great great grandfather Samuel Connable was most likely the person who refined or engineered the way to extract maple syrup: History of Bernardston and The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, And Literature for the Year
William was a widow at age 64. At 70 he lived with his son and family in Wadena Minnesota. At 75 he was living with a daughter in Lane, Oregon.

Obed Gaines married Leydia Connable > William Newcomb Gaines married Sarah Swain > Mary Ella Gaines married James Davis Miller  > William Earl Miller married Lola Miller > Faber Miller married Gladys Cable Miller.

Lewis and Clark Expo James Davis and Mary Ella Gaines Miller 1905

Portland Fair 1905James Davis Miller and Mary Ella Gaines Miller (2nd great grandparents) , in 1905 left Butler County, Iowa for the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon. Mary Ella’s sisters Florence and Jeanette and maybe a brother were living in Oregon at that time.

PDX History documents the Exposition with photos, postcards, links. The Lewis and Clark Expo on Flickr contains 26 photos one of them the Agricultural Palace which I’m sure JD and Mary Ella visited.


Agricultural Palace 1905 Lewis and Clark Expo in Portland.


In June of 1922, Mary Ella and James’s son William with wife Lola (great grandparents), son Faber (grandfather) and daughter Florence (great aunt)  took an auto vacation to Northern Wisconsin. In the 1920s auto travel for the common man was just beginning so this auto trip was pretty big news.