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Gaines, Richard W.

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Gaines, Richard W.
March 16, 2007 04:04PM
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by
William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, p. 371.

RICHARD W. GAINES, M. D., one of the oldest and worthiest physicians of
the city, as born in Charlotte County, Va., July 5,1815; he is the only
child of Richard W. and Nancy (Morton) Gaines, both of whom were natives
of Virginia. His mother died of pulmonary disease when he was but a few
weeks old, and his father afterward married Miss Anna White, who bore
him seven children; the eldest of these was Gen. John W. Gaines, who
died in Trigg County, Ky., January 13, 1884. Dr. R. W. Gaines was
reared on the farm under the beneficient influence of pious parents, and
was educated in the Randolph Macon College of Mecklenburgh County, Va.,
of which his father was an early patron and founder. He graduated in
1833, and in 1834 entered the Transylvania Medical College of Lexington,
Ky., graduating in 1837. From the latter date to 1853 he practiced his
profession in Charlotte Court House, Va., during which time he acquired
an enviable reputation; he came to Hopkinsville, Ky., in 1853, since
which time he has had a very successful practice, in which he is still
actively engaged; he possesses, to a remarkable degree, the sympathetic
nature and refined sensibilities so neessary to the true physician,
deriving vastly more enjoyment in being able to relieve the suffering
than in receiving their remuneration for his services. He is an ex-
President of the State Medical Society, is a member of the American
Medical Association, and also of the Christian County Medical
Association; he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the
Southern Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. He was first married in
Virginia to Sarah E., daughter of Col. James P. Marshall. She was born
in Charlotte County, Va., and died in 1861, leaving no children. He
afterward married Mary C., daughter of Richard I. Gaines of the same
county. She died in Hopkinsville in August, 1880. His present wife,
Sallie M. Adkerson, to whom he was married June 28, 1883, is a daughter
of John H. Adkerson, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., where she was born in 1855.

Gaines Morton White Marshall Adkerson
Charlotte-VA Trigg-KY Mecklenburgh-VA Lexington-Fayette-KY TN

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