If you think anyone would enjoy reading this I have permission from a Gainer descendant to
send it. This is as it was written on the invitation to the Gainer Family Reunion.
Below is a letter from William Gainer to Jane Watts nearly 18 months before they were
married by the Rev. George Franklin. He was a 24 year-old surveyor and mathematician. (I
was told by one of our best family researchers he helped Andrew Jackson survey Old US
Highway 1 which goes through Jackson CO, FL. LMG)
"Whereas it was the divine will of Nature's God, in the creation to sow in
my heart, the seeds of love, and it sprung up at an early period and watered by sweet
illusions, that amiable deceiver that leads men on step by step through the thoughtless
estate of youth and solaces then while under the greatest distresses; and it grew and
extended its branches to east and west hemispheres, and the tope thereof was elevated to
above the horizons. While in this dignified position, it viewed all the world over for a
temple, wherein it might forever in safety dwell and at last settled on you. No remedy
that I could apply would turn it away, for you attracted my mind, as the mineral attracts
the magnetic needle. I therefore appeal to the Supreme Judge of the World for the
rectitude of my intentions for my affections were placed only on you and no event could
I therefore thought proper to disclose to you the important secret."
July 24, 1811
Jane Watts was the daughter of John Watts of Washington CO, GA and the sister of Betsy
Watts Daniel, wife of William Daniel 1760/1770.