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Welcome to the website of the Gaither-James family. We are proud to be the descendants of two primary ancestors: Catoe James and Arthur Gaither.

Catoe James was thought to be born in Barbados in 1802. He married Nancy Inmon (born in Virginia in 1805). Catoe and Nancy James became the parents of Daniel, Wyatt, Reuben, Isaac and Catoe James.

Reuben Gaither was born in 1818, and sold into slavery in South Carolina. He married Edie Doby (born in 1830) in South Carolina, and they became the parents of ten children: Flora, Louise, Ellen, Absalom, Green, Arthur, Laura, John, Edie and James (Jim) Gaither.

The offspring of these two families have inter-married at various points over the years. We celebrate both parts of our heritage as we continue to develop and fill in our family tree.

We have come together as a family to visit and fellowship since 1974. We owe our present reunions to the vision of a group of family members including Albert W. Gaither, Louise James Worthy, Mary Robinson, Felmon Gaither, Elease Murdock and Ernest Gaither, who wanted family visits to be a source of joy and affirmation, not just a time when we gathered to honor and bury our dead. Our reunions have grown from kinship celebrations into friendships and opportunities for community service and outreach. Over the years, we have gathered in numerous cities across North America, returning periodically to South Carolina, the place where so many of our family members have roots.

We continue to honor our history and heritage and to contribute as a family to present and future generations. We welcome family and friends to share with us.

For now, if you have questions or suggestions, click here and fill out the form. And we will get back with you as soon as we can. Thank you for stopping by!


"Rooted in our Heritage,
Walking in Faith,
Building toward the Future"

45th Annual Reunion
Washington, DC
July 4 - 7, 2019

Greetings Family Members:

Happy New Year and Blessings! I hope this letter finds you well. The excitement is in the air and plans are already in place for the 45th Gaither-James Family Reunion, July 4 - 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. We are excited about the reunion being held in the nation's capital during the celebration of this country's independence and look forward to your presence.


We have secured rooms at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel for $129 per night plus tax (single and double rooms will be available). Make your reservations now!!! Reservations must be guaranteed with a valid major credit/ debit card. You may reserve your rooms online with this link:

You will have the opportunity to participate in our raffle to win one free night's stay at the hotel. More details will be available in the near future.

All hotel reservations and raffle entries must be received by May 17, 2019.

2019 will mark the 45th anniversary of our family coming together to bond and share our rich history. At past reunions, we have shared pictorial, verbal and some written history of our family heritage. This year, we would like for you to be able to relive and enjoy that history even after the reunion is over.

Annual Dues for every family member are $10 per person. Even if you cannot attend this year's reunion, please mail your payment. Dues may be sent directly to our Treasurer George R. Coulter at 1129 Micott Dr., Hampton, VA 23666.

For up to date information, please visit the 2019 reunion website at Further updates and downloadable versions of the reunion forms will also be posted on our family website at

Please email all questions and information to To be added to the mailing list, please email us or use the "contact" link on the website. We were missing some last year so don't hesitate to share this information with other family members. More information and an activity form will follow soon.

Blessings and Best Wishes for 2019!

Very Truly Yours,

LaKisha Nickens-Gaither - Co-Chair
Sharon Ondeje - Co-Chair

Washington, DC Reunion Planning Committee 815 Grand Champion Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

View and download more information on the 2018 Reunion using the link below:

2019 Information Page

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