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The Spanish version of Gines is Gines. The name makes its most notorious appearance in Spanish as the moniker of the ringleader of a gang of condemned galley slaves in the novel Don Quixote. Of course, the Spanish Gines is not a homonym of the Welsh-English or German name of similar spelling.
The French roots of the name Gines seem to be in the name Guion. The metamorphosis in North America may looked like this:
Some evidence to support that theory may be found in the migration of a large number of people named Guion to New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina. The original settlers were francophone Swiss. Some of the Guion immigranyts eentiually moved on to New Rochelle, New York in the mid-18th century. It was from New Rochelle that Revoltuioonaryn War figure Issac Guion came. After the war, Capt Guion was dispayched to secure the Mississippi Valley for the United States. He went to Natchez via Memphis, and Guion family members are found in both places.
Acording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the name GINES was represented by the following demographic data in the 2000 census:
Rank among “common names” 11621 [names occurrimg more than 100 times]
Number of Occurrences 2468
Proportion per 100,000 (%) 0.92
Cum’l Prop per 100,000 69697.76 [number per 100,000 with this name and others]
% White 37.13
% Black 16.10
% Asian/Pacific Islander 15.78
%Amer. Indian/Alaska Native 0.28
% Two or More Races 2.18
% Hispanic 28.53
EARLY AMERICAN SETTLERS: The Maryland State Archives record one Joel Gines as the owner of 208 acres in Anne Arundel County in 1787. The 1810 Federal Census has John Gines in Johnston County, North Carolina. These early settlers may have come from Warwickshire, England, the county which includes Loxley (Robin Hood’s birthplace in legend), Stratford-upon-Avon (where Shakespeare lived) and, more importantly today, the industrial city of Birmingham.
In America today, there are at least five Gines family groups:
1. The Midwestern Gines families: These families are largely descendants of German and English immigrants in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Their genealogy has been well-documented by Ron Gines. (Ron and his mother, Wanda L. Gines, have published a two-volume book called Our Brink Heritage ( Gynzer Publishing, Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 98-71249, ISBN 1-57502-784-4), available at most libraries.)
2. The LDS Gines families: Centered in Utah and Idaho, these familiesy were among the founders of the LDS cmmunity in Woodland, Utah. These families comprise the largest Gines family group in America today. They trace their origins to the German-English Midwestern Gines family group.
The first ancestor of our Gines family that I found was be Richard William (“Dick”) Gines, born in Louisiana in about 1860. There is some evidence that his father was born in South Carolina. Dick lived for awhile with his brother Ed and Ed’s wife, Adlade, in Shreveport. He also worked as a laborer in the household of Edmond Morris, a Negro from North Carolina. In 1883, he married Sylvia LeJay, whose parents, Lewis LeJay and Syntrilla Brayboy, also had roots in South Carolina. In Shreveport, Dick was a fireman at an electrical roundhouse. He and Sylvia raised ten children. The family spread to the Midwest in about 1920 when two of Dick’s sons, William Edward Gines (“Eddie”), and Henry Willie Gines, headed north to Kansas City.
Acknowledgements: Principal Sources for information on the following pages include–
º Delorise Annrie Gines, The 2004 Gines Family Calendar, (unpublished) Copyright © 2004, The Descendants of Richard Gines & Sylvia LeJay.
° US Dept of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Federal Censuses for Louisiana, 1870-1910.