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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

More About - Who is ES Maynard

By Sue Meinyer Rocha, Ed. D. 

E. S. Gwin was Samuella Gwin. According to the book Virginia Cousins: A Study of the Ancestry and Posterity of John Goode of Whitby, a Virginia Colonist of the Seventeenth Century, With Notes Upon Related Families, a Key to Southern Genealogy, and a History of the English Surname Gode, Goad, Goode, or Good by G. Brown Good, Samuella Gwin was born on July 29, 1837 in Richmond, Virginia. 

Samuella Gwin was related to a very prominent family in American history. Her grandfather was Rev. James Gwin, a famous Methodist minister, who served under Rev. William McKendree, the first nativeborn Methodist bishop in America. Rev. James Gwin also served as a soldier on the frontier under General Andrew Jackson (who later became President Jackson). He and Andew Jackson remained friends throughout their lives. 

Col. Samuel Gwin was Rev. James Gwin’s second born child. Col. Samuel Gwin fought under Andrew Jackson, and his days as a soldier effected his health. By 1831, his wife was ill with consumption, and he was advised that her only hope was to take her to a warmer climate. He asked for President Andrew Jackson’s assistance, and he was appointed as Register of the Lane Office in Mississippi. Col. Gwin was appointed to the new Land Office in Choccchuma, Mississippi. Senator Pointdexter resented the appointment, and Judge Isaac Caldwell, a former partner of Senator Lynch Pointdexter’s law practice, sided with Pointdexter. Eventually, a dual between Col. Gwin and Judge Caldwell occured in June 1836. Judge Caldwell was shot, and died within a few hours of the dual. Col. Samuel Gwin was shot through the lungs, but survived the dual, and lived another couple of years. Col. Gwin’s wife, Edith, died in 1837. Col. Gwin died on July 25, 1838, while he was in New Orleans. No information has been found at this point about what happened to Samuella from 1838 to 1850. 

As per the 1850 Census record for Warren County, Mississippi, Samuella lived with Elizabeth and her husband, James C. Mosby. This was Elizabeth Gwin Mosby, who was the daughter of Rev. James Gwin and his wife, Mary Adair McAdams Gwin. Elizabeth Gwin Mosby was also Col. Samuel Gwin’s sister, and Samuella’s aunt.

In the late 1850s, Samuella Gwin lived with her uncle, Senator William McKendree Gwin and his family. William McKendree Gwin, who was named after Rev. William McKendree by his father, Rev. James Gwin, was Col. Samuel Gwin’s brother. Samuella was adopted by Senator William McKendree Gwin, and throughout the late 1850s, he helped Samuella obtain control over her estate, which was valued at $50,000.

John C. Maynard was a native of Richmond, Virginia. He arrived in California in the early 1850s. 

John C Maynard married Samuella Gwin September 20, 1855 in San Francisco.

The 1860 US Census shows that she was married and living with him, a child, and John C. Maynard’s brother, George F. Maynard.  George F. Maynard married Sarah Parker, and they had a daughter, Blanche. In November, 1871, Blanche Maynard married the son of Senator William McKendree Gwin, William McKendree Gwin, Jr

Early in 1862, John C. Maynard returned to Virginia with Samuella and their children, where he became a quartermaster in the Confederate army.

Samuella died in on December 9th, 1862 in Warsaw, Virginia; she was 26 years old. Her funeral was held on December 11, 1862 at the St. Peter’s Cathedral in Richmond, Virginia.  Since St. Peter’s Cathedral was located in Richmond, Virginia, near St. Paul’s Cathedral and cemetery, it is believed that Samuella may have been buried there.


  • Virginia Colonist of the Seventeenth Century, With Notes Upon Related Families, a Key to Southern Genealogy, and a History of the English Surname Gode, Goad, Goode, or Good.
  • Richmond enquirer, Richmond Virginia, June 24, 1836, page 4, column2.
  • Cisco, Jay Guy. “Colonel Samuel in Historic Sumner County, Tennessee. 1909. Retrieed from:
  • “FATAL DUAL”. Richmond enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, June 24, 1836, page 4, column 2 1860 US Census, Township 3, San Mateo, California; Roll: M653_65; Page: 83 (1)
  • San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, June 27, 1901, page 1
  • Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, September 24, 1855, page 2, column 5
  • Daily dispatch, Richmond, Virginia, March 12, 1862, page 4, column 2
  • Daily dispatch, Richmond, Virginia, December 10, 1862, page 2, column 2

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