I'm helping someone who is researing her family and the saves they owned. Just a little info on why I am interested in Gaines.... I have had some very good luck in researching the slaves that were owned by her ancestors. Just within the last couple of weeks I found some bio info on one of the other slaves owned by the same ancestor as Mariah.He recounted how the master had run into some very serious financial difficulties and was on the verge of having some (or all) of his slaves auctioned off to pay his debts.Under the circumstances, the Master really couldn't give them their freedom - so it appears that he just turned his back and told them to run rather than have them sold to a Master who might mistreat them. This was in Kenturky.