Re: 17th Century Gaines Family of Virginia, A Review of the Records
Correction to my previous post:
"The areas where I disagree with his material are where he speculated about family connections between men with similar surnames in *17th* century Virginia based on very limited court records."
In regard to your question about the marriage of Mildred Gaines and William Menefee, if the marriage occurred circa 1746, then it did not occur in Shenandoah or Rappahannock counties, since those counties had not been formed yet. At that point in time, there were branches of the Gaines family in at least the following counties: Essex, Spotsylvania, Orange, Prince William, etc. I do not believe that there are extant marriage registers for that period in any of these counties. I suggest that you consult the surname index books prepared by the Sparacios and J. F. Dorman for references to William Menefee. These books list all references to people (grantor, grantee, land references, witnesses, etc.) of a given name for all court records abstracted by these authors. They are a very useful finding tool. If you are able to locate William Menefee circa 1746, then you might be able to connect Mildred Gaines to the correct parents.