Below is a verbatim passage I received from Marvin Anderson, a Gaither researcher.I am posting it here with his permission.I had failed to mention in first post, that the photos I saw appeared to have been taken in Oakland, CA.Given the Oakland connection Marv mentions below, I believe he at at least positively identifies the branch of the Gaither family in question.Again, the photos were of an older woman (Mrs. Thomas Gaither) and a 13 were old girl, Ruth Gaither.The photos were taken in 1895.
"I can tentatively identify your (photographs of) Thomas and Ruth Gaither as likely being the family of a Thomas Gaither who married a Rebecca Perry on December 19, 1843. This family lived on Cathedral Street in the City of Annapolis as late as July 15, 1905 (when one of them died).They had children: Thomas E. (who later lived in Oakland, California); William P. (born about 1854); and Ruth A., who died on Jan. 19, 1897, after she had married Charles M. McLeod (who was a clerk to the Naval Academy Superintendent).The son, William P., was a railroad conductor, who married Nov. 11, 1875, Laura V. Davis (born about 1857, died July 23, 1888). They had children: Ruth Anna, born Sept. 28, 1876, married Charles Himmelheber; Ruby Rebecca, born Feb. 5, 1879; and Carrie Harwood, born Nov. 5, 1881, died Sept. 5, 1882.The Himmelhebers were married in New York City on December 27, 1900, and had six children (the most recent in 1914), all according to the popular Annapolis, Maryland Families (1979) by the late Robert Harry McIntire (Gateway Press, Inc., of Baltimore, Md.), available in many family history libraries. While this volume had many inaccuracies and omissions, occasionally it is right.The six children of Ruth Anna Gaither and Charles Himmelheber are there listed by their names and some of their dates, etc. (but the line is not "down to date").Because of the presence in two successive generations of this family of the female name, Ruth, as well as the name, Thomas, I believe these are the people of whom you presumably have photographs."