Born: January 23, 1881, Hiram, Texas.
Died: June 3, 1937, Oakville, Tennessee.
Buried: Edmondson Cemetery, Southaven, Mississippi.
James was the son of Samuel Henry Gaines, and husband of Laurel Laughlin (married around 1904).
In 1900, he was living in Kauffman, Texas. He worked with the Trio and/or Quartet Music Companies in Waco, Texas. His daughter Mia was born in Texas around 1906, and his son Charles Life Gaines in Missouri around 1907.
The family moved to Tennessee by World War I, when Gaines was drafted for military service. After the war, he ran a music publishing company in Memphis, Tennessee.
If you know where to get a good photo of Gaines (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?