My earliest known ancestor was George Geddis. According to the 1870 census he was born in South Carolina in 1799. All of my earliest known ancestor's were from the Sumter County, SC area. Since 1900 many of my relatives have moved to other parts of the county even though many still remain in SC. Over time the name of different branches of the family has taken on different variations of the original name. Some of the more common names are Gathers, Gettis, Gattis, Gethers, to name a few. If your family has any ties to Sumter County, SC there is a good chance we might be related. I do have a few relatives in Maryland but I am not in contact with them.