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Samuel Gaston
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Birth: Oct. 16, 1787
Chester County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1826
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA

Samuel Gaston was born in the Lancaster, Chester District of South Carolina on the 16th day of October 1787. His parents were William and Mary (née McClure) Gaston; whose parents were early American settlers and patriots of the Revolution War; William served in Capt. McClure's Carolina Militia Turkey Creek Regiment at the Battle of Hanging Rock. Samuel was the brother of Margaret Ann Gaston Kell (1783-1831), Ann Gaston Rainey(1784-1867), William Gaston II (1786-1869), John Rankin Gaston (1795-1840), Elizabeth Gaston Carson (1796-1845), Mary Ann Gaston White Hillhouse (1798-1843).

Education played an important part in Samuel's life by his Scots-Irish Presbyterian parents and attended the College of Charleston at the age of sixteen; where he studied law. In 1805, Samuel married his second cousin, Esther Waugh Gaston, daughter of John Gaston II and Jannet (née Knox) Gaston. John's parents were known American patriots during the Revolutionary war and charter members of Burnt Meeting House in Chester, South Carolina. During their years together, Samuel and Esther had nine children.

Around 1809 Samuel and Esther emigrated west; first settling in the Indiana Territory. In 811, Samuel enlisted in the 4th Regiment of the Indiana Militia-mounted Rifles and served there through the War of 1811/1812.

By early 1818, Samuel had moved the family to Jefferson County Illinois and had purchase over 16,000 acres of land. Here he farmed and lived out his days.

Samuel Gaston died on March 1st 1826 at the young age of 38 years old.
Family links: 
  William Gaston (1757 - 1838)
  Esther Waugh Gaston Gaston (1792 - 1854)
  Jane Gaston Andrews (1807 - 1878)*
  Margaret Ann Gaston Huff (1811 - 1863)*
  Elizabeth Gaston Buffington (1813 - 1905)*
  Louisa Gaston Breeze (1815 - 1850)*
  Martha Gaston Bingaman (1818 - 1837)*
  Lucinda Gaston Shelton (1821 - 1898)*
  Emily Gaston (1822 - 1823)*
  John Gaston (1825 - 1826)*
  Ann R. Gaston Rainey (1784 - 1867)*
  William Gaston (1786 - 1869)*
  Samuel Gaston (1787 - 1826)
  John Rankin Gaston (1790 - 1840)*
  Sarah McClure Gaston Cunningham (1792 - 1834)*
  Elizabeth Gaston (1796 - 1831)*
*Calculated relationship

Mar. 1, 1826
38 y. 4 m. 13 d.

Note: Stone inscription provide by Jefferson County historian Fred Justice back in the 1960's
Baldridge Cemetery
Rome Township
Jefferson County
Illinois, USA
Created by: GMG
Record added: Nov 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80078770

- Pam Rozar
 Added: May. 19, 2016

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