John Gaston

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John Gaston

Richburg, Chester County, South Carolina, USA
Death 21 Oct 1855 (aged 76)
Gastonburg, Wilcox County, Alabama, USA
Burial Gastonburg, Wilcox County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 54080287 · View Source
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John Gaston, son of Hugh and Martha [née McClure] Gaston, was born in Chester, South Carolina. He was named for his paternal grandfather John Gaston, well known Justice of the Peace for the Chester District, South Carolina; first appointed by King George III and retained that position during the revolutionary war.

On July 28, 1807, John Gaston married Mary Kirkpatrick with whom he had nine known children:
Hugh (1808-1835)
Martha Jane (1810-1861)
Robert Kirkpatrick (1812-1881)
Mary Celina (1814-)
John (1818-1840)
Ebenezer (1820-1885)
Elizabeth Jane (1822-1859)
Rev. Thomas Alexander (1825-1892)
David Finis (1828-1895)

Around 1815, John emigrated with his growing family west and settled in Wilcox County, Alabama around 1825. There he built a large plantation home in 1830. Once settled, John's parents came to live out their days. John Gaston being a lifelong Presbyterian; built the first Presbyterian church in Wilcox County.

John Gaston departed this life on October 21st 1855 at the age of 76 years, 6 months and 11 days old. He was buried in old Shell Creek Cemetery near his parents and several of his siblings.

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who was born
April 19th 1779
and died Oct. 21st

"A Holy quiet reigns around. A Calm which life, nor death destroys. Nothing disturbes that peace profound which his unfettered soul enjoys."


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