John Gaston, II was born Cloughwater, County Antrim, Ireland on the 24th of June 1745. He was the forth of twelve children of Justice John Gaston and Esther (née Waugh) Gaston.
In 1749, he emigrated to American with his family, first living in Pennsylvania before settling along Fishing Creek in Chester District South Carolina around 1751-2. Here John's father was appointed Justice of the Peace by King George III.
In 1768, John Gaston, II married Janet A. Knox, daughter of James and Elizabeth (née Craig) Knox. Jannet and her parents had just recently emigrated through Charleston from Glasgow, Scotland.
When the Revolution started in 1776, The Gaston Family proved to be ardent patriots. All joined in the fight for independence. John Gaston, II served under Capts. John McClure and John Steele in the South Carolina Militia from 1777 through 1782. He was present at the defeat of the British at Kings Mountain. Unfortunely, John lost three brothers, Robert, Ebenezer & David were killed at the Battle of hanging Rock and his brother, Joseph wounded. Throughout the revolution, John's wife, mother and sisters became notorious for their efforts defending freedom, as well.
During this time, John and Janet started a family with James (1777-1809), William (1779-1808), Elizabeth (1781-1853) and Esther (1792-1854). John Gaston became a leading resident of Chester and held vast land holdings. Like his father, Justice John, John II was a land surveyor.
Around 1800, John and Janet's children started to emigrate west to the Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois territories. John died at his home in Richburg on the 12th day of January 1808. In his will, probated July 1st 1808, John left his plantation to his wife and daughter Esther and monies to his other surviving daughter, Elizabeth.
John Gaston, II was my 5th great grandfather ~ GMG
Janet Knox Gaston
1742–1839 (m. 1768)