Maria Bruard was the 2nd wife of John Julius Gause.
In his will, John Julius Gause directed that a sum of money be reserved from his estate sufficient enough to build a family tomb for the interment of his remains and that of his family named in his will.
He requested his executors to place his own remains therein, those of his two deceased wives (Maria was the second deceased wife), his father, Mr. and Mrs. Bruard (his second wife's parents) and his children that were already interred in the old burying ground.
He had outlived his first wife and his second wife, Maria Theresa Bruard, daughter of John B. Bruard, who was the first postmaster of Little River, S.C. Bruard was so fond of his son-in-law that he made John Julius Gause his sole heir. In turn, Gause provided space for the Bruards to be moved to his tomb.
Whether they or John Julius' father were ever buried in the tomb has not been verified but believed to be true.
Photographs of the Gause tomb can be seen at the John Julius Gause memorial # 86282634.
A tablespoon in the North Carolna room in the Confederate Museum in Richmond, Virginia, is part of the Gause family history.
The original owners of the spoon were John Julius's in-laws, Mr. and Mrs Bruard. They buried the spoon during the Revolutionary War. When it was dug up after the war, the Brouards gave it to their daughter, Maria and her husband, John Julius, who passed it down through the family.
During the Civil War, their daughter, Margaret, again buried the spoon. This time it was in Alabama. Her daughter, Emily, donated it to the museum.