Posted By:scott carson
Subject:John R. Gaston
Post Date:July 26, 2005 at 19:05:01
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This is updated data for any Gaston researcher who may be interested in the family of John R. Gaston and Elizabeth Carson.

John Rankin GASTON, son of William GASTON and Mary McCLURE, born 1794-1800 in Chester Co./District, SC, died prior to 1850 in Bond Co., IL. He married Elizabeth "Betsy" CARSON, 9 Jan 1816 in Christian Co., KY, daughter of John CARSON and Jane WILSON, born 7 September 1794 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, died 15 December 1872 in Newton County, MO, burial at Culp Cemetery, Stella, Newton Co., MO.

I have found no census record for John R. GASTON in Christian Co., KY, although later censuses show that their children were all born in Kentucky. It is my personal opinion that at the time the 1820 U.S. Census was taken, John R. GASTON and Elizabeth CARSON were residing with John’s father, William GASTON Sr.

1820 U.S. Census, Christian Co., KY, page 30, line 16:
William GASTON – 100101- 00101
I believe these to be: William C. GASTON, b. 24 Dec. 1817, (male under age 10); John R. GASTON, b. ca. 1794, (male 19 -26 years of age); William GASTON Sr., b. 10 July 1757, (male over 45 years of age); Elizabeth (CARSON) GASTON, b. 7 Sept. 1794, (female age 14 – 26); Mary (McCLURE) GASTON, b. 1758, (female over 45 years of age).

1830 U. S. Census, Bond Co., IL, page 208, line 6:
John R. GASTON – 1 male under age 5; 1 male age 10-15; 1 male age 30-40; 1 female under age 5; 2 females age 5-10; 1 female age 10-15; 1 female age 30-40.

In the amended pension declaration dated 23 September 1833, William Gaston, Sr. stated that "he had a record of his age made in his own Bible, and that he gave the Bible to his son John [John R. GASTON] who lives on Shoal Creek, Bond County in this State [Illinois]." (Re: Rev. War pension file #S32265 of William Gaston 1757-1838). It might be interesting to note that there is also a Shoal Creek in Barry County, Missouri. I have often wondered if it was not one of our early ancestors, who migrated to Barry County in the late 1830’s that may have named the stream. And perhaps the name had originated from the Shoal Creek in Bond County, Illinois?

My Note, SBC: The last record that I have located involving John R. GASTON is dated 7 October 1843, on which date he is mentioned in a partition of real estate of his late father-in-law, John CARSON (Re: Bond Co., IL Deed Book G, Pp. 34–36). On 6 November 1841, he signed (his mark) a statement of distribution of the Estate of John CARSON (Re: Probate records, Bond Co., IL; Estate of John Carson 1840; Box 37B.):

Bond County Illinois Nov 6th 1841

Rec’d of A.C. Mackay Administrator of the Estate of John Carson Dec’d, the sum of seventy dollars which added to eighty dollars before rec’d, makes the sum of one hundred & fifty dollars Rec’d of said Estate with this condition that on the sale of the land of said estate I will refund to said Administrator – out of my divides of said land whatsoever he has paid me more than my true share of the money in his hands on the final settlement of said Estate subject to distribution

                                                        John R. (his mark) Gaston

On 26 September 1850 (1850 Bond Co., IL U. S. Census), Elizabeth is shown living in the home of Howell SUGG husband of her recently deceased sister, Eleanor (CARSON) SUGG.
1850 U.S. Census, Bond County, IL.
Howell Sugg 40 M farmer TN.
Elizabeth Gasten 55 F NC.
Andrew J Gasten 9 M IL.
Josiah Sugg 13 M IL.
John M Sugg 9 M IL.
Nancy Sugg 3 F IL.
Jesse Sugg 1 M IL.

Issue: [Only children marked with an asterisk are proven]

*1 -1 William C. GASTON, born 24 Dec 1817 in Christian County, Kentucky, died 2 August 1904 in Miller County, Missouri. Burial in Eldon Cemetery, Miller Co., MO. He married (1) Lucinda FOREHAND 5 September 1839 in Montgomery County, Illinois. (2) Amanda M. PERKINS 7 November 1858 in Titus County, Texas, died 6 August 1884 in Titus County, Texas. Married (3) Mrs. Sarah SPENCER 13 January 1887 in Miller County, Missouri, born 1845, died 26 October 1925 in Etterville, Miller County, Missouri. Burial in Eldon Cemetery, Miller Co., MO.
My Note, SBC: Lucinda Gaston married (2) Edwin Brown 29 September 1854 or 21 November 1860. The marriage is listed twice in the Montgomery County marriage index. Maxine Wormer, the editor of the Marion Co. Gen. Society’s Quarterlies, stated William and Lucinda Gaston were divorced in 1855 (Re: Footprints in Marion County; Marion Co. Gen. & Hist. Society Quarterly; Vol. 14, issue #1, Summer 1989).

1-2 Stephen GASTON, born? , died? married 15 May 1835 in Montgomery Co., IL. Malinda OGDEN. No further information.

1-3 Elizabeth C. GASTON, born 1819, died 23 Sept 1843 in Montgomery Co., IL. Tombstone inscription from Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro, Montgomery County, IL: E. C. Hubbet, – Wife of E. B. Hubbet – September 23, 1843 – 24 years. She married 1 Oct 1840 in Montgomery Co., IL. E. B. HUBBEL, born ca. 1810, died 29 Apr 1890 in Montgomery Co., IL. Elizabeth was his second wife, and he is buried in a Hillsboro Cemetery with all three of his wives. Issue not known.

*1-4 Margaret Eleanor GASTON, born 10 Sept 1822 in KY, died 19 May 1894 in Newton County, Missouri. Burial in Culp Cemetery, Stella, Newton County, Missouri. She married (1) 29 Oct 1840 in Montgomery Co., IL David PHENIX born 1822 in Simpson Co., Kentucky, died 1852 in Montgomery Co., IL. Married (2) 19 Jan 1854 in Montgomery Co., IL William LAY. Married (3) 18 May 1855 in Montgomery Co., IL Frederick SILER born 26 Nov 1814 in North Carolina. Died 16 Mar 1884 Benton Township, Newton Co., MO. Burial Culp Cemetery, Stella, Newton Co., MO.

Issue from M/1:
1-4-1 Louisa Jane PHENIX, born 1841 in Montgomery Co., IL, died? She married John M. BENNET 17 Nov 1859 in Montgomery Co., IL. No further information.

1-4-2 James W. PHENIX , born 1844 in Montgomery Co., IL, died 29 Dec 1925 in Newton Co., MO. He married Mary Ann ROWLEY 9 Jul 1874 in McDonald Co., MO, born 1848 in Terre Haute, IN, died 1928 in Newton Co., MO.

1-4-3 Martha Elizabeth PHENIX, born 17 Jan 1846 in Montgomery Co., IL, died 23 Jan 1920 in Newton Co., MO, burial at Macedonia Cemetery, Newton Co., MO. She married James Madison ELKINS 1 Aug 1861 in Montgomery Co., IL, born 1838 in Calloway Co., KY, died 1923 in Newton Co., MO, burial at Macedonia Cemetery, Stella, Newton Co., MO.

1-4-4 Lucinda PHENIX, born 1849 in Illinois, died? She married Jerome B. WHITEFORD 2 Apr 1866 in Montgomery Co., IL. No further information.

1850 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., IL.
David FENIX 28 M farmer KY
Margaret 27 F KY
Louisa 9 F IL
James 6 M IL
Martha 4 F IL
Liz 5/12 F IL

1-5 Sarah Jane GASTON, born? , died?; married 5 Nov 1840 in Montgomery Co., IL. Jacob WHITEHEAD. No further information.

*1-6 Sarah M. GASTON, born about 1825 in Christian Co., KY, died 1891 in Illinois. She married Samuel M. VOYLES 20 February 1843 in Montgomery Co., IL, born 1821 in Tennessee, died 1893 in Illinois.

1850 U. S. Census, Madison Co., IL
Samuel M. VOYLES 29 M farmer TN
Sarah 28 F TN
Robert 7 M IL
John 5 M IL
William 3 M IL
Samuel 7/12 M IL

*1-7 John Carson GASTON, born ca. 1827 in Christian Co., KY, died 8 Jan 1847 in Matamoras, Mexico. He married Lucrisia Caroline CORLEW 11 June 1845 in Montgomery Co., IL. No issue. Note: After the death of John, Lucrisia (CORLEW) GASTON married (2) William BENNETT 20 Jan 1848 in Montgomery Co., IL.

Military Service: John C. Gaston, Mexican War, Private, Co. C 3rd Illinois Infantry Regiment. Place of enlistment not stated (Illinois State Archives).
Index to Old Wars Pension Files – Transcribed by Virgil D. White 1993
GASTON, John C. or John C. Gasten, widow Lucretia, WC-694 file #8134 filed in Sept 1849 in IL, service in Co. C 3rd IL Volunteers in the Mexican War as a Private.

Hillsboro Guide, Compiled by the Writer’s Program of the Works Projects Administration in the State of Illinois, Printed by the Montgomery News, 1940, Pp. 34-35:
       "In the Mexican War a company of ninety-six men commissioned by James McAdams, Thomas Rhodes and John Corlew joined a regiment commanded by Colonel Foreman of Vandalia. Fierce fighting for two years, hunger, and disease thinned the ranks of the company. An old Hillsboro newspaper contains the following:
Do you remember the gallant company of 96 men who left Montgomery County? Do you remember the gathering at Woodsboro, on the day of the departure when the fifes and drums were playing, and there where tears in the eyes of almost every man and woman? Do you remember that out of 96 gallant men, only forty-five returned to tell the fate of their comrades?"

*1-8 Andrew J. GASTON, born ca.1841-42 in Montgomery County, Illinois (1850 census), died 10 February 1864 in Kentucky. Military service in Union Army [Co. K, 122 Regt. Illinois Inf.], his date of death came from a pension application filed Sept. 1866 in Montgomery Co., IL by his mother, Elizabeth Gaston, b. 1794 in N. C.