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Re: William Crawford Gorgas 1854-1920
Posted by: Emiliano Gorgas Date: February 23, 1999 at 17:35:32
In Reply to: William Crawford Gorgas 1854-1920 by Dave Williams of 261

Dave Williams,

My research of the Gorgas family indicate that Sir Joeph Gorgas, b. 1788?, and his wife Sophia (Atkinson) Gorgas were the parents of Brigadier General Josiah Gorgas (1818-1883), a Confederate Officer during the U. S. Civil War. He was a West Point Graduate, who resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army, as the Ordnance and Munitions Officer.

My great grandfather, Samuel Gorgas, a Spaniard, Navy Captain in the Royal Spanish Armada colaborated with his cousin BG Josiah Gorgas by providing him with guns, gunpowder and ammunition to help the Southern Cause.

Willy, Major General William Crawford Gorgas (1854-1920), a physician, became the United States Army Surgeon. Dr Gorgas was instrumental in the eradication of the mosquito that caused the Yellow Fever and Maria during the construction of the Panama Canal.

You may find more information about the Gorgas family by going to: WWW.hotbot.com and then Selecting William Crawford Gorgas "exact phrase".

A little history: BG Josiah Gorgas ancestors came to the new world in 1680, and settled in the New England area. The parents of Joseph Gorgas came from Holland. His ancestors were Spaniards who migrated to Holland during Spain's control over Holland and the Low Countries.

Sir Ferdinando Gorges, a cousin of Joseph Gorgas, was the owner of the State of Maine. You may want to look-up the history of Sir Ferdinando Gorges also.

The Gorgas/Gorges/Gorgias are related.
The Gorgias name was changed to other variants such as Gorgas or Gorges according to the pronunciation of the name in the various new countries where the Gorgias migrated to. The origin of the name is Italian, dating back over 2500 years.

If I can be of any further assistance,please let me know at:

Email: egorelp@aol.com

Sincerely,

Emiliano Gorgas

If I can be of any further assistance, please let me know.



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