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Re: "GAUSE, TEXAS, A Legacy in Pieces"
Posted by: CARLENE MURRAY (ID *****1722) Date: January 31, 2003 at 07:36:56
In Reply to: Re: "GAUSE, TEXAS, A Legacy in Pieces" by Michael Little of 1028

I have found a couple of the names you mentioned:
"Roy Ivan FULLER and Lillie SEELKE by Mary Jo Butler Hux
Great-great-great-great grandfather Tom FULLER came from England to Virginia. His wife from Wales to Virginia. Later they moved to Alabama and died there. The had one son, John FULLER, my great-great-great grandfather. His wife was Elizabeth RHODEN; she came from England to Alabama. They had one child, Solomon Anderson FULLER. Soloman fought in the Civil War frour years. He married Louise PAYNE; they had five children. They came to Texas in 1866 and settled in McLennan County on Tehuacana Creek. Solomon's father had a toll bridge across the creek and a little store on the creek bank. The bridge washed away and the little store burned to the ground. My great-great grandfather, George Monroe FULLER, was one of Solomon's five children. George Monroe married Martha Jane WOODARD. They had a son who was my grandfather. His name was Roy Ivan FULLER.
Roy Ivan FULLER was born in McLennan County in 1887. His family moved to Rockdale, Milam County, in 1907. He married my grandmother,k Lillie SEELKE, born 1894. Her parents, Henrietta SCHUZE and August SEELKE came from Germany.
To this union nine children were born: Tempie, Mary, Sadie,Elizabeth, Henrietta (Polly), Roy Leon "Bud", Lillian, Geraldine and Barbara. Geraldine died in infancy and was buried in Gause Cemetery. Tempie, the oldest, remembers the family moved to Gause in a covered wagon when she was four years old. They arrived at her Uncle Herman Lange, Sr.'s home on the Brazos River near the railroad bridge crossing the International Great Northern Railroad, now the Missouri Pacific Railroad."
(SIDE NOTE: I skipped a paragraph that actually was about the Lange's homesite & not about Fuller family.)
"Roy and Lillie were sharecroppers and lived on several farms before owning their own farm in Oklahoma Settlement where they retired. After several years of illness, Roy died March 19, 1975. Lillie followed on February 16, 1982. They are buried in the Gause Cemetery. Regretably, the only son of Roy and Lillie has broken this Fuller name chain after six generations of Fuller male heirs."
(SIDE NOTE: Bud FULLER worked with my dad and my uncle in the oilfield as a "roughneck" for some time. We travelled all over the state of Texas following "boom" towns.)

ZEPH LUCE FAMILY by Robert E. Luce 1996
In 1874 Zeph LUCE purchased a farm, located approximately one mile from the town of Gause, for $400 from B. R. Thompson from land granted to him by the State of Texas by papers signed by Governor Woods. Zeph LUCE had three wives, all of whom preceded him in death. One of them is buried in the Smyrna Cemetery between Gause and Milano. Zeph's children wer Leona LUCE GIDLEY, Annie LUCE GREATHOUSE, and Joe, Walter, Frank, Dora, Zora, Hubbard and Earl LUCE, as well as a number of stepchildren.
After Zeph's death in 1917, the farm was split up under the terms of his will, as administered by Allen Varner. Zeph's son Hubbard lived in the home built by Zeph and farmed the soil until his death in 1940. In 1952 Zeph's grandson, Robert E. LUCE, obtained the remaining 50 acres of the Zeph LUCE farm and still owns it today.
Hubbard was married to Nellie Elizabeth STOVAL of Cedar Creek, nbear Milano and lived in Gause all of this life. Their children are: Ethel, who was married to Bob BLAND; Woodrow, married to Neva, lives in Austin; Ruby, married to Francis HICKMAN, lived in Austin until her death on July 4, 1993; Walter married to Hilda, lived in San Francisco and operated a bakery until his death; Louise, Married to Russell OSANTOWSKI, lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, until her death; Lola, married to Manny BENTO, lives in San Mateo, California; Kendall, who was married to Kaye until her death, is a retired CM/Sgt U.S. Air Force and lives in Biloxi, Mississippi; Robert (Bob) married to Kay, lives in Austin and is a land developer; and Eva Nell died in 1937 as an infant.
Hubbard and Nellie are buried in the Gause Cemetery, along with two of their children, Eva NELL and Ethel LUCE BLAND.
Hubbard's brother, Earl, moved to the town of Littlefield in West Texas, where he was a very successful cotton farmer and John Deere tractor dealer. He is buried in Ozark, Arkansas. He and his wife Cassie had one daughter, Elizabeth.
Of the remaining children of Zeph Luce, no history is known."
(SIDE NOTE: I had a paternal g-aunt who was married to a LUCE. I don't know if he was part of "your" LUCE family, or not. Her name was Ada LIGHT LUCE married to Nathan LUCE. I don't know any more about him, but I could ask my aunt who still lives in Gause. She and her son probably know as much, or more, about Gause history than anyone alive now. I hope this information has helped you....please let me know. Good luck in your search.)

Carlene Murray

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