SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 431-433.
William J. Gause - The subject of this sketch is one who will live in the history of Milam county, not because of the circumstance of its having been given to one of the towns of the county, but because his personal worth is such that those among whom he has so long lived will not willingly let the story of his life be forgotten, but rather will transmit it to their descendants, and thus into perpetuity.
William J. Gause is a son of William Gause, who was a son of John Gause, the last named being a native probably of North Carolina. He was of German extraction, a descendant of one of those thrifty, peaceful people called “Pennsylvania Dutch.” By whom not only the great Keystone State but others of the original thirteen colonies were settled in the early days of the Republic.
John Gause is known to have served in the American Revolution, and family tradition credits him with having been a good soldier. He spent his later years in North Carolina where he was successfully engaged in planting.
William Gause, the father of William J. Gause, of this article, was born in North Carolina in the year of 1800. He grew up there, and at about the age of twenty, went to Alabama, locating in the vicinity of Montgomery, where he subsequently met, and in 1828, married Mary Ann Moseley, a daughter of Robert and Rebecca Moseley, who had moved from South Carolina to Alabama, about 1820 or 1825. For twenty years William Gause was successfully engaged in agriculture in Montgomery county, Alabama, when in the year 1840, in the prime and vigor of manhood, he died, deeply mourned by a family who profoundly loved him, and by a large number of friends to whom he had endeared himself by his useful services and genial nature. He had no civil or military record. Of him it can be recorded as the psalmist said of another: His ways were ways of pleasantness, and all his paths were peace. He had, however, a brother, John Gause, who was a man of public note in Alabama, in an early day, being one of the framers of the first State constitution, and both being ardent Whigs in the times when the political contest was between Whigs and Democrats. After the death of her husband, the widow of William Gause, accompanied by her two sons, William J. Gause and Robert B. Gause, came to Texas and settled in Harrison county, where she died about 1859. The brother, Robert B. Gause, is still a resident of east Texas, living in Marion county, where he is engaged in farming.
William J. Gause, with whom this notice is mainly concerned, was born in Montgomery county, Alabama, November 26, 1829. He was reared in his native county, and in his youth, had his advantages of a good common-school education, which he followed up, later on, with some study of the languages and the higher mathematics. Thus qualified for the discharge of the duties of man’s estate, he came to Texas in 1849 and cast his lot with the people of this new State.
From 1849 to 1855, he lived in Harrison county, where he had charge of his mother’s estate, which he managed successfully. Marrying at the age of twenty six, October 3, 1855, he purchased a tract of 500 acres of land, lying in the southeast part of Milam county, to which he moved a year later, and where he resided until 1872, when he bought his present place, on which he then settled, and where he has since resided.
Mr Gause has been actively engaged in farming all his life, and has met with a full measure of success. He owns 1,000 acres of land in this county, 250 acres of which are in cultivation, and all of it, more or less improved, well located and well stocked. He also conducts a mercantile business in the village of Gause, and is recognized as one of the financially solid men of that locality. He is a public spirited citizen, a man of liberal views, and also liberal with his means in fostering those enterprises which he believes will stimulate the material interests of his town and county, and add to their social and moral advancement. He has passed life’s summit, having reached that point in his career when his thoughts are largely of a reflective nature. Time and fortune have dealt kindly with him, and, his life having been well ordered, his reflections can not but be pleasant. All who know him accord him a high place in the community where he lives and pronounce his career an unqualified success.
Mr Gause’s wife, who yet abides with him, and to whose council and assistance he owes much of the success he has attained,as well as the most wholesome pleasures of his life, was born in Montgomery, county, Alabama, October, 8, 1835. Her maiden name was Lovedy A. Armstrong, she being a daughter of Martin M. and Harriet (Mosely) Armstrong, who were born, the father in Alabama and the mother in Georgia, and who were married in Alabama, about 1829.
Mr. And Mrs. Gause became the parents of seven children: Harriet A. Gause, now the wife of Captain F. M. Adams, of Milam county; Willie F. Gause, of Covington; Fannie L. Gause, wife of F. B. Bever, of Crockett, Texas; Annie Gause, wife of Ed Sanders, of Cameron; Willie Stonewall Gause, who died at the age of six; Catherine C. Gause and Robert B. Gause.
Mr. Gause and wife and several of their children are members of the Methodist Church, of which he was Steward for a number of years, and in which he was an active worker, especially in the Sunday-schools, both in the capacity of superintendent and teacher.
Mr. Gause’s life has been well ordered, and is worthy of mention in this connection. His temperate and moral habits are unexceptionable. He never indulged in the ruinous pastimes of youth, and hence he reached and has enjoyed manhood in physical health and with a sound and practical mind. In disposition he is genial and lively, full of hope and always looking on the bright side.
His devotion to his widowed mother was ever marked and is worthy of all praise. There could hardly ever be a better picture of filial affection, or one more radiant with love and tenderness than that of the stalwart young man, full of life and presumably with some of the waywardness of youth, eschewing all the pleasures and pastimes usually indulged in by those of his age and devoting his energies to the task of lifting from his mother the responsibilities of her widowhood. The same faithfulness and devotion have characterized his actions toward members of his own family, he bestowing upon them all the care and earnest solicitude of an affectionate husband and father.
We must say a special thank you to Doug Kirk of Waynesboro, TN, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.
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