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Milam County, Texas

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T. J. Gassaway


SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 637 & 638.

T. J. Gassaway, of Jones Prairie, Milam county, was born in Talbot county, Georgia, in 1829, and when eight years of age his parents removed to Harris county, that State, where he resided until nearly grown. He was a farmer's boy and secured only such education as was afforded by the common country schools. At the age of twenty (1849) he went to Louisiana, location in what was then Claiborne, now Webster parish, where he commenced life for himself as an overseer, which occupation he followed for four years. By economy and industry he was enabled to lay up a small sum of money with which he embarked in farming, following the same peacefully until the troublous times of 1861.

The second year of the war he enlisted in the Minden Rangers, which was a company raise in Claiborne parish, and commanded by Captain "Fed" Wimberly. This command was placed on detached service, doing body guard and escort duty and hunting up deserters. On the expeditions undertaken by this command plenty of short, hot engagements at close hand were the order of the day for many consecutive days in the enemy's vicinity. It was lucky enough to escape with the loss of only one man during the entire expeditions, that being at Iuka, Mississippi, when the regiment was cut off and attacked singly. Their surrender occurred at the close of the was at Gainesville, Alabama. At the close of the war Mr. Gassaway returned home and engaged again in agriculture. Desiring a more open country for his operations, he came to Texas in 1874, settling in Milam county, where he has since resided.

Mr. Gassaway is a son of James Gassaway, who was born in Georgia in 1782, where he became a large and successful farmer and at death left a good estate. He was an industrious, moral good man and made a lasting and favorable impression on his descendants. He married Eliza Lockett, a daughter of David Lockett, of Georgia, whose wife was Mary Wommack.

Mrs. Gassaway was one of nine children as follows: Abner Lockett, James Lockett, Kittie Lockett, Sallie Lockett, Tyra Lockett, Ellington Lockett, Eliza Lockett, (mother of our subject), Mary Lockett and Martha Lockett.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. Gassaway were as follows: David Gassaway, who married Miss Rebecca Eaves, daughter of L. P. Eaves; John Gassaway; Abner Gassaway; Nancy Ann Gassaway, who was married to Freeman Rozier; and T. J. Gassaway, our subject. James Gassaway died in 1843, and his wife in 1855.

T. J. Gassaway married Susan Fuller, who was born in Georgia, a daughter of Elder James Fuller, then a resident of Claiborne, now Webster parish, Louisiana. Mr. and Mrs. Gassaway were the parents of the following children: James Gassaway; Mary Gassaway, wife of W. H. Smith, of Limestone county, and John Gassaway.

Mrs. Gassaway died in 1885, and two years later Mr. Gassaway married Mrs. S. A. Pond, the widow of William A. Pond, who was born in Alabama and came to Texas in 1858. Her maiden name was Howell. By her first marriage Mrs. Gassaway became the mother of these children: Rosy Pond, wife of Henry C. White; Lucy Pond, wife of Samuel Smith; George Pond; Emma Pond, who married W. J. Myrick; Tennessee Pond, wife of Samuel McCrary, of Robertson county; Minnie Pond, wife of C. C. Cargill, of Jones prairie, and Monie Pond.

The family have a fine farm of 360 acres, 140 acres of which are in a good state of cultivation. In 1891 thirty-six bales of cotton were produced and in 1892 the same amount. Stock is raised on this farm for home use only. The Baptist Church is the denomination with which the family are connected and in which they are efficient and prominent member.



We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas of Georgetown, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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