Jay Johns Journal
of John Jay Johns
Families of MO
Friedrich Gauss Page
of Letter from Gauss
Waldo Dunnington Article
Anne D. Gauss, Minna W. Gauss & Florence Johns
[ This information was summarized by the 1950's at the latest.
I'm sure that not all of it is accurate. I do not want to
publish inaccurate information, but it is an accurate account
of their understanding, and may contain clues to stimulate further
research. Where I just couldn't resist putting in comments,
they are in square brackets. -- S.]
b. --- d. Dec. 27, 1820
b. ----- d. Dec. 31, 1819
b. Sept. 15, 1820 - d. Sept. 11, 1844
b. 1780 - d. 1849
Their children were:
||Abner - B. Feb.25, 1802 --- d. March 10, 1835
Died of Cholera on steam boat from N. O.
||Lyle Branson - b. July 8, 1809 --- d. Mar.
||Virginia (Aunt Gee) b. Dec. 29, 1806 - d. Oct. 5, 1882
||Willis - B. July 15, 1809 - d. Sept. 6, 1878 (Uncertain)
||Erasmus Rigney - b. Jan. 5, 1812 -- d. Dec. 16, 1868
||Marcellus - b. June 22, 1814 -- d. May 8, 1851
||Henrietta - b. Feb. 5, 1817 --- d. 1909 - (I think)
||Curtis - b. June 19, 1819 --- d. May 5, 1849
Died crossing Isthmus [of Panama] on way to California
||Lucretia Catherine -- b. June 2, 1822 -- d. ?
||Niles --- b. Dec 15, 1824 - d. Aug 30, 1862
Killed in battle of Manassas.
||Benjamin Keyes - b. Nov. 14, 1827 -- d. Dec. 16, 1870
Killed by Mexican
||Juliet -- b. Aug. 28, 1830 - d. Feb. 21, 1831.
I can't find the record of any other marriages though I am sure
at least some of the others married.
||Mrs. E. R. C. Bell
||[comment: nee. Elizabeth Scott. She married Lyle's
Robert McMahon, after Lyle's death -- S.D.C, 1999]
||Susan Stabler (married twice)
||comment: married Jerusha Wight in 1860 -- S.D.C, 1999]
|| Feb. 14, 1844
||Eugene Gauss, Sr.
|| Dec. 22, 1844
||did not marry
||did not marry
was killed at Manassas which means that we could join the U.D.C.,
and Keyes Fawcett, in a letter that he wrote to Grandma and Grandpa
Gauss from Gonzales Co., Texas in 1867, said, "I took care of the
sheep during two lambing seasons after I was wounded at Sharpsburg"
This letter was about the estate of Niles Fawcett. We evidently
had two great-uncles in the Confederate army.
These are some rather
scattered notes and in some cases there seems to be a difference
Lucretia Keyes, wife
of Joseph Fawcett, was the daughter of Humphrey and Phoebe (Styder
of Strider) Keyes.
Aunt Lucretia McCluer
thought that the Fawcetts went from France to Wales, then to Ireland
and from there to America. Delilah Rigney, wife of Benjamin
Fawcett, came from France when a young girl, with her parents and
the Fawcetts. They weere in London and whild they were there
she married Benjamin. They were refugees from Catholic persecution.
Just when they came to America is not known but they settled in
Bath Co., Va.
-- o --
From another paper I
got this. It was evidently written by Father [Charles Henry
Gauss] and may have been given him by Grandma Gauss.
The Father of Benjamin
Fawcett was born in France and moved to England -- after a short
time there he came to America. (How old he was is not known)
and when Benjamin Fawcett was born is know known. His wife,
Delilah rigney, was born in England & came over when young (probably
not grown) and was adopted & reared by a Quaker minister &
wife who brough her over. (This doesn't quite "click" because
I do not think Quakers have ministers). The last statement is
my own idea.
was born in Berkeley Co., Va. in 1770 & died in 1844 in St.
Benjamin F. was
engaged in the manufacture of iron at Jorden's Forge either in Rockbridgs
or Rockingham Co., Va. -- After this he was engaged in raising cattle
in Bath Co. He died in Lexington, Va. while away from home
to buy cattle. His wife died in Bath Co. where she lived a
widow a long time. (Now, this last statement is one that I don't
understand because in two places it is stated that Benjamin F. died
in 1820 and Delilah, his wife, died in 1819.
If it refers to his 2nd wife, if he had one, he must have married
in a hurry because he lived just a year after Delilah died.
Either this happened or the dates are wrong.]
Joseph F., son of Benjamin
F., was employed by his Father in the iron works for a while.
He afterward was Sheriff of Rockingham Co. and later had a store
at Harrisonburg. All of the children were born at Harrisonburg,
Va. but Juliet who was born in Staunton.
Father evidently made.)
Fawcett (Lucretia) was a good sized person - good looking -
fair skin - heavy suit of hair (!!) - mouth large - good teeth
- hair very dark - eyes dark blue. Her mother had dark
(Joseph) was a short square shouldered man - Black hair and
Joseph Fawcett at
one time had a store in Harrisonburg where he made a good deal
of money but he went security for the sheriff and lost his property
paying for the shortage of the Sheriff! After this he
went to Stauton. He came to Mo. 1834 -- Went to New Franklin
first and came to St. C. about Sept. 11, 1835. He was
Postmaster & kept a hotel.
I re-read a letter
written to Aunt Sis by Aunt Lucretia McCluer in which she made
the statement that her "Grandpa Fawcett married the second time
and had a large family of that wife." Evidently there is
a mistake in the date, either of his death or the death of his
wife, Delilah, because it would have been impossible even
for a man in his generation to acquire a wife and a large family
in one year!
Source: Handwritten original, private collection,
the Chambless family. Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D.