Jay Johns Journal
of John Jay Johns
Families of MO
Friedrich Gauss Page
of Letter from Gauss
Waldo Dunnington Article
Mrs. Anne Glenday Durfee Arthur
L. Fawcett Virginia
Eugene Gauss Henrietta
Fawcett Gauss John
Mary Louisa Gauss
John Jay Johns
Thomas Glover Johns
I close this history with the following Obituary
Died at his residence near St. Charles on the 26th day of June
1843 at 2 1/2 o'clock p. m., Mr. Thomas Lindsay, Sen., after
an illness of a few weeks, during which he experienced but little
bodily pain. From my diary I copy the following:
"June 21, Visited Father Lindsay, find him very low; he
is evidently fast approaching the end of his mortal career.
Altho' reduced to a mere shadow, having scarcely any physical
strength left, and no appetite, yet he sits most of the day
in his easy chair, rests quietly at night, complains of no bodily
pain, and retains his mental faculties in all their usual strength.
Monday, 26th, at 2 1/2 0'clk p.m., Mr. Lindsay departed.
He literally fell asleep in Jesus. "Mark the perfect
man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."
Mr. Lindsay was born in Perthshire, Scotland, the 29th September
1771. He lived many years in South Carolina, from whence
he removed with his family to the place of his late residence,
in the year 1816. At the formation and organization of
this church, 30th August 1818, he was chosen the first elder;
and continued to serve actively in that office till disabled
by the sickness that terminated his life. His chief employments
were literary, mostly theological; his business that of an agriculturalist;
his habits peaceful, kindly, hospitable, unostentatious.
In his last Will he left the bulk of his estate to the American
Bible Society and the two Missionary Boards, and directed his
slaves (21) to be sent to Liberia.
August 30, 1849
Signed G. C. S.
From note at close of Major George Champlin Sibley's
History of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Charles, Missouri.
JOHNS, son of John Jay Johns, was born in St. Charles, August
20, 1865. Attended Wabash College, Indiana, and Lafayette
College, Pennsylvania. Taught the Boschertown school (St. Charles
County) two sessions, while studying law under H. C. Lackland,
Esq. He was licensed to practice In the spring of 1878.
For three years was a correspondent of the St. Louis Republic.
In January 18-- with his brother, George S., he started the
St. Charles Journal, being senior editor. About three months
before his death he gave up his position and went to Palestine,
Texas, to seek an opening. Was a member of Ivanhoe Lodge, No.
1812, K. of N. He was a member of Company F, St. Charles National
Guards. About two weeks before his death he reached Sedalia
enroute home, but typhoid fever developed and be died at the
home of his sister Elizabeth, Mrs. Charles Henry Gauss. [Thomas
Glover Johns died about December 3, 1881]
Charles W. Gauss
GAUSS - Charles
W. Gauss, on the 23rd inst at 3 o'clock A. M. in his 66th
The funeral will take plac
on Monday, August 25, at 2 o'clock P. M. from his late residence,
California Avenue near Lafayette Avenue. Carriages will be
waiting until 1:20 o'clock at the corner of fifth Street and
Boston Post please copy.
Death of an Old Citizen
Mr. C. W. Gauss,
a well known and esteemed citizen, died yesterday of dropsy,
at his residence on California Avenue, near Lafayette. He
had attained his sixty-sixth year. He was a son of C. F. Gauss
of Gottingent, Germany, the celebrated mathematician and astronomer.
Mr. Gauss came to Missouri forty two years ago, and was for
many years a farmer in Chariton County. He came to St. Louis
in 1858 and started the wholesale boot and shoe business on
Washington Avenue, where he continued up to the time of his
death. He was regarded as a man of high sense of honor and
integrity and was well known in the mercantile community.
The funeral will take place from the late residence at 2 o'clock
Died, at the residence of her brother-in-law,
Samuel McCluer, of Dardenne, St. Charles County, on the 5th
Nov. 1882, MISS VIRGINIA FAWCETT, in the 76th year of
her age. Miss Fawcett was born in Harrisonburg, Rockingham
County, Virginia, and came to Missouri with her family in 1834.
She had been a resident of St. Charles for nearly half a century,
and for more than forty years was a member of the Presbyterian
Church. She was buried from the residence of her brother-in-law,
Eugene Gauss, Esq. in St. Charles, with whom she had long made
her home, and where her blessed memory will long be chrished.
She was on a visit to Dardenne at the time of her death. (From
St. Charles newspaper)
Mrs. Anne Glenday Durfee
Died, at the residence of her son-in-law, John Jay Johns,
in St. Charles, Missouri, on the morning of the Sabbath, April
20, 1890, Mrs. Anne Glenday Durfee, in the 81st year of her age.
Thus has passed away one of the few that remain of the early settlers
of St. Charles. She was born in New Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire,
Scotland, in 1809. She came with her father's family to this place
in 1815. After remaining here several years (6), her father returned
to Scotland with his elder daughter Helen. the mother having died.
But Anne remained here with her uncle, Thomas Lindsay, who was
the father and founder of the Presbyterian Church in St. Charles.
Rev. Charles Robinson, of blessed memory, (who was a brother-in-law
of Mr. Lindsay's wife), was, next to Rev. Timothy Flint,
the first at preacher from the East who lived, labored,
preached and taught school, until his death in 1828. Mr. Lindsay’s
house was then the headquarters of the preachers who came from
the East to labor as missionaries in this new and destitute field.
About that time came the Rev. Thomas Russell Durfee,* from Fall
River, Mass., a graduate of Amherst College and Andover Seminary.
In 1828 he married Anne Glenday. After spending a few years
in missionary labors in this State, with such faithful and apostolic
men as John F. Cowan, Cochran and MaAfee, he died in August 1833
at Mr. Lindsay's home near Elm Point, leaving his widow with two
little daughters, Jane Amanda and Margaret Lindsay. Mrs. Durfee,
with her children, remained with her uncle, Mr. Lindsay, until
his death In 1843. Mrs. Durfee was a woman of great energy and
firmness of character, and the great desire of her heart was that
her daughters might have the best education that young women could
get at that day. This she accomplished under great pecuniary difficulty
and self-denial on her part. Her elder daughter, Jane, was educated
at Lindenwood and at Monticello Seminary, the then pioneer female
schools of the Southwest, and the younger, Margaret, at Bradford
(Mass.) Seminary, spending much time with her father's kindred.
In 1847 her daughter Jane was married to John Jay Johns and ever
after Mrs. Durfee made her home with them. Her second daughter,
Margaret Lindsay Durfee, was married in 1862 to Mr. Edward Payson
Borden of Fall River, Mass. (a cousin In some degree), for many
years past a prominent merchant of Philadelphia. Mrs. Durfee
was an enthusiast on Christian education, and as soon as her grandchildren
were old enough, she used all her means, even stinting herself,
to secure to them a high Christian education. She succeeded in
a great measure in accomplishing that object, and her grandchildren
now rise up and call her blessed. Mrs. Durfee was a woman of great
kindness of heart and her sympathies and aid went out cheerfully
to the suffering and needy. She consecrated her heart and life
a In early youth to the Savior and was one of the few venerable
ladies who still abide with us who made the first little band
of Presbyterians who formed the First Presbyterian Church of St.
Charles, Trained to the straitest sort of Scotch Presbyterianism,
educated by the sainted Robinson, and trained under the Influence
and instruction of Thomas Lindsay, who was the very embodiment
of Scotch Presbyterianism, she continued through life to hold
with the greatest tenacity to the faith and doctrines of her Scotch
fathers. She maintained a quiet, steadfast, Christian character,
greatly interested in all the religious, missionary and educational
enterprises of the Church. Now, after an illness of three months,
surrounded by those who loved her and tenderly ministered to her,
she gently passed away from earth to her heavenly rest. The funeral
occurred at two o'clock and the remains were Interred In the city
cemetery (Oak Grove). In her last days she described the scenes
of her childhood in beautiful Perthshire, which she had not seen
again in after years, and her description was declared correct
by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Glenday, who had left Scotland
when grown, after her marriage to James Glenday. Mrs. Durfee
said that the hills west of St. Charles, as seen from her bedroom
window recalled to her the Scotch country.
* He was a descendant of Governor William Bradford and
of John Alden and Priscilla Molines.
The venerable EUGENE
GAUSS died last Saturday, July 4, 1896, at the family residence
in Boone County, Missouri, near Columbia, aged almost 85 years.
The funeral took place from the First Presbyterian Church, St.
Charles, Missouri, to the city cemetery (Oak Grove). For
many years Mr. Gauss was a leading citizen of St. Charles and
was a prominent business man. He raised a large family here
and about nine years before his death removed to Boone County.
He came to this country from Germany when a young man, after being
educated at the University of Goettingen. He served an enlistment
in the army (having declined any opportunities his father's influence
could have secured for him), being stationed at Fort Snelling,
Minnesota. Here his education was discoved and he was put
in charge of the post library. After this he engaged in
the fur trade in the upper Mississippi Valley, having an adventurous
life, agreeable to his naturally restless disposition. In
his early thirties he settled in St. Charles, where he married
Miss Henrietta Fawcett. The father of Mr. Gauss (Carl
Friedrich Gauss) was an eminent scholar in Germany and was especially
famous as a mathematician and astronomer. The son, Eugene,
inherited much of the father's scholarly tastes, and in his long
life had read extensively and accumulated a vast fund of information.
Mr. Gauss became totally blind soon after moving to Boone County,
but otherwise retained good health until about a year ago.
He leaves a wife and five children: Henry, Robert, Eugene,
Albert and Virginia. A son, Theodore, died last October,
and was buried in the family lot in the city cemetery of St. Charles.
A daughter, Theresa, died when a small child, many years ago.
(From St. Charles newspaper)
IN MEMORIAM TO JOHN JAY JOHNS
(Died April 1899)
It has long
been our purpose to write something to show our regard, our sincere
appreciation of our late lamented friend, John Jay Johns, and
it has only been deferred from time to time in the expectation
that some other friend would do it who could do more justice to
the nobility of his character, and do it far better than we possible
The church, his family,
this community, and especially his personal friends, have sustained
a loss that will never be made up to them, for men of his
class are growing more and more scarce in these degenerate days.
The writer of this feeble tribute to his memory has known him
well and been his friend for over half a century, and while no
man is perfect in all the qualities that go to make up the Christian
gentleman, he in our humble opinion, was without a peer.
A gentleman of the "old school" - true, gallant, noble; he stands
as a shining example to the young men of the rising generation
bo emulate his example and imitate his sterling qualities and
virtues, and his genuine politeness. He was for many years
an elder in the Presbyterian church, ready at all times to make
sacrifices to advance its interest, yet withal no bigot, ready
at all times to give the hand of brotherhood to all sincere followers
of Christ. An "Old Virginian", claiming the Old Dominion
with just pride as his native State, he was one of her sons that
did honor to his birthplace, holding to the traditions of family
and blood as he had a right, he was coureous and considerate
to all. He was absolutely incapable of an ignoble act.
He acted upon the method of Noblesse Oblige as nearly as anyone
we ever knew. He was remarkable for his fidelity to his
friends, not that they were perfect, but once having adopted
them into his affection, he was slow to believe evil of them,
did not for slight reasons cast them off. In all the relations
of churchman, husband, father, he fulfilled almost perfectly the
varied duties, and as a true friend, never forgetting his
obligations, he was perfect. The world is poorer in the
death of such men, the community has a vacancy which will never
be filled. He has gone to his reward; he will not miss us, but
we shall miss this true knight of the "old school", this friend
of many years. To his bereaved family what consolation can
we offer? We know of their great and irreparable loss, yet
we cannot realize what they must feel in the vacancy it has made
in their home. This simple tribute to an old friend has
been a labor of love.
An Old Friend.
(From St. Charles, Missouri, newspaper)
(Miss Aurelia McDearmon)
Mrs. Henrietta F. Gauss' Funeral
Widow of St. Charles Lumber Merchant died Sunday night at Columbia,
The funeral of Mrs. Henrietta
Fawcett Guass, who died at Columbia, Mo., Sunday night, aged
93 years, will be held at the first Presbyterian Church of St.
Charles this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and burial made in the
City Cemetery. Deceased was a native of Virginia and came to
St. Charles with her parents when a girl. In 1844 she married
Eugene Gauss, a pioneer of St. Charles, who died in 1896. for
many years he was a prominent lumber merchant. She is survived
by one daughter, Miss Virginia Gauss of columbia, Ml., and four
sons, Charles Henry Gauss of St. Charles, Robert Gauss of Denver,
Colo., Eugene Gauss of Columbia, and Albert Gauss of Los Angeles,
Cal. The funeral will be conducted by her nephew, v. Joseph
H.Gauss of St. Louis, assisted by Rev. John E. Flow of St. Charles.
BRAIN OF ROBERT
GAUSS WEIGHS 62
OUNCES SAYS PAPER
Brilliant Man, Well Known to Our
People, Has Larger Brain Than
Robert Gauss, whose childhood was spent
in St. Charles, but who died recently at Denver, Colo.,
developed a brain of greater weight than that of his grandfather,
a noted German astronomer and mathematician.
From a New York paper we clip the following
St. Charles, Mo.
Denver, Col., Jan. 24.--In compliance
with the expressed wish of the late Robert Gauss, his
brain was removed for the purpose of weighing and examining
the same and comparing it with that of his distinguished
grandfather, Karl Frederick Gauss, the great German mathematician.
The operation was performed by Dr.
R. W. Arndt and the brain weighed and photographed.
As expected it was found to be unusually large.
Its weight with wrappings, which were very light, was
Mr. Gauss was a well known editorial
writer. The brain of his distinguished grandfather
weighed 52.7 ounces. ------ The average
mail brain weighs about 48 ounces and the average female
brain 43 1-2 ounces. In many men of great intellectual
eminence the brain weight has been large. Cuvier's
weighed 64 1-2 ounces, Abercrombie's 63 ounces and Goodsir's
57 1-2 ounces.
"Brains over 60 ounces," says the Encyclopedia
Britannica, "are frequently found in quite undistinguished
people." The same authority says that, while idiots
sometimes have brains that weigh as little as 8 1-2 ounces,
"it is doubtful if normal intelligence is possible with
a brain weighing less than 32 ounces." -----
[Robert Gauss died in 1913]
GAUSS -- Mary L. Gauss, beloved
sister of Wm. T. Gauss and Rev. J. H. Gauss, departed to be
with Christ on February 5, 1925at 11:30 p. m., in De Soto, Mo.,
aged 80 years.
Funeral from Carondelet
Presbyterian Church, Michigan and Bosen, Sunday, February 8,
2 p. m. Interment private.
1932 - St. Charles,
Gauss: Miss Ann Durfee Gauss, at the
home of her mother, Mrs. C. H. Gauss, at St. Charles, Mo., on
April 25, 1932, after an illness of several months. She had been
a faithful member of the church for many years, and her life was
crowned with the Christian graces. Interment was in Oak
Grove Cemetery, St. Charles. [Unknown publication, probably a
1932 - St.
Gauss: Mr. John Montgomery Gauss died suddenly
of heart attack at the home of his mother, Mrs. C. H. Gauss
at St. Charles, Mo., on May 12, 1932. Having served many years
as a marine in the united States Army, he was buried with military
honors in Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Charles. He had been a member
of the Episcopal Church since childhood. [Unknown publication,
probably a religious monthly]
1933 - Del
Rites Held for "Bob" Fawcett, Texas
for robert McMahon, "Bob" Fawcett, 74, were held Wednesdday
at 4:30 p.m. from the home of his brother, E. K. Fawcett on
Spring Street. Mr. Fawcett died at a local hospital, where he
was rushed following a heart attack at his home in the Comstock
country early Tuesday. Rev. H. Conger Jones of the St.
James Episcopal Church officiated and interment was made in
Death of Mr. Fawcett marked the
passing of one of the pioneer ranchmen of West Texas. He came
to this country 35 years ago from Gonzales County to engage
in ranching in the Devil's River country. Several years ago
he retired from the ranching industry and took charge of the
Comstock water works.
He was a native of Mississippi,
coming to Texas with his parents, the late Mr. And Mrs. E. R.
Fawcett, when a young boy. He was married before coming to this
section to Miss Elizabeth jane Aldridge of Gonzales County.
Surviving Mr. Fawcett are: His
widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Fawcett of Comstock; one son, Arthur
L. of Sanderson; four grandchildren, Miss Mildred Fawcett of
Sanderson, Ruth, Leslie and Fred Ratliff of Comstock; three
brothers, F. S. of Johnson City, J. C. of Abilene and E. K.
of Del Rio; one sister, Mrs. J. W. Carson of Cheapside, Texas.
Those serving as pallbearers were:
Lyle S. Almond, R. T. Hunicutt and Austin Waller, all of Del
Rio; A. A. Baker, Ben Billingsley and Richard Smith, Comstock.
Among those from out-of-town here
for the funeral were: Mrs. J. W. Carson and son, Keyes,
of Cheapside; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carson and Mr. and Mrs. Roger
Carson, Eagle Pass; Arthur L. Fawcett of Sanderson; Miss Mildred
Fawcett, Sanderson; Fred, Leslie and Ruth Ratliff of Comstock;
A. A. Baker, Ben Billingsley and Richard Smith, all of Comstock.
marked Val Verde County Library
contributed by Ruth Ratliff
1959 - Sanderson,
Funeral Rites Saturday for A. L. Fawcett
Arthur L. Fawcett,
73, died suddenly at his home early Friday morning following
a heart attack.
Judge R. S. wilkinson conducted
brief services in the chapel at the Janes Funeral Home and also
the commital service in Cedar Grove Cemetery, where he was buried.
Mr. Fawcett was born October 30,
1886, in gonzales. He was married to Lelia McFaddin of Rocksprings
in Del Rio on April 18, 1918. they resided Comstock and Pumpville
before coming to Sanderson 30 years ago. He was in the
water service of the T&NO Railroad and was an oil pumper
at the time of his retirement here in 1952.
Survivers, besides the widow include
a daughter, Mrs. R. R. Brooks of Copperas Cove and three grandchildren,
Barbara Jean, Charlotte Ann, and Charles Lee Brooks;; also a
niece and two nephews; numerous cousins, including five at Del
Rio, Mrs. O. D. Finnegan, Mrs. Emma Whitehead, Elmer, and Walter
Fawcett. [handwritten here: "Lee"]
Amonf out-or-town relatives here
for the funeral were Sgt. and Mrs. Brooks of Copperas Cover;
Mrs. Fawcett's sisters, Mrs. John Disler of Del Rio and Mrs.
J. T. Schwartz and husband of El Paso; her niece, Mrs. Thomas
Glasscock of Rocksprings; her nephew, Johnny Drisler and wife
of Del Rio.
Pall bearers were B. G. Maples,
Bob Allen, Jack Harrell, Troy Druse, Clarence Chandler, and
H. W. Chamberlain.
contributed by Ruth Ratliff