History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 432
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432 HIS T O R Y OF TEXAS.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Gause, accompanied by her two sons,William
J. and Robert B., came to Texas, and settled
in Harrison county. The family resided in
that county until 1855, when William J.
married and moved to Milam county, the
mother remaining in Harrison county, where
she died about 1859. The brother, Robert
B., is still a resident of east Texas, living
in Marion county, where he is engaged in
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 the advantages of a good common-school
education, which he followed up,
alter 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 libqal 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 shimrmit, 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
Mr. Gause's wife, who yet abides with him,
and to whose counsel 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 3, 1835. Her maiden name was
Lovedy A. Armstrong, she being a daughter
of Martin M. and Harriet (Moseley) 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., now the wife of
Captain F. M. Adams, of Milam county;
Willie F., of Covington; Fannie L., wife of
F. B. Bever, of Crockett, Texas; Annie, wife
of Ed Sanders, of Cameron; William Stonewall,
who died at the age of six; Catherine
C. and Robert B.
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' 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
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/463/: accessed March 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .