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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Claiborne parish, and commanded by Capta~i
"Fed" Wimberly. This commhnand was
placed on detached service, doing body guard
and escort duty and hunting up deserters.
On the expeditions undertaken by this commaud
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
war 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, a daughter of David Lockett,
of Georgia, whose wife was Mary Wommack.
Mrs. Gassaway was one of nine children
as follows: Abner, James, Kittie, Sallie,
Tyra, Ellington, Eliza, (mother of our subject),
Mary and Martha. The children of
Mr. and Mrs. Gassaway were as follows:
David, who married Miss Rebecca Eaves,
daughter of L. P. Eaves; John; Abner;
Nancy Ann, who was married to Freeman
Rozier; and T. J., 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. ]jr. and
Mrs. Gassaway were the parents of the fol
lowing children: James; Mary, wife of W.
H. Smith, of Limestone county, and John.
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, wife of Henry C.
White; Lucy, wife of Samuel Smith; George;
Emma, who married W. J. Myrick; Tennessee,
wife of Samuel McCrary, of Robertson
county; Minnie, wife of C. C. Cargill, of
Jones prairie, and Monie. 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 members.
t I ENRY C. WHITE, a prominent farmer
of Jones prairie, was born in Leon
county, Texas, in 1846. He is a son
of Joseph White, a large planter of
Milam, and one of her most substantial pioneers.
Joseph White was born in Perry
county, Tennessee, in 1824. His father,
Robert White, is quite fully mentioned in
the sketch of Calvin C. White in this volume,
and he married a Miss Coburn, and twelve
children were born to them, as follows:
Griffy, deceased; Nancy, who married John
Garrett; Hedley, deceased; Sarah, who married
Jacob Stigall; Henry, now living in San
Saba county, Texas; Hester, deceased, married
John McAdams; Elijah, deceased; Joseph;
Siletha, deceased, married Jackson
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