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G. H. GASSAWAY 12368 - Barren Co

Posted: 20 Mar 2014 6:29AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Gassaway, Lessenberry, Winn, Carter, Shankin
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Memorial and Biographical History, McLennan, Falls, Bell and Coryell Counties, Texas, Vol. 2, Illustrated. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893.

G. H. GASSAWAY, a resident of Falls county, Texas, is a son of G. P. and Rebecca (Lessenberry) Gassaway. The father was born in Glasgow, Barren county, Kentucky, in 1806, and was a farmer by occupation. He was Mayor of his city a number of years, but living in the section where the two parties were about equally divided, and being an outspoken and ultra-slavery man, he incurred the hostilities of the other party to such an extent that his life was in danger, and he came to Texas. Grandfather Benjamin Gassaway was a native of Maryland, and his father was from Scotland. The mother of our subject was born near Petersburg, Virginia, in 1813. Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Gassaway were married in Barren county, Kentucky, October 1, 1827, and were the parents of five children, namely: J. T., deceased; G. H., our subject; Annie M., deceased, was the wife of Thomas Winn, also deceased; Wilburn J., an extensive dairyman of Waco; and Benjamin F., a Methodist minister, now located at Cleburne. This family was born and reared in Barren county, and in 1861 the parents came to our subject’s home in Texas, where the father died August, 1868, and the mother in September, 1872.

G. H. Gassaway was born November 2, 1834, and when nineteen years of age began business with his brother, J. T., in trading mules, horses and negroes. They followed this business several years in the South, and in 1856 came to Collin county, Texas, and later to Falls county. They were extensively engaged in the cattle business until the brother’s death, in 1862, and since that time Mr. Gassaway has continued alone. He first became owner of the place, where his home now stands, in 1871, purchasing about 7,000 acres, but he has since sold 1,700 acres to the Waco Town Site Company. In company with H. G. Carter and son, and under the firm name of Cater, Gassaway & Co., our subject is extensively engaged in the cattle business near Lott, and is also a stockholder in the Marlin Lumber Company. At the breaking out of the late war Mr. Gassaway and his brother John were buying and selling cattle in large numbers. They made an immense contract with the Confederate authorities to deliver beef cattle to the army. After his brother’s death our subject continued to act as Government buyer, having power to detail as many men in his service as was necessary.

He was married in Bell county, Texas, January 26, 1864, to Henrietta E., a daughter of G. W. Shankin. Mrs. Gassaway was born in Tennessee, in April, 1843, and in 1856 came to Texas with her parents, where they afterward died. Our subject affiliates with the Democratic party, is Master Mason of Carolina Lodge, and is also a charter member of this order.

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