James and John Gass

From "History of Macomb Co., MI", M.A. Leeson & Co., 1882, p. 868. Transcribed by Jeanne Gorlick


James GASS, P.O. Davis, youngest son of John GASS, was born January 6,  1823, in Lexington, Greene Co., N.Y.: his father was born in 1776, and had fourteen sons; he came to Michigan in July, 1837, bought the property of Eli WEBSTER on Section 30, in Ray Twp., where he died December 17, 1864, aged eighty-eight; his wife was born September 25, 1846, and died in April, 1881. Mr. Gass, of this sketch went to Osceola, where he lived eight years, and then settled on the northwest corner of Section 32, and bought a store in Brooklyn (Macomb Co., MI). He married, January 25, 1843 to Veloria M., daughter of Orsel DUDLEY, of Washington (Twp., Macomb Co., MI); they had ten children-Belle L., born June 12, 1844, died August 17, 1864; Lucinda V., born June 15, 1846, died September 21, 1864; Rebecca, born August 23,1848, married Rev. Alonzo WHITCOMB and resides at L'Anse, Upper Peninsula; North, February 10, 1851, married Florence BAKER and resides in Oakland County; Victoria E., November 3, 1853 married Charles E. WAFFLE of Evart Osceola County: East, June 19, 1856 married Elena MILLER (also from Greene Co., N.Y.) of Macomb; South, June 15, 1860 died May 7, 1862; Lydia L., October 16, 1863; South West, January 15, 1866; Kitty J., June 5, 1869. The three last named reside at home. Until the civil war, Mr. Gass was a Republican, and since then has been a Prohibitionist; was a zealous adherent of the anti-slavery element; he has held the positions of Constable and Treasurer a number of years past. Mr. and Mrs. Gass are member of the M.E. Church.

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John GASS, P. O. Davis, son of John GASS, was born in Lexington, Greene Co., N.Y., October 13, 1808. He came to Michigan November 14, 1830 and made his home with Daniel HAYDENS of Ray, and in June 1832, settled on Section 29 Ray Township, his present residence. He was married to Margaret, daughter of Andrew STITT, who settled in Michigan in 1825; they have had nine children, as follows: Andrew J., born December 16, 1836, married Mary RICHARDS of Illinois; James H., born march 15, 1839 died September 3, 1861; Lorenzo W. born February 9, 1841 married Cynthia THOMPSON of Lapeer; Herschel R. and marshall T. (twins) born march 7, 1844; Marshall married Grace BUSSY and lives at Flint; Herschel lives at Jonesville; John Wesley, born May 13, 1846 married Sarah A. SUTTON of Romeo; Rhoda A., born August 7, 1848 married Samuel N. GASS of New York who was killed November 9, 1881 at Hazelton's Mill; lives in Ray, Sarah J., born April 8, 1850 married Truman GASS of Ray; Frances M., born March 19, 1852 married John SWITZER of Disco. Mr. Gass had always been a Republican. He and his wife have been members of the M.E. Church for more than forty years. Mr. Gass left the Empire State when there were but fifteen miles of railroad in the United States; he started on foot, and walked most of the way to Buffalo; he has encountered all the privations and hardships of a pioneer life.

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