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Jesse Gause

Birthplace: East Marlborough, PA, USA
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of William Gause and Mary Gause
Husband of Martha Gause and Minerva Eliza Byrum
Father of Harriet Amelia Gause; Hannah Sherward Gause; Owen Beverly Gause and William Randall Gause
Brother of Samuel Gause; Jonathan Gause; Lydia Gause; Ruth Gause; Harlan Gause and 5 others

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About Jesse Gause

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Jesse Gause (1785 – c. 1836) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and served in the First Presidency as a counselor to Church President Joseph Smith, Jr. For decades Gause was generally unknown to LDS historians, and so could be considered Mormonism's lost counselor of the First Presidency. It was only in the 1980s that research identified his rightful place among early Church leaders..."

"...The son of William Gause and Mary Beverly, Gause was born in 1785 in East Marlborough, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Gause followed the faith of his parents and in 1806, apparently still single at twenty-one, he requested and was received into the Society of Friends, becoming a Quaker..."

Although a Quaker in good standing, Gause's Quaker pacificism did not prevent him from joining the Delaware militia in 1814 during the War of 1812. Upon leaving the military in 1815 he moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where he married Martha Johnson. In 1822 the family finally settled in Chester County where he become a teacher in a Friends' school. Martha died in 1828 after the birth of their fourth child.

In the same year of Martha's death, Gause quickly remarried a woman named Minerva, and they settled in Hancock, Massachusetts. Shortly after the birth of a daughter, Gause resigned from the Quakers on January 30, 1829, and joined the Hancock "family" of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Coming, or the Shakers. Gause's new wife followed him, apparently accepting the Shaker practice of celibacy, even for married couples. In 1831, Gause, his wife, and infant daughter moved to the Shaker community near North Union, Ohio, leaving Martha's four children in the care of his sister, who was also a Shaker..."

"...By 1836, when he would have been 51 years old, he had died at Montgomery, Chester County, Pennsylvania. In that year his brother assumed the guardianship of Martha's children. However, his sister stated in 1873 that Gause "died away from his family", suggesting that he died estranged from his children..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Jesse Gause', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 December 2010, 16:23 UTC, <> [accessed 19 January 2011]


Jesse Gause: Joseph Smith's Little-Known Counselor.; D. Michael Quinn; BYU Studies; Volume 23: 4; pages 487-493.

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Jesse Gause's Timeline

East Marlborough, PA, USA
June 14, 1815
Age 31
Age 34
Age 36
June 22, 1825
Age 41
Wilmington, DE, USA
August 30, 1830
Age 46
Jefferson, NY, USA
May 30, 1831
Age 47
Age 52