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Michael K. Smith states that the correct connection between Job Sr. son of and my George Gastineau still eludes family researchers — but it certainly exists and other think he was related to George Lewis Gastineau in some as-yet-unknown way, possibly as a great-nephew


1. Loyd D. Gastineau, Compiler, Our Gastineau Family, 3rd Edition (1994, Windmill Publications Inc., Mt. Vernon, In.), pg. XIX, XXI & 7, Loyd Gastineau (?-2006), 2704 Imperial Dr., Huntsville, AL. 35801.

"George Lewis Gastineau is found first in the United States in 1739. He served as a private soldier in Col. William Gooch's Reg. of foot, raised to fight in the conflict known as the "War of Jenksins Ear", sometimes called the "Cartagena Expedition". He may have joined the regiment from either Va. or Md. The purpose of the regiment was to serve the mother country (England) and attempt to take Cartagena, a major Spanish port stronhold in the Carabean area. Great Britain declared war on Spain in 1739. In Oct 1740, a large contingent of Americans from the Pa., N.J., Md. and Va. colonies sailed from the Va capes and made port at Port Royal in Jamaica. They were joined by troops from the other colonies at a later date. In all 3,500 Americans joined forces with 5,500 English for a combined expedition of 9,000 men. Vice Admiral Vernon was in charge of the fleet transporting the troops. The ground forces were under command of a very indecisive and inept Brigadier General Thomas Wentworth. The expedition was a complete disaster. It is said only 500 American troops returned alive; most dying from malaria and other illnessees. George Gastineau is listed on three different sailing ships of the Castogena Expedition 1) HMS Falmouth - as soldier No. 65 in a company of 80 men; ref. ADM 36-112; 2) HMS York identified as George Gashneau soldier No. 30; and 3) HMS Lyon - muster book 24 May 1741 thru Feb. 1742 - George Goakenes is identified as soldier no. 35. On 12 Oct. 1741 he was discharged at "Cumberland Harbor". This could be in Cuba; known today as Guantanama or Cumberland Island off the coast of Ga. Re: The Colonial Wars 1689- 1762 and Colonial Soldiers of the South 1732 - 1774. He went on the become a schoolmaster in Somerset co., Ma. and at the time of his death owned 100 acre plantation called Chance."

2. Somerset County, Marlyand Wills, Liber EB-4 PP. 69 & 139. "Will dated 14 Dec. 1763 Proved 4 Oct 1763 - - In the name of God amen. The fourtennth day of December in the year 1763 I George Lewis Gastineau of Somerset County Maryland, schoolmaster being very sick and weak of body but of prefect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling into mind the immortality of any body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it. And for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a christain like and decent manner at the descretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner or form. Imprimis. It is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and stisfied... Item. I give and bequeath unto Mary, my dearly beloved wife, my horse, bridle and saddle and chest, lock and key and her thirds and plantation during her widowhood whom I likewise make and ordain my executrix of this my last will and testament. Item. I give unto my son Job Gastineau upon condition that he pay unto Elizabeth Gastineau and Mary Gastineau my two youngest daughters twenty pounds each in gold or silver, my dwelling plantation called Chance containing one hundred acres to him and his heirs forever and if he should die without heirs, to belong to Elizabeth Gastineau, or if she should die without heirs to fall or belong to Mary Gastineau. Job Gastineau I likewise constitute and make and ordain my executor with his mother of this my last will and testament. And I likewise desire that he should pay the the two girls Elizabeth and Mary their money at eighteen years of age whom I desire him to take care of them till they come of age. Item. I give to my beloved daughter Jane Russell her hare of moveables to her and her heirs forever. Item. I give to my beloved daughter, Elizabeth Gastineau, one cow and calf called Young Brindle, one large pewter dish marked M.I.G., and half dozen of plates marked the same, and one large iron pot holding ten gallons to her and her heirs forever. Item. I give to my well beloved daughter, Mary Gastineau, one cow, called Crumpled Horns and her calf and one large pewter dish marked M.I.G., and half dozen pewter plates marked the same to her and her heirs forever. And I do hereby utterly diallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies and executors by me in anyway before this time named, willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year within or above written. George Lewis Gastineau - - SIgned, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said George Lewis Gastineau as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers. Interlined between the eighth and nineths Jobs paragraph the word paid before signed Thomas Stanford, John Reed, Sarah Reed - - Viz. on the fourth day of Oct. 1768 came John Stanford, John Reed and Sarah Reed the three subscribing witnessess and and oath on the Holy Evanelis of all mighty God that they did see the testator, George Lewis Gastineau, sign and seal the foregoing will and heard him publish, proonounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of each of their apprehensions of a sound disposing mind, memory and understanding and that they subscribed their names as witnessess to the said will in the presence of the said testator. Sworn to before Thomas Holbrook, Deputy Commissary of Somerset County."

3. Michael K. Smith, Ancestors of Plummer Emanuel Gastineau, . Formerly at - " George Lewis3 Gastineau ["Registers of the Church Known as La Patente in Spittlefields from 1689 to 1785," p. 4]. A common variant name at this time was Gatineau. He married Mary ---(?)--- [Email message from Janie Budd, 9 April 1999].

He was related to Matthew Gastineau but in what way is not yet known. They apparently were not brothers. [Email message from John C. Lyon, 22 November 1998.] He also was related to my own ancestor, George Gastineau; was George a great-nephew of George Lewis?

He was born on 3 November 1717 London, England ["Registers of the Church Known as La Patente . . . 1689 to 1785"], and was baptized 17 November 1717 La Patente, Spitalfields, London, England ["Registers of the Church Known as La Patente . . . 1689 to 1785"].

He appeared on the tax list of 1738 in Somerset County, Maryland [Email message from John C. Lyon, 22 November 1998].

George arrived in the New World in 1740 by serving in the British army in the War of Jenkins Ear — one of the less well-known of Britain's imperialist wars in the Caribbean [Email message from Janie Budd, 9 April 1999].

On 24 November 1753, in Somerset County, Maryland, George — together with Morgan & Bridget Corderi — witnessed the will of Samuel Melson, a planter [Maryland Calendar of Wills (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1993), Vol. 11 (1753-1760), p. 116]. He also is mentioned before 1762 as proprietor of "Gastineau's Landing," south side of Barren Creek, in Gilbert Huffington's patent for the adjacent tract, "Stoppage." Barren Creek is opposite present day Mardela Springs, in what is now Wicomico, Somerset County, Maryland [Email message from John C. Lyon, 22 November 1998].

In 1765, he witnessed the will of Maturin Gastineau Jr [Email message from Janie Budd, 9 April 1999; Budd, Ancestors of George (Sr.) Gastineau, p. 4].

In August 1766, in Somerset County, Maryland, George was sued for a £50 debt by George Brown in the August session of court [Email message from John C. Lyon, 22 November 1998].

He wrote a will on 4 October 1768 in Somerset County, in which he names his children: "Jno." [i.e., Job], Elizabeth, Mary, Tabitha Messick, and Jane Russell. Tract: "Chance." Executrix: Wife, Mary Gastineau. Witnesses: John Stanford, John & Sarah Read. [Folio 63, no. 601]. He died between 15 October and 13 December 1768 in Somerset County, Maryland. His will was probated 14 December 1768. [Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 14 (1767-1772), p. 60.]

a). Jane4 Gastineau [Email message from Janie Budd, 9 April 1999].

b.) Tabitha4 Gastineau [Email message from Janie Budd, 9 April 1999].

c.) Job4 Gastineau Sr

d.)  Elizabeth4 Gastineau [Budd, Ancestors of George (Sr.) Gastineau, p. 4].

e.)  Mary4 Gastineau [Budd, Ancestors of George (Sr.) Gastineau, p. 4]."
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November 3, 1717
Spitalfields, London, England
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Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
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before , Somerset, Maryland