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Moses Gaston

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Pugwash, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: July 24, 1897 (77-78)
Bush, Thurston County, Washington, United States
Place of Burial: Tumwater, Thurston County, Washington, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Wiliam Gaston and Mary Molly Gaston
Husband of Ann Gaston
Father of William Gaston; George Gaston; George Gaston; Adeline Demings; Christena F. Bush and 4 others

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About Moses Gaston

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Birth: 1819 Pugwash Nova Scotia, Canada Death: Jul. 24, 1897 Bush Thurston County Washington, USA

Moses GASTON was born around 1819 in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of William and Mary Molly (Redmond) GASTON. Moses' parents were born in Ireland, so Moses was first-generation Canadian.

Moses married Ann MACDONALD somewhere around 1844 (based on the birth of their son William). I am still seeking further marriage info among the Canadian records.

From what I can find, so far, Moses and Ann had seven children: William, Mary, George, Margaret Ann, Adeline, Christine, and Bella/Vella.

Moses' story is a bit hard to track, but I have found out the following info:

It appears that a good portion of our families' GASTON clan moved out to the Thurston, Washington (Territory) area between 1861 and 1890, including my Great-Grandmother's (Annie B Gaston Prescott) father William (Moses' son), along with Moses. I believe that Moses' wife Ann either passed away, or died en route (I cannot find a death record for Ann).

From census records, it appears that Annie's father Willliam moved out some time between 1873 and 1879 -- based on Annie's sister's (Irene) birth in 1873, and that I pick him up in Thurston in 1879, along with his brother George (see 1879 Washington Territory census) ..... In the 1881 Nova Scotia census, Annie and sisters Irene and Mary Jane are living with their grandparents Moses and Ann and their youngest daughter Bella (shown as Vella in census). [and I have just [2012 Jul] possibly discovered documentation that William and his wife divorced - and she remarried in 1885 -- and both of my Great Grandmother's sisters came with her to the Boston, MA area.]

In the 1887 Washington Territory census, Moses and Bella are shown with Moses' son George and his family. Both Moses and his sons were "ship carpenters" from Nova Scotia, and that is the profession listed on census records for them out in Washington.

I have also found that another one of Moses' daughters, Christine, made the journey with them and married one of the grandsons of George Washington BUSH, an African-American (actually listed as Mulatto) who was one of the founding settlers of the Thurston area of the then-burgeoning Washington Territory. Christine married George's son William's son John Shotwell Bush.

In fact, Moses' son George GASTON, married William Owen BUSH's daughter Mandana Isabella BUSH.

I am unsure what became of Bella at this time, (tho I do find a few "Bellas" around the area, but have no idea whom she would have married), nor do I know what became of Moses' granddaughters (my great-grandmother Annie's) sisters Mary Jane and Irene [daughters of William]

I have found Moses' death record in Bush Prairie, Thurston, WASH, and it is my belief that William also passed away in the state of Washington (Thurston area). If anyone has further info, it would be wonderful to hear from you.

I find it incredibly brave of these families to strike out for parts unknown back in those days, but am proud to say that I am related to these "pioneers".

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Children:
  • William Gaston (1844 - 1899)*
  • George Gaston (1849 - 1930)*
  • Christena F. Gaston Bush (1858 - 1920)*

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Note: Thank you to user Tenalquot for providing Moses' burial whereabouts.


Burial: Union Cemetery Tumwater Thurston County Washington, USA

Created by: PJ Record added: Jul 22, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 55278903 Moses GASTON was born around 1819 in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of William and Mary Molly (Redmond) GASTON. Moses' parents were born in Ireland, so Moses was first-generation Canadian.

Moses married Ann MACDONALD somewhere around 1844 (based on the birth of their son William). I am still seeking further marriage info among the Canadian records.

From what I can find, so far, Moses and Ann had seven children: William, Mary, George, Margaret Ann, Adeline, Christine, and Bella/Vella.

Moses' story is a bit hard to track, but I have found out the following info:

It appears that a good portion of our families' GASTON clan moved out to the Thurston, Washington (Territory) area between 1861 and 1890, including my Great-Grandmother's (Annie B Gaston Prescott) father William (Moses' son), along with Moses. I believe that Moses' wife Ann either passed away, or died en route (I cannot find a death record for Ann).

From census records, it appears that Annie's father Willliam moved out some time between 1873 and 1879 -- based on Annie's sister's (Irene) birth in 1873, and that I pick him up in Thurston in 1879, along with his brother George (see 1879 Washington Territory census) ..... In the 1881 Nova Scotia census, Annie and sisters Irene and Mary Jane are living with their grandparents Moses and Ann and their youngest daughter Bella (shown as Vella in census). [and I have just [2012 Jul] possibly discovered documentation that William and his wife divorced - and she remarried in 1885 -- and both of my Great Grandmother's sisters came with her to the Boston, MA area.]

In the 1887 Washington Territory census, Moses and Bella are shown with Moses' son George and his family. Both Moses and his sons were "ship carpenters" from Nova Scotia, and that is the profession listed on census records for them out in Washington.

I have also found that another one of Moses' daughters, Christine, made the journey with them and married one of the grandsons of George Washington BUSH, an African-American (actually listed as Mulatto) who was one of the founding settlers of the Thurston area of the then-burgeoning Washington Territory. Christine married George's son William's son John Shotwell Bush.

In fact, Moses' son George GASTON, married William Owen BUSH's daughter Mandana Isabella BUSH.

I am unsure what became of Bella at this time, (tho I do find a few "Bellas" around the area, but have no idea whom she would have married), nor do I know what became of Moses' granddaughters (my great-grandmother Annie's) sisters Mary Jane and Irene [daughters of William]

I have found Moses' death record in Bush Prairie, Thurston, WASH, and it is my belief that William also passed away in the state of Washington (Thurston area). If anyone has further info, it would be wonderful to hear from you.

I find it incredibly brave of these families to strike out for parts unknown back in those days, but am proud to say that I am related to these "pioneers". Note: Thank you to user Tenalquot for providing Moses' burial whereabouts.

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Moses Gaston's Timeline

1819
1819
Pugwash, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada
1844
1844
Tatamagouche, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada
1849
November 24, 1849
Pugwash, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada
November 24, 1849
Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada
1854
1854
1858
January 9, 1858
Nova Scotia, Canada
1897
July 24, 1897
Age 78
Bush, Thurston County, Washington, United States
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