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James GASS, Sr.

Male 1773 - 1842  (69 years)


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  • Name James GASS 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 4 Mar 1773  Dromore, County Down, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Jul 1842  Greene County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 


    • (1) Joyce Gass Hickey Edmondson: Branches--A History of the Hickey, Gass, Smith, Blevins, Stanfield, Francisco, Neil, Hoyle, Davis, Kerr, Sterling, Rockhold, Costner, Shults, Boggess, Lane, Peeler, Wilson, Hardin, Chattin, Samford and Keene Families, Sweetwater, TN: 1986, pp. 37-38:

      The Gass Family

      The Gass family was originally from Scotland. During the early 1600s the British Crown confiscated much of what is now North Ireland and moved British and Scotch Protestants into Ireland. It was during this time that our ancestors moved to Ireland.

      James Gass

      James was born in Dromore, County Downs [sic], Ireland on March 4, 1773. He married Elinor Bailey around 1790, and sometime around 1792 they and their infant son John and probably James' mother Mary came to this country.

      It is very likely that other brothers and a sister came, too. but possible that some of the family stayed in Ireland. One older brother, John, was already in the New World and had been for some years. He had served in the War of Independence.

      James, himself, became an American patriot after he immigrated and he served in the War of 1812.

      James was an active Mason and brought a certificate of membership with him from Ireland to present to the lodge in Greens County, Tennessee, in which he later held several offices. He was also county constable two different times.

      He and Elinor (Nelly) had about 10 children. Nelly died in 1811 and James remarried in 1814 and had another son.

      James was active in the Presbyterian church. At one time, the area where Mt. Pleasant church at Gross Anchor in Greene County is, was called Gass's Campground or Gass's Shed.

      James died in 1842 and is buried with his wife Nelly at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church cemetery. Their stones are still legible. Following is a copy of James's will:

      I James Gass being weak it body but of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at my time made.

      First I direct that my funeral expenses and an my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of my moneys that I may the possessed of or may (?) come into the hands of my executors.

      Secondly I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Polly Gass, the plantation that we now live on as long as she remains my widow and If she never marrys to have it during her natural life and to have all the proceeds arising from said plantation, also my two horse beasts that I now own together with all the cattle, hogs and sheep, farming (?), household and kitchen furniture with all the beds and bedding to have and to hold the same as long as she lives. She is to have full power and authority to dispose of them to (?) as she pleases, that is the beds and bedclothing at the and of her natural life, except the beds and bedclothing that my daughter Nancy owns. The plantation and other property, if any remains after her death or widowhood, and the Plantation to be sold by the executors to the highest bidder and the money arising from the sale of the land and property to be equally divided between my sons: Charles Gass, Joseph Gass, Simon Gass, William Gass and Betsy Armitage.

      Thirdly I bequeath unto George Britton, son of William Britton, one horse saddle and bridle, if he the said George Britton shall remain with my wife Pally Gass on the plantation, with some clothing, til he arrives at the age of 21 years and helps to work the plantation to make a support for himself and family and if the amid George Britton should not stay until he is 21 years of age then I enjoin it upon my Executors not to let him have the horse saddle and bridle.

      Fourthly it is further my will that my daughter Nancy Gass have her support of the plantation if it can be made, with her mother as long as she stays on the plantation, but if she Hite married or leaves the place then her support of the plantation to cease,

      Fifthly it is my will that my Executors shall take possession of all the notes and all the money, if any on hand, at my decease and when collected to make an equal divide of said money between my 10 first children and my wife Polly Gass except the heirs of Samuel Gass deceased, and them to have $50 equally divided between them. I give unto my daughter Polly Babb $10 the balance of her share to be equally divided between her five oldest children as they become of age. Emeline, Sally, Harvy, Gustice and Phillip.

      Sixthly It is my will that my son G.M. Gass have $10 and all my Interests that I have to thirty lots of land lying in Grainger County on Holston River.

      Seventhly I furthermore will and bequeath unto my wife Polly Gass all the corn, bacon, wheat, oats and fodder for the support of the family and stock that we are in possession of at this time, I also bequeath unto my wife Polly Gass seventy five bushels of corn that is coming from Alfred Armitage next fall. The note I hold on Samuel Gass (?) not to be collected by my executors from his heirs. I do hereby nominate and appoint John Armitage and Charles Gass my Executors in witness whereof I do set my hand and seal this 30th day of April 1842. Signed, sealed in our presants and we have suscribed names in presants of the Testator.

      James Gass

      John Hay
      William Robinson
    Person ID I183  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2017 

    Father --- GASS,   b. Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1785, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary (GASS),   b. Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1799, Greene County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F800  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elinor BAILEY,   b. 1773, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1811  (Age 38 years) 
    Married Bef 1791  Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joseph GASS,   b. 6 Mar 1798, Greene County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1860, Birchwood, Hamilton County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2017 17:08:00 
    Family ID F799  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart