Henrietta Fawcett Gauss - Interview'

Henrietta Fawcett Gauss - Interview

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Biographical Material
The Black Book
John Jay Johns Journal
Notes on Families:
Orrick Johns
Pen of John Jay Johns
Pioneer Families of MO
St. Charles, MO
Tax Records

Carl Friedrich Gauss Page
Wilhelm Ahrens Speech
Scan of Letter from Gauss
G. Waldo Dunnington Article

Chambless, Sanderson, Simmons


Henrietta Gauss born Fawcett -

    Her Father was Joseph Fawcett - He the son of Benjamin Fawcett - & Delilah Rigna
The Father of Benj Fawcett - was born in France, and moved to England - after a short residence there (see notes given by Aunt Lucretia) he came to America - (How old he was is not known) x when Benj F. Was born not known - His wife D. Rigna - was born in England & came over when young (probably not grown) & was adopted & raised by a Quaker Minister & wife who brought her over -
    Joseph F- was born in Berkely Co Va Sept 15th 1779 - died - Sept 11th 1844 - Benjamin F. was engaged in manufactur of iron - at Jordans Forge - either in Rockbridge or Rockingham Co. Va - after this he was engaged in raising cattle in Bath Co.  He died in Lexington Va. while away from home to buy Cattle - see obituary note in Lexington paper - His wife died in Bath Co - where
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who lived a widow a long time - children of Benj & D. F. were Joseph Charles & Benjamin - also Annie - who married a Mr Bright - Mollie who married a Mr Harrison - Kitty & Drusilla - who married twice - Her 2nd husband named Odell - another was Betsy Kinkaid - who came to Mo about 1841 - & moved to Soline Co - she had lived in Ky - Hanah(?) also married a Kinkaid - in Va
The youngest daughter was named Abby - married & moved away -
Chas F lived in Bath Co. as a farmer His wife died rather early & he lived there with his children - one of whom was named Benj - another was Albert
Mother says that Nat Reid's brother who came from Va. - told about - Benj. F. (son of Chas) being troubled for fear that his son or nephew (she cant say which) would loose his money on a race horse - Mother says that since they have come to the farm - she saw
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a note in the Country Gentleman of the sale of a horse - she thinks Flora Temple - owned by a Mr Fawcett -
Benjamin F. lived in Hardy Co Va & afterwards he moved [Fohiv ?] and at that time had two little girls - one named Henrietta - Mother says she has been told that there are a great many Fawcetts living near Bellefontain Ohio -
Joseph Fawcett - Mothers Father - was employed by his father at the iron works for a while - Superintended making charcoal.  He afterwards was sheriff of Rockingham Co. - later had a store - Harrisonburg - where he made a good deal of money but went security for the sheriff & lost his property paying for the shortage of the sherif - He then went to Staunton & kept tavern 3 years then went to Callaghans  - Allegheny Co Va where he kept tavern 2 - years & came to Mo in 1834 - and went
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Mothers father Joseph F. married Lucretia Keyes - who was the daughter of Humphry Keyes & Phoebe Stryder (or Strider) Phoebe S. was a Presbyterian -
Mother says - that the father of Humphrey Keyes was English - she thinks possibly he was born in England
The Striders came from Saxony Originally - How far back Mother can't say - They lived on the Potomac River where they had a flour mill.  Grandmother Fawcett - told Mother that she visited her Grandmother Strider at the place where the Mill was - Mother thinks it was in Frederick Co.
Phoebe Keyes - a sister of Lucretia Keyes married a Bywater in Va After his death she went to Tex with several children - One of them was a Methodist preacher who died - another Son was probly the father of a Man living below San Antonio on the J & G N RR[?].  He was a J.P. in 91
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Brown Miller went off to California - in 1849 - and was never heard from again.  Mother says that some time after the war - a young man Tom Miller came to the Lumber Yard - He had been drinking & Father refused to bring him to the house.  Offered to pay his bill at Hotel but he went off.  After this - When Aunt Gee was in Sedalia she saw an account of the suicide of a man named Tom Millier who killed himself in a RR Car - His sister a Miss Aurelia Miller came down & had his body cared for - she did not Aunt Gee did not tell me this at the time but told Mother afterward -
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see Century for a account of the "Ill fated Donner Expedition"  The Keyes family went with the Donners to California


Notes:  This is obviously fragmentary.  Perhaps I will be able to fill in the gaps later.  It is also obviously a preliminary interview and should be used as a source of clues and not as authoritative. By the handwriting it may have been written by Charles Henry Gauss.  Aunt Gee was Virginia Fawcett, sister of Henrietta. -- SDC


Source:  Handwritten original in the private collection of the Chambless family.  Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, May 22, 1999.



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