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Nicholas Gassaway signed an affidavit 5 November 1813 stating that he knew that James Gassaway ( no. 62 ) served in the Revolutionary War as a captain in the 2nd Virginia Regiment.
Nicholas Gassaway was cited in Anne Arundel Gentry as head of household in Union County, South Carolina, in 1790 near James Gassaway (no. 23 ), the latter of whom with his wife Rachel had conveyed in 1770 Resurvey on Moab in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, before settling in Frederick County, Virginia, where Rachel died. Nicholas and his father James subsequently moved to Union County, North Carolina, and thence to South Carolina. Nicholas Gassaway was listed on the 1800 and 1810 census in Union County, North Carolina, and on the 1820, 1830, and 1840 censuses for Pickens County, North Carolina. The ages of his children approximated on these censuses correspond to the ages of the children listed above.
At age eighty-seven he and his wife Sarah were listed in the home of their son James in Murray County, Georgia. Although Sarah was eighteen years younger than her husband, from the bracketing of age on the censuses it appears that she was the mother of all of his children.
Enoch, Edward and Jeremiah Gassaway were assigned as sons of Nicholas Gassaway by a researcher who did exhaustive research on this family.
Notice of the marriage of Miss Rebecca Gassaway, daughter of Mr. Nicholas Gassaway, to Jesse Evatt was published in the Pendleton Messenger 18 August 1824.
Sarah Gassaway, aged forty, was enumerated on the 1850 census in the household of James Gassaway in Murray County, Georgia, along with her parents.
Dorothy Harris wrote in a letter dated 12 February 1978; “ We know that James Gazaway, George W. Gazaway and Levi Benson were the sons of Nicholas and Sarah Gassaway, and we know they were related to Berry but we don’t know how.”
Henry Boyd Gazzaway wrote a short article 12 February 1954 and stated; “ Berry Gazzaway was born in 1823 and Berry, his brother John, and another brother came from Ireland.”
While the compliers give credence to family traditions, in the absence of hard evidence such as Bible records, wills, and old letters, one has to utilize census records to establish family relationships. James Gazaway, George W. Gazaway, Levi Benson Gazaway and Berry Gazaway were all enumerated on the 1850 census in Murray County, Georgia, and Nicholas and Sarah were enumerated in the household of their son James as already mentioned.
The following year Whitfield County was created from Murray County and George W. and Berry were enumerated on the 1860 census in Whitfield County. Although Berry indicated on the 1850 census that he was born in Georgia that cannot necessarily separate him from this family that migrated from South Carolina, for there are many discrepancies in both census taking and the transposing of the census records.
While it is the opinion of the compilers that Berry Gazaway was a son of Nicholas Gazaway and his wife Sarah, and he has therefore been tentatively assigned as such, the listing of his descendants will be found in a later section in this book.
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