Smith County, Texas
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Robert Ebenezer Gaston was born October 14, 1851 in Winston County, MS. He was the third son and child of Ebenezer GASTON and Margaret Caroline FOX. Ebenezer and Margaret were married December 17,1844 in Winston County. MS, and had seven children: John William GASTON, Finis Ewing GASTON, Robert Ebenezer GASTON, Nathan Alexander GASTON, Margaret GASTON, Joseph Fleming GASTON, and Jeff Davis GASTON.
The family moved to nearby Oktibbeha County, MS before 1860. Robert's mother, Margaret Caroline Fox Gaston, died December 27, 1862. She was buried with her parents at Old Baptist Cemetery in Winston County, MS. Ebenezer Gaston was remarried to Agnes FOX because a motherly help was needed with the children.
When Robert E. Gaston was 22, he moved to Tyler, Smith County, TX. At age 23, he married Carrie M. BALDWIN on April 21, 1875 at the home of her parents, Dr. Aaron and Caroline BALDWIN near Enterprise, Clarke Co. MS. Carrie was born April 9, 1855, in Marego County, AL. Robert took his new wife back to his home in Tyler, Smith County, TX.
Robert was a traveling auditor for Texas & St Louis Railroad (T & St L RR). He sometimes took his family with him when he did auditing jobs for the railroad. In 1880, when the Census was recorded, Robert and his family were living in Camp County, TX because Robert had some auditing to do in that area.
According to the "1882 Tyler Directory", Robert Gaston and family were living on North College Street near downtown Tyler. His brother Dr. Finis Ewing GASTON, a dentist, was living on North Bois d'Arc, also near downtown Tyler. The directory lists that Robert was working with T & St L RR at the time.
Robert and Carrie were members of the Marvin Methodist Church. Robert was listed as a steward for the church in the church's 1892 member's directory. On May 9, 1896, the board of Marvin Methodist elected Robert E. Gaston to be trustee of the mortgage to help reduce the financial debt of the new church. Through his efforts, the debt was somewhat reduced.
Robert became a merchant in downtown Tyler some time before 1900. His mother-in-law, Caroline M Baldwin was living with the family at the time. His two brothers, Dr. Finis Ewing Gaston and Joseph Fleming Gaston, were also living in Tyler. By 1910, Robert was a bank cashier. He and Carrie lived on West Erwin St. and their home was a boarding house for people who worked in downtown Tyler.
Children of Robert E.Gaston and Carrie M. Baldwin:
Robert E. Gaston died on August 14, 1931 and his bride, Carrie, died July 15, 1943. They are both buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler, Smith Co. TX. Pictures
Gaston Family Record, 1750-1855, found in the Smith County TXGenWeb Archives
Smith County Federal Census Images -
Cemetery Records of Smith County, Texas, Vol 1, Oakwood and Rose Hill Cemeteries
Smith County Marriage Records, Book II - 1900-1926 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1999)
The second family who lived in Tyler was the Robert Ebenezer Gaston family. He was married to Carrie Baldwin and they had four children as follows:
All of the original family of Robert Ebenezer and family are now deceased.
A special thanks to Joe Gaston who transcribed this manuscript and to
Ann Stubblefield Ince of Knoxville, TN, granddaughter of Alliene Gaston Coker,
for giving permission to publish the manuscript.
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