Smith County, Texas

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Col. Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston and Leticia Southerd


Col. Robert Kirkpatrick GASTON, son of Hugh GASTON and Mary KIRKPATRICK, was born 23 July 1812 in Tennessee. He was married to Letitia (Lettie) SUDDATH/ SOUTHERD who was born 20 August 1819 in South Carolina

Col Gaston moved to Anderson Co, TX, in 1849, and to Mt. Sylvan, Smith County, in 1860. He served several terms in the Legislature from Anderson County before the war, and later several terms from Smith County.

They were the parents of these children:

  1. George, born 1838, AL; died in Civil War
  2. William, born 1840, Wilcox Co, AL; married Jane FURLOW, 18 March 1868, Anderson Co, TX
    • Edwin
    • William H.
    • Robert K
    • Laura, married Hon. E. P. FINLEY
    • Annie Ione
  3. Robert H, born 1843, MS; Killed in the BattleAntietam, Civil War
  4. Mary Priscilla, born 13 January 1847, MS; died 1 Jan 1915, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Smith Co, TX; married 13 February 1867, Dr. William Jefferies GOODMAN
  5. John H., born 1848, MS; married Bettie MILLER, daughter of John A. MILLER & Laura AYRES
  6. James M, born 1853, TX; married Ola T. ALLEN, 17 Dec 1879, Smith Co, TX
  7. Henrietta, born 1856, TX; married John T. READ, 20 October 1880, Smith Co, TX

Col. Gaston died 6 April 1881 in Smith Co, TX. Lettie died 5 February 1883. Both are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Smith Co, TX.




Joe Gaston

Mike Vaughn - Information on Anderson County, TX

Gaston Family Record, 1750-1855, Smith County Historical Society Archives

Some Biographies of Old Settlers - Historical, Personal and Reminiscent, By Sid S. Johnson, Vol I, 1900:

Sid S. Johnson, Publisher, Tyler, Texas, Copy in Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX - Col. Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston

Texans Who Wore the Gray, By Sid S. Johnson, Self-published, Tyler, Texas, Copy in Tyler Public Library,

Tyler, TX - William H. Gaston

U.S. Census:

  • 1850 Anderson Co TX Federal Census - Image 0035
  • 1860 Anderson Co TX Federal Census - Image 0036a
  • 1870 Smith Co TX Federal Census - Image 0305a
  • 1880 Smith Co TX Federal Census - Image 100-39

Anderson County, Texas Marriage Records, Volume 3, Page 60

Cemetery Records of Smith County, Texas, Vol 1, Oakwood and Rose Hill Cemeteries (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1981)

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899, Published by the East Texas Genealogical Society, Tyler, TX, 1979


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