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James McBride Gaston collection

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Creator: Gaston, James M. B. (James McBride), 1824-1889

Date: 1847 - 1848

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: James McBride Gaston collection

Unit ID: 47142

Restrictions: None

Biographical sketch: James McBride Gaston was born on 22 March 1824 in Randolph County, Illinois to William Gaston, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Couch. James came from a line of soldiers, his father having served in the War of 1812 from Kentucky and his grandfather William Gaston, Sr. having served in the Revolutionary War from South Carolina. James himself enlisted with the 1st Illinois Infantry Regiment, Co. C in the spring of 1847, making the march via the Santa Fe Trail to new Mexico. He returned to Illinois in the fall of 1848 and re-enlisted when civil war broke out, serving in Co. G, 22nd Illinois infantry Regiment. He received a gunshot wound in November 1861 at the Battle of Belmont (Mo.) but continued to serve for three years, discharged with a disability in 1864. He was a corporal in both wars.

James married Mary Margaret Storment, daughter of John Storment and Margaret Kell, in July 1852 in Marion County, Illinois. She died in 1866, two months after the birth of their fourth child, only one of whom lived to maturity (Margaret Elizabeth Gaston, who died in 1898). In 1867 James married again, to Mrs. Nancy Jane Hill Creel, who died in 1891. James Gaston died on 27 February 1889 and was buried with both his wives in Marion County, Illinois.

Summary: Diary of James McBride Gaston and his experience traveling the Santa Fe Trail during the Mexican War. Born on March 22, 1824 in Randolph County, Illinois to William Gaston, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Couch, Gaston came from a line of soldiers. His father, from Kentucky, served in the War of 1812, and his grandfather William Gaston, Sr. of South Carolina served in the Revolutionary War. James himself enlisted with the 1st Illinois Infantry Regiment, Co. C in the spring of 1847 and made the march via the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico. He returned to Illinois in the fall of 1848. In July 1852, Gaston married Mary Margaret Storment, daughter of John Storment and Margaret Kell, in Marion County, Illinois. When civil war broke out, he re-enlisted, serving in Co. G, 22nd Illinois Infantry Regiment. He received a gunshot wound in November 1861 at the Battle of Belmont (Missouri), but continued to serve for three years, until discharged with a disability in 1864. He held the rank of corporal in both wars. Mary died in 1866, two months after the birth of their fourth child, only one of whom lived to maturity (Margaret Elizabeth Gaston, who died in 1898). In 1867, James married again, to Mrs. Nancy Jane Hill Creel, who died in 1891. James Gaston died on February 27, 1889 and was buried with both wives in Marion County, Illinois.

Space Required/Quantity: 0.40 cubic feet

Title (Main title): James McBride Gaston collection

Scope and Content

Contents: Collection includes original and copy of diary of James McBride Gaston of March of Mexican War Over Santa Fe Trail, biographical information on Mr. Gaston, and supplementary information regarding the Santa Fe Trail and the Mexican-American War.

Locators:

Locator Contents
078-06-03-02  Original diary--use copy instead 
108-08-05-11  Copy of diary and supplementary material 

Index Terms

Subjects

    Kansas -- Description and travel
    Santa Fe National Historic Trail -- History -- 19th century
    Gaston, James M. B. (James McBride), 1824-1889 -- Diaries
    Mexican War, 1846-1848

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Restrictions: None