Fawcett:FAWCETT, Henrietta (1817 - 1909)

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Biographical sketch

HENRIETTA FAWCETT (GAUSS) was born to Joseph and Lucretia Fawcett in the house purchased of David Kyle in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia at 6 p.m. on Monday, 3rd February 1817 (Obituary; Gravestone; Joseph Fawcett bible). Henrietta accompanied her parents and some of their siblings to Missouri in the spring of 1834 (Letters W Fawcett to J Fawcett 5/24/1834; Lucretia Fawcett McCluer to Lucy Fawcett 3/5/1894). For several years (1834-35) they lived at Franklin in Howard County, before they moved to St. Charles in 1835. corresponded with any of her Virginia kinfolk after moving to Missouri. Net denied having any papers about earlier Fawcetts (Letter to L Fawcett 2/28/1894).

All of the children of Henrietta Fawcett and Eugene Gauss were born and raised in St. Charles (701 Tompkins) in their large stone house, surrounded by a park (Gauss 1982:196), Missouri (1850, 1852:50, 1868, 1870, 1876 censuses) and many are also buried there in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

On May 9, 1860 Henrietta and Eugene Gauss joined the Dardenne Presbyterian Church and she was baptized. They maintained their memberships there until 1886 when they transferred with her husband to the Columbia Presbyterian Church (Watson 1977:345). They perhaps changed their memberships from St. Charles to Dardenne in response to the Civil War.

In 1885 Eugene, Henrietta, and their younger children moved to their summer estate on Carlisle Lane in Boone County, 5 miles southeast of Columbia, Missouri. All of their children joined them in mid-February 1894 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Henrietta and Eugene Gauss’ marriage. Her son, Charles Henry Gauss, continued to live in their household until the early 1900s (1900 Census #137). Eugene Gauss died there on July 4, 1896.

Henrietta Fawcett Gauss died of old age at her home near Columbia at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 1909 at age 93 years. Rev. H.H. Barks conducted a service at her home in Columbia before she was shipped to St. Charles. At final service was held at the St. Charles Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on November 24, before her for burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery (Registry: 62; Geerling and Wiechens 1987:46; McElhiney 1970:201; Gauss 1982:196).

Her son, Eugene Gauss, Jr., and daughter, Virginia Gauss, continued to live at the home in Boone County (Census: 1910 #320, 1920 #8).

Henrietta Fawcett married Eugene Gauss on February 14, 1844 at the Fawcett Tavern in St. Charles, Missouri (Joseph Fawcett bible; Marriage Records 27:249; Johnson 1982). They lived in St. Charles where her husband sold lumber, grain, and real estate, and later established the First National Bank (Eugene was the first president [1863-70]). They did not own slaves (1852 census # 50). Upon her parents’ deaths, Net inherited the family bible, which has now disappeared (Letter L McCluer to L Fawcett 3/5/1894). She never visited or corresponded with any of her Virginia kinfolk after moving to Missouri. Net denied having any papers about earlier Fawcetts (Letter to L Fawcett 2/28/1894).

All of the children of Henrietta Fawcett and Eugene Gauss were born and raised in St. Charles (701 Tompkins) in their large stone house, surrounded by a park (Gauss 1982:196), Missouri (1850, 1852:50, 1868, 1870, 1876 censuses) and many are also buried there in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

On May 9, 1860 Henrietta and Eugene Gauss joined the Dardenne Presbyterian Church and she was baptized. They maintained their memberships there until 1886 when they transferred with her husband to the Columbia Presbyterian Church (Watson 1977:345). They perhaps changed their memberships from St. Charles to Dardenne in response to the Civil War.

In 1885 Eugene, Henrietta, and their younger children moved to their summer estate on Carlisle Lane in Boone County, 5 miles southeast of Columbia, Missouri. All of their children joined them in mid-February 1894 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Henrietta and Eugene Gauss’ marriage. Her son, Charles Henry Gauss, continued to live in their household until the early 1900s (1900 Census #137). Eugene Gauss died there on July 4, 1896.

Henrietta Fawcett Gauss died of old age at her home near Columbia at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 1909 at age 93 years. Rev. H.H. Barks conducted a service at her home in Columbia before she was shipped to St. Charles. At final service was held at the St. Charles Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on November 24, before her for burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery (Registry: 62; Geerling and Wiechens 1987:46; McElhiney 1970:201; Gauss 1982:196).

Her son, Eugene Gauss, Jr., and daughter, Virginia Gauss, continued to live at the home in Boone County (Census: 1910 #320, 1920 #8).




Source

From A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America by William Bloys Fawcett. Used by permission of Dr. Fawcett.

This book was first published in 1996 and some of the information is quite dated. If you find errors or want to add updates, contact me, and I will add notes to the page.

Copyright © 1996, 2007 by William Bloys Fawcett, Jr. All rights reserved. No copies may be made of this document through any electronic, photocopying or other means without permission of the author.


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