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Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston

R.K. Gaston
Full Name: Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston
Birth date: July 23, 1812
Death date: April 6, 1881

Terms of Service

  • House, 13th Legislature
    1/14/1873 - 1/13/1874
  • House, 11th (1) Legislature
    8/6/1866 - 2/7/1870
  • House, 7th (2) Legislature
    11/2/1857 - 11/7/1859
  • House, 5th Legislature
    11/7/1853 - 11/5/1855
(1) R.R. Gaston, District 17, Smith. Roster of 11th Legislature, House of Representatives, "Texas Legislative Proceedings," 8/11/1866, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(2) Democrat. Civilian and Gazette. Weekly. (Galveston, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, Robert K. Gaston, age 41, native state Tennessee, emigrated from Mississippi in 1849, farmer, postoffice Plenitude, Anderson County. House Journal .


Other Resources

  • Census of 1850 - Robert Gaston, Anderson County, age 38, born circa 1812 in Tennessee, farmer.
    Census of 1860 - R.K. Gaston, Anderson County, age 48, born circa 1812 in Tennessee, farmer. FamilySearch . 1860 1850
  • R.K. Gaston, birth date 7/23/1812, death date 4/6/1881, burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Smith County. Includes portrait of Col. Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston in The Gaston Howard & Wilkinson Families in the Black Belt of Alabama by Kathleen Wilkenson Wood, 1976. Find a Grave .
  • Listed in "Smith County and Seventh Senatorial District Legislators, 1st—16th Regular Sessions, 1846-1879," The Tyler Journal, 5/29/1936, p. 67, crediting Smith County Historical Society. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Col. Robert Kirkpatrick Gaston and Leticia Southerd. "Col Gaston moved to Anderson Co, Texas, 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." Smith County, TXGenWeb Project .
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