There was a James Gassoway who had served as a Private in the Virginia Continental Line in the American Revolution, recieving a pension in Marion District, SC. in 1835. Later was transferred to Shelby County, Alabama.
Another state lists:
VIRGINIA CONTINENTAL LINE
$96.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE
$588.37 AMOUNT RECEIVED
MAY 17, 1819 PENSION STARTED
DROPPED MAY 1, 1820
RESTORED JANUARY 8, 1829
The reason I am interested in James Gassoway is that my 3rd great grandfather, Harmon Daniel King (c. 1805-1906) named his first born son James Gassaway King (1838-1904). I am guessing that possibly Harmon's father (also named Harmon King) might have been a friend of James Gassoway, and this would account for the name.
Harmon King, Sr. was probably from Virginia. He served in the Revolutionary War with General Lafayette, and settled in Camden, Kershaw County, SC after the war. There he married Elizabeth Flye (Fly, Fley?). Sometime around 1809, they moved to Alabama, but returned to South Carolina sometime in the 1820s.
Harmon King, Jr. is said to have attended the University of Alabama soon after it was founded in 1831. He came to Mecklenburg County, NC (the part that was to become Union County after 1842) sometime in the early to mid 1830s. He married Mary V. Starnes, and they had 13 children. After Mary Starnes' death, he married Margaret Griffin, and they had 8 children.
I am looking for information on Harmon King, Sr. and thought some of you all who were descened from James Gassaway might have heard of some connection.
John Field Pankow
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