I want very much to keep in touch with you if possible ? the last letter was a misunderstanding on my part & I apologize for that.My father John d. was born in 1933 ellicot City Md. , His father was born in 1907 Baltimore County , & Doc,William Nicholas Gassaway was born in 1881 near Wicomico Md. Anne Arundle County . His Father William A. Gassaway was Born In Montgomery county Md. As was His Brother John Hanson Gassaway , Their Father family John H. Gassaway Montgomery Co. 1790 His father Capt. John Gassaway was Capt. Charles Gassaways first cousin & they both fought in the Revolutionary War. Your family before the civil war lived in Montgomery county MD. Tensions were high between Marylander s that favored the old ways. The Gassaways Owned huge amounts of land , capt. Charles Gassaway owned well over 800 plus acres of prime tobacco farm land & they used slaves to work the land . a lot of our family lost their shirt tails at the end of the civil war. We supported the Confederates states of America. Many Gassaways lost their lives in that war & Their land also. It was not a good time for Our family's . My Grate G. Great Uncle helped Gen Stuarts men cross into Maryland before the battle of Gettysburg burg . he was cought & some of his land was ceased By the Union Army. Van Deventers Island in the Potomac river was Gassaway land . It is a 30 acre Island uninhabitable but perfect to smuggle food & Money & horses to the Confederate Armed forces in Va. I got to run . I so very much so like talking to you . Sincerely yours, John
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