I found this obituary in the January 26, 1889 issue of The Guin Disptach - Guin, Marion County, AL - page 4. Hope this helps someone.
JAMES L. GAST On Sunday January 15th inst. at 6 o’clock p.m. at the residence of his son-in-law Mr. HENRY HENSLER, at the Gast homestead eleven miles south of Russellville, Ala., in the arms of his daughter and without a struggle the spirit of JAMES L. GAST passed away. He had been suffering for some weeks from the effects of a severe cold, yet his death was as sudden and unexpected as it was painless, no one being present but Mr. HENSLER and the members of his family. JAMES L. GAST was born in the north of Ireland, county of Cavin, about AD 1807, or poor but respectable parents. His early religious training was of the Episcopal faith. After obtaining a common school education he served an apprenticeship of seven years in his native land under an experienced millwright, becoming a skillful mechanic. It was about the year 1830 that he secured passage on board a sailing vessel named the Josephine bound for America, and after an uneventful voyage landed at Castle garden, New York City, a total stranger without friends or relatives in what doubtless appeared to him a very strange land. But confident of his ability as a mechanic, and being as he was possessed of an informitable will, he soon secured work in the Brooklyn navy yard, and afterward followed his trade in the states of Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and finally drifted into the state of Ohio early in the forties. Here he plied his vocation until 1845 when his services were secured by the Hon. D. L. HUBBARD, then a member of Congress from Alabama, to superintend the rebuilding of what is now known as the Hubbard Old Mill in the southern portion of Lawrence County. After completing the mill at the solicitation of Maj. Hubbard he formed a co-partnership with him for the purpose of erecting a cotton mill on Bear Creek, at the present site of Allen’s Factory. While in Ohio he formed the acquaintance of an estimable lady named MARGARET MCVOY, and early in 1846 he returned to Ohio, married Miss MCVOY, after which the happy pair returned to Alabama and moved into the residence now occupied by Mr. J. R. PHILLIPS when Mr. Gast began the erection of the proposed cotton mill. About the time the mill was completed a disagreement took place between the partners when Mr. Gast withdrew from the co-partnership, and in 1848 moved to the place where he has since resided. James L. Gast was a kind and affectionate husband, a loving and indulgent parent, a true friend, a safe and judicious counselor, a thorough mechanic and an honest man. He believed in the infinite goodness of God and all his works; was an ardent lover of nature in all its various forms both animate and inanimate. He loved truth for truth’s sake and despised hypocrisy and cant; he was the friend of the oppressed of all nations, abhorred cruelty and looked with compassion and pity upon the unfortunate. He was a close student and comprehensive reader, a lover of poetry and history, and was happy in the society of books and newspapers. In forming his opinions he was never hasty but when given they were always guided by the torch of reason. He was unwilling to accept anything as an established fact unless demonstrated by the light of a reasonable solution. On Tuesday, Jan. 18th, inst. at 1 p.m. after a eulogistic address, the readying of a chapter in the Bible, and an eloquent and touching prayer by his friend Mr. HARVEY SARGENT, his body was borne by the hands of his neighbors and friends to the family burying ground and there deposited beside the remains of his wife and three children who had preceded him to the spirit work. And now he sleeps beneath the storm tossed branches of the stately oak near the trees and shrubbery planted cultured by his own hand where the balmy southern summer breeze will waft the fragrant perfume of the flowers, which in life he loved so well o’er his tomb. F. A.