A significant aspect of my research was the inclusion of every relative who shared information about the Gassaway family. Many of our family gatherings and reunions added to the information about our roots. This book was compiled to show the linkage and history of the Gassaway family. I hope this document will assist each family member in building their own bridge from the past -- to the present -- to the future. A bridge that someday will be appreciated by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. A bridge that Gassaway descendants can use in tracing our family ancestry.
The Gassaway connections and history gives purpose to life.
The history of a Honea Path Township, South Carolina family who survived slavery. A family whose Scotch-Irish mother, Louisa McPhail and her oldest five children's first known existence is documented on the Anderson County, South Carolina 1850 slave schedule in Honea Path Township.
A father, Larkin Dial Gassaway I, whose first known existence is documented in the census of 1870 Anderson County, South Carolina in Honea Path Township.
My research included a review of some of the following records:
-Birth -Slave Schedule
-Death -Social Security
-Legal -State, County and
-Cemetery US Federal Censuses
-Funeral Programs -School
In compiling this information, I started by calling relatives in many states who connected me with relatives in other states, I acquired E-mail addresses, I made numerous trips to the Detroit Burton Historical Public Library, the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and South Carolina.
From the late 1800s to present, the family has many accomplish-ments. They have become teachers, assistant school principles, attorneys, professors, musicians, politicians, business people, ministers, social workers, career U.S. government personnel, accountants, police officers, firefighters, and a host of other occupations and careers too numerous to list in this document. This document is part of the history and record of an African-American family.