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Descendants of Hugh Gaston, the "Squire of Peapack"

Updated June 28, 2003

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While this site welcomes Gastons of every race, creed, tongue and nationality, it is intended primarily as a resource for descendants of brothers Hugh and Joseph Gaston, who emigrated from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to colonial New Jersey ca. 1715-20. They arrived probably at Perth Amboy and possibly aboard the ship "Caledonia" -- by all accounts a leaky tub -- which promptly broke free of her moorings and foundered in a storm.

Hugh and Joseph reputedly were grandsons (or great-grandsons) of the legendary "Jean Gaston, Huguenot," from whom most American Gastons seem to spring one way or the other. Among Jean's descendants was William Gaston, a contemporary of Hugh and Joseph, whose children settled in South Carolina and founded the far-flung Southern Branch of the family.

The emigrant generation also included brothers John and Alexander Gaston, who settled in Connecticut and Massachusetts respectively. The relationship between and among Hugh, Joseph, William, John and Alexander is a matter of some debate in Gaston circles.

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