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The Gass Family of Tyneside, England

Updated March 5, 2005

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My father Joseph Ernest Gass and his sister Jean, both born late nineteenth century in Gateshead, Co. Durham, England, collected as much information as they could about the Gass family. I have included it in my family tree, and where it gives dates of birth and death I suppose they are accurate. However the work was done before the internet existed. Today I imagine confirming details and going further back in time would be easier.

However, at my age (76) I leave that to others.

I have included all I can find out about other families into which females called Gass married, so there are quite a lot of people named Rhodes, Holmes, Goddard, Blatchford etc.

I shall leave my family tree (Family Tree of Peter Gass) with the Mormons (among other places) and am really just ensuring that the searches done by others are not lost. There is a real danger of loss of data: my Aunt Flo destroyed the family bible (with its entries of births marriages and deaths) when she joined some religious sect that didn't agree with The Bible. However all the data it contained had already been transferred to my father's family tree.

The most interesting missing detail about the Rhodes family is that my Grandfather John William Rhodes, born probably in or near Oldham, Lancashire in 1849, never recorded anything about his father John Rhodes except that he "went to Australia". John William Rhodes was a parish priest in the Church of England, and there was evidently something shameful of which the least possibility is that he may have deserted his wife, Ann.

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