Gause Surname History

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Philadelphia 1720

Charles and his son Even both were associated with the Quaker religion in some way. Religious Society of Friends or Quakers as they were better known was a fledgling religion at this time. In existence for about sixty years, the Quakers were less ridged than the contemporary religions of the time. The Quakers also took public stands against slavery and indentured servitude which one over many common people and enraged land owners. It is possible that Charles was an indentured servant when he came to the British Colonies or had friends that were indentured servants and he agreed with the Quakers position on slavery.


Charles eldest son, Even later appears on at least one record from the Catholic Church and his descendants to the present day have all been predominantly Catholic. Charles may have been disillusioned with the Catholic Church because of the Jacobite problems in Great Britain. He may have decided to make a new start in the new world and changed his religious orientation, or he was suspected of being involved in the Jacobite movement and did a public religion switch for appearances.


Early Quakers were also very civic oriented and often kept records on families in the community even if they were not a member of the group. One has to remember that the Quakers were a 'gathering of friends' and not what would be considered a traditional church. They did not have a central religious leader such as a minister or a priest and worship in groups that more closely resembled group discussions. It is possible that Charles had friends in the group or lived close by and was invited to participate. It is obvious that whether Charles was a Quaker or not, later in life he and his family were Catholic. ends the early history of the family.

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