Updated: 22 March 2011
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About the Gaston Family If you have additional information on this family, please contact Jim Adams (adamsmckain at gmail.com)
Descendants of Daniel Gaston (b. about 1877 in Hungary or Paris, France) and Helena Christum (b. about 1886, died in Toledo, OH, USA). They were married about 1903 and had 7 children. Family tradition has it that most of the family died in the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Cleveland, OH was especially hard hit by the pandemic. Children of Daniel & Helena (Christum) Gaston (not necessarily in order):
1. Dean Charles Gaston (22 Nov 1909 in Hannibal, Marion, MO - 08 July 1984 in Jackson, MI) married to Mildred Marie George (06 Jun 1908 in St. Paul, Ramsey, MN - 11 Nov 2001 in Lansing, MI).
2. John Gaston (b. about 05 Aug 1905 in OH)
3. Dan Gaston (d. in childbirth)
4. Charles Gaston
5. Mary Gaston (d. about 1918 in Cleveland, OH?)
6. Pearl Gaston (d. about 1918 in Cleveland, OH?)
7. August Gaston (d. about 1918 in Cleveland, OH?)
Dean & Mildred (George) Gaston photo of gravestone, Hillcrest Memorial Park, Cemetery for All Faiths, 1425 Elm Street, Jackson, MI. 49202. Phone 517.782.0565 Location of grave; Garden J, # 412, Lots 3 & 4.
Dean & Mildred (George) Gaston photo of gravestone.
Mildred Gaston home photo (believed to be the George, Pederson or Magnuson home in Prince Albert, Minnesota)
Mildred Marie (George) Gaston, Betty Gaston, Halien D. George, Dean Charles Gaston, Baby Gary Gaston.
Obituary of Dean Charles Gaston:
Dean Charles Gaston (1909-1984) married Mildred Marie George (1908-2001) and settled
in Jackson, Michigan (USA). Dean was a son of Daniel Gaston and Helena Christum
and Mildred was a daughter of Walter Demetrius George and Hilda Marie Pederson.
Dean Charles Gaston and Mildred George had four children:
1. Jean Ellen Gaston married John Joseph "Jack" Maher (19 Sept 1929 - 08 Feb 1982). They had 9 children.
2. Dean Allen Gaston (12 Nov 1930 - 05 Sept 2004). See obituary below.
3. Beverly May Gaston (24 May 1935- 27 April 2002) married James A. VerPlanck (26 Nov 1932 - 27 April 2002). No issue. See obituary below.
4. Patricia Sue Gaston.
Dean was active in the construction business in mid Michigan for over 30 years, a member of the Elks Lodge & past member of Arbor Hills Golf Club. He was a member of the Golden Wedding Club. Dean worked as an expediter for Mechanical Products and was manager of the furniture department of the former Glasgow Department Store at 139 East Michigan, Jackson, MI. Mildred had a cousin, Einar W. Peterson (22 Jan 1912 in Lindstrom,Chisago, MN - 20 March 1977 in Lindstrom, Chisago, MN). Einar was the son of Edna Peterson. Please contact Jim Adams (adamsmckain at gmail.com) if you have any information on the Peterson (Pederson) line.
Obituary of Dean Allen Gaston: b. 12 November 1930, d. 05 September 2004
GASTON, DEAN A.
Age 73, of Pleasant Lake, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2004 at home under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Jackson & Oaklawn. He was a proud and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty J.; six children, Gary D. Gaston and friend, Marilyn Horton, Craig L. (Becky) Gaston, Randy E. (Luanne) Gaston, Renee D. (Gene) Leightner, Brian L. (Tracy) Gaston, Deana M. (David) Thomas; 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Gaston and his twin sister, Jean Maher; numerous nieces, nephews and his faithful dog, Tipper. Preceded in death by his parents, Dean C. and Mildred Gaston, grandson, Dean Thomas, great-grandson, Joshua Gaston and sister, Beverly VerPlanck. Dean had honorary degrees in Management Skills from both MSU and Harvard University. He was a National Sales Manager in the cabinet industry. In retirement he started local businesses in the same industry. He was also a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Deanna and Marilyn from the Dept. of Aging. Mr. Gaston is at the Desnoyer Funeral Home where services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 p.m. the Reverend Erick Johnson officiating. Interment 2:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie.
In lieu of flowers contributions to the American Cancer Society South Central Michigan Service Area would be appreciated.
The family will receive friends Tuesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Jean & Dean Gaston as children.
Irene George's husband, Chet and Dean Gaston.
Dean Gaston at age 57.
Obituary of Mildred George Gaston: GASTON, MILDRED M. of Mason, formerly of Pleasant Lake, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2001, aged 93 years. Survived by three children, Dean (Betty) Gaston, Jean Maher, Patricia (Tarey) Welsh; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Irene (Chester) Cuzynski; one brother, Ralph George. Preceded in death by her husband, Dean C. Gaston; daughter Beverly Verplanck; and grandson, Mark Maher. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church and the Golden Wedding Club. Mrs. Gaston is at the Desnoyer Funeral Home where services will be held Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. Pastor Erick Johnson officiating. Cremation to follow the funeral service. The family will receive friends Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. "And she flew on angel's wings," our most beloved mother, grandmother and friend to all, the teacher, the statesman, the problem solver, the caregiver, known for kindness of sprit and a forgiving heart welcomed all, gatherer of hearts, the dancer, the humanist. Desnoyer Funeral Home owned for 111 years.
Obituary of James VerPlanck: VerPLANCK, JAMES A. Aged 69, of Clare (formerly of Jackson) died April 27, 2002 in Lapeer. Born November 26, 1932 to Allen and Ethel (Pierce) VerPlanck in Lansing. Married Beverly M. Gaston who preceded him in death in 1987. Retired as a Field Engineer for Aeroquip of Jackson. Survivors include brothers, Jack (Mary Lou) of Lake City, Andrew (Gail) of Lapeer, Harry (Vicki) of Atlanta, GA and many nieces, nephews and special friends at Bailey Lake, Clare, MI. He was preced in death by his wife, Beverly; sister, Betty Landers. Services will be Thursday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. from Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home in Clare, MI with burial in Roseland Memorial Gardens. Visitation Wednesday, May 1 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Obituary of Beverly May (Gaston) VerPlanck If you have a copy of this obituary please send it to Jim Adams (adamsmckain at gmail.com) for inclusion on this page.
Cox-Soest Family Tree at Ancestry.com (Begins with Daniel & Helena (Christum) Gaston)
Gaston Family Genealogy Forum
James McFadden Gaston Papers, 1852-1946 (about 400 items in teh Southern Historical Collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. Includes Gaston family history & some family photographs)
Genealogy of William Gaston (Project Gutenberg). The Bay State Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 5, February 1885. Connection not known
Digital Collections (Gaston)