I have been doing research on John Gasque for an article I hope to publish. I have him born around 1700 probably in the Gascony Province of France and arriving in the English Colony of Carolina probably at Charles Town around 1725. He witnessed a land transaction in St. James Santee Parish in Craven County(present-day Charleston County)on May 10th, 1729. I next found him as a landholder living in the vicinity of the Black River and Black Mingo Creek in Prince Frederick Parish of Craven County (present-day Georgetown County). Here he married his wife Ann. You state her surname was Smith but I cannot find any evidence of this. Her surname has also been presented as Douge, Dauge or Dozier but this is also unlikely. Tully Dauge or Dozier who was born around 1742 in Currituck, North Carolina did not come to South Carolina until about 1775 and founded a large family in the Marion District of the state.
I believe John and Ann Gasque had two sons while on the Black River in Prince Frederick Parish. John Jr. was born in 1735 and Samuel in 1737 or 1738. You referred to John as “Old John” which carries the assumption that there was the younger son named John. In addition, a recorded legal transaction in 1773 clearly lists “John Gasque Sr. and his wife.” Nevertheless, the wife of John Jr. is the unknown Savage you mentioned and they were married in the early 1750’s in the Black River area. Children of John Jr. and his wife included Thomas, Robert, Lovelace or Loveless, Aaron, John, and Nathan with one daughter Olivia or Olive. Thomas and Robert fought with Marion’s Brigade in the American Revolution and Loveless was a major commanding Gasque’s Brigade in the War of 1812.
John, Ann and son Samuel moved to the Catfish River area in Prince George Winyah Parish (present-day Marion County) and John was listed as purchasing land on April 6th, 1757. Samuel married in the late 1860’s but his wife was not Rebeckah or Rebecca Dozier. She was Rebecca Elizabeth Flowers, daughter of Henry Flowers Sr. and Patsy Savage who married in Edgecombe County, North Carolina and later settled on Catfish Creek. The children of Samuel and Rebecca included Henry, John, Archibald, Samuel and Absalom and a daughter Nancy Ann.
Please post any references for your information on John and Ann Gasque and their sons. I am still sifting fact from fiction. I would particularly like the reference for “Old John” since this may be the title for my article. Thanks.