In about 1751, the Gause Plantation was established by William Gause in Brunswick County, North Carolina near present day Ocean Isle Beach.  The plantation house, reportedly known as Gause Manor, was located on several thousand acres of land.  William (born about 1710) was married to Ann Bryan (born about 1735), and together they had five sons: John, William, Needham, Benjamin, and Charles.  At least two sons, William and John, fought in the Revolutionary War.  After the war President Washington made a southern tour, and on April 27, 1791 was a guest at the home of William Gause, Jr. where he had breakfast according to an historical marker on Highway 17.  References: (1) “Historic Sites in Brunswick County”  by the Brunswick County, North Carolina Planning Department, January 1976, (2) Family Search International genealogical Index, and (3) "The Gause Plantation at Ocean Isle Beach" by Fred R. David and Vern J. Bender, October 2009.