<iframe src="http://view.atdmt.com/iaction/ancestrycom_non_secure_universal_v3/v3/atc1.-lib-TinyMce_2_1_0-blank_htm/" width="1" height="1" frameborder="0" scrolling="No" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" topmargin="0" leftmargin="0"></iframe> There is a record of a William Gause, Sr. who, in 1734, purchased land in what was then Bertie Precinct of NC, adjacent to the Virginia-NC line, from Mr. John Bryan.  The same land was sold in 1735/36, and it is surmised that William Gause, Sr. traveled south, and settled in the Little River area of South Carolina.

It is known that William Gause, Sr., the patriarch of the Gause families that were to become prominent in the history of Brunswick County, NC, was present in the NE coastal areas many years before the Revolutionary War.  In 1737, he obtained grants from the crown for 40 acres of land in what was then Prince George's Parish, and is now the Windy Hill Beach area of Horry County, between Myrtle Beach, SC, and the NC line.  An inlet from the Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of the Gause property was known at that time as Gause's Swash, and is now known as White Point Swash.  William Gause, Sr. later became an innkeeper.

Some years later, William Gause, Sr. purchased a plantation at Star Bluff on the Waccamaw River from Nathan Frink, including his livestock, tools, and household furnishings.  There is nothing to indicate that William Gause ever lived there; however, some of his descendants settled in the nearby area of Red Bluff, as well as further inland, where a Gause settlement and an old Gause family cemetery may be found today.  The Frink and Gause families were apparently close.

In 1740, a deed to Ann Bryan, a "spinster", from William Gause, Innkeeper, of Long Bay of the Parish of Prince George, conveys to her several Negro slaves, furniture, bedding, and livestock.  The deed was recorded in Craven County, SC January 4, 1744.  Ann Bryan's relationship to William Gause, Sr., and to the previously mentioned John Bryan of Bertie Precinct, is unknown.  But it is curious that the first names of the three children that she had at that time were the same as the first names of three of William Gause's children, i.e., Needham, John and William.  Also curious is the fact that a later child fathered by William Gause, Sr., and an unknown mother was given the first name of Bryan. 

There is a Bill of Sale, dated March 14, 1745, fourteen months after the deed to Ann Bryan was recorded, stating that he disposed of personal property, furniture, etc.  These possessions were not necessarily his personal property.  This document is recorded on page 116, book 75A, of "SC Wills, Inventories and Miscellaneous Documents, from 1746".

Other documents recorded are a Bill of Sale, dated 11 April 1758, for slaves, from William Gause, to his son, Benjamin Gause, witnessed by Needham Gause, recorded 3 November 1758, Craven County, Prince George's Parish and a Bill of Sale/Deed for slaves, from William Gause to John Gause, signed 10 March 1761, witnessed by Needham Gause, recorded 30 January 1762; a Bill of Sale for slaves from William Gause Sr. to John Bell, 10 March 1761, witnessed by Needham Gause and John Gause, and mention of William Gause, Jr.

The foregoing documents seem to be the last recorded mention of William Gause, Sr. and from the nature of the documents, all of which record his disposition of property, it could be concluded that he was setting his estate and affairs in order prior to his death. 

This information was found on a Gause website some years ago.  Another viewpoint was expressed as follows:

My take on the Craven Co., SC deeds dated 1740, 1745 and 1746 is somewhat different.  They seem to me to show that Ann Bryan did marry William Gause, Sr.  In 1740, he practically gave her all that property for the use of her sons Needham, John and William Bryan (the same given names as his sons in the 1750's deeds of gift.)  He then sold most of the same property to Henry Warner for 700 pounds in 1745.  That suggests that he had married Ann Bryan thus making the property his to sell.  Moreover, when Henry returned it to her sons in 1746, she was Ann Gause with the same three sons, plus Charles.