GAZLEY, ALFRED FRANCIS (1842 ~ 1911)
Biographical information compiled and donated to the Cemetery Archives by Sharon Tedford.
Alfred Francis Gazley was born October 15, 1842, in Bastrop County, Texas, to Thomas Jefferson Gazley and Elizabeth Boyce Gazley. Thomas Gazley played a vital role in the Texas Independence. He came to Texas in 1928 and practiced medicine. When the Texas revolution began, he was appointed surgeon in Goheen’s Company, Texas Army. By March 1836, Thomas Gazley was a member of the Convention of 1836 and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Thomas and Elizabeth Gazley were married May 21, 1819, in Cincinnati, Ohio, they had eight children, Alfred Francis Gazley was the youngest. He enlisted in Captain James Duff’s Company, Texas Partisan Dragoons on May 7, 1862, in San Antonio, Texas. The 33rd Cavalry Regiment was organized in April 1863 using Duff’s regiment as the backbone of the newly formed cavalry unit. The 33rd Cavalry Unit served in Gano’s and Hardeman’s Brigade, Trans – Mississippi Department. The 33rd Cavalry patrolled the lower Rio Grande protecting supply lines and most importantly protecting the cotton trade and participated in the last battle of the Civil War, Palmetto Ranch near Brownsville, May 12-13, 1865. On June 2, 1865, the 33rd Cavalry formally surrendered.
Alfred Gazley returned home following the War. He later married Nannie E. Donovan on May 8, 1881, in McClennan County, Texas. According to records, Gazley worked as a farmer and carpenter. He was admitted to the Confederate Men’s Home on August 8, 1909, and died December 3, 1911. Alfred Francis Gazley was buried at the Texas State Cemetery on December 4, 2011.
Information taken from the Compiled Military Service Record, Confederate Home Roster, Confederate Pension Application, Death Certificate and regimental histories.