Thomas Jefferson Gazley

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson Gazley Headstone Photograph

Dr. Thomas
Jefferson Gazley

Born in New York, January
8, 1801 * Died in Bastrpo County,
Texas, October 31, 1853 * Doctor-
Lawyer, Soldier, Legislator

Erected by the State of Texas

Back of headstone

Delegate to the Second Conven-
tion of Texas, 1833 * Physician in
the Army of Texas, 1835 - 1836 *
Signer of the Declaration of
Independence, 1836 * Grand Senior
Warden of the Grand (Masonic)
Lodge of Texas, 1837 * Member of
the Second Congress, 1837 - 1838
Full Name: Thomas Jefferson Gazley
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:T  Number:4
Reason for Eligibility: Delegate, Convention of 1833; Signer, Texas Declaration of Independence; Republic of Texas Veteran; Member, House of Representatives Republic of Texas 
Birth Date: January 8, 1801 
Died: October 31, 1853 
Burial Date: Reinterred February 27, 1937 
GAZLEY, THOMAS JEFFERSON (1798-1853). Thomas Jefferson Gazley, physician and legislator, was born in 1798 in Duchess County, New York. He established himself as a physician in Louisiana in 1828 but returned shortly to Baltimore, where he had received his medical training, to marry Eliza Boyce. They had four children. The family traveled to Texas from Ohio in November 1828 and settled in what is now Bastrop County. On April 29, 1829, Gazley applied for a license to practice medicine in San Felipe de Austin. On February 1, 1830, he was appointed clerk of the ayuntamiento. The Convention of 1832 appointed him a member of the subcommittee of safety and vigilance for the District of Bastrop. He was a delegate to the Convention of 1833. From September 28 to November 9, 1835, he was surgeon in Michael R. Goheen's company in the Texas army.

Gazley was one of three representatives from Mina (Bastrop) at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos and there signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. After the Texas Revolution he moved to Houston and on September 4, 1837, was elected from Harrisburg County to the House of the Second Congress of the republic. At that time he was a law partner of John Birdsall. Gazley was senior warden of Holland Lodge No. 36 and a charter member of the Grand Lodge of Texas, organized on December 20, 1837. He moved from Houston to Bastrop County and settled near the site of present Smithville, where he died on October 31, 1853. In 1937 his body was reinterred in the State Cemetery in Austin.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

L. W. Kemp

"GAZLEY, THOMAS JEFFERSON." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Wed Feb 12 16:28:21 US/Central 2003].


Thomas J. Gazley's son, Alfred F. Gazley served in the 33rd Texas Cavalry, Company A, (Duff's Partisan Rangers) during the Civil War.  He is buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Confederate Field, Section 1, Row D, Plot 20. 

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