Our Gabriel Story
Of the Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas Gabriels
Jim Gabriel and Jane Shelton Gabriel were the patriarch and matriarch of the family, and both of whom were slaves in North America. Jim's slaveholder was the Steve Satterwhite family who brought Jim to Texas during the early 1800s. Jane's slaveholder was Frank Shelton who purchased Jane at a slave auction in Mississippi and brought her to Louisiana. Jim and Jane met, married, but remained with their respective slaveholder until Emancipation. Between marriage and Emancipation, Jim visited Jane as often as allowed. Afterwards, they began their lives as husband and wife in the Bethel Community near Butler, Texas, eventually settling in/around Fairfield. Their offspring included eight boys and one girl: Reverend Albert Lewis Gabriel; Bedford Gabriel; Burl Gabriel; Jim Gabriel, Jr.; John Henry Gabriel; Saint Paul Gabriel; Willis Gabriel; and Mary Elizabeth Gabriel Crowder Carter. The Gabriel family multiplied and prospered. Many descendants made their mark in military service and in the ministry of the Gospel. Other pillars and stalwarts within the family established footholds as educators, entrepreneurs, farmers, and brick masons. The Gabriel family forerunners left their footprints for subsequent generations to follow, emulate, and out distant. Today, this group of Gabriels greet you as philanthropists and legacy stakeholders.