Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Christopher Gist

Male 1705 - 1759  (54 years)


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  • Name Christopher Gist 
    Born 1705  Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Jul 1759  Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I031276  Tree1
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2019 

    Father Richard Gist,   b. Abt 1683, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1741/42, Baltimore County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Mother Zipporah Murray,   b. Abt 1687, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 7 Dec 1704  Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (BAlt. Co. Md. Court Proceedings,Liber G. No. 1, 379; Wills 14, p. 396, Hall of Records, Annapolis).The permission of Richard Gist and Zipporah Murray to marry isrecorded in the West River Minutes, 10-1-1704, as follows: "The youngman produced a certificate (of consent) from Thomas Cromwell, hisuncle and Guardian signifying his and his wife's consent and the youngwoman's mother ... and her children .." The marriage took place onthe "seventh day of the tenth month called December 1704" at a meetinghouse of the people called Quakers in Baltimore County on the southside of the Patapsco River. (Friend's Recorfds, BAltimore, Md. Bk.116, pp. 30-31
    Family ID F18802  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Howard,   b. Abt 1710, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1731, Anne Arundel County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years) 
    Married Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Richard Gist,   b. 2 Sep 1729, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Violette Gist,   b. 4 Jul 1731, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Nathaniel Gist,   b. 15 Oct 1733, Baltimore County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 24 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F18801  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • The Journal of Christopher Gist, 1750-1751 from the book "Annals of Southern Virginia, 1769-1800" Abingdon, Va., by Lewis P. Summers, 1929
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      From Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 7, pge240

      "COLONEL CHRISTOPHER GIST of Mt. Braddock, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; b. in Maryland about 1706, and d. in 1759, of small pox in South Carolina or Georgia. He was first a merchant in BaltimoreTown, but failed in business and made an assignment to his relatives,CROMWELL and STANSBURY, in 1745. In 1750 he styled himself as "late of Baltimore County but then in the Colony of Virginia" and conveyed to Tobias STANSBURY the "Gist Limepits" in Baltimore County. He later settled on the Yadkin, in Virginia, and was undoubtedly the most famous scout and first renowned explorer of the Ohio River and Valley through the present states, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio, as agent of the Ohio Company. This was in 1750; and he was associated with Gen. George WASHINGTON as Indian scout and forest ranger, being his guideand companion on the journey to Lake Erie in 1753. He was made Captain of the Rangers, organized in Virginia for the defense of frontier, and served through 1756 and until the company was discharged in 1757. He received various titles of "Scout," "Captain" and "Colonel." With his sons, Nathaniel and Thomas, he took part as guide and scout in BRADDOCK'S expedition. He served with George WASHINGTON in his victory at Great Meadows and in his disaster the next day, 4th July, 1754, at Fort Necessity, when WASHINGTON surrendered to the French, in superior numbers, but with the honors of war. At the battle of BRADDOCK'S Defeat, 9th July, 1755, he was present with his sons, and afterwards raised a Company of Scouts in Maryland and Virginia and rendered efficient service. 1st October, 1755, he was commissioned Lieutenantof the Virginia [p.240] forces and in 1756 was made Captain of aCompany of Scouts. The same year he went to the Carolinas to enlist the Cherokee Indians for the English service, and as late as 1758 was Deputy Agent for Indian Affairs at Fort Frederick, Maryland; he acquired lands in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, which were inherited by his son Thomas; m. Sarah HOWARD, dau. of Joshua and Joanna(O'CARROLL) HOWARD of Baltimore County, Maryland, whose will of 1738 names his daughters, Sarah, Mary and Violetta, who had m. Col. Christopher GIST and his two brothers, Nathaniel and William respectively. "
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      Mr. Richard Gist 26.413 BA 890.9.3 Jan 17 1741 Jan 30 1741
      Appraisers: Robert North, G. Walker.
      Creditors: Thomas Harrison, Michael Coulter.
      Next of kin: Nathaniel Gist, Thomas Gist.
      Administrator: Christopher Gist
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      1774-1782 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book - Colonial Militia; [William Armstrong Crozier]:
      At a Court held for Spots. County, February 1780, the following proved their services in the Militia of the Colony 1755 to 1760, raised for the immediate defence thereof:
      Nathaniel Gest (or Gist) deposeth and saith that he served in the office of Lieut. in Capt. Christopher Gest's company, raised in 1758, and served until the company was and also as a Captain in Col. George
      Washington's 1st Va. Regiment, raised in 1758, continued as Captain until it was disbanded.
      Nathaniel Gest, son and heir of Christopher Gest, Decd., deposeth and saith that the said Christopher Gest was Captain of a Company of Rangers, raised in 1756, for defence of the Frontier, and served until the said company was discharged in 1756.

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