Justus Gerard (Gerrard) (1755 - 1828)

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Birthplace: Berkley Co., Virginia
Death: Died in Garards Fort, Greene Co., PA
Managed by: David P Himes
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About Justus Gerard (Gerrard)

The Reverend John Gerrard (1720-1787)was born about 1720 and died September 1787 in Berkeley County, Virginia. His son Justus (1774-1842) was married to Rachel Corbly the daughter of Rev. John Corbly. Rev. Gerrard is an ancestor to the Davis line through the Harbert family.

The town Gerrardstown was established as a town in 1787 by the Virginia House of Burgesses. The town was named for Rev. John Gerrard. He was the first pastor of Mill Creek Baptist Church which was organized by early settlers around 1743.

The December 2003 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine says that George Washington's diary of his survey trips for Lord Fairfax in 1753 and 1754, notes that after leaving Winchester, Va. he rode past a minister's creekside home and the First Baptist church west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

This creekside two-story home was later purchased by Rev. John. The limestone dwelling had been built by John Hayes in 1742 and is still standing in Gerrardstown! Later, it was the home of the son Rev. David Gerard who had inherited a massive tract of land from his father John. Rev. John not only had purchased land, but also had an award of 478 acres from Lord Fairfax. Rev. David died in 1821.

Rev. John was appointed by the Philadelphia Association to the Mill Creek church in 1755 and served for 32 years until his death in 1787. Today, Gerrardstown is a part of the National Register of Historic Places. Many of Rev. John's children went on to Pennsylvania where they made history at Gerard's Fort . 

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Justus Gerard's Timeline

1755
1755
Berkley Co., Virginia
1773
1773
Age 18
Washington Co., PA
1774
1774
Age 19
Garards Fort, Green Co. PA
1777
March 20, 1777
Age 22
Green Co, PA
1778
March 18, 1778
Age 23
Garards Fort, Green Co. PA
1780
1780
Age 25
Garards Fort, Green Co. PA
1782
August 19, 1782
Age 27
Garards Fort, Green Co. PA
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1785
Age 30
Garards Fort, Green Co. PA
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1788
Age 33
Garards Fort, Green Co. PA
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1790
Age 35
Pa