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Richard Gist

Birthplace: St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
Death: Died in St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Christopher Gist, Jr.; Christopher Gist; Christopher Richard Gist, II; Edith Gist (Cromwell); Edith Gist and 1 other
Husband of Zipporah Gist and Zipporah Gist
Father of Christopher Gist; Nathaniel Gist; Edith Elizabeth Vaughan; William D. Gist; Capt Thomas Gist and 13 others

Occupation: Justice of the Peace, Baltimore Co.l surveyor; laid out Baltimore 1736-41; Presiding Judge; Capt. of Militia; Burgess 1740-41
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About Richard Gist

The founder of the Gist family, of Maryland, was Christopher Gist, or Guest, who migrated from England and settled in Maryland on the south side of the Patapsco river in 1682, but removed in 1691 to Baltimore county. He married Edith Cromwell, of the family of the great Oliver Cromwell, lord protector of England. Their son, Richard (1684-1741), was the father of Christopher Gist, who is known in history as explorer of the West in 1750. [1]


  1. Williams, Samuel C.  THE FATHER OF SEQUOYAH: NATHANIEL GIST.  Chronicles of Oklahoma, Volume 15, No. 1, March, 1937, page 3.

-------------------- Richard was abt. 7 yrs. old when his father died and abt. 11 yrs. old when his mother died. He married 12/7/1704, at the Quaker Meeting House, Baltimore Co., MD. He resided at Gist's Rest and later moved to Brother's Good Will. He was captain of the militia, planter, and County Justice and Commissioner.

He was the surveyor of the Town of Baltimore.

Richard surveyed the western shore of Maryland, and helped lay out the town of Baltimore in 1736. He was a Justice and Commissioner of Baltimore County from 1727 until his death. He appears in numerous court records of Baltimore Co. Richard was the child of members of the Church of England, but his marriage is recorded in the Quaker Friend's Records.

Richard Gist's marriage consent from 1704 states "The young man produced a certificate (of consent) from Thomas Cromwell, his uncle and guardian, signifying his and his wife's consent and the young woman's mother." His mother's maiden names was Cromwell. Some of the witnesses to the wedding were as follows: Je. Murray, Rich. Cromwell, Keia Murray, Eliza Cromwell, Will. Cromwell, Tho. Cromwell, Mary Cromwell, John Ashman and others.

The Maryland Historical Society produced a magazine with the genealogy of the Gist Family.

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Richard Gist's Timeline

St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
December 7, 1704
Age 21
Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Age 22
Age 23
St. Pauls Parish, Baltimore Co., MD.
Age 24
St Pauls Parish, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Age 26
St. Pauls Parish, Baltimore Co., MD.
Age 28
St. Pauls Parish, Baltimore Co., MD.
July 13, 1712
Age 29
Baltimore Co., MD.
Age 30
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