Capt. Christopher Gist, Jr.

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Sir Christopher Richard Gist, Jr.

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK
Death: March 10, 1690 (31-39)
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
Place of Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Gist; Richard Gist; Christopher Gist; Anne Gist and Lady Ann Washington
Husband of Edith Gist (Cromwell)
Father of Richard Gist; Edith Gist; Emma Gist; Mary Polly Gist; William Gist and 1 other
Brother of Anne Gist; Violetta Gist; Richard Gist; Emma Whitfield and Washington Gist

Occupation: emmigrated 1675; Justice of Baltimore Co.; Captain in Militia
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About Capt. Christopher Gist, Jr.

NOTE #1: 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. [1]

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

NOTE #2: CHRISTOPHER GIST,1 the ancestor of this family, came to Maryland and settled in Baltimore County before 1682, though the precise date of his arrival is unknown. 7 March 1682, Robert Clarkson, of Anne Arundel County, conveys to Christopher Gist of Patapsco River, Baltimore County, planter, and Richard Cromwell of the same place a tract of 245 acres, called South Canton, in Baltimore County (Balto. Co., I. R. no. A. M., 179-181). And, 14 Jan. 1682, Christopher Gist and Edith his wife and Richard Cromwell convey to William Cromwell, all the parties being "of Patapsco River, in the Province of Maryland," 84 acres, part of South Canton. Richard Cromwell appoints "my brother Christopher Gist" his attorney to acknowledge the deed (ibid. fol. 193-195). 6 March 1682/3, "Christopher Gist" was a member of the Grand Jury for Baltimore County (Court Record), and he was commissioned, 4 Sept. 1689, one of the Justices of the County (Archives, xiii, 243). 5 June 1683, Thomas and Ann Lightfoot, orphans of John and Elizabeth Lightfoot, are apprenticed to "Christopher Guest" (Court Record). Thomas Lightfoot died before 1688, but had married in the meantime and left a widow Rebecca (Larkin) who gave bond, 7 August 1688, to "Christopher Guest" of Baltimore County, planter, for the conveyance of 320 acres formerly called Utopia, but now called Rebecca's Delight (Balto. Co., R. M. no. H. S., 279-281). The will of "Christopher Guest" of Baltimore County, dated 17 February 1690/1, was proved 10 March following (Balto. Co., R. M. no. H. S., 331). He leaves his estate equally between "my dearly beloved wife and childe." His wife is to be executrix. To John Robinson is left a two year old heifer. To "my brother Richard Cromwell's child," a two year old heifer. £5 to "my mother Guest if she be living." Christopher Gist's wife was Edith Cromwell, sister of William, John, and Richard Cromwell, and she was thrice married. Her second husband, Joseph Williams, died in 1692, and his will, dated 24 September, was proved 3 November of that year (Annapolis, vi, 20 back). His wife Edith is appointed executrix, and four children are named, but of course they were by a former wife. Her third husband was John Beecher, but their wedded life was of brief duration, as she died in 1694. The will of Edith Williams of Patapsco River, Baltimore County, is dated 23 May 1694, but no date of probate is given. Her brother Richard Cromwell and Mr. Thomas Staley are requested to take "into their custody and tutelage my son Richard Gist, who I request may be put to school and there kept till he can wright and cast accompt fitting for Merchants Business." The same persons are requested to receive and take care of testatrix's estate, and deliver it to her son Richard Gist at 21 years of age (Balto. Co., R. M. no. H. S., 510). Although the date of probate is wanting, the following entry will give a close approximation. 16 June 1694, came John Beecher who married Edith the relict and executrix of Joseph Williams, late of Baltimore County deceased, and craved time to account &c. (Test. Proc. xv, 88). It is then apparent that the testatrix died in 1694 between 23 May and 16 June, but it is rather remarkable that, though married to John Beecher, she styles herself "Edith Williams" in her will. Christopher Gist1 and Edith (Cromwell) his wife had an only child:—

The founder of the Gist Family in MD. He and his wife Edith emigrated to the Province of MD before 1679 and settled in Baltimore County. 9/4/1689 commissioned one of the Justices of Baltimore County.

Christopher Richard Gist married Edith Cromwell 1660-1694, and they were the parents of: Edith Gist, 1679-1691, Emma Gist, 1680-1691, Richard (Capt., Judge) Gist 1683-1741, and Mary Polly Gist 1684-1739. Christopher Gist was born of English, Wales descent. He immigrated to the US. and died in Baltimore County in 1691. His wife was Edith Cromwell, who died in 1694. They had one child, Richard, who was a surveyor of the Western shore, and was one of the commissioners in 1729, for laying out Baltimore Town, and was Presiding magistrate in 1736. In 1705 he married Zipporah Murray. Richard married and settled in South Carolina and was soon killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Christopher Gist, one of Richard's sons, because of his knowledge of the country on the Ohio and his skill in dealing with the Indians, was chosen to accompany George Washington on his mission in 1753. He was with Washington in crossing the Delaware. It was from his journal that all subsequent historians derive their account of that expedition. Christopher married Sarah Howard who was the second daughter of Joshua and Joanna O'Carroll Howard and had four children. (1) Nancy who died unmarried, (2) Thomas, (3) Nathaniel, and (4) Richard. Christopher with his sons Nathaniel and Richard, was with Braddock on the fatal field of the Monongahela, and for his services received a grant of 12,000 acres of land from the King of England."



Edith Cromwell Gist (1660 - 1694)



Richard Christopher Gist (1684 - 1741)

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Capt. Christopher Gist, Jr.'s Timeline

Malmesbury, Wiltshire, UK
Age 24
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Age 25
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Age 28
St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
October 13, 1684
Age 29
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
March 10, 1690
Age 35
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
August 1, 1942
Age 35
December 21, 1944
Age 35