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Edith Beecher (Cromwell)

Also Known As: "Gist", "Williams"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Malmesbury, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
Death: 1694 (33-34)
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Cromwell
Wife of Capt. Christopher Gist; Joseph Williams and John Beecher
Mother of Edith Gist; Emma Gist; Richard Gist; William Gist; Nathaniel Gist and 1 other

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Immediate Family

About Edith Beecher

The elder Christopher Gist and his wife Edith Cromwell came to Maryland in 1679. Christopher was a member of the Church of England, and a surveyor. Edith was the daughter of Sir Oliver Cromwell, a cousin of “Lord Protector” Cromwell. They had one son, Richard, who married Zipporah Murray. Richard was one of the Commissioners who laid out the town of Baltimore, a Captain of the County Militia, and a leader of the Maryland Militia. They had nine children, and the oldest son was Christopher, born about 1705, who became a successful business man, especially with native Americans.


Notes for Edith Cromwell: "She was the sister of Richard, William and John Cromwell, early emigrants to the Province of Maryland. This relationship is shown in various deeds and wills. In 1680, Edith witnessed the will of her brother, William Cromwell. (Balt. Co. Md. Original Wills, Box 1, Folder 29, Hall of Records, Annapolis). The signature of Edith and her son Richard, show that they spelled their family name -- Gist. Different spellings in the records are due to mistakes of clerks." - Dorsey book. The will of Edith Cromwell Gist Williams Beecher dated 23 May, 1694 Some online GEDCOMs say the father of these siblings is Henry Cromwell ESQ., others say Richard, William or John Cromwell... I don't know the sources for any of this, so I have not assigned her parents. Of course it is very tempting to try to make her the grandaughter of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector... MORE ABOUT Edith Cromwell: # Children: 1 # Marriages: 3:1st Christopher Gist; 2d Joseph Williams; 3d John Beecher.Emigration: to Province of Maryland by 1679 Note: sister of Richard, William and John Cromwell, early emigrants to the Province of Maryland Religion: ? Church of England? Quaker?

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),


Christopher "Richard" Gist b: Abt. 1655 England Occupation: Surveyor Religion: Church of England d: 17 Feb 1689/90 Baltimore Co. or Calvert Co., MD .... +Edith Cromwell b: Abt. 1660 Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England m: 1679 MD Father: Henry Cromwell Mother: Elizabeth Russell d: 1694 Calvert Co., MD 2 Richard Gist Captain b: 1684 Baltimore Co., MD Occupation: One of the Commissioners who laid out the town of Baltimore, a Captain of the County Militia, and a leader of the Maryland Militia. d: 28 Aug 1741 Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD ...... +Zipporah Murray b: 1685 Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD m: 7 Dec 1704 Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD Father: James Murray Mother: Jemima Morgan d: 25 Apr 1760 Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD


From this we know that Christopher Gist (my original immigrant) died before 21 February 1693, the date of the deed. We know his wife's name was Edith and that she subsequently married John Beecher. This information would lead us to look for Christopher's will, which happens to list his heirs. We are alerted to look at documents for Edith (maiden name?) Gist Beecher's life also under the new name Beecher.

Christopher Richard Gist married Edith Cromwell (1660–1694), who is believed to have been a relative of England's Lord Protector


Name: Anne WASHINGTON Birth: 1621 in Nottingham, Kent, England 1 Father: Lawrence WASHINGTON III b: 19 May 1579 in Gar. Man. Mal., Wiltshire, England Mother: Anne LEWYN Marriage 1 Christopher GIST I b: ABT 1620 in England

Children

  1. Christopher GIST II b: ABT 1650 in England

XI. <http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rickblakenkri&id=I09945>


Name: Christopher GIST II Birth: ca.1650 in England 1 Death: ca.1691 in Baltimore, MD. 1 Father: Christopher GIST I b: ca.1620 in England Mother: Anne WASHINGTON b: 1621 in Nottingham, Kent, England Marriage 1 Edith CROMWELL b: ca.1660 in England [daur. of Oliver CROMWELL]; d. ca.1694 in Patapsco River, Baltimore, MD Married: ABT 1682 1

Children

  1. Richard GIST b: ABT 1683 in Baltimore, MD.

Edith Cromwell was born about 1660 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, and died 1694 in Maryland. Her will was dated 23 May 1694 and John Beecher (3rd husband) appeared 16 Jun 1694. She married Christopher Richard Gist before 1679 in England, son of Christopher Gist and Anne Washington, and grandson of Lawrence Washington (the great-great grandfather of President George Washington).

Married (1) Christopher Richard Gist, Jr. 1650 – 1690; parents of:

Edith Gist 1679 – ?

Emma Gist 1680 – ?

Richard Christopher (Capt., Judge) Gist 1683 – 1741

Mary Polly Gist 1684 – 1739

Married (2) Joseph Williams (died 1692)

Married (3) John Beecher (brief marriage as she died 1694)

SOURCE: "Gist Family of Baltimore County", by Christopher Johnston, page 373

NOTES:

Reputedly daughter of a Cromwell who was a cousin to Oliver Cromwell the Protector, granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell of Hinchenbrook. The two most prominent researchers of the Cromwell family found no basis for this relationship.

UNDOCUMENTED:

Daughter of Richard Cromwell (4 October 1626 – 12 July 1712) and Dorothy Maijor/Major; Richard Cromwell is son of Oliver Cromwell b. 4-25-1599 married Elizabeth Bourchier, daughter of [Sir] Ralph Bourchier and Mary Bannister. James Bourchier's father as John Bourchier [Bouchier], 2nd Baron Bemers and he married Elizabeth Bacon b. 1474. Elizabeth is listed as "partner."

Spouse:

 

Christopher Richard Gist (1650 - 1690)


Children:

 

Richard Christopher Gist (1684 - 1741)


Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial


Created by: janicet

Record added: Jul 22, 2013

Find A Grave Memorial# 114203404


Edith Cromwell was born abt 1660 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, and died 1694 in MD. Her will was dated 23 May 1694 and John Beecher (3rd husband) appeared 16 Jun 1694.

She married Christopher Richard Gist bef 1679 in England, son of Christopher Gist and Anne Washington, and grandson of Lawrence Washington (the great great grandfather of President George Washington).

Married (1) CHRISTOPHER RICHARD GIST Jr 1650 – 1690; parents of:

   Edith GIST 1679 – ?
   Emma GIST 1680 – ?
   RICHARD CHRISTOPHER (Capt., Judge) GIST 1683 – 1741
   Mary Polly GIST 1684 – 1739 

(2) Joseph Williams (died 1692)

(3) John Beecher (brief marriage as she died 1694)

SOURCE: "Gist Family of Baltimore County", by Christopher Johnston, page 373 of

NOTES: Reputedly daughter of a Cromwell who was a cousin to Oliver Cromwell the Protector, granddaughter of Oliver Cromwell of Hinchenbrook. The two most prominent researchers of the Cromwell family found no basis for this relationship.

UNDOCUMENTED: dau. of Richard Cromwell (4 October 1626 – 12 July 1712) and Dorothy Maijor/Major; Richard Cromwell is son of Oliver Cromwell b. 4-25-1599 m. Elizabeth Bourchier, dau. of [Sir] Ralph Bourchier and Mary Bannister. James Bourchier's father as John Bourchier [Bouchier], 2nd Baron Bemers and he m. Elizabeth Bacon b. 1474. Elizabeth is listed as "partner".

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Edith Beecher's Timeline

1660
1660
Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
1679
1679
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
1680
1680
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
1683
1683
St. Paul's Parish, Baltimore County, Province of Maryland
1684
October 13, 1684
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
1694
1694
Age 34
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
1942
August 1, 1942
Age 34