Richard Gist: Birth: 2 SEP 1729.
Violetta Gist: Birth: 4 JUL 1731.
Note: COLONEL CHRISTOPHER GIST of Mt. Braddock, Fayette County, Pennsylvania; b. in Maryland about 1706, and d. in 1759, of smallpox in South Carolina or Georgia. He was first a merchant in Baltimore Town, 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 guide and 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 Lieutenant of the Virginia [p.240] forces and in 1756 was made Captain of a Company 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.
from: Mackenzie, George Norbury, ed. Colonial Families of the United States of America. New York: 1907.