This is taken from the Garst Genealogy CD...
111 Frederick_"Indian_Garst"_GARST_I (GERST) (GHARST)
Son of:John Nicholas GARST I and
Mary Elizabeth STRATHALTER.
Born:(?) 1752, Lancaster Co., PA.
Married:(?) 1778, Lancaster Co., PA
(other family records suggest the year as 1780/81).
Military Service:Revolutionary War, Lancaster Co., PA,
Militia, 2nd Battalion.Private, 8th
Class, Capt. Casper Stoever's Co.,
1780-1781 (other records state that
Frederick served the entire 8 years of the
Died:Spring of 1842, Salem, VA (about 90 yrs).
Burial:(on a hill, 3 miles from Salem, VAabove the old
Kesler Mill site)
Daughter of:John RAUCH (ROUGH/ROUCH), Revolutionary
Soldier, and Susannah (MUELLER?) of
Dauphin Co., PA).
Died:(?) 1845, Roanoke Co., VA (about 93 yrs).
Burial:(same as husband)
b3 May 1782, Lancaster Co., PA.
b15 Jan 1784, Lancaster Co., PA.
b2 Aug 1785.
mRichard GORDAN, 15 Jan 1801, Botetourt Co., VA
(moved to the Springfield Ohio area about 1816).
d22 Oct 1858, Clark Co., OH (73 yrs, 2 mo, 20 da).
dWar of 1812 (about 25 yrs).
b20 Dec 1790.
b10 Nov 1796, Botetourt Co., VA.
b19 Jun 1799, Botetourt Co., VA.
b29 Jun 1800.
Frederick Garst I settled on the west branch of Carvin's Creek
where the old Greenridge Fort was located. He lived there until
around 1820 when he moved to land on Mason's Creek at Erma Springs.
He built a log house on Mason's Creek living there until his death in
1842. The log house on Mason's Creek was burned by hunters in the
Indians lived in the area when Frederick Garst I came to Carvin's
Creek. The Cloyd massacre was in 1764 and happened not too many miles
from Greenridge near Amsterdam in Botetourt County. While the French
and Indian War was over in 1763, limited Indian raids continued until
the Battle of Point Pleasant in which the Indians were defeated,
moving the frontier west of the Ohio River. Frederick Garst I was
known in the area as "Indian Garst" because of his prowess as an
Indian Fighter. One of the stories which has come down through the
years is that he was in the mountains splitting rails when an Indian
raiding party of five or six men came upon him. They made signs that
they were going to carry him away and kill him. Garst begged them to
let him finish splitting the huge log that he was working on. He also
asked their help, having them place their hands in an opening of the
log which he had made with a wedge, all pulling to open the log. He
immediately knocked the wedge out of the log, pinning their hands.
They were then his prisoners and he proceeded to slay them.This
affair won him the name of "Indian Garst." It is said that roving
Indians never bothered the Greenridge area again.