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). Occupation: 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 war). Religious Affiliation: Died:Spring of 1842, Salem, VA (about 90 yrs). Burial:(on a hill, 3 miles from Salem, VAabove the old Kesler Mill site)
(w) Magdalena_"Molly"_RAUCH Daughter of:John RAUCH (ROUGH/ROUCH), Revolutionary Soldier, and Susannah (MUELLER?) of Dauphin Co., PA). Born:(?) 1752. Died:(?) 1845, Roanoke Co., VA (about 93 yrs). Burial:(same as husband)
+1111 Mary_Magdalene b3 May 1782, Lancaster Co., PA. +1112 Frederick_II b15 Jan 1784, Lancaster Co., PA. 1113 Anna 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). 1114 Henry b(?) 1787. m(?) ZEHRING. dWar of 1812 (about 25 yrs). +1115 Jacob b20 Dec 1790. +1116 John_N. b10 Nov 1796, Botetourt Co., VA. +1117 Peter_G. b19 Jun 1799, Botetourt Co., VA. +1118 George_B. b29 Jun 1800. +1119 William b(?) 1803. 111A Elizabeth b(?) 1805. m(remained single). d
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 early 1900's.
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.