I am not related to this family of Rists, so I have no further information.
Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania.
John W. Jordan and James Hadden – 1912
"While the spelling of this name would indicate German origin, it was brought to the United States from Scotland, where Conrad and Helen Rist were born, lived and married.On coming to this country they first located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they remained two years, and where Conrad worked at his trade of boat builder or ship carpenter.They then came to Fayette county, where both died.Children: Conrad (2), became a farmer of Kansas, where he died; John H., of whom further; Katherine, died at Bradford, Pennsylvania, married John Orbin; Eliza, died at Bradford, married Henry Orbin.
(II) John H., son of Conrad (1) Rist, was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, died October 26, 1876.He received a good education, and for many years engaged in teaching; later became a farmer.He was a Democrat, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.Toward the close of the civil war he was drafted and served his term.He married Katherine C. Bally, born in Fayette county, May 2, 1843.She married (second) James E. Sidebottom, of Connellsville.Children of John H. Rist: 1. George T., of whom further. 2. Charles H., now living of Conneaut, Ohio. 3. John S., now of Cincinnati, Ohio. 4. Molly, married William Cole, of Pittsburgh.5. Anna Kate, died in infancy.
(III) George T., son of John H. Rist, was born in Connellsville, March 17, 1864.He was educated in the public schools.His first employment was a brakeman on the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, later being advanced to conductor.After twelve years’ service he left that company and for three years was conductor on the Pennsylvania railroad.He then for the next ten years was in the employ of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, making his home in West Newton, Pennsylvania.In 1899 he returned to the employ of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, and until 1910 held the position of conductor.In 1910 he left the company, and has since been night watchman at Broad Ford for Overholt & Company.In 1909 he was appointed deputy sheriff of Fayette county, and is now holding both the last named positions.He is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Order of Railway Conductors.
He married, January 9, 1898, Anna Mary Nicholson, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Myers) Nicholson, of Somerset county, Pennsylvania.Peter Nicholson is a farmer and large land owner.Children of George T. Rist: Anna Marie, born December 11, 1896; Dewey L., November 30, 1898; Leo M., April 18, 1901; James H., August 23, 1904; John T., December 23, 1907."