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SOME Descendants of Christopher Gist [Updated 11 JAN 2001]

Generation No. 1

      1. Christopher1 Gist was born Unknown in England, and died Aft. 17 Feb 1691 in [date of Baltimore County, Maryland will]1. He married Edith Cromwell Bef. 1679 in England2, daughter of (_____) Cromwell and (_____) Cromwell*. She was born Abt. 1660 in England3, and died Aft. 23 May 1694 in [date of Baltimore County, Maryland will]4.

Notes for Christopher Gist:

There still seems to be alot of discussion about the parents of this Christopher...I believe that the source for all misinformation that Christopher Gist's parents were Christopher Gist/Guest and Anne Washington was "The Horn Papers," which have been discredited. See here:

Many thanks to those at who together have proven that this Christopher Gist's parents were NOT Christopher Gist and Anne Washington.

On February 12, 1679, Christopher Gist proved his rights to 150 acres for transporting himself, his wife Edith, and Patience Walder to the Province to inhabit, and assigned Daniel Carroll all the rights to this land [Patents, W.C. No. 2, p. 66, Land Office, Annapolis.] They lived on the Patapsco River, in Baltimore, later Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Thanks to Selena <> for:

RESIDENCE: Baltimore Co., Maryland; Immigrant Ancestors of Marylanders, as found in Local Histories, Compiled by Martha & Bill Reamy, pg. 86; Christopher Gist Married Edith Cromwell. Christopher died 1691, Edith 3 years later. Their son Richard was a surveyor for the western shore of Maryland and assisted the laying out of Baltimore Town in 1736 . Christopher Gist's will was proved in Baltimore Co., Maryland, March 10, 1690.

BOND: 7 Mar 1681/82; Baltimore County Land records by Robert Barnes pg. 61; Robert Clarkson, planter, of Severn River, obligating himself to Christopher Gift (Gist) and Richard Cromwell, planters, of Patapsco River, for 20,000 pounds of tobacco, as security for proformance and covenants concerning 245 acres sold, and for acknowledging of sale. Wit: Thomas Long, Thomas Scudamore. Maj. Thomas Long in 6 Jun court acknowledges for Clarkston before Capt. George Wells and Mr. Miles Gibson, commissioners. Clerk Hedge attests.

DEED: 7 Mar 1681/82; Baltimore County Land records by Robert Barnes pg 61;
Robert Clarkson, planter, of Anne Arundel Co., Maryland for 6,400 of tobacco, conveying to Christopher Gift (Gist) and Richard Cromwell, planters, of Patapsco River, the 245 acre tract "South Canton' at Curtis Creek and Rumley Marsh on s/s of Patapsco River, and bounded by Cabin Neck Branch, Rumley Marsh Creek and Fishing Point , as it was patented 6 Jun 1680. No witnesses recorded.

DEED: 14 Jun 1682; Baltimore Co., Maryland Deed Records Vol. 1 by John Davis, pg. 177; Christopher & Edith Gist and Richard Cromwell, all of Patapsco River, (for 2,133 pounds of tobacco) Baltimore Co., Maryland to William Cromwell, of same, 245 acres (South Canton) ..south side of Patapsco River .. patented 6 Jun 1680 by Robert Clarkston and by him conveyed to Gist and Cromwell.. Signed Richard Cromwell, Christopher Gist and Edith Gist. Wit: Thomas (x) Durbin and William Pearles. (Appendant interpolated notation by John Roberts that a certain blank space was in the original record. Wife Edith consents 5 Jul before John Boreing commissioner.)

His will made February 17, 1690/1 and proved March 10, 1690/1 reads:

In the name of God -- the 17th day of February Anno-Domo- 1690. I Christopher Guest of Baltemore County being weak in body -- but of good and perfect memory - thanks to G. and calling to membrance the uncertain estate of this transitory life and that all of us must yield unto death, when it shall please God to call -- do make constitute fordaine and declare this my l.w. & t. -- Therefore I give my dearly beloved wife full power to receive all debts owing unto her and likewise to pay all debts -- and being paid I give her full power to dispose of all my lands and goods -- and when disposed, the same to be equally divided between my beloved wife and child, she being my only exr in this my L.W.

Item: I give unto John Robinson a 2 yr old heifer
Item: I give my brother Richard Cromwell's child a 2 yr old heifer
The Lord have mercy upon my soul, Amen!
Item: I give unto my mother Guest the sum of L 5 stg. if she be alive
So I bid the world farewell!

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Christopher Guest
John Brown, John x Robinson, Richard Cromwell

(Balt. Co. Md. Deeds R.M. No. H.S., p. 331, Hall of Records, Annapolis)


More About Christopher Gist:
Emigration: England>MD
Note: See Christopher S. Powell's page on famous descendants:
Occupation: Planter
Political: Sept 4, 1689, appointed a Justice of Baltimore County
Religion: ? Church of England? Quaker?

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 reads:

Edith Beacher of Patapsco River Baltimore County requests that brother Richard Cromwell and Mr. Thomas Staley for the confidence I repose in their honesty as soon as I am dead may take into their custody and tutelage my son Richard Gist who I request may be put to school and there kept till he can wright and cast accompt fitting for merchant business.

I desire that Mr. Richard Cromwell and Mr. Thomas Staley may also look after all the estate which doth belong or appertain to my sonn Richard Gist both real and personal till he comes of age twenty one years and then permit my son Richard to be possessed of same. /s/ Edith Beacher

[Balt. Co. Md. Deeds R.M. No. H.S., p. 510, Hall of Records, Annapolis]

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?
Child of Christopher Gist and Edith Cromwell is:
+ 2 i.   Richard2 Gist, born Abt. 1683 in Baltimore County, Maryland; died 22 Aug 1741 in Baltimore County, Maryland.

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