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Third Generation (Continued)

Family of Elizabeth Darby WOOD (5) & Christopher GIST Senior

23. Joseph B. GIST. Born about 1805 in Kentucky.

Joseph B. married Dorcas MITCHELL (46) , daughter of James Stewart MITCHELL (1793-) & Sarah B. SCOTT (13) (1795-). Born on 25 Nov 1813.

They had the following children:
i. Howard M.. Born about 1832 in Tennessee.

ii. James Monroe. Born on 31 Dec 1833 in Carroll County, Tennessee.

Autobiography: James Monroe Gist, M. D., medical practitioner and a resident of Beebe, Ark., was born December 31, 1833, in Carroll County, Tenn., being a son of Joseph B. and Dorcas (Mitchell) Gist, the former of English descent. In 1739 the Gists first came to America and Dr. Gist can trace his ancestry back five generations. Grandfather Mitchell was a participant in the battle of New Orleans and in 1858 came to White County, Ark. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Scott in 1812, while a resident of Kentucky. Dr. James M. Gist received his early education in the private schools of his native county and began his medical studies under Dr. J. W. McCall, of Carroll County, and [p.165] took his first course of medical lectures in the medical department of the University of Tennessee at Nashville, during the winter of 1857-58 and 1859-60, graduating in the latter year. In 1858 he had removed to Arkansas and after his graduation he returned here and settled at Austin, Prairie County. In the spring of 1860 he moved to Stony Point, White County, being there united in marriage June 5, 1861, to Miss Mary Eleanor Thomas, a native of Marshall County, Miss., a daughter of John Franklin and Nancy Thomas, both of whom were of English descent, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Mississippi. To the Doctor and his wife two children were born: Nancy Dorcas (born January 10, 1867, was married to J. E. Fisher in 1885 and died, July 9, 1887, at her home in Texas, of cardiac rheumatism, having given birth to a daughter, Myron Gist Fisher, December 6, 1886), Minnie Laura (the younger daughter, was born October 22, 1869). When Dr. Gist first came to Arkansas game was very abundant, the country being very wild and unsettled. There were two log school-houses in the southern part of the county in which religious services were often held, but the morals of the people were at a very low ebb. In the summer of 1862 the Doctor joined the Confederate army as a private in Col. Dandridge McRae's regiment, but was detached from his company and assigned duty in the hospital serving in the Trans-Mississippi Department, in which service he remained for a period of eight months, being discharged by reason of disability. He returned to his home at Stony Point where he was living at the time of his enlistment, and again engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1865 he embarked in mercantile pursuits with H. B. Strange at Stony Point, carrying a general stock of goods, but the firm dissolved partnership in 1872. Dr. Gist then engaged in the drug business for about eight years. In 1873 he was elected by the Democratic voters of his county to represent them in the State legislature, serving two terms in the regular session and in the extra session called by Gov. Baxter in 1884. In the spring election of 1876 he was chosen mayor of Beebe and has served at different times two or three terms. The Doctor has held a membership in the Masonic fraternity for a number of years, and has attained the Chapter order. He and wife are members of the Christian Church and are charitable and hospitable.



On 5 Jun 1861 when James Monroe was 27, he married Mary Eleanor THOMAS, daughter of John Franklin THOMAS & Nancy ?, in Stony Point, White County, Arkansas. Born in Marshall County, Mississippi.

iii. Sarah E.. Born about 1835 in Tennessee.

iv. Frances E.. Born about 1837 in Tennessee.

v. Angeline. Born about 1842 in Tennessee.

vi. Louis B.. Born about 1846 in Tennessee.


24. Matilda GIST. Born on 30 Apr 1809. At the age of 31, Matilda died on 1 Sep 1840. Buried in Sep 1840 in Wilson Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

On 24 Jan 1828 when Matilda was 18, she married David WILSON, son of Zaccheus WILSON (1765-1842) & Alsie GRAHAM (1781-1860). Born on 8 Sep 1804 in Mechlenberg County, North Carolina. At the age of 80, David died in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee on 22 Dec 1884. Buried in Dec 1884 in Wilson Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1860. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1880.

They had the following children:
i. Louisa. Born on 1 Jan 1829 in Tennessee. At the age of 33, Louisa died on 23 Jul 1862. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1860.

73 ii. Minerva (1830-1894)
iii. Alexander Hamilton. Born on 25 Feb 1833. At the age of 13, Alexander Hamilton died on 8 Jan 1847.

iv. William Miles. Born on 28 Aug 1835 in Tennessee. At the age of 26, William Miles died on 2 Jul 1862. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1860.

74 v. Margaret Jane (1837-1865)
vi. Joseph Addison. Born on 5 Jan 1840. At the age of 4, Joseph Addison died on 3 Sep 1844.


25. Hannah GIST. Born about 1812 in Tennessee. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850. Resided in Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1870.

Hannah married Jesse HARDY. Born in 1810 in Virginia. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850.

Jesse Hardy lived in the vicinity of Pleasant Exchange, in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1840 according to the 1840 U.S. Federal Census.

They had the following children:
i. Milton W.. Born on 28 Mar 1838 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 24, Milton W. died in Henry County, Tennessee on 24 Mar 1863. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850.

Milton W. Hardy, son of Jesse and Hannah Gist Hardy, was born March 28, 1838, in Henderson County, Tennessee. He grew up in the 13th Civil District, Carroll County, Tennessee. In November 1862, Milton Hardy was mustered into Company G, 7th Tennessee Cavalry, USA, and was elected as first lieutenant. Their first battle was at Lexington, Tennessee, against forces of Nathan Bedford Forrest. Having lost the battle, the Union soldiers fled and were captured at Trenton on December 20, 1862. Hardy and the others were paroled and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, to await an exchange. He was released on July 31, 1863, and sent to Memphis to reenlist his men. Months later, Hardy was commissioned to recruit for a new regiment which became known as Hardy's Battalion. May of his men in the 7th Cavalry re-enlisted into this regiment. He was killed in action on 24 March 1864, at Como, west of Paris, Tennessee, while attempting the kidnap of former Tennessee Governor, Isham Harris. Before Milton's death, he was promoted to Major. Family tradition says that his father, Jesse, brought Milton's body back home in his own wagon. His remains were buried at Wilson Cemetery, by Parkers Crossroads, in Henderson County, Tennessee. Major Hardy's men placed a monument on his grave to demonstrate their great esteem for him.


Military: Company G, 7th Tennessee Cavalry, USA

75 ii. Newton C. (1839-1926)
iii. Martha Emeline. Born in 1841. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850.

On 19 Mar 1861 when Martha Emeline was 20, she first married W. H. ROSE, in Carroll County, Tennessee.

On 16 Oct 1873 when Martha Emeline was 32, she second married Perritt JOHNSON, in Carroll County, Tennessee.

76 iv. Mary F. (1843-)
v. Huldah. Born in 1845. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850. Resided in Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1870.

vi. Joseph H.. Born in 1847. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850. Resided in Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1870.

Joseph was living in the 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee, in 1880.

vii. Louisa. Born in 1849. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850.

77 viii. Corilla Jane (1851-1900)
78 ix. Verona Ann (1853-1931)
x. Drucilla. Born in Oct 1855 in Tennessee. Resided in Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1870.

Was living with her brother, Newton Hardy, 7th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1900.

xi. Laura. Born on 3 Sep 1858.

xii. Nancy C.. Born on 4 Nov 1862.


26. Frances GIST. Born on 22 Feb 1820 in Tennessee. At the age of 56, Frances died on 31 Mar 1876. Buried in 1876 in Wilson Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Fannie".

Obituary: Died at the residence of her husband, Sister Fannie Wilson, wife of Bro. David Wilson, and daughter of Father Gist, on the 31st of March 1876, aged 56 years, two months and 12 days. Sister Wilson was a member of the Christian Church for many years and was highly esteemed by both the church and the world. Sister Wilson was always willing to go up to the house of the Lord to praise and worship the Most High. May her aged and lonely companion and all the dear ones left behind remember that it is a world were partings are over. -- J.W. Johnson, Clarksburg, Tennessee

Frances first married Samuel WILSON, son of Zaccheus WILSON (1765-1842) & Alsie GRAHAM (1781-1860). Samuel died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1843. Buried in 1843 in Wilson Cemetery, Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Parkers Crossroads, Henderson County, Tennessee.

On 4 Feb 1857 when Frances was 36, she second married David WILSON, son of Zaccheus WILSON (1765-1842) & Alsie GRAHAM (1781-1860). Born on 8 Sep 1804 in Mechlenberg County, North Carolina. At the age of 80, David died in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee on 22 Dec 1884. Buried in Dec 1884 in Wilson Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1860. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1880.

They had the following children:
79 i. Howard Adison (1858-1936)
ii. Florence E.. Born on 22 Jan 1860. At the age of 1, Florence E. died on 14 Sep 1861.

iii. Albert Christopher. Born on 4 Oct 1861. Albert Christopher died on 24 Sep 1862.

iv. John Allen. Born on 7 Jul 1863 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 63, John Allen died on 4 Aug 1926. Resided in District 9, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1880.

On 29 Mar 1896 when John Allen was 32, he married Laura M. DEW.


27. Nancy GIST. Born about 1826 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Buried in Metropolis, Illinois.

Nancy married Harrison Scott BRANDON (63) , son of John BRANDON (1798-1858) & Abigail SCOTT (17) (1803-1859). Born about 1822 in Smith County, Tennessee. At the age of 75, Harrison Scott died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 12 Feb 1897. Buried in Feb 1897 in Sellers Hill Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Military: Company G, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry (US).

Harrison Scott Brandon served as a private in Company G, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, U.S. during the American Civil War (verified by Seventh Cavalry personnel roster). He was captured at Trenton, Tennessee and held at Camp Chase, Ohio. He was discharged in October, 1863.

Harrison Scott Brandon received an invalid pension while living in Kansas in 1890. (#791,765) His "helpless child" received a minor's pension with John R Brandon as guardian. (#651,752) His first wife died in Metropolis, Illinois (when they were refugees during the Civil War) and is buried there.


They had the following children:
80 i. Murray A. (1846-1924)
ii. Virginia Arabelle. Born on 20 Feb 1848 in Henderson County, Tennessee.

81 iii. John R. (1853-1930)
82 iv. Millard Clay (1855-1915)
v. Amanda J.. Born on 5 Jun 1858. At the age of 35, Amanda J. died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 24 Oct 1893. Buried in Oct 1893 in Sellers Hill Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee.

On 4 Nov 1875 when Amanda J. was 17, she married James W. GROGAN, in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born in 1847.

83 vi. Bettie A. (1864-1953)
84 vii. Lenora Arena (1851-1883)

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