m. Est. 1673-1677
Facts and Events
One source claims that Ann's husband was named John Gist, but that appears to be in error.
Re: John Simpson "Scotsman" - Part Two Posted by: MarySapp Date: August 23, 2000 at 21:19:00 In Reply to: Re: John Simpson "Scotsman" - Part Two by Rhoda Fone of 7138
Below are a few of the pertinent records:
VIRGINIA NORTHERN NECK LAND GRANTS, 1694-1742, by Gertrude E. Gray.
(Northern Neck Grant Book 5:98) Nov. 1.1715. Joseph Guess of Stafford County. 280 acs. on N. Run of Pohick in Stafford County adj. Thomas Simpson, land Guess lives on. Warrant. Nov. 6. 1714. Thomas Hooper. surveyor. In BEGINNING AT A WHITE OAK. Beth Mitchell wrote of this grant: "Ralph Falkner. Iron Master. Baltimore. Md.. sold to Thomas Due. planter. this 280 ac. grant plus 106 acs. of Brechin grant for 120 pds. (Fairfax Deeds C:44 May 15, 1740)
(Prince William Co., Va., DB D:40-42) Feb. 26. 1738. Sampson Darrell of Truro Par.. Prince William County. to Joseph Guess of same. plantation now in tenure of Joseph Guess. 200 acs.. for natural lives of Joseph Guess & Anne his wife.
Wits: Jer. Bronaugh. John Farguson. Acknowledged in Ct. Feb. 26. 1738.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA, WILL BOOK C, 1734-1744. John Frederick Dorman (Prince William Co., Va., WB C:214-215) Mar. 24, 1739. Bond of Anne Guess, Thomas Ford & Richard Drakeford, 330 pds. Anne Guess is administratrix of Joseph Guess. Wits: Jno. Bowie. /s/ Anne (X) Guess. Tho. Ford. Richd. (R D) Drakeford Acknowledged Mar. 24. 1739.
ibid. (Prince William Co., Va., WB C:303-304) Mar. 13, 1740. Will of Richard Drakeford witnessed by Charles Green, John (mark) Grey, Gerrard (I T) Tramol & Ann (X) Gist.
ibid. (Prince William Co., Va., WB C:317-319) Richard Drakeford's inv. /d/ July 24, 1741, taken by Richard Osborn, William Payne & John Gist. NOTE: This is the first record I have found for John Gist. There was no mention of any Gist but Joseph in the earlier records.
ibid. (Prince William Co., Va., WB C:384-385) Supplemental inv. of Richard Drakeford /d/ Dec. 14, 1741 taken by Richard Osborn & John Gist.
DEED ABSTRACTS OF FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1742-1750. Ruth & Sam Sparacio
(Fairfax Co., Va., DB A:404-406) June 18, 1745. Sampson Darrell of Truro Par., Fairfax County, Gent., to John Gist of same, planter, in consideration of rents, farm lets 106 acs., part of a greater tract belonging to Sampson Darrell; b/b line of the land late William Spencer & Doegs run ...for natural lives of John Gist & Mary his wife & the afsd Sampson Darrell or the longest liver of them. Rent is 730 lbs. of tobo. Feb. 6, 1744.
Wits: Giles Tillett, William Sturman. Lease recorded June 18, 1745.
ABSTRACTS OF VIRGINIA'S NORTHERN NECK WARRANTS & SURVEYS: HAMPSHIRE, BERKELEY, LOUDOUN, FAIRFAX, KING GEORGE, WESTMORELAND, RICHMOND, NORTHUMBERLAND & LANCASTER COUNTIES, 1697-1784. Peggy Shomo Joyner
Fairfax County. George Mason, no warrant; date from resurvey. Mar. 12, 1755 - May 20, 1755; formerly granted to Mathew Thompson for 1,906 acs. . .John Gist showed the surveyor the corners of this tract; houses of William Brammett & Widow Gist on plat; 1,648 acs. on S. br. of Little Hunting Creek & Dogue's Run; adj. Danl. French, Spencer & Darrell. John Mathews. Sampson Danell (sic mg). James Noland, William Collins, Walter Taylor & John Gist.
There are a few other scattered mentions of the name Gist in the extant Fairfax County records, but none of them bear directly upon the question of "Who was Ann Simpson's husband?" so I will omit them here.
The next important record I have is the deposition Rhoda mentioned in her post, which George H. S. King abstracteD in TYLER'S QUARTERLY, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 60-61, and which the Sparacios abstracted more fully in ABSTRACTS OF LAND CAUSES, PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1789-1790.
In summary - There is no John Gist in the available early records of Stafford County, but there is a Joseph Gist, and Joseph's wife's name was Ann. In Fairfax County, in 1755, there were both John Gist and the Widow Gist. I believe that "Widow Gist" was John's mother, Ann (Simpson) Gist, widow of Joseph. Ann Gist's (or Guest's) deposition was taken in 1769 at the home of John Gist (or Guest) in Loudoun County, Virginia. NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ANN AND JOHN IS STATED.