Place:Gist Settlement, Highland, Ohio, United States

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NameGist Settlement
Alt namesDarktownsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS39007022
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates39.3°N 83.633°W
Located inHighland, Ohio, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names


Gist Settlement is an inhabited place.


Samuel Gist (1723-1815) started off life in Manchester, York, England as an orphan and indentured servant. He died as an owner of vast lands and many slaves. In his will he freed his Virginia slaves and arranged for them to have land purchased for them in Ohio. Gist is buried in Gloucestershire, England.

Legal matters quickly became very complicated and have not been resolved to this day.

Land was sold in Virginia to purchased land in Ohio. Gist owned land in: Goochland, Virginia Henrico, Virginia More lands in Virginia? Lands in England?

Eventually a number of freed slaves relocated to Adams, Highland, and Brown Counties, of Ohio. Some may have been in Sandusky County, Ohio at one point in time.

Some free persons of color relocated from Virginia to at least these locations: Manchester, Adams, Ohio Eagle, Brown, Ohio Franklin, Brown, Ohio Georgetown, Brown, Ohio Ripley, Brown, Ohio Scott, Brown, Ohio Leesburg, Clinton, Ohio New Vienna. Clinton, Ohio / extending into Highland, Ohio Sabina, Clinton, Ohio Hillsboro, Highland, Ohio Darktown, Penn, Highland, Ohio Penn, Highland, Ohio, previously the township of Fairfield, Highland, Ohio Samantha, Highland, Ohio Five Points, Warren, Ohio

There is at least one cemetery bearing the name Gist: Gist Settlement Cemetery, Penn, Highland, Ohio.

At this point most descendants have been integrated into American culture but a few descendants still remain on the land allotted to their ancestors. Most descendants had left the settlements by the time that World War II ended.

Some surnames include: Anderson, Buford, Carey, Day, Essex, Good, Hailstock, Lawson, Mitchell, Robinson, Rollins, & Turner.

Morgan, Violet. Folklore of Highland County. (Greenfield, Ohio: Greenfield Printing and Publishing, c1946), pp. 123-126.

Young, Paul. Brown County Books Series #2. Gist Settlement Book. Brown County Genealogical Society. Georgetown, Ohio. 1997.

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