JOSEPH C. GIST, is an old resident of Buffalo township, Brooke county, W. Va. He was born in the year 1820, March 12, near Wellsburg, W. Va., the son of Cornelius Howard and Clara (Reinicker) Gist. The father and grandfather were both natives of Maryland, and the mother and her parents were Prussians by birth. Joseph was the youngest of ten children, three of whom are still living. Joseph was the youngest of ten children, three of whom are still living. Joseph attended the pioneer schools of that day and afterward was a student in Allegheny college for three and a half years. Having graduated with the degree of A.M., he read law for two years. Abandoning his legal studies, Mr. Gist became a farmer in which pursuit he has since engaged. In 1861 he was elected to the senate of W. Va. After serving in this capacity with much credit to himself and with benefit to his constituents for four years he was sent to the state legislature being a candidate on the republican tickert. August 22, 1849, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Colver. She was born in Greene county, Penn., near Jefferson, February 10, 1826, the daughter of Thomas and Rachel (Heaton) Colver. Six children have come to bless this union. Mr. and Mrs. Gist are communicants of the Methodist Episcopal church. The farm operated by Joseph Gist is one of the finest in Brooke county, and is stocked with thoroughbred Merino sheep and finely bred Short horn cattle. He is an enterprising, progressive farmer, a fine specimen of American citizen and agriculturist.
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