Born c.1740; death date unknown. Member of North Carolina House of Commons, 1784; representing Greene County (then North Carolina, now Tennessee). Born c.1740 in Baltimore, Maryland; son of Nathaniel and Mary (Howard) Gist. Removed as a young boy with his parents to Cumberland County, North Carolina. In 1772 he was operating a tavern in Cumberland County; captain in Cumberland County militia. About 1783 he removed to Greene County and settled on the north side of the French Broad River. Justice of the Peace in Greene County, 1784. Assistant judge of Superior Court of the State of Franklin, 1785. When Jefferson County was formed his land fell into that county; and later in Sevier County when that county was established. Justice of the peace in Sevier County, 1794. Closely identified with the affairs of the State of Franklin. The maiden name of his wife, Elizabeth, is unknown. Children -- Richard, Sarah (Mrs. John Brown), Mordecai, Nathaniel, and William Gist. One of the witnesses of the Treaty of Dumplin Creek, 1785. No further record, except that he was living in Henderson County, Kentucky, in 1810.
Sources: Williams, Lost State of Franklin, 307; Muir and Dorsey, Christopher Gist and Some of his Descendants, 3, 55-57, 61-63; East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications,, V, 54.
Transcribed by Mildred Collins from published biographies of Tennessee Legislators, compiled and printed by the TN State Library & Archives.