George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 15 July 1762]

15. Nancy Gist left this.

Nancy Gist, daughter of Christopher and Sarah Howard Gist, had gone to live with William Fairfax’s family at Belvoir in 1757 while her father was on the frontier, first as a captain with the Virginia Regiment, then as deputy to Edmond Atkin, superintendent for Indian affairs in the southern colonies (William Fairfax to GW, 17 July 1757, DLC:GW; GW to Sally Fairfax, 25 Sept. 1758, WRITINGS description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends , 2:292–94; TRIMBLE description begins David B. Trimble. “Christopher Gist and the Indian Service in Virginia, 1757–1759.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 64 (1956): 143–65. description ends , 145–47). She never married and after her father’s death in 1759 went to live with one of her brothers.

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