I'm researching Benjamin Gist, born c. 1730, and cannot find a primary source record for his birth in VA or MD, US y

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I am researching the Gist family of pioneers and I have found Benjamin Gist, born c. 1730 in VA or MD, listed on this site, but can't find any primary source references for his birth. Any assistance at all would be great thank you. Beverly Adams
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Molly,

I am a Guest researcher; as such I carry variations of spelling that include Gist, Guess, and others.  I don't have the primary docs you seek; my research is a summation of research by others.   FYI, I show a Benjamin Gist ca 1720, son of John and Marie DeBoa Gist.   In abt 1749, this Benjamin Gist married Mary Jarratt in Lunenburg Co VA.

Possibly related, I'm planning an event Honoring the Rev War service of Benjamin Guess/Guest b 1757 Faquier Co VA, son of William & Susannah Howard Guest; served in NC Militia, was in Battle of King's Mountain with his brother, Capt Moses Guest, under Colonel Benjamin Cleveland and General Rutherford.  This Benjamin Guest died ~ 1841 Fayette Co AL, buried Tidwell Chapel cem.  Event date is 2nd Saturday in May, 2015, beginning 2 PM (Sons of American Revolution sponsored event).
Hi Joel, many thanks for that info. It doesn't fit in with my research sadly, so I shall have to go back to the drawing board..... I have Benjamin Gist married to Mary Jarrett in abt 1749-50 in Lunenburg Co, VA, but no parentage. Does your birth record in 1720 have a reference I could use? I thought that the Benjamin who became a captain in the military and fought at the Battle of King's Mountain 1780 was part of the Christopher Gist family. I had never heard of Moses Guest as a brother! How frustrating and complicated! If you coud lead me to the birth record in 1720 that would be wonderful. Many thanks. Beverly

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The only Benjamin Grist I see on the site was invloved in a destructive merge, which has yet to be corrected.
by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
Thanks so much for the prompt answer. I'm new to the site so don't understand the term 'destructive merge'. Am also wondering whether Gist and Grist are regularly used as alternative spellings.... I have used DAR records and NARA, but my guy is proving elusive in that definitive birth record. Being based in the UK,  archive visits aren't an option sadly. Ancestry relies so heavily on indexes as well.

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