City Directories and History: “Nathaniel Gist had this house built in the early 1800’s. It was a two-story house, built high above the ground, having a commodious cellar underneath. The main building had a narrow hall and four rooms above and as many below. The left hand room, in the parlance of the day was a sitting room, with high mantle-piece beautifully carved.
Tradition is that the place was called “Wyoming” from the poem, “Gertrude of Wyoming” by Thomas Campbell. Many famous guests visited at this house such as: Governors James Hopkins Adams, William W. Gist, and Francis W. Pickens. Nathaniel Gist and his wife Elizabeth McDaniel Gist are buried in the Old Fairforest Presbyterian Cemetery not very far from their home.”
#2 – “Mrs. W. Bedford Moore, Jr., of Columbia, sends us information on a rare and historic name which has been in her family for several generations. It all began when one of her ancestors, Colonel Nathaniel Gist of Union District, feeling very strongly on a state’s sovereignty, named his son, bom in 1831, States Rights Gist. This young man, Mrs. Moore’s great-uncle, grew up to be a Confederate Brigadier at the age of 33 and was killed at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, on November 30, 1864. His old body servant brought home the word that the Yankees got him because he was riding the wrong horse. The name was passed down to another generation in the Finley family when Mrs. Moore’s brother was christened States Rights Gist Finley. This States Rights grew up to serve in the U. S. Marine Corps during World War I. The name is still being carried on by a grandson and a grand-nephew of Mr. Finley.”
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
Wyoming – Another Gist Home in Union Co., SC
“Chalmers Davidson wrote in The Last Foray, Gist, Col. Nathaniel of “Wyoming” plantation.
Born 1776 (S.C.); married July 18, 1811, Elizabeth Lewis McDaniel (Nov. 20, 1791-June 27, 1859); died Dec. 3, 1861. Church Presbyterian (late in life). Public service: State Representative; Justine of the Quorum; Lieut. Col. (Gov. Gedde’s staff). Slaves: 119 (Union District).”
The Last Foray, C. Gaston Davidson, SC Press – 1971
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