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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

Nicholas J. Gast Biography

Nicholas J. Gast, and Christian, just mentioned, were brothers. The former came from Penn's valley to Brush valley in 1793, but both originally from Mahantango Creek, now Snyder County, says Mrs. Reynolds, who is a daughter of Nicholas.

Their parents came from Wurtemberg, Germany. Nicholas bought from Col. Miles a tract of three hundred and twenty-six acres in 1794, and lived on it until his death, which occurred Dec. 2, 1810.

Mr. John Wolf's farm is part of this tract, and his house was the home of Mr. Gast. At this house were held the elections until the first tavern was built at Rebersburg, in 1807 or 1808, when the latter became the election poll for the township.

Mr. Gast was born April 21, 1760, and was a little over fifty years old when he died.

He had ten children, and there are many descendants in Centre, Union, and Clinton Counties and the Western States.

Sons were John A., George, Henry, and John. John and George died recently at a great age.

Daughters were Barbara, married to a Mr. Tate; Catharine, married to Daniel Conser; Christina, married to John Reynolds; Mary, married to Jacob Wolf; Susan, married to Paul Wolf; and Elizabeth, married to Sol. Crotzer.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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