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John Youst

John Youst, the earliest ancestor of whom we have definite information emigrated from Bavaria, Germany in the year 1773, in early manhood, and landed in New York City where he hired out at manual labor for one year to pay his ship passage to the Colonies, as was the custom of that day. There he met Catherine Snuiche (Snook) of Holland and English parentage, who came to this country about the same time. She was a fine scholar, well-read in both English and German. They were married at Elizabeth, New Jersey the next year, where they lived for a time before moving to Trenton, NJ. John served for 7 years in the Continental Army, participating in the battles of that section. Many of the chief incidents have been related by them. At the end of the warm they removed with the frontier tide of emigration, that came over the mountains by way of Cumberland, MD and Braddock's Road into Northwestern, VA. They settled on Indian Creek in Monongalia County, eight miles out of Morgantown Station, where he owned a farm of 240 acres. John paid tax on this from 1792 to 1817. Bounty Land Warrant records Vol 2-4, issued prior to 1800, show a John Yost, Revolutionary War Private in PA, received 100 acres on Warrant #10680 issued 21 Mar 1792.