Our Jost Family
Polli Jost Turner, Editor


We owe a debt of gratitude to Winthrop P. Bell, the author of the book, "Foreign Protestants and the Settlement of Nova Scotia" [1961]. It is often difficult to learn about immigrant ancestors, trying to discover when they came to America, what boat they travelled on, and (most important to further research) where they came from in the Old World. In the 1700's, the French presence in Canada was already strong. But the British desired a strategic port on the eastern seaboard, in competition with the French presence, as well as the rich potential of the codfishing industry there, and began settlement of Halifax and Nova Scotia. England was unwilling to lose more citizens to the westward migration. So the plan was formed to recruit "Foreign Protestants," largely German-speaking Lutherans, to help settle the new land. Between 1751 and 1753, about 1500 immigrants were brought to Halifax, most of them being taken to build the new settlement of Lunenburg in 1754. Bell developed an interest in this group of "Foreign Protestants," and began to compile research for a book on the subject, to clarify misconceptions that had arisen over the intervening years. That research makes available to us detailed information on all the immigrants, gleaned from the records of the day which would be unavailable to the general public. Thanks to Bell's work, we have been able to locate the birth record of our immigrant ancestor, George Jost, in Strasbourg, making possible further research on our Jost ancestors in Europe.



First Generation—gravestone of George Jost
Johann Georg Jost, "George" born May 30, 1727, in Strasbourg; died June 7, 1775, in Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; 48 years old. The Betty’s passenger list states that he was an unmarried locksmith from Strasbourg. Married (Dec. 17, 1754, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia) Susanna Catherine Morasch, born Aug. 11, 1735, in Kleinheubach; died April 3, 1811, in Hailfax; 75 years old. Kleinheubach is a small village in Germany, on the south side of the Main river in Bavaria, just southeast of Frankfurt. George and Susanna were buried together in the cemetery of the Little Dutch Church in Halifax.
Notice that they named three of their sons John! It was a custom among Germans that the first name given a child was a baptismal or christening name, often a Biblical name, and the child would use the second name. That’s why, although George gave his name (you might say his legal name) as Johann Georg when he boarded the ship in Europe, he went by "George" in all the records of Nova Scotia. On the ship’s passenger list, the man who wrote the names of the passengers wrote the name as Jean Georges Jost, using the French translation, but when George signed the indebtedness list, his signature read, "Johann Georg Jost."
Johann Georg Jost's signature
George was naturalized Sept. 12, 1758, using his full name, John George Jost. Winthrop Bell comments in his notes, "How he managed this is not determinable. By Sept. 1758, only the arrivals legally of 1751 had sufficient length of residence to be entitled to naturalization." I wonder if he was allowed this privilege because his wife was among the 1751 arrivals.
After George’s death, Susanna remarried (Sept. 8, 1776) Johann Caspar Drilliot, "Caspar," born ca. 1726, in Switzerland, according to the Speedwell’s passenger list. He arrived in Halifax in 1851. He married first (April 9, 1752) Mary Schuffelburger. They had three children before her death, sometime after 1762. Caspar and Susanna had a daughter of their own, Catherine. Catherine married Nicholas LeCane. The family name has been seen as Drillis, Drillio, Drilliot, and even Trillian and Trilliot! His signature was awkward and uneducated, and looks to be "Drilliot. It is unusual that Susanna was buried with her first husband George, particularly since he died almost 30 years before she did. Presumably Casper preceeded her in death, and was buried with his first wife, leaving Susanna to be buried with George.
[More about Johann Georg Jost]
[see the Morash family]
1. Rachel [or Regina] Elizabeth Jost,
"Elizabeth," born 1755, in Lunenburg, died Feb. 3, 1840, in Halifax; 84 years old. She was buried near her parents in the Little Dutch Church cemetery. Married (July 31, 1776, in St. Paul’s Church in Halifax) John David Longard, "David," born March 18, 1755 in Lunenburg. He was a blacksmith, his parents were Ulrich and Marianna Anna Longard (probably originally Lankert). Ulrich Lankert was a farmer from Switzerland, and arrived in Halifax on board the Betty (with George Jost) in 1752. He was apparently single at the time.
2. John Michael Jost,
baptized Sept. 18, 1757, in Lunenburg, NS. Died young. Buried in the Little Dutch Church cemetery.
3. George Frederick Jost,
bapt. April 23, 1760, in Halifax (St. Paul’s Church). Married (Aug. 14, 1785, in Lunenburg) Maria Elizabeth Reichardt (Anna Elizabeth?). Lived in Herring Cove, an area of Halifax, in 1792-3 as a "labourer."
4. Andrew Jost,
a twin, bapt. July 3, 1761, in Halifax (St. Paul’s). Probably died young.
5. William Jost,
a twin, bapt. July 3, 1761, in Halifax (St. Paul’s). Probably died young.
John Casper Jost,
born Sept. 11, 1763, in Halifax; died June 13, 1850, in Halifax; 86 years old. Bapt. Sept. 17, 1763, at St. Paul’s. Married (March 29, 1791, in Halifax) Mary Catherina Hirtle, born Aug. 5, 1770, in Halifax (bapt. Aug. 26, 1770); died March 14, 1846; 75 years old. He was buried in Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax.
7. Jacob Jost,
bapt. Jan. 10, 1765, in Halifax (St. Paul’s). He possibly died young.
8. Catherine Barbara Jost,
"Barbara," bapt. Oct. 1, 1766, in Halifax (St. Paul’s); died Nov. 9, 1864; about 98 years old. Married (April 3, 1787) Alexander Moir, who was probably born in Scotland. Both were buried in the Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax. He was a blacksmith. Their sons started the Moir chocolate factory in the early 1800’s. The company was purchased by the Hershey’s company during the 1970’s.
9. Margaret (or Mary) Sophia Jost,
bapt. Feb. 16, 1768, in Halifax (St. Paul’s). She died young.
10. Mary Philipina Jost,
"Philipina," born 1769, in Halifax; died May 18, 1832, in Halifax; 63 years old. Married (Jan. 21, 1789, in the Little Dutch Church in Halifax) William Jeremiah Vickers, "Jeremiah," born ca. 1762, in Halifax; died June 13, 1826, in Halifax; 64 years old. A tinsmith. They had at least 8 children.
11. John Philip Jost,
born 1771, in Halifax; died Feb. 7, 1854, in Lunenburg; 83 years old (82 years old, acc. to the Stayner Collection). Married (Oct. 25, 1796, in Lunenburg, NS) Anna Gertrude Pentz (or Penn), born 1775, in Lunenburg, died Oct. 10, 1858; 83 years ol (85, according to Stayner). Her father was John Martin Penn. All their children were born in Lunenburg, where Philip farmed.
12. George Henry Jost,
born or bapt. March 28, 1773, in Halifax; died Feb. 1, 1849; 75 years old. He was a carpenter. Married (Sept. 29, 1801, in Halifax) Margery Smith, born 1777; died Dec. 5, 1851, in Halifax; 74 years old. They were buried in the Little Dutch church cemetery, near his parents. Their children were all born in Halifax.



Second Generation—Casper the friendly Jost
John Caspar Jost, (or Johann Caspar Jost), born Sept. 11, 1763, in Halifax; died June 12, 1850, in Halifax, NS; 87 years old. Married (March 29,1791, in St. George’s Church, in Halifax) Mary Cartherina Hirtle (or Hartell), "Catherine," born Aug. 5, 1770, in Halifax; died March 14, 1846, in Halifax, NS; 75 years old. John was a shoemaker. They were both buried in Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax.
[More about John Casper Jost]
The Hirtle Family]
1. George Martin Jost,
born July 16, 1792; died Oct. 5, 1882; 90 years old. Buried in Guysborough. Married (Jan. 24, 1824) Sarah Austen, born March 6, 1798; died April 15, 1828; 30 years old.
Second marriage (Nov. 18, 1830, in Halifax, by brother-in-law Rev. J. G. Hennegar), Eleanor L. Sellon. They had no children.
2. Mary Jost,
born Oct. 1, 1794; died Sept. 17, 1866; 72 years old. Not married.
3. John Jost,
born Feb. 14, 1797; died July 12, 1883; 86 years old. Married (Dec. 5, 1829, in Guysborough) Sarah Amelia Cook, "Amelia," born March 10, 1804; died April 18, 1870; 66 years old. Established J&C Jost store in Guysborough with brother Christopher, later started a business of his own.
4. Thomas Jost,
born June 12, 1799; died Aug. 16, 1853, in Halifax ; 54 years old. Buried in Sydney, Cape Breton Co. Married (Sept. 3, 1829, in St. George’s Church, Sydney, Cape Breton Co., NS) Eliza Susannah Sellon, born Oct. 6, 1807; died April 27, 1895; 88 years old. Thomas was a dry goods merchant in Halifax and Sydney. His home in Sydney, which was in the Jost family from 1836 to 1971, has now been made into a museum, The Jost House, by the Old Sydney Society. It has been restored to retain its historic architecture. It’s on 54 Charlotte Street.
5. Elizabeth Jost,
born Dec. 12, 1801; died Dec. 5, 1882; 81 years old. Married (May 27, 1830, in Halifax) Rev. James Gilbert Hennegar, born June 10, 1805; died Aug. 24, 1885; 80 years old.
Christopher Jost,
born July 22, 1805; died March 28, 1884; 79 years old. Established J&C Jost store in Guysborough with brother John. Eventually bought John’s share of the store. Married Harriet Hart.
7. James William Jost,
born June 10, 1807; died July 1, 1880, in Sydney, Cape Breton Co., NS; 73 years old. Married (Sept. 7, 1846, in Sydney) Annie Mary Burke, born Sept. 4, 1817; died April 17, 1892; 75 years old. A merchant in Sydney.
8. Edward N. Jost,
born Feb. 27, 1811; died Oct. 19, 1877; 66 years old. Established Jost Mission in Halifax in 1866, and had a prosperous bakery business. Married (July 7, 1836, in Lunenburg) Lydia Tupper, born April 3, 1809; died Dec. 23, 1877; 68 years old.
9. Jeremiah Vickers Jost,
born Jan. 5, 1813; died Nov. 25, 1890, in Charlottetown, PEI; 77 years old. Married (Aug. 30, 1843, in Horton, NS) Mary Jane Knight, "Polly," [another Polly Jost—I love it!] born April 30, 1825, in Newfoundland; died Dec. 24, 1910; 85 years old. (Her parents were Richard Knight, a minister, born 1789 in Kentford, Devonshire, England; and Mary D. Hosier, born in Newfoundland.) Jeremiah was a Wesleyan Methodist minister in the Nova Scotia Conference. Later he retired and lived in Charlottetown, on Prince Edward Island. 



Third Generation—Christopher Jost
Christopher Jost, born July 22, 1805, in Halifax; died March 28, 1884, in Guysborough; 79 years old. Prayed that his club foot might not be transmitted, it was not. Married (Sept. 4, 1837, in Guysborough, by Rev. R. Cooney) Harriet Hart, born Oct. 10, 1815; died Feb. 9, 1896; 80 years old. They belonged to the Methodist church, and both were buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Guysborough.
[More about Christopher Jost]

The Hart Family]
Christopher and Harriet’s children were all born in Guysborough.
1. Cranswick [Christopher?] Jost, (Rev.),
born Aug. 25, 1838; died April 19, 1927, in Bridgertown, NS; 89 years old. Married (July 23, 1866, in Sydney, Cape Breton Co., NS, by Rev. Roland Morton, father of the bride) Lavinia Sophia Morton, born April 17, 1844; died Sept. 13, 1891; 47 years old. After graduating from Mt. Wesley University and Allison University, Cranswick became a minister. Retired in Bridgetown. [Wrote Memoirs of John Methodist Casper].
Great-grandson, Roland Morton Jost, at one time had a gold-headed cane that had been given to Cranswick—engraved on it were the initials CCJ. It made Rolly wonder, could Cranswick have been given his father’s first name as a middle name?
Second marriage (Sept. 29, 1894) to Ada Elizabeth Elderkin.
2. Sarah Ellenor Jost,
born April 18, 1840; died 1935; 95 years old. Married (July 14, 1862, in Guysborough) Rev. John James Teasdale of Halifax, born Oct. 15, 1838; died May 31, 1910; 72 years old. In their later years they lived with their daughter Alice in London, Ont. until their deaths. Clara Marr described her as "a sweet gentle lady."
3. Burton A. Jost,
born March 23, 1842; died May 3, 1916; 74 years old. Married (April 27, 1869, in Guysborough) Sarah Ann Muncy Norris, born Aug. 26, 1844; died Sept. 30, 1916; 72 years old. With brother George, took over father’s store—it was thereafter called "B&G Jost Limited". Burton and Sarah were buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Guysborough.
I don't usually include descendants of my ancestor's siblings (to protect those who are still living) but this is an interesting sideline:

4. Arthur Cranswick Jost, born Oct. 17, 1874; died March 24, 1958; 83 years old. Married (July 23, 1906) Carrie Victoria Louise Martin, “Tory,” born Dec. 28, 1873; died March 23, 1917; 43 years old. They had two sons. After her death, he married (July 23, 1934) Clara Delene Bastian, “Dell,” who died June 10, 1943. Arthur was a medical doctor, and was at one time Minister of Health for Nova Scotia. Worked on the Jost genealogy, and wrote books including, Guysborough: Sketches and Essays. Dr. Jost was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Guysborough.

1. Clyde Jost, born Sept. 18, 1907; died Dec. 22, 1907; three months old.
2. Victor Arthur Jost, born March 5, 1910; died May 30, 1989; 88 years old. Worked for Delaware Highway Dept. in the U.S. Married (June 3, 1950) Lillian Clarke.
3. Burton Norris Jost, born Aug. 2, 1911; died June 24, 1943, in Roermond, Holland; 31 years old. Squadron leader in the Canadian service, was awarded the Flying Cross during WWII. He was shot down on his 35 th trip over Germany. Buried Jonkersbosch, Holland, in the British cemetery #6, row G of slot #8. Not married.
I recently received an email from a Canadian military historian informing me that a lake in the Northwest Territories has been named for Burton. This is a link to Google Maps showing the location of the lake.

4. Harriet Amelia Jost,
born April 22, 1844; died July 29, 1917; 73 years old. Married (June 29, 1868) Charles Miller Francheville, born Feb. 24, 1846; died June 29, 1899; 53 years old. He was a member of the local House in Halifax for many years.
5. Christopher Francis Jost,
born June 12, 1846; died Oct. 31, 1936, in Banning, Riverside Co., CA; 90 years old. Married Marguerite Thompson Stubbe deCrevecoeur.
6. George Edward Jost,
born Dec. 15, 1848; died March 14, 1939, in Ottowa; 90 years old. Married (Oct. 21, 1874, in St. Paul’s Church in Halifax) Eliza Marion Maud Tremain, "Maud," born Dec. 16, 1852; died June 20, 1920; 68 years old. With brother George, took over father’s store—it was hereafter called B&G Jost Limited. After retiring, he moved to Ottowa to be near his sons. His grand-daughter Jean Marr McCorkindale described him as "kind and gentle." They had four children.
7. Jeremiah Jost,
born April 23, 1851; died Oct. 14, 1859; 8 years old. 



Fourth Generation—Christopher Francis Jost
Christopher Francis Jost, born June 12, 1846, in Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada; died Oct. 31, 1936, in Banning, CA, of cerebral thrombosis and arteriosclerosis; 90 years old. About 1876, Chris left the Jost family home in Guysborough and headed for California. Riding a freight train from San Pedro with a carload of merchandise, he arrived at Summit Station (Beaumont) on March 6, 1877. He was to be storekeeper and paymaster for Rev. Winfield Scott’s fluming project in the canyon. In Jan. of the next year, after leaving the store, he married the widow de Crevecoeur, and moved to her ranch in the Potrero, to the northeast of Banning, where the Morongo Indian Reservation now is.
Chris married (Jan. 7, 1878, in San Bernardino)
Anna Margarethe Marie Thomsen, "Marguerite," or "Maggie," born May 27, 1840, in Sonderburg, then Schleswig, now Denmark; died June 21, 1917, in Banning; 77 years old. Chris and Marguerite had four sons, and ran their ranch in a canyon northeast of Banning until the government disposessed them to form an Indian reservation there. Chris and Marguerite were buried in the Banning Cemetery, now known as San Gorgonio Memorial Park.
Marguerite Thomsen was three times a widow, and already had seven children. In Hamburg, Germany, she married (1858, in Hamburg, Germany)
George Christiansen, who was born in Denmark in 1830. It appears that she and her new husband headed for Australia in the days of their gold rush, where their son Chris was born. When the rush slowed there (it would seem), they left for California in March 1861, on board the ship Iconium. Their daughter was born in San Francisco in November of the same year. George died in California between 1861 and 1863.
Marguerite soon married
Mr. Stubbe, who died sometime between 1866 and 1870. (Her son Burt claimed that both of her first two husbands were in the army, and were killed escorting settlers over the pass into California. He also mentioned that she may have lived in the Donner Pass with one of the husbands. He also said they were killed by Indians.)
She remarried, and her family had moved to the Pass area in 1872, according to the History of Banning, (first to Dunlop Canyon, then to Morongo Valley, before settling on the ranch in the Potrero). Shortly after that, her third husband,
Hans Briand de Crevecoeur was shot and killed by William Gates, a relative who had been living with the family.
[more about Christopher Francis Jost]
[more about Anna Margarethe Marie Thomsen]

1. Christian C. Christensen,
"Chris," born Jan. 28, 1860, in Amhurst, Victoria, Australia; died Dec. 25, 1942, in San Bernardino, CA; 82 years old. Married (March 29, 1888) Ella Barrett, who died June 1895. Both were buried in Sunnyslope Cemetery, Beaumont. Chris, like his step-father Chris, raised bees and sold the honey. He was also disposessed from his ranch in the Potrero. They had three children, 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, at the time of his death. According to mortuary records, Mrs. Lorraine Noren and Mrs. T. H. Leary contributed to the costs of his funeral—probably his two daughters!
2. Mary Christensen,
born Nov. 26, 1861, in San Francisco, CA; died Aug. 30, 1890, in Banning, CA; 29 years old. Married (Dec. 30, 1880, in San Bernardino—he was 35, she was 19!) Reznor Perry Stewart, "R.P.," born Nov. 3, 1845, in Illinois; died Nov. 12, 1933; 88 years old. Mary died a few days after the birth of her son, R.P. Stewart, Jr.
3. Henry G. Stubbe,
born June 25, 1864. Married Bertha, died Dec. 3, 1897; 31 years old. She was buried in Banning—her marker says a child was buried there, too, perhaps Andrew. Henry worked for the ice company in Hollywood, Aunt Florence (Lee) remembers.
4. Lula Stubbe,
born June 25, 1866. Died in infancy? Nothing is known about her. Marguerite’s obituary mentions that eight sons survived her, so we know that Lula had died at least by 1917. Although the fact that Aunt Florence never heard her name before seeing it in the family Bible indicates that she most likely died as a small child before the family came to Banning.
5. Waldemar de Crevecoeur,
"Wal", born Jan. 20, 1871, in San Francisco, CA; died Oct. 23, 1938; in Riverside Co., CA; 67 years old. Not married. Buried in Banning, with no marker. Except for a brief service as deputy sheriff, he was a rancher all his life. Operated a ranch near Beaumont. Assisted brother Ben in the Willie Boy manhunt.
6. Jefferson de Crevecoeur,
"Jeff", born Sept 13, 1873, in Dunlap Canyon; died 1889; 16 years old.
7. Benjamin Barton Briand de Crevecoeur,
"Ben", born May 14, 1875, in Banning; died March 21, 1949; 74 years old. He was said to have been the first white child born in the Pass. Married (1896) Sarah E. Johnson. They had three children, of whom only one lived to have children of his own. Second marriage (1932), Florence Bennett, "Flossie".
As constable of San Bernardino, Ben led one of the posses in the famous Willie Boy manhunt. The story of the manhunt was made into a movie in the 1970’s, entitled "Tell them Willie Boy Was Here"—Robert Redford played the part of Ben deCrevecoeur!
Ben was buried in the Banning cemetery. When I was at the Banning cemetery, I was surprised how quickly the worker there was able to point out Ben’s grave, and I commented on it. His reply, "That’s easy! He’s famous!"
8. Francis Christopher Jost,
"Frank", born Sept. 7, 1878, in Banning; died Jan. 2, 1937; 58 years old. Married (May 1909) Jeanette F. Turnbull, "Jenny," born Jan. 28, 1880; died Spril 26, 1921; 41 years old. They had no children. Both were buried in Banning, but there is no marker for Frank.
Second marriage, Bertha, they lived in the Jost Hotel. After she died, he married Margaret. No children.
Burton Cranswick Jost,
"Burt", born June 19, 1881, in Banning; died Nov. 15, 1972, in Banning; 91 years old. Married Agnes Sophie Petzoldt.
10. George Marshall Jost,
"Marsh", born Oct. 26, 1883, in Banning; died May 17, 1938, in Banning; 54 years old. Married (Oct. 26, 1911) Emma Augusta Metze, "Aunt Emma," born Jan. 22, 1885 (1882 on her grave marker), in Cape Giradeau, MO; died April 1972; 87 years old. After Marsh’s death, she married Louis Thornberg. Both Marsh and Emma were buried in the Banning cemetery, but Marsh’s name is given as Marshall G. Jost on his marker.
Marsh was named for a cousin who had been a merchant in Guysboro for some years, and grew quite wealthy from that and his interest in stocks and bonds. He died worth about $900,000, but his fortune was wiped out by the stock market crash in 1929, and his will was settled for a fraction. He was very generous, leaving money to several institutions, including the Guysboro church, the Bible Society, as well as to friends and relatives. The family still in Guysboro have a copy of his will, but it is long and dull. An item of interest to us is bequeath #5: "I give and bequeath to Marshall Jost, the son of Christopher Jost formerly of Guysborough now of California, named after me, the sum of six thousand dollars." That would have been quite a lot of money in those days! Unfortunately, after the stock market crash, and Canadian taxes, there was no money left to pay the bequests! Apparently, Marsh didn’t get a penny
11. John Jefferson Jost,
born March 24, 1886, in Banning; died May 29, 1946, in Banning; 60 years old. Married Elfrieda Dorothy Krueger, born March 13, 1886 (1886 on her grave marker); died Feb. 27, 1922; 36 years old. Both were buried in Banning, there is a marker for Elfrieda, but none for John.
Second marriage, Della Schultz.



Fifth Generation—Burt Jost
Burton Cranswick Jost, born June 19, 1881, in Banning, CA; died Nov. 15, 1972, in Banning; 91 years old. Married (May 2, 1906) Agnes Sophie Petzoldt, born Oct. 8, 1882, in Troy, Madison Co., IL; died March 15, 1967, in Yucaipa, CA (in Grandview Nursing Home); 84 years old. They were divorced. Agnes was buried in San Gorgonio Memorial Park, next to her brother Arthur.
Second marriage, Mearlie Jane Collins, born Dec. 22, 1903, in Dawson Co., NE; died Jan. 21, 1977, in Banning; 76 years old. There were no children from the second marriage. Burt was also buried in San Gorgonio Memorial Park, near his second wife Mearlie.
Elwood Burton Jost,
born March 10, 1907, in Los Angeles, at 1514 Orange St. Orange Street, once a small residential street, is now Wilshire Blvd. There were no doctors she felt comfortable with in Banning at the time, so Agnes went to her parents’ home (Grandpa and Grandma Petzoldt) in Los Angeles in time for the birth. Elwood married Dorothy Gailyn Page.
2. Arthur Christopher Jost,
born also on Orange Street in Los Angeles. Married (July 20, 1933) Wilna Mae Edgerton; born May 30, 1916; died June 19, 1947; 31 years old.
Second marriage (Feb. 20, 1958), Dorine Russell, born Aug. 15, 1916; died June 21, 1989, in Banning; 73 years old. No children from the second marriage.
Third marriage to Shirley Peterson.
Art was a general contractor in Santa Cruz for some years before retiring.
3. Florence Margaret Emily Jost,
born July 21, 1911, in Banning, CA; died June 26, 1999; 87 years old. Married (June 28, 1931) Eugene Albert Brinton, "Gene," born Sept. 16, 1902; died Sept. 15, 1940; 38 years old.
Second marriage to Bernard Herbert Lee, "Uncle Barney." They had no children. Barney was a trucker until he retired and sold his rig. Florence was a switchboard operator for the telephone company in Banning.



Sixth Generation—Elwood Jost
Elwood Burton Jost, born March 10, 1907, in Los Angeles, CA; died July 4, 1992, in Banning, CA; 85 years old. Married (Sept. 11, 1932, in Banning) Dorothy Gailyn Page, born March 10, 1910, in Boulder, CO; died March 11, 1992, in her home in Banning, CA, of pancreatic cancer; 82 years old.
His given name was Burton Elwood, but his parents called him Elwood to avoid confusion with his father. It was not until he had his own business (he was a distributor for Mobil Oil Co.) that he one day obtained a copy of his birth certificate and saw his given name. He decided then it was easier to change his name legally than to change everything to do with the business. Thus he legally became E.B. Jost, as everyone in Banning already knew him. Elwood and Dorothy were buried in San Gorgonio Momorial Park in Banning.
[more about Elwood Burton Jost]

[more about Dorothy Gailyn Page]

1. Leonard Elwood Jost,
"Len," born in Redlands, CA (there was no hospital in Banning at the time). He owned several businesses at different times, and most recently was vice-president of Academy Insurance, which sells insurance to men on military bases. Married Donna Gray. They had two children, and later divorced. Second marriage, toRheamae Popick.
2. Janice Gwendolyn Jost,
born in the family home on the corner of First and Gilman Streets, in Banning. Married (in Banning) Ralph Brand Sutton, "R.B.," born in Clovis, NM. After the children were grown Janice became executive secretary to the president of California Baptist College. R.B. worked for Western Electric for a number of years, then transferred to their sister company, Pacific Bell. He retired in 1994.
3. Clarence Leroy Jost,
"Lance," born in Riverside Comm. Hosp, in Riverside, CA. It was during WWII, so the doctor took Dorothy to the hospital in his car in case of a blackout—he had special headlights that could be used during a blackout—Elwood followed in his own car. Married (June 22, 2007) Donna Marie Hannigan. She is an Admin/Writer, and Lance is an artist. See his work at www.lancejostdesigns.com
Pauline Ruth Jost,
"Polli," born in the newly built Banning Hospital. It was snowing while she was born. When told that a few years later, she cried because Mother told her that the "mean nurses" wouldn’t let her go out and play in the snow at the time! Married (at Church on the Way, in Van Nuys, CA) Randall Lee Turner, "Randy".



Seventh Generation--Randy & family
Pauline Ruth Jost, "Polli," born in Banning, CA. Married (at the Church on the Way, in Van Nuys, CA) Randall Lee Turner, "Randy," born in Pomona, CA.
Randy and Polli met in 1971 when they were both attending Azusa Pacific University. Randy majored in Biblical Literature, with a minor in Christian Education. Polli majored in Biblical Literature and Psychology, with a minor in German. Both sang in college choirs.
1. Christi Turner,
2. Cathi Turner,

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works of Dr. Arthur Cranswick Jost, dec.
Gordon (dec.) and Jim Drysdale, Guysborough, Nova Scotia
Avard Marr, dec.
Clara Jost Marr, dec.
Jean Marr McCorkindale, dec.
Frank Jost Newson, dec.
Evelyn Murray Mullane (dec.) and daughter Joan Mullane Carroll, of Halifax
Allan G. Jost, Nova Scotia
Norman and Beth Jost, Codys, New Brunswick
Roland and Joyce Jost, Newfoundland
Blair Vessie, Bathurst, New Brunswick
Dorothy Hamilton, Victoria, British Columbia
Marion Hope, Ottowa, Ontario
Gordon M. Muirhead, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Roy Longard, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
The "Foreign Protestants" and the Settlement of Nova Scotia, by Winthrop P. Bell, 1961.
Winthrop Bell’s Notes, available on microfilm #1421430 from Salt Lake City, through local Family History Centers
Information from the Provincial Archives of Nova Scotia (PANS), sent by Terrance Punch, a genealogist of Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Stayner Collection, microfilmed notes in PANS, transcribed by Allan G. Jost

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Jost Links:

Allan Jost's gedcom of our Jost family:

Halifax County, Nova Scotia GenWeb Project:

Guysborough County, Nova Scotia GenWeb Project:

Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia GenWeb Project:

Lunenburg First Families

Antecdotal Histories of Life in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, by Nancy Shaver:

Josts buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Guysborough:

The historic Jost House, now a museum in Sydney, Cape Breton:

Thomas Jost Mangos' information on the Jost name in Germany

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