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I have alot of information on a John Gist of Leavenworth, who came to Lv. Co. 1850-1854 or before. He was born in Maryland, and came to Ks. via Maryland, Ohio, Missouri, then Ks. (Ks. as a young adult). Kansas did not become the Ks. Territory until 1854, and a state until 1861. I know of at least two Missouri counties where he lived (proably with his parents). His father came about the same time, but never took up residence in Ks. The father was G. W. Gist, who is buried in Missouri. John's 2nd home in Ks. was in High Prairie Township, Ks. However, the John above was married to a Kate Wilhite. Perhaps he was married more then once. Frontier woman died young, especially in or shortly following childbirth. Besides, I know there were early Lightfoots a little East of Lv., in Missouri. Do you have a birth dates and places for your Robert and John? If so, I will pull my file and compare the information, to see if there is a match. I have no known relationship to the Gist or Curtin/Curtain/Curtan/Curton surnames. Have you noticed the many other postings to the Lv. page concerning Gist and Curtain aliases, I have made recently?