Susan Geist

1797–10 August 1864 (Age 67)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Susan

When Susan Geist was born in 1797, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, THOMAS Jacob Geist, was 32 and her mother, SUSAN Pickel, was 25. She had at least 8 sons and 2 daughters with Thomas J. Highley. She lived in Salt Creek Township, Muskingum, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Falls Township, Hocking, Ohio, United States in 1860. She died on 10 August 1864, at the age of 67.

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Family Time Line

Thomas J. Highley
Susan Geist
Henry W. Highley
Jacob Highley
Susan Highley
James A. Highley
Thomas Jackson Highley
George Washington Highley
Henry L Highly
Elizabeth Jane Highley
Samuel Thompson Highley
Henry C Highley

Spouse and Children



    Henry W. Highley


    Jacob Highley


    Susan Highley


    James A. Highley


    Thomas Jackson Highley


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    THOMAS Jacob Geist


    SUSAN Pickel




World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 3

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 15

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 22

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 German: metonymic occupational name for a goatherd or nickname for a stubborn person, from Middle High German geiz ‘goat’.2 German: habitational name for someone who lived in a house marked by the sign of the Holy Spirit (normally depicted as a dove), from Middle High German geist ‘spirit’. Both Geist and Heilgeist occur as house signs in Frankfurt am Main in the mid–14th century.3 North German: topographic name for someone who lived in an area of barren sandy soil, Middle Low German gēst.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Susan Highley in household of Thomas Highley, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Susanna Highly in household of Thomas Highly, "United States Census, 1850"
  • ... Guisa Heighley in entry for Elizabeth J Kuhn, "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953"

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