Member of the Seventh Co., of the Seventh Battalion, York Co., Militia in the American Revolution. Lived in Paradise Township, York Co., Pennsylvania prior to and in 1797 and years afterwards. His family moved to Franklin Co., Pennsylvania prior to 1836. Tradition has it that Christian Wiest, during the last six years of his life, was compelled, on account of some offense committed, to walk every morning before dawn between two ghosts, one white and the other black. He was enjoined to talk to neither, and the morning of his violation of the injunction, he received a stroke of paralysis and immediately died. "Doomed for a certain term to walk the night, Till the foul crimes done in the days of nature, Are burned and purged away." He married Anna Mary Spangler
on 27 October 1768.