Jost Biographies
Second Generation: Memoirs of John Casper Jost

Submitted by Polli Turner (

[This was found in an old copy book, apparently written by Rev. Cranswick Jost in about 1880. We have two versions of this. One version contains some of the previous history about George and Susanna Jost, as well as scriptures and admonitions to the reader. Otherwise they differ only in wording in a few places. I have used the shorter version, as copied by Clara Jost Marr.]

During their stay upon earth they are respected by such as love God and when they cease to live here while their spirits are associated with the blest in glory, their memory shall be perpetuated on earth with everlasting profit to the living.

John Casper Jost's father [George Jost] died when he was ten years old. But what he had seen and heard of that which was good deeply impressed him and profitably so. He frequently referred to those days and believed that his mind was powerfully moved by the Spirit of God leading him to fearlessly reprove popular customs of the day which tended to evil.

But notwithstanding the gracious impressions made upon his youthful mind, it was not until the Rev. Wm. Black visited Halifax as a messenger of grace that he became fully convinced of the necessity of personal salvation.

Mr. Black in those bygone days frequently preached in the open market place and often amid showers of stones, but the words spoken were to John Casper Jost "quick and powerful". He felt, he fled, he prayed to God, who, in Christ, soon manifested Himself as his reconciled Father.

He now attended the ministry of the Word, regardless of all persecution, for frequently, while going to the place of worship, he was molested by several young men, some of whom, he has been heard to say, met a sudden and untimely death.

Mr. Jost attended and eventually united with the "Methodist Society", in which important step his wife joined him, for she, too, had become a partner in the pardoning mercy of God.

After many years of uninterrupted union with the church, Mrs. Jost was called to her eternal reward followed three years after by her partner.

Mr. Jost sustained the office of class-leader and chapel-steward for many years and indeed continued in these posts of duty until he exchanged life here for immortality. His faith was made manifest by his works.

If Christian sobriety, if a meek and quiet spirit demonstrated by real piety, then we may favorably judge of Mr. Jost's religious character, for these gracious truths were made manifest in him.

From conscientious convictions he was a Wesleyan Methodist [though his parents were Lutherans] but at the same time he ever cherished the most kindly feelings towards any who loved the Lord Jesus Christ. On the means of Grace he set the highest value, regarding them as being divinely appointed to promote Christian character and a personal experience of God in the soul. Consequently for many years his presence in Argyle St. Church in Halifax was as regular as the services observed in that edifice, hallowed by a thousand association.

He departed this life as he had lived and died.

As usual he conducted family prayers in the evening and although he had been previously indisposed he appeared quite comfortable and he conversed freely and cheerfully on retiring to rest. Early the following morning his daughter, Mary, on approaching his bedside thought that he slept--not a feature was distorted. His position and his countenance all indicated that he slept soundly. But it was the sleep of death.

Most truly without a parting groan "he had the welcome word received". Thus in the eighty-sixth year and after more than fifty years connection with the church this man of God finished his course.

The following is an obituary notice of John Casper Jost which appeared in the "Nova Scotian", a Halifax paper, June 13, 1850.

"Died on Thursday morning, June 12, at an advanced age of 86 years, John Casper Jost, a native of this city and one of its oldest inhabitants. His death was as his life, calm, quiet and unobtrusive, claiming no attention except that which he had sought and no doubt obtained--that when the energy of tired nature failed and 'the weary wheels of life stood still at last' his freed spirit should be received in the bosom of his Father and his God.

He retired at the usual hour and was found dead in his bed in the morning. Happy were it for the world if all passed through life as harmlessly and blamelessly as he."

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