My ancestor was Fabian/Phabian Sebastian GERST b 20 Jan 1805 at Schluctern, Kerhessen, Germany - migrated with his family to America. He settled at Bradys Bend, Armstrong Co. PA near Pittsburg, PA....moved on to WI and finally settled in Hospers, Sioux Co. IA where he died in 1880......his daughter, Anna Agatha married John Adam Selig at Bradys Bend in 1852 ---their son John Peter Selig b 1856 St. Jsoeph's Settlement, Marshall Co. WV - also ended up at Hospers, IA.....their son John Aloysius Selig b 7-12-1882 at Sanborn, O'Brien Co. IA was my father.
3 brothers of the Selig clan moved to Arkansas Co. AR in 1895 and that is my home territory.
Does my Gerst faily fit into your GARST family of Kansas?
mary margaret selig-trahan