Yost was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland. After Mennonites were expelled from Switzerland in 1712 for not being willing to join the army. Many moved to the German Palatinate. They were unable by law to purchase the land they farmed. When William Penn offered settlements to European Christians to come to live in peace, owning their own land. Mennonites and Amish took up the offer and in 1717 they began migrating to Lancaster and beyond. Joseph Gingrich was one of thousands that took up the offer and brought his family and faith to the New World.
Pictured to the left is the hand drafted front piece of the Martyrs Mirror, it has Joseph(Yost) name. It is located in the Muddy Creek Pennsylvania Library and archive. These stories of Christian martyrs were highly prized by the Mennonites as it often told the stories of their ancestors and spiritual fathers who suffered in the 15 and 1600s for their version of Christianity.
Gravesite Details He died before March 5, 1776, also known as Yost