Person:Jost Hite (1)

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Hans 'Jost' Hite
m. 1681
  1. Thomas HiettABT 1682 -
  2. Anna Katharina Heydt1683 -
  3. Hans 'Jost' Hite1685 - bef 1761
  4. Anna Barbara Hite1705 - 1750
m. 11 Nov 1704
  1. Anna Maria HiteAbt 1705 - 1705/06
  2. Anna Barbara Hiteabt 1707 - 1706/07
  3. Mary Hite1707/8 - 1768
  4. Elizabeth HiteAbt 1711 -
  5. Magdalena Hite1713 - 1771
  6. Col. John HiteAbt 1715 - 1792
  7. Maria Susanna Hiteabt 1717 -
  8. Jacob Hite1719 - 1776
  9. Isaac Hite1721 - 1795
  10. Abraham Hite1729 - 1790
  11. Joseph Hite1731 - 1757
m. 1741
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Name[1] Hans 'Jost' Hite
Alt Name Hans Joist Hite
Alt Name Hans Justus Heydt
Gender Male
Birth? 5 December 1685 Bonfeld, Württemberg, Germany
Alt Birth? 5 Dec 1685 Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Wurttenburg, Germany
Marriage 11 Nov 1704 Bonfeld, Neckar, Germanyto Anna Maria Merckle
Marriage 1741 Virginiato Marie Magdelena Herr
Death? bef. 7 May 1761 Kernstown, Frederick County, Virginia[Will Proven]
Alt Death? 1761 Opequon Creek, Virginia, USA

Jost Hite was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Advisory on Jost Hite

Hans "Jost" Hite is NOT related to John Hiett (Hiatt), a Quaker, who migrated from England to Pennsylvania.


Will Abstract

Jost Hite's will of 25 Apr 1758, Frederick County, VA mentions sons John, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham Hite; heirs of son Joseph Hite, deceased, John, William and Ann, Joseph's children.
He gives 1/5 part to each son. The four sons to be executors.
Wits: Jno Andrews and Joseph Carroll.
Will proven 7 May 1761.
[Source: Frederick County, Virginia Will Book II, pg. 487-488].


About Jost Hite of Frederick, Augusta and Rockingham County, Virginia

Jost Hite played a very important role in the development and migration of early Frederick and Augusta County, Virginia. Hite migrated from the area around Kingston, New York to Germantown, Pennsylvania about 1714. He bought his first land in Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1714 and sometime between 1720 and 1730, Hite built a grist mill and a home near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania. Nearby in the Colony of Virginia, Governor Gooch, a native of Scotland, in 1730 began to issue the first grants in the Valley of Virginia (later to be know as the "Shenandoah Valley"), that land that lay between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the eastand the Allegheny Chain to the west. Jost Hite would become one of the first settlers in the Northern Neck, or the Upper Shenandoah Valley.
Sometime probably in the late spring or early summer of 1731 Hite, with three sons-in-law, Jacob Chrisman, George Bowman and Paul Froman and with what was reported as 16 families, began his pioneer trek to the Northern Neck of Virginia, or the upper reaches of the Shenandoah Valley. According to historians, they spent the winter of 1731-1732 at what is now Shepherdstown, West Virginia before going further down to a site near Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia. Much of their trek took followed an old Indian Trail, called the "Monocacy Path", which was used by the first Germans coming out of Pennsylvania into Maryland and continued along the Monocacy Valley to a point South of present Frederick, Maryland, where they crossed through Virginia's Blue Ridge mountains at Crampton's Gap, following the Potomac River into the Shenandoah Valley. Hite's group travelled through extremely rough terrain in what would have been a rigorous journey under the best of conditions.
Hite's "Company", including fellow land speculators Robert McKay, Robert Green and William Duff, was responsible for the importation of many early settlers into early Augusta County. They obtained (by order of the Council) several large patents: 1) one tract of 3,060 acres on north branch of Shanando; 2) one tract of 9,860 acres in a hollow of the mountains in the fork of Shanando; 3) one tract of 2,200 acres on north branch of Shanando; 4) one tract of 7,009 acres on south branch of Shanando (which later became known as "Linville's Creek"; 4) one tract of 891 acres on north branch of Shanando; and 5) one tract of 310 acres on south branch of Shanando.

Sources: http://www.gencircles.com/users/avgjoe/4/print/440, Chalkley's Augusta County records.

Land Records in Orange County, VA

  • Pages 431-36. 23-24 March 1736 [1737]. Jost Hites of Orange County, Gent., to Stephen Hunsonbella, blacksmith. Lease and release; for £14 current money. 450 acres on Opeckon Creek on the west side of Sherrendo River and near the head of the said creek... part of 5,012 acres granted Jost Hite 3 Oct. 1734... on the side of a marsh above the saide Hutsonbella fence... boundary between him and Charles Earhall. (signed) Jost Hite. 24 March 1736 [1737]. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. On motion of Wm. Waller, Gent., admitted to record. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 30].
  • Pages 442-48. 14-15 Feb. 1736/7. Jost Hite of Orange County, Gent., and Mary his wife, to Thomas Wilson of same. Lease and release; for £10 current money. 167 acres on the west side of Sherrendo River and Opeckon Runn part of 5,018 acres granted Jost Hite 3 Oct. 1734... the eastermost corner of Stephen Hutsonbella's land... corner of David and James Vaunce's land... (signed) Jost Hite, Mary (M) Hite. Wit: John Smith, John Hite. 24 March 1736 [1737]. Acknowledged by Jost Hite. On motion of Wm. Waller admitted to record.
16 Oct. 1737. Commission to Morgan Morgan, Benja. Borden and Wm. Russell, Gent., to take acknowledgement of Mary Hite, widow [sic. should state "wife" as Hite died in 1761] of Just Hite, who is so sickly and infirm that she cannot travel to the Court. (Note: Hite's wife Anna Maria died shortly thereafter in 1738)
12 Jan. 1737 [1738]. Mary Hite relinquishes her right of dower, at the dwelling house of Just Hite. (signed) Morgan Morgan, Benja. Borden. 24 Feb. 1737 [1738]. Returned. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 30-31].
  • Pages 449-53. 23-24 March 1736 [1737]. Jost Hites of Orange County, Gent., and Mary his wife, to John Van Metre of same, farmer. For ₤5 and bond in amount of ₤200 to convey. 475 acres on Opeckon Creek, part of tract whereon John Lilbour now dwell, which contains in the whole 700 acres... for a division between John Van Metre and Jno. Lilbourn. (signed) Jost Hite. 24 March 1736 [1737]. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. On motion of Wm. Waller, Gent., admitted to record.
16 Oct. 1737. Commission to Morgan Morgan, Benja. Borden and Wm. Russell, Gent., to take the acknowledgement of Mary Hite, widow of Just Hite, who is so sickly and infirm that she cannot travel to the Court. 12 Jan. 1737 [1738]. Mary Hite relinquished her right of dower, at the dwelling house of Just Hite. (signed) Morgan(an), Benja. Borden. 23 Feb. 1737 [1738]. Returned. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 31].
  • Pages 455-58 [454 blank]. 23-24 March 1736 [1737]. Joast Hyte of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, farmer, to Thomas Chester of same, farmer. Lease and release; for £5. 100 acres on the north side of the North river of Shenendore, part of a patent granted to Joast Hyte for 280 acres 3 Oct. 1734... by the river side... (signed) Jost Hite. Wit: John Smith, Jacob Funcks. 24 March 1736 [1737]. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. On motion of Wm. Waller, Gent., admitted to record. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 31].
  • Pages 459-65. 25-26 March 1737. Jost Hites of Orange County, Gent., and Mary his wife, to Lewis Stuffy of same. Lease and release; for ₤10 current money. 339 acres on the west side of Sherrendo River near the head of crooked runn, part of 4,173 acres [patented] 3 Oct. 1734... corner of Christian Nightswinger's land... (signed) Jost Hite. 24 March 1736 [1737]. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. On motion of Wm. Waller, Gent., admitted to record.
26 Oct. 1737. Commission to Morgan Morgan, Benja. Borden and Wm. Russell, Gent., to take the acknowledgement of Mary Hite who is so sickly and impotent she cannot travel to Court.
12 Jan. 1737 [1738]. Mary Hite relinquished her right of dower, at the dwelling house of Just Hite. (digned) Morgan Morgan, Benja. Borden. 23 FEb. 1737 [1738] Returned. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 32].
  • Pages 465-71. 25-26 March 1737 [sic]. Jost Hites of Orange County, Gent. and Mary his wife, to Robt. Dwarfe of same. Lease and release; for ₤7.10.- current money. 300 acres on the west side of Sherendo River and on a branch running into the North fork of the said river at the long meadow... devision line between him and George Harris... (signed) Jost Hite. 24 March 1736 [1737]. Adknowledged by Just Hite. On motion of Wm. Waller, Gent., admitted to record.
26 Oct. 1737. Commission to Morgan Morgan, Benja. Borden and Wm. Russell, Gent., to take the acknowledgement of Mary Hite who is so sickly and impotent she cannot travel to Court. 12 Jan. 1737 [1738]. Returned. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 32].
  • Pages 472-76. 25-26 March 1737 [sic]. Jost Hites of Orange County, Gent., and Mary his wife, to George Harris of same, cordwainer. Lease and release; for ₤10 current money. 444 acres on the west side of Sherrendo and on a branch of the north branch of the said river at the longe meadow, it being a branch of Cedar Creek, part of 2,168 acres granted to Jost Hites by battent [sic. s/b pattent] 3 Oct. 1734... cornner of Robert Dwarfe... (signed) Jost Hite. 24 March 1736 [1737]. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. On motion of Wm Waller, Gent., admitted to record. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 1, Dorman, pg. 32].
  • Pages 304-08. 25-26 April 1738. Jost Hite, Gent., of Orange County to James Wood, Gent., of same. Lease and release; for £10 current money. 100 acres... on the west side of Opeckon Run... part of 5,018 acres granted to Jost Hyte 3 Oct. 1734. (signed) Just Hite. Wit: Thos. Rutherford, Francis (F) Michael. 27 April 1738. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 2, Dorman, pg. 50].
  • Pages 322-28. 27-28 April 1738. Just Hite of Orange County to William Williams, Cl[er]k, of same. Lease and release; for ₤50 current money. 225 acres... down the Opeckon... part of 700 acres granted to Just Hite 3 Oct. 1734. (signed) Just Hite. Wit: Z. Lewis, Hen. Willis, James Porteus. 28 April 1738. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. 28 April 1738. Bond of Just Hite of Orange county to Wm. W[illia]ms, Cl[er]k, of Orange County. For ₤100 current money. To keep every covenant in the release. (signed) Just Hite. Wit: Z. Lewis, Hen. Willis, James Porteus. 28 April 1738. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent.
23 June 12 George II [1738]. Commission to Morgan Morgan, Benja. Borden and Wm. Russell, Gent., to take the acknowledgement of Mary Hite who is so sickly and impotent she cannot travel to Court.
28 Dec. 1738. Mary Hite relinquished her right of dower at the dwelling house of Just Hite in Orange County. (signed) Morgan Morgan, Benja. Borden. 22 Feb. 1738 [1739]. Returned. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 2, Dorman, pg. 51].
  • Pages 76-79. 21-22 [Feb. 1738/1739] - Just Hite of Orange County, Gent., to Stephen Hutzenbuller of same. Lease and release; for £25 current money. 450 acres in St. Mark's Parish near the head of Opeckon Creek on the west side of Sharrando River... side of a marsh about twn poles above the said Hutzenbella's fence... crossing the said marsh and Opeckon Run... line of the entire tract... stake set for a bounder between the said Hutzenbella and Charles Earshall... (signed) Just Hite. Wit: John Funk, Lewis Stephans. 22 Feb. 1738 [1739]. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 7].
  • Pages 80-83. 22-22 Feb. 1738 [1739]. Just Hite, Gent., of Orange County to Jacob Niswanger of same. Lease and release; for ₤16 current money. 435 acres, being part of a tract granted to Just Hite 12 June 1734 containing 3,395 acres on the west side of Sharrando River... cross the north branch of Crooked Run to a walnut which divides this and Peter Stephen's land... at the dead of teh valley by Jacob Christman's place... (signed) Just Hite. Wit: Lewis Stephens, John Funk. 22 Feb. 1738 [1739]. Acknowledged by Just Hite, Gent. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 7].
  • Pages 178-82. 26-27 May 1742. Jost Hite of Orange County to James Hoge of same. Lease and release; for £190 current money. 760 acres being the remains of a pattin (patent) of 3,395 acres granted to Jost Hite... at George Harrisson lowermost corners white oaks on the north side of Long Meadow which runs into Cedar Creek... Harrisson's and not Warff line... near a good spring... into the path that goes to Cedar Lick... (signed) Jost Hite. Wit: John Newport, John Saxton, Valentine Sevier. 27 May 1742. Acknowledged by Jost Hite. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 5, Dorman, pg. 9].

Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 102.--Robert Green, of Orange County, to Robert McCay, of Augusta, and Jost Hite, of Frederick. Bond in £3000 dated 18th June, 1746. Whereas, Robert McCay, Jost Hite, Robert Green, and Wm. Duff, deceased, did in lifetime of Duff obtain order of Council for one tract of 3,060 acres on north branch of Shanando; one tract of 9,860 acres in a hollow of the mountains in the fork of Shanando; one tract of 2,200 acres on north branch of Shanando; one tract of 7,000 acres on south branch of Shanando; one tract of 891 acres on north branch of Shanando; one tract of 310 acres on south branch of Shanando (in order for the more speedy conveying same to purchasers). Parties agree that patent should be made to Robert Green. Condition that Robert make proper conveyances to purchasers and one moiety of the residue to the other parties. Witnesses, Jno. Smith, Thos. Stevenson, Jno. Hite. Acknowledged, 18th June, 1746.
  • Page 135.--18th June, 1746. Samuel Wilkins to Robert McKay et als (including Jost Hite)., £126.8.11; 1,264 acres in Orange County on west side Blue Ridge on Naked Creek where the Irish path crosses, part of 7,009 acres patented to McKay et als., 26th March, 1739, and by them sold to Samuel Wilkins by deeds, 29th June, 1744. Witnesses, James Porteus and John Hawkins Acknowledged by Samuel Wilkins, 20th June, 1746, and Sarah, his wife, relinquished dower.
  • Page 148.--5th August, 1746. Robert McCay, of Augusta, and Jost Hite, of Frederick, to Robert Green, of Orange, surveying partners of a certain tract patented 26th March, 1739, to McCay, Hite, Duff and Green, 7,009 acres, £100 current money; 1,000 acres including lots 2 and 3. Witnesses, Thomas ( ) Linwell, Valentine Sevier, Gabriel Jones. Proved by all witnesses, 20th August, 1746,
  • Page 247.--5th August, 1746. Robert McCay and Robert Green to Jost Hite, £100; 545 acres, part of 7,009 acres including lot 8. Witnessed and proved as above.
  • Page 251.--7th August, 1746. Same parties as above (Robert McCay and Robert Green to Jost Hite), £100; 500 acres, part of 7,009 acres including lot 6. Witnessed and acknowledge as above.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 104.--18th June, 1746. Robert McKay, Josh Hite, Robert Green, and Robert Green, executor and heir-at-law of Wm. Duff, deceased, to William Linwell, £62.10.0 current money Virginia; 1,500 acres, part of 7,009 acres patented to grantors 26th March, 1739. Witnesses, Gabriel Jones, Jno. Madison. Acknowledged, 19th June, 1746. (Note: this area later became known as "Linville's Creek")
  • Page 110.--Jost Hite, Robert Green, and Robert Green, executor and heir of Wm. Duff to Robert McKay, £119 current money Virginia; 1,190 acres on west side Blue Ridge part of 7,009 acres patented to grantors and grantee, 26th March, 1739; north side Linwell's Creek, including the 9th and 10th lots. Acknowledged, 19th June, 1746.
  • Page 115.--18th June, 1746. Hite, McKay, Robert Green, sole heir and executor of Wm. Duff, to Robert Craven, £40.4.0 current money Virginia; 670 acres on north side Linville's Creek, part of 7,009 acres patented 26th March, 1739. Witnesses, Thomas Chew, Gabriel Jones. Thos. Slaughter. Acknowledged by all, 19th June, 1746.
  • Page 139.--18th June, 1746. Robert McKay et als. (including Jost Hite) to Samuel Wilkins, £126.8.11; 1,264 acres on Naked Creek; conveys D. B. 1, p. 135. Acknowledged.
  • Page 243.--3d October, 1746. Same parties as above (Jost Hite, Ro. McCay, and Robert Green), £100; 708 acres patented to grantors, 26th March, 1739; on side of Limestone Hill, near easternmost branch of Linwell's Cerek. Teste: W. Russell, G. Jones, Wm. Green Proved, 21st May, 1747, by Russell and Jones.
  • Page 238.--10th February, 1746-7. Jost Hite, Ro. McCay, and Robert Green to John, James and Moses Green, £100; 500 acres on Linwell's Creek being lot 4, part of 7,009 acres patented, &c., 1739. Witnessed and proved as above.
  • Page 369.--Jost Hite to George Bowman, 4th October, 1749, Linwell's Creek, lot No. 8, 545 acres. Teste: John Hite.
  • Page 373.--Jost Hite to Paul Froman, 4th October, 1749, 500 acres; lot No. 6 on Linwell's Creek.

Processioning List of 1747/8

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
  • Page 19.-- Daniel Harrison and Morgan Bryant report, viz - 1747-48: Processioned for Samuel Harrison, present Daniel Love, John Wright; processioned for Robert Cravens, present Daniel Love, John Wright; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present John Rutledge, Richard Wainscot; Daniel Harrison not processioned, there being a dispute; processioned for James Anderson, lines unknown; processioned for Col. James Wood; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present Archibald Hopkins; processioned for Daniel Harrison, present Jacob Dye, Richard Wincot; processioned for Cornelius Bryan, present Thos. and Benj. Bryan; processioned for Charles Robinson, present Adam Reder; processioned for Townsend Robinson, present Adam Reder; processioned for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hughes; processioned for John Miller, present Thos. Hughes, Thos. Moore; processioned for Thomas Moore, present Francis Hughes; processioned for Joseph Hite, present Samuel and David Stuart; processioned for Jacob Chrisman, present David Stuart, Sam'l Harrison; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Jost Hite, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Jost Hite, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Robert McKay, present Thomas Bryan; processioned for Wm. Duff's estate, present John Miller; processioned for Robert Green, present John Miller; processioned for Robert Green, present John Miller; processioned for James Robeson, present John Miller; processioned for George Bowman, present Richard Winscot; processioned for Joseph Bryan, present Wm. Bryan; processioned for Morgan Bryan, present James Bryan; processioned for Samuel Wilkins, present Wm. and James Bryan and Samuel Wilkins.

Records in Pennsylvania

Baptism record: children of John Ulrich Buger (of Opequon)
Buger, Rosina, b. Feb. 9, 1735; bap. May 16, 1735
Sponsors, Jost Heydt, Susanna Weismaenn and Barbara Schnaeppin.
Buger, John, b. Nov. 1736; bap. June 5, 1737.
Sponsors, Jost Heydt and wife Anna Maria, and John Schnepp.
Buger, Jacob, b. April 29, 1739; bap. April 29, 1739.
Sponsors, Jost Heydt and Barbara Schneppin.
Source: "Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Records of Rev. John Casper Stoever from 1730 to 1779", pg. 9].
Baptism record: dau. of John Heydt (of Opequon)
Heydt, Anna Maria, b. Dec. 25, 1738; bap. April 29, 1739.
Sponsors, Jost Heydt and wife. (Note: Anna Maria Heydt (Hite) was Jost Hite's grand-daughter).
Source: "Early Lutheran Baptisms and Marriages in Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Records of Rev. John Casper Stoever from 1730 to 1779", pg. 13].

Records in Orange/Augusta County, VA

Because of the volume of records of Jost Hite in Orange County, Virginia and Chalkley's Augusta County, Virginia records, they have been placed on a separate page: Records of Jost Hite in Augusta County, VA

Historical Marker

A roadside historical marker erected in 2003 near Winchester, Virginia details Hite's importance in the region with the following inscription.

German emigrant Jost Hite and about 16 other German and Scots-Irish families from Pennsylvania came to this region in 1732, creating one of the early permanent European settlements. They settled along the Opequon Creek watershed south-west of the present-day city of Winchester. Soon after their arrival, a number of other communities developed regionally, including Fredericktown, present-day Winchester. Winchester was chartered as a town in 1752. It began as a small farming community that developed into a thriving town and important trading center at the junction of several transportation arteries.[3]
References
  1. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an), Source number: 95.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LF1.

    Name: Jost Hite
    Birth Date: 1685
    Birth Place: Ge

  2.   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ancestral File (R). (http://www.familysearch.org).
  3. Jost Hite and Winchester, in HMdb.org The Historical Marker Database.