Generation No. 1
JOHANNES HANS HEYDT, b. Bonfield, Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany; d. March 6, 1696/97 in Bonfield, Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany. He m. (1) MAGDELENA b. 1653 in Bonfield, Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany; m. (2) ANNA MARIA. Butcher and church warden.
Although he died enroute, Johannes and Anna Maria Heydt and thier children emigrated from Bonfeld, via Rotterdam and London, headed for Kingston, New York. By the time the three generations of Heydts arrived in New York, only Maria Hayd's name was on the subscription list, as "head of the family, next to her step son Jost's. Johannes, about 60 years old, and his four young children, aged 2 - 10, must have died during trip.
Children of JOHANNES HEYDT and MAGDELENA are;
i. ANNA2 CATHERINA HITE, b. October 18, 1683.
1. ii. HANS JOST HITE, b. December 5, 1685 in Bonfield, Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany; d. May 7, 1760 in Kernstown, Frederick Co., Virginia
iii. JOHANNS JEREMIAS HITE, b. January 18, 1687/88
iv. ANNA BARBARA HITE, b. abt 1688
v. MARIA DOROTHEA HITE, m. JOHANNES WELCK, January 16, 1702/03
vi. ANNA ROSINA HITE, 1691, m. JOHANN JACOB RUDOLFF, November 18, 1710.
vii. ANNA MARIA HITE, m. ERNST KLEEMAN, April 17, 1697.
Children of JOHANNES HEYDT and ANNA are;
viii. ANNA EVA CATHARINA HITE, b. 1699, Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Germany.
ix. ANNA MARIA HITE, b. October 23, 1701, Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Germany.
x. ANNA BARBARA HITE, b. January 04, 1704/05, Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Germany.
xi. JOHANN MARTINUS HITE, b. August 03, 1707, Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Germany.
Generation No. 2.
1. HANS2 JOST HITE, b. December 5, 1685 in Bonfield, Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany; d. May 7, 1760 in Kernstown, Frederick Co., Virginia; m. (1) November 11, 1704, ANNA MARIA MERCKLE, b. January 16, 1686/87 in Bonfield, Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany, daughter of ABRAHAM MERCKLE and ANNA LANDVATTER. "11 Nov 1704 at Bonfeld Germany, Johan Justus Heyd, linenweaver and son of Johannis Heyd, butcher and civic councilor here, married Anna Maria, daughter of Abraham Mercklin, citizen here." He m. (2) MARIA MAGDALINA (DUBOIS?) November 1741 in VA. She signed a pre-marital contract with Jost Hite in 1741. According to the contract, she brought the following to the marriage: "1. In ready money twenty-two pounds, seventeen shillings and four pence. 2ndly. Two mares one colt of the value of fourteen pounds. 3rdly. Two drawing steers value three pounds, ten shillings. 4thly> To Coarse Bed cloathes in all three pound, sixteen shillings and six pence. And the said money is adjudges to be inVirginia Currency the 16th of November 1741, also one horse mare Six pound. (Entered in the Frederick County records on 3rd of September 1745)
According to church records, he immigrated to the America in 1710. He remained in Kingston, New York for five years. In 1715, he moved to the area of Skippack, Pennsylvania (northeast of Center Point, PA). He received a grant of 100,000 acres from the Virginia Governor and Council in the late 1720's with the stipulation that 100 families be settled within two years. In 1732, Jost and his wife Mary (Anna Maria), and their eight children along with 16 other families moved to Fort Stephens, Virginia. In 1750 he moved with his second wife into a new house across from Hite's Mill on Route 11. Jost founded the first permanent settlement in Frederick County, Virginia. He sold off parcels of his land, but retained the choice locations with generous acerage for himself and his children.
The first white man who entered the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and brought with him the German immigrants, (Dutch brothers Van Meter, John and Isaac -the father of Rebecca who married Abraham, son of Jost Hite. In 1730, the brothers obtained a grant of 40,000 acres in the Shenandoah Valley. Some of this, they transferred to Jost Hite, their relative in New York, also a Hollander, on 5 Aug 1731. (West Virginia Historical Magazine, I, pp 53-54, in "Genealogies of Kentucky Families", from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, James C. Klotter, ed., Gen. Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1981) He became Justice of the first court of Orange County. He had 5 sons who were officers of the Continental Line of the Revolutionary War, two of whom, Capt. Abraham Hite and Lieutenant Isaac Hite, were original members of the Society of the Cincinnati. Lieutenant George Hite (son of Abraham) was also a member. He had, while a student at William and Mary college, been one of the founders and first secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. ("Genealogies of Kentucky Families", from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, James C. Klotter, ed., Gen. Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1981)
Children of HANS YOST HITE and ANNA MERCKLE are;
i. ANNA3 MARIA HITE, b. February 22, 1705/06 Bonfeld, Kraichgau,, Germany; d. February 24, 1705/06, Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Germany.
ii. MARIA BARBARA HITE, b. January 28, 1706/07 Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Germany; d. March 01, 1706/07, Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Germany
iii. MARIA ELIZABETH HITE, b. January 2, 1707/08, Keizersgracht, Germany; d. 1768 in Frederick Co., VA; m. GEORGE BOWMAN 1731 in Berks Co., PA and had; John George Bowman 4/27/1732; John Jacob Bowman December 2, 1733, d. 1780; Emma Maria Bowman 12/19/1735; Elizabeth Bowman 1/5/1737; Johannes Bowman 1738; Sarah Bowman 1741; Abraham Bowman October 16, 1742; Regina Bowman 1743; Rebecca Bowman 1745; George Bowman 1747; Joseph Bowman 1752; Catherine Bowman 1757; Isaac Bowman 1757.
iv. ELIZABETH HITE, b. November 4, 1711, Kingston Co., New York; d. 1794 in Mercer Co., KY; m. PAUL FROMAN 1731 in PA and had;
Jacob Froman; Sarah Jane Froman November 15, 1732 in VA; John Paul Froman October 16, 1734; Maria Christina Froman March 1, 1735/36 m. John Overall; Elizabeth Froman May 8, 1738 m. Nathaniel Cartmell.
2. v. JOHN HITE, b. abt 1714 Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
vi. MAGDALENA HITE, b. September 6, 1713; m. JACOB CHRISMAN abt 1730 in PA and had; Abraham Chrisman October 15, 1733; Sarah Chrisman September 13, 1734; Anna Maria Chrisman November 9, 1735; Isaac Chrisman November 9, 1736; Johannes Chrisman March 9, 1739/40; Jacob Chrisman; George Chrisman; Henry Chrisman; Rebecca Chrisman.
3. vii. JACOB HITE, b. March 14, 1718/19 in Perkiomen, Chester Co., PA
4. viii. ISAAC HITE, b. MAY 12, 1723 in Perkiomen, Chester Co., PA
ix. SUSANNAH HITE, b. abt 1725
5. x. COLONEL ABRAHAM HITE, b. May 10, 1729 in Perkiomen, Chester Co., PA
6. xi. JOSEPH HITE, b. 1731, VA
xii. MARIA SUSANNAH HITE, abt 1733, Frederick Co., VA
Generation No. 3
2. JOHN3 HITE, b. abt 1714 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York; d. 1792 in Monocacy, Frederick, MD; m. 1735, Kingston, Ulster Co., New York, ZARA/SARAH ELTINGE, daughter of CORNELIUS ELTINGE and REBECCA VAN METRE, b. February 6, 1714/15 in Fredericktown, Kingston, Ulster Co., New York
Children of JOHN HITE and SARAH ELTINGE are;
i. ANNA4 MARIE HITE, b. December 25, 1738 in Hampshire Co., WV
ii. MARGARET HITE
iii. SARAH HITE
iv. ELEANORE HITE, b. November 5, 1749 in Stephens City, Frederick Co., VA
v. JOHN HITE, b. June 25, 1751, Hampshire Co., VA; d. June 12, 1808 Rockingham Co., VA
vi. REBECCA HITE
vii. MARGARET HITE
3. JACOB3 HITE, b. March 14, 1718/19; d. July 1, 1776 Frederick Co., VA; m. abt 1740 (1) CATHERINE O'BANNON in Ireland(?), daughter of BRYAN O'BANNON; m. December 15, 1760, Orange Co., VA (2) FRANCES MADISON, b. March 6, 1726 (she m. (1) TAVENER BEALE). She was the aunt of James Madison.
Children of JACOB HITE and CATHERINE O'BANNON are;
i. JOHN4 HITE
ii. THOMAS HITE, b. 1750; m. 1772 FRANCES MADISON BEALE, dau. of FRANCES MADISON and TAVENER BEALE.
iii. JACOB O'BANNON HITE
Children of JACOB HITE and FRANCIS MADISON are;
iv. GEORGE HITE
vi. SUSAN HITE
4. ISAAC3 HITE, b. May 12, 1723 in Perkiomen, Chester Co., PA; d. September 18, 1795 in Long Meadows, Hampshire Co., VA; m. April 12, 1745 at Frederick, VA ALIDA ELEANOR ELTINGE, daughter of CORNELIUS ELTINGE and REBECCA VAN METRE. Built Long Meadows Home in Middletown, Virginia. Original home had five slave houses, smoke house, ice house, barn, "Travelers Hall" where he entertained travelers through the Shenendoah Valley. It was a well known and popular lodge. He also ran a store and still house under the trade name "I. Hite & son". Isaac and his son, Isaac Jr. maintained a road directly from Long Meadows (Isaac Sr's home) to Belle Grove (Isaac Jr's home) Burial at Long Meadows.
Children of ISAAC HITE and ELEANOR ELTINGE are;
i. ANN4 HITE, b. January 7, 1745/46
ii. MARY HITE, b. August 25, 1748
iii. ELEANOR HITE, b. October 27, 1750
iv. REBECCA HITE, b. January 19, 1754
v. ISAAC HITE, b. February 7, 1758 in Middletown, Frederic Co., Virginia; d. November 24, 1836, Belle Grove, Middletown, Frederick Co., Virginia. Received 483 acres of land in Frederick County, Virginia from his father in 1782. Attended William and Mary College of Virginia and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Was a Major in the Revolutionary War. Married Nelly Conway Madison, President James Madison's sister in 1783. Designed Belle Grove home in October 1794. Had Thomas Jefferson go over the plans and make changes. Belle Grove was built in 1794-1797 and additional work was completed in 1805. The property was valued at $7,500. In 1815 or 1821, a new wing was added, property value was $11,250. An ice house was added in 1820-1825.
By 1814 Major Hite owned 7,437 acres in Frederick County and additonal land in other counties. Farming was his primary occupation. He was noted for using the most advanced farm methods. Belle Grove was self-sustaining. Most of the produce and livestock raised was used on the farm. He had 68 slaves.
vi. SARAH HITE, d. October 1818, Jefferson, KY; m. JONATHAN CLARK.
vii. NELLIE C. HITE, b. February 14, 1760; d. December 24, 1802.
5. COLONEL3 ABRAHAM HITE , b. May 10, 1729 in
Perkiomen, Chester Co., PA; d. January 17, 1790 near Moorfield, Hardy Co.,
December 3, 1751 Moorefield, Hardy Co., WV, REBECCA VAN METER, b. May 20, 1734 in Hampshire, VA
Children of ABRAHAM HITE and REBECCA VAN METER are;
i. ISAAC4 HITE, b. March 24, 1753 in Virginia
7. ii. ABRAHAM HITE, b. Ocotber 25, 1755 in VA
iii. JOSEPH HITE, b. October 6, 1757
iv. GEORGE HENRY HITE, b. March 18, 1761
6. JOSEPH HITE, b. 1731; d. 1757 in Virginia; m. ELIZABETH MCKAY
Children of JOSEPH HITE and ELIZABETH MCKAY are;
i. JOSEPH HITE, b. 1753
ii. JOHN HITE, b. 1754
iii. WILLIAM HITE, b. 1756
iv. ANN HITE, b. 1757
Generation No. 4
7. ABRAHAM4 HITE, b. October 25, 1755 in VA; d. July 12, 1832 in KY; m. ELIZABETH ERICKSON
Children of ABRAHAM HITE and ELIZABETH ERICKSON
i. CATHERINE5 WYNKOOP HITE, b. June 20, 1793
8. ii. JAMES HITE, b. 1794
iii. ISAAC HITE
iv. GEORGE HITE, b. March 18, 1795
v. HARRIET HITE, b. July 3, 1796
vi. REBECCA HITE, b. December 18, 1797
vii. ABRAHAM ISAAC HITE, b. November 11, 1799
Generation No. 5
8. JAMES5 HITE, b. 1794; d. 1878; m. NANCY WESTIN, b. 1788
Children of JAMES HITE and NANCY WESTIN are;
i. THOMAS6 EWING HITE, b. May 10, 1844 in Lithopolis, Fairfield Co., OH
CORNELIUS ELTINGE m. REBECKA VAN METRE, Christening: April 26, 1686, daughter of JOOST JANS VAN METEREN and SARAH DU BOIS
JOOST JANS VAN METEREN, b. 1656 in Holland;
d. aft 1706 in Salem Co., NJ. His parents were Jan Joost Van Meteren of
Thierlewoodt, Gelderland, Holland and Macyke Hendricksen of Mapelen, Dreuth,
Came with parents in 1662, the eldest son of five children whose ages ranged from 2 and 1/2 to 15 years. As a boy, kidnapped by Indians, held for three months in the Catskill Mountains, along with his mother, future wife Sarah du Bois and Sarah's mother. Came to call himself John Van Meter the noted Indian trader and explorer of the Shenandoah Valley and the South branch of the Potomac, the "Wapatomica Valley", where he advised his sons to take up land. Lived NY, NJ, and PA.
John Van Metre, a Dutchman from the Hudson, was an Indian trader and pioneer explorer of the Shenandoah Valley, who spied out the land about the time of Governor Spotswood's expedition in 1716.
The "History of the Valley" [p. 51] gives a traditional account of the coming of the Van Meters to Virginia and the circumstances connected therewith: "Tradition relates that a man by the name of John Van Meter, from New York, some years previous to the first settlement of the valley, discovered the fine country on the Wappatomaka [South Branch of the Potomac]. This man was a kind of Indian trader, being well acquainted with the Delawares, and once accompanied a war party who marched to the South for the purpose of invading the Catawbas. The Catawbas however anticipated them--met them very near the spot where Pendleton Court-House now stands, encountered, and defeated them with great slaughter. Van Meter was engaged on the side of the Delawares in this battle. When Van Meter returned to New York, he advised his sons, that if ever they migrated to Virginia, by all means to secure a part of the South Branch bottom, and described the land immediately above 'The Trough' as the finest body of land which he had ever discovered in all his travels.
Subsequently his sons, John and Isaac, took his advice and petitioned Governor Gooch, in 1731, for 40,000 acres, which was granted, and which they later transferred to Jost Hite, whose wife was Anna Maria du Bois, a near relative of Louis du Bois."
Jooste Janse Van Metre was supposed to have died about 1706. The last record concerning him is found in the baptismal register of the Reformed Dutch Church at Raritan [now Somerville], N. J., where his name appears with that of Kathleyn [wife of Isaac] Bodyn as sponsors at the baptism of his granddaughter Sarah, the eldest child of Jan [John] Van Metere, 30th October, 1706.
In an article relating to the last of the Southern Indians, which appeared in the Virginia Historical Magazine [Vol. III., p. 191, footnote], it states that "Mr. John Van Meter of New York gives an account of his accompanying the New York Delaware Indians in 1732 (?) on their raid against the Catawbas. They passed up the South Branch of the Potomac and he afterward settled his boys there." The Catawbas and Cherokees were ancient foes of the Delawares and the latter drove them from their home in the Carolinas westward through Virginia and Pennsylvania and some of them finally settled in Kansas.
He m. December 12, 1682 in New Paltz, New York, SARAH DUBOIS, b. September 14, 1662 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York.
Children of JOOST JANS VAN METEREN and SARAH DUBOIS
1. i. JOHN2 VAN METRE, b. 1683 in Somerset Co., NJ.ogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family)
2. ii. REBECKA VAN METRE, b. 1689; d. 1756
iii. LYSBETH VAN METRE, b. 1686
3. iv. ISAAC VAN METRE, b. abt 1692 in New Platz, Kingston Co., NY
v. HENDRIX VAN METRE, b. 1695
Generation No. 2
1. JOHN2 VAN METRE, baptized October 14, 1683 in Somerset Co., NJ; d. 1745 in Winchester, VA; m. MARGARET MOLENAUE, b. abt 1687. Between the year 1695 and the date of the filing of the inventory of his father's personal estate at Burlington, in 1706, there is no documentary evidence at hand as to where he lived, neither is there any information available as to when or where Jooste Jans died, and nothing covering the movements of John Van Metre. It is probable he was absent on some expedition with the Delaware Indians, acting as interpreter, or as a trader along the trails to the south, or he may have remained quietly in Somerset County closing out his father's estate. He was not present at the wedding of his sister, Rebecca, who was married at Kingston, in September, 1704 to Cornelis Elting, Jr. As an item of peculiar interest, in this connection, we make this record: that it was Sara, the daughter of this couple, baptized at Kingston Church 6th February, 1715, sponsored by Sara du Bois and her son, John Van Metre, Jr., who after her parents' removal to the Shenandoah Valley, Va., married Col. John Hite, the eldest son of Jost Hite. Her family became socially famous, and, by marriage, were related to that of President James Madison, of Virginia.
The date of John Van Metre's settlement in Maryland can only be approximated. He was perhaps long familiar with this part of the country, and may have traversed it with his father while following the trails with the Delaware Indians southward from the headwaters of the Delaware, which rose in the mountainous country adjacent to the Dutch settlements in Ulster County, N. Y. In 1730 Prince George's County, Maryland, extended from the Patuxent River to the western limits of Lord Baltimore's palatinate. This county was indebted for much of its earlier population to the emigrants from Pennsylvania and eastward. The border troubles between the two Provinces of Maryland and Pennsylvania had much to do with its settlement, and the disputes between these proprietary governments led many settlers of the adjacent counties of Pennsylvania to remove to the valley of Frederick, to the Monocacy and its neighboring streams. The Dutch element, perhaps, were the first to establish themselves in these localities; coming down from New York by way of Pennsylvania, they were found in western Maryland as early as 1725.
It is probably due to John Van Metre that his friends and relatives began to colonize along that stream, for here were found the Eltings, Vernoys, Croms, Van Metre and other families from the Hudson River communities. Cornelius Elting was a brother-in-law of John Van Metre. In the public records at Upper Marlborough, Prince George's County, Maryland, is found the record of purchase of two tracts of land by Cornelis Elting "formerly of Ulster County, N. Y., now being at Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., Md.," from Sarah [B]radford, 17th October, 1729, one tract called "Melburn," containing 270 acres, and another tract called "Darby Island," contained 146 acres. The latter tract was conveyed by Cornelius Elting to his nephew, John Thompson, by deed dated 3d May, 1746, to which conveyance Isaac Hite, John Hite and Isaac Eltinge were witnesses.
The first record of John Van Metre is found in an entry in the Frederick County, Md., records, 8th November, 1726, being the date of a grant of land to John Van Metre, containing 300 acres and located at the mouth of a run called "Metre's Run," falling into the Monocacy. It is said that it was upon this property that the battle of Monocacy Junction was fought during the Civil War. At the above date the granted land lay in Prince George's County. In the sale of some of his land in Salem County, N. J., to Cornelius Newkirk, 25th March, 1730, the grantor describes himself as "of Prince George's Co." He also acquired other lands in Maryland, some of which lay upon the Antietam Creek in what is now Washington County.
The beautiful "Valley of Virginia" lies beyond the western slopes of the Blue Ridge. The Shenandoah enfolds it on the south and the Potomac and its branches on the north and west. Lord Fairfax called it "The Northern Neck," and its settlement may fairly be said to have begun with the actual granting of an immense area of land in what then was Spottsylvania County, Virginia, by Governor Gooch and his Council, at Williamsburg, Virginia, to John and Isaac Van Metre, 17th June, 1730. (A Genealogy of the Duke-Sheperd-VanMeter Family)
i. REBECCA3 VAN METRE, b. abt 1711 of Somerset Co., NJ
ii. ABRAHAM VAN METRE, b. abt 1721 of Somerset Co., NJ
2. REBECCA VAN METER, was born 1689, and died 1756. She married CORNELIUS ELTING September 1704 in Kingston, Ulster Co., New York. He was born 1681, and died in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. CORNELIUS ELTING: In the public records at Upper Marlborough, Prince George's County, Maryland, is found the record of purchase of two tracts of land by Cornelis Elting "formerly of Ulster County, N. Y., now being at Annapolis, Anne Arundel Co., Md.," from Sarah Bradford, 17th October, 1729, one tract called "Melburn," containing 270 acres, and another tract called "Darby Island," contained 146 acres. The latter tract was conveyed by Cornelius Elting to his nephew, John Thompson, by deed dated 3d May, 1746, to which conveyance Isaac Hite, John Hite and Isaac Eltinge were witnesses. (A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family)
Child of REBECCA VAN METER and CORNELIUS ELTING is:
i. SARAH ELTING, b. 1715, Baptised: February 06, 1714/15, Kingston, Ulster Co., New York - sponsored by Sara du Bois and her son, John Van Metre, Jr. She married COLONEL JOHN HITE 1735, son of JOST HITE. He was born 1710, and died 1792. Her family became socially famous, and, by marriage, were related to that of President James Madison, of Virginia. COLONEL JOHN HITE: "As the historical marker in front notes, Springdale was built by one of Jost Hite's sons, John, in 1753 near the site of Jost Hite's original homestead of the 1730s. John Hite was a county justice, a militia colonel, and a close friend of George Washington, who once visited him here. This house is thought to have served for a time as the headquarters of one of Sheridan's generals, William Dwight." (Touring the Backroads of the Shenandoah Valley) Along the Valley Pike at Springdale a few miles south of Winchester stands a stone mansion built in 1753 by John Hite, son of Jost Hite, which was also a public house for many years. (The Huber-Hoover Family History)
3. ISAAC VAN2 METRE, b. abt 1692 in New Platz, Kingston Co., NY; d. 1757 in Fort Pleasant, Hardy Co., WV. With brother John Van Meter, mother Sarah DuBois, and Uncle Jacob DuBois, purchased several thousand acres in Salem Co., NJ., in 1714. John and Isaac later, in 1730, obtained a grant of 40,000 acres in Spottsylvania Co. in the Northern Neck of Virginia (the Shenandoah Valley), for themselves and 20 other families of "Relations and friends". By 1731, some of this land was transferred to Jost Hite, "their relative in NY, and also a Hollander". Isaac founded Fort Pleasant and moved his family there in 1744, in what is now Hardy Co., WV. He was killed and scalped by Indians in 1757. His will dated 15 Feb 1754, was proved 1757. He m. (1) CATALINA HENDRICKS before 1717; m. (2) ANNAETGIE WYNKOOP abt 1717 in Mooreland Manor, PA
i. SARAH3 VAN METER, b. 1722 in Ulster Co., NY
ii. JACOB VAN METER, b. in Ulster Co., NY
iii. CATHERINE VAN METER, b. in Ulster Co., NY
iv. HENRY VAN METER, b. 1728 in Ulster Co., NY
v. HILLETJE VAN METER
vi. GARRETT VAN METER, b. 1732 in Ulster Co., NY
vii. REBECCA VAN METER, b. May 20, 1734 in Ulster Co., NY
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the office of Belle Grove, Inc, which administers the home of
Isaac Hite, Jr. and maintains a file of the descendants of Jost Hite.
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