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- Deed, dated 21 May 1740 and recorded 22 May 1740, for 100 acres from Jost (Joost) Hite (1685-1761) to Samuel Walker (1714-1793), both of Orange County, Virginia. This deed is recorded in Orange County Deed Book 4, pp. 29-30. In the deed, Hite's first name is spelled Jost, but he is referred to elsewhere as Hans Joist, Johann Jost, Joist, or Just Hite. In his will, his name is spelled Joost
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- Just Hite was born Hans Justus Heyd in Bonfeld, Germany, 5 December 1685 to Johannes Heyd (d. by 1709) and Magdalena Heyd (d. 1695). He married Anna Maria Merckle (1687-1739) 11 November 1704; they had 10 children. Hite and his family left Bonfeld in 1709, went to Rotterdam, Netherlands, where they boarded a ship for America. Hite arrived in New York in 1710 and moved to Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1713. On 5 August 1731, he acquired 40,000 acres in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, and relocated there in the Fall of 1731. He was appointed a magistrate of Orange County, Virginia, in 1734 upon its creation. He then became a prominent citizen of Frederick County, Virginia, upon its creation in 1738. Hite and his family operated an inn and a mill, as well as sold real estate. Hite's Shenandoah Valley grant got him into a dispute with Thomas, Lord Fairfax (1693-1781) which was not resolved in Hite's favor until 1786. Hite remarried 10 November 1741 to Maria Magdalena Neuschwanger, a widow. Hite died early in 1761; his will was probated 7 May 1761 in Frederick County court.
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