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- Deeds of lease and release, dated 21 and 22 February 1738 and both recorded 22 February 1738, for 450 acres from Just (Joost)Hite (1685-1761) to Stephen Hutzenbeller (Hotzenpeller) (d. 1776), both of Orange County, Virginia. These deeds are recorded in Orange County Deed Book 3 1738-1740, pp. 76-79. In the deeds, Hite's first name is spelled Just, but he is referred to elsewhere as Hans Joist, Johann Jost, Joist, or Jost Hite. In his will, his name is spelled Joost
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- Joost 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 (1683-1781) 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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