Descendants of Hans Justus Heydt of
the Duchy of Wurttemburg


Generation #2

Magdelena (1Jost) Hite

Magdelena Hite was christened 9/13/1713 Kingston, Ulster Co NY. In 1714 Magdelena migrated with her parents to the Skippack Valley in Philadelphia Co PA. And, migrated one valley west to the Perkiomen Valley, Philadelphia Co PA in 1718.

In about 1728 in Philadelphia Co PA, Magdelena married Jacob Chrisman b. c. 1701 Worms, Palatinate of the Rhine. Jacob and Magdelena probably migrated in the company of her father, Jost Hite to Chester Co PA.

In 1732 Jacob and Magdelena and fifteen other families migrated in the company of her father, Jost Hite, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. They are credited as the first white settlers west of the Blue Ridge. Jacob and Magdelena settled in what would become Frederick Co VA. [Hite Migration Map]

Jacob and Magdelena lived the remainder of their lives along Opequon Creek near Winchester VA. Jacob wrote his will on 5/27/1772, mentioning four sons and his wife. Magdelena is believed to have died prior to 1777; as an additional document written by Jacob omitted Magdelena.

Jacob wrote his will in 8/1777 where he left all his property to his children and furniture to a wife named Mary. Some have taken from this document that Magdelena had died and Jacob later married a woman named Mary. Instead, I propose that his wife was actually Mary Magdelena, and she was known to the family as Mary.

Jacob died after 9/1777 in Frederick Co VA. Jacob and Madgelena are believed to be buried at the ruins of the original Lutheran Church in Winchester, Virginia.


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