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 Peter <I>Heite</I> Hitt

Peter Heite Hitt

Death 27 Jul 1772 (aged 88–89)
Germantown, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
Burial Germantown, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 91467356 · View Source
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The Hittson Project

Our first "Hitt/Hittson" immigrant gateway ancestor, Peter Hitt, was born circa 1683 at the modern-day area of Rehbach-Kaan, Nassau-Seigen, Germany; The estate of Rehbach is near Kaan in the Nassau-Seigen area in Germany. At one time part of Holland, the House of Nassau estates were not considered Germany until 1815. Although part of the Holy Roman Empire, our ancestors remained Calvinist protestant and established the German Reformed Church in Germantown, Virginia.

A broad review of the ancestral chain of the dark and middle ages, Hitt becomes a name associated primarily with Norman (Norseman) in Scotland, England and Friesian. The birth name of Peter Hitt was actually Peter Heite (Heathe). With his relocation to the New World and Virginia Colony, he stopped for a time in England, where "Hitt" was a common name. It is referenced that he anglicized his name to "Hitt" sometime before arriving in Virginia. His ancestry accepts this transition because of his birthright location; he is not of German birth, but Dutch, Norman, and probably Friesian. He is not a royal line, but defends the protestant beliefs of Calvin.

"Mary Johnson found book by Dr. Lothar Irle in Siegen library stating Peter Hide/Heite of the farm Rehbach near Marienborn, emigrated from Trupbach to Virginia in 1714 and called himself Hitt." Ref. Peter Hitt Family Journal online.

The Peter Hitt Family Cemetery is located inside Germanna, the memorial foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia, and now underneath Germantown Lake. He is son of Johann Jacob Heite and Catherina Heite, a cousin to Johann Jacob Heite.

m. 1st Maria Elizabeth Freudenbert 6 Jan 1706, born Germany;
m. 2nd Elizabeth Otterback 6 Jan 1714 b. Germany;
His will names wife Elizabeth Otterback Hitt and his sons: John, Joseph, Henry, Harman, Peter & daughter Mary Rector.

Two of their sons, John Hitt(son)and Joseph Acorn Hitt(son) served in the Virginia Militia during the French & Indian War and were later recognized by Daughters of the American Revolution as Patriots during the American Revolutionary War.

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  • Created by: Vicki Hittson
  • Added: 6 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91467356
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Heite Hitt (1683–27 Jul 1772), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91467356, citing Peter Hitt Family Cemetery, Germantown, Fauquier County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Vicki Hittson (contributor 47380664) .