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 John Hidy

John Hidy

Death 1823 (aged 71–72)
Highland County, Virginia, USA
Burial Hightown, Highland County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 91918578 · View Source
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John Hidy was born in 1751 in Germany. He immigrated on 7 October 1765 to Pennsylvania, where he arrived in Philadelphia with other German immigrants on the Ship Countess of Sussex from Rotterdam. The ship passenger list names a Johann Heinrich Heyde. He adopted the name of John Hidy in his new country. John served as a soldier in the army during the Revolutionary War, enlisting in Philadelphia on 25 January 1776. He was in the Third Pennsylvania Regiment, which participated in the following engagements: Defense of Canada, Lake Champlain, Northern New Jersey, Defense of Philadelphia, Philadelphia-Monmouth. In late 1777, the regiment entered Valley Forge for the winter with General George Washington.

John married Christina Ann Trexler, daughter of Peter Trexler and Maria Katharine Albrecht, in 1780 in Pennsylvania. John and Christina lived in Lower Merion Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, apparently with Peter Trexler's family. They were on the Charles Thompson farm that Peter Trexler had leased. Thompson, as Secretary to the Continental Congress, was absent and didn't return until he retired. About 1792, the family moved to Virginia. For several years they lived on rented farms in Virginia, shifting to various localities. The family finally settled in Pendleton County, Virginia.

John Hidy died there between 21 March 1823 and 7 May 1823. He left a will dated 21 March 1823 that was proven in the Pendleton County, Virginia, court. He was buried in the family cemetery, located at the site of the old family farm, in that part of Pendleton County that became Highland County in 1847.

Will of John Hidy
In the name of God, Amen. I, John Hidy of the County of Pendleton and State of Virginia, being weak of body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz:

First and principally, I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently buried, and after my debts and funeral charges are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows.

First, I give and bequeath unto my dear wife, Christy Ann Hidy, all my living property, goods and chattels of what kind or nature I own to hold the same as long as she shall live, and after her decease, I will that all said property be sold and divided between my four daughters, viz: Margaret Kious, Katherine Life, Sarah Yeager, and Christy Ann Smith, in the following manner.

First to my eldest daughter M. K. that she receive the sum of $20 more than either of the other three, and as my second daughter K. L. (or her husband) is owing me on two bonds, the one $15 (dated June 6, 1817), the other $13.20 (dated October 1, 1819), which said bonds shall draw interest from their respective dates, dates till settled, the sum of said two notes shall (upon settlement) be deducted from said K. L. 's share of the above named property.

With the above exceptions, the money for which my movable property shall be sold shall be equally divided between my four above named daughters. There is, however, two other exceptions to the foregoing. First, I give and bequeath unto my son George one bay mare and two four-year old steers, which property he shall receive immediately. And to my granddaughter Jane Yeager, I give and bequeath two cows and one bed, which property she shall receive at the age of 16, day of marriage, or day of my wife's death, whichever must first happen, provided she stays with my wife so long.

And further I will that my wife live and remain on the plantation where I now dwell (if she does not wish to go off), so long as she shall live, which said plantation shall be farmed by him to whom I shall devise the same. And the same devisee shall give (annually) one-third of the production of said farm unto my wife Christy Ann. The said devisee and my wife shall be at liberty to dispose of said farm at any time, provided that they both agree to do so. And my movable property also (or any part thereof), provided the money for which it be sold be paid to my four daughters after my wife's death, unless my wife shall stand in need of said money for her immediate sustenance, which money shall then be appropriated to that purpose.

And further, I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph the sum of $120. And I also give and bequeath unto my son John the sum of $40. To son William I give and bequeath the sum of $120. I give and bequeath to my son George the sum of $120. Which four last mentioned legacies are to be paid at the death of my wife to the above named legatees by son Joel to whom I give and devise my plantation, where I now dwell, containing by four patents about 192 acres more or less, to him the said Joel Hidy, his heirs or assigns, forever. And further, I give and bequeath unto my son George the sum of $100, to be paid to the said George Hidy by Jacob Hidy, Joel Hidy, and Joseph Wagoner, whose several notes the said George Hidy shall have at anytime he calls for them.

As for the rest and residue of my money, after my debts and funeral charges are paid, either owing to me or in my possession at present shall be collected and kept by my wife for the sole benefit of her to be put to use at her discretion.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint John [? ], Senior, of the County of Pendleton and State of Virginia, to be sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made [ ? ]ing and conforming this and none other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto to set my hand and affixed my seal, this 21st day of March in the year of our Lord 1823.
John Hidy (seal)Signed, sealed, published and declared by John Hidy, the above named testator, as his last will and testament in presence of us, who at his request, in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Henry Wagner
Augustus Smith

At a Court held for Pendleton County, the 7th day of May 1823
This last will and testament of John Hidy, deceased, was presented to Court and proved by the oaths of Henry Wagner and Augustus Smith, the subscribed witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

Source: Pendleton County, Virginia, Will Book 4: 75-77 (FHL microfilm 0,818,551)

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  • Created by: Edward L Strother
  • Added: 14 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91918578
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Hidy (1751–1823), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91918578, citing Heyde Cemetery, Hightown, Highland County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Edward L Strother (contributor 47032877) .