Frederick County, Virginia, Jost Hans Von Der Heydt, Jost Hite, Kernstown, Frederick County, Virginia, Old Opequon Cemetery, Shenandoah Valley

Joist Hite – The First German Settler Of The Lower Shenandoah Valley

Joist Hite, also known as Jost Hans Von Der Heydt, was born on December 5, 1685 in Strasbourg, Alsace, Germany. Joist Hite immigrated to the Pennslyvania Colony, with several other Germans. In 1732, Joist Hite was the first German settler of the the lower Shenandoah Valley, when he built the wooden Springdale house in Frederick County, Virginia.

Joist Hite does May 17, 1761 at Kernstown in Frederick County, Virginia And was buried at Old Opequon Cemetery.

Photograph of Joist Hite’s gravesite at the Old Opequon Cemetery Kernstown, Frederick County, Virginia.

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