In which county of Virginia did Henry Hiestand settle and live?
The answer to
this question is not a simple one.
So, during his life in Virginia, Henry lived in three different counties without moving (four if you count Dunmore and Shenandoah as different counties) and conducted official government business in three different county seats.
Which, by the way, makes it interesting to do historical research on the Virginia Hiestand family!
Henry (and Abraham) Hiestand Land - 1743-1783
From pages 455-456 of Pioneers of
Old Frederick County Virginia by Cecil O'Dell
Henry Heastand/Heston/Hastings purchased 205 acres from Philip Long on 21 September 17431 and received a Fairfax grant for 264 acres (the 205 acres were included within the 264 acres) on 2 August 1762.2 (Tract 111C, Map 14 [of O'Dell's book]) This tract, part of Stover's 5,000-acre patent land, was located west of Luray Caverns. Page County Highway 647/645 north of U.S. Highway 211 provides access to the property.
In 1756, Henry purchased 400 acres located on Passage Creek in Powell's Fort (Fort Valley, Virginia) from Peter Tear who had purchased the tract from Gervas Daugherty of Stafford County, Virginia.3 He received a Fairfax grant for the 400-acre tract on 3 June 1778.4 His son Abraham Heastand purchased 300 acres adjacent to this 400-acre tract from David Clem on 5 October 17635 and received a Fairfax grant for the 300-acre tract dated 26 March 1777.6 These two tracts were located above Massanutten Path (probably present-day County Highway 675) in the south end of Fort Valley.
On 24 March 1777 (two days after writing his will), Henry sold his two tracts on the South River Shenandoah to his sons John Heastand and Peter Heastand. John purchased 232 acres (part of the 264-acre Fairfax grand land) for 100 pounds and Peter purchased the remainder of the Fairfax grant land plus the 205-acre Stover land for 100 pounds.7
See the map for Henry's 1743 and 1762 tracts compared to the land John, Peter, and Jacob inherited in 1777.
Henry Heastand (b. 1710 c.) was deceased by 28 August 1783 when his will (dated 22 March 1777) was proved in Shenandoah County Court. He listed five sons, naming only two: Jacob (the eldest) and Daniel; daughters: Barbara (the eldest), Magdalene (the youngest) and another daughter unnamed.8
Henry and his son Jacob affirmed in a 27 February 1773 affidavit that Henry was the father-in-law of Chrisley (Christian) Harness, son of Chrisley Harness, deceased.9 Christian Harness and his wife Mary (perhaps the unnamed daughter in Henry's will) sold 303 acres near the Heastand land on the South River Shenandoah to Joseph Strickler on 27 May 1777.10
John Heastand and his wife Elizabeth sold the 232-acre tract (purchased from his father) and 220 acres (purchased from James and Elizabeth Campbell on 23 June 1777) to Edwin Young for 500 pounds on 26 May 1783.11
Abram (Abraham) Heastand and his wife Molley sold the 300-acre Fairfax grant land located in Fort Valley to James Breeding for 115 pounds on 22 August 1783.12
Jacob Heastand was deceased by 1795 when the Shenandoah County Court appointed Abraham Heastand as administrator of his estate.13 Peter Heastand was deceased by 9 March 1812 when his will (dated 30 December 1811) was proved in Shenandoah County Court. He listed his oldest daughter Elizabeth Ruffner (a widow); daughters Mary Huffman and Barbara Judd, wife of Person Judd. He bequeathed the 230 acres (purchased from his father in 1777) to his daughter Anna, wife of Michael Bixler. Peter appointed his son Peter Heastand and Daniel Strickler to serve as executors. In a codicil to his will, he bequeathed one horse, one cow and two sheep to his wife Barbara.14
County, Virginia Deed Book 7, p. 417.