The Heritage of Daniel Haston
 

Heinrich Hiestand's Virginia Family
Through 1785, Which Covers the Time that Abraham and Daniel Lived There

  Henry Hiestand in Virginia  Timeline of VA Hiestand Family

South Forth of Shenandoah River Property     Powell's Fort Valley Property


1704
October 8
Heinrich Hiestand was born on October 8, 1704 in the Palatinate region of Germany and died on October 5, 1777 in Virginia.  "He arrived in America in 1726 and was single upon his arrival. He was in Lancaster County, PA early but is not found on any passenger lists. It is assumed that he arrived before 1727." (Beginning in 1727, ship captains were required to create and submit lists of passengers.)
Source: Page 83 of "Swiss and German Mennonite Immigrants From the Palatinate, 1718-1726" by Richard Warren Davis in Volume XIII, Number 2 (April 1994) of Mennonite Family History.
1727 Heinrich Hiestand was "a native of Germany, and he emigrated to Lancaster County, Pa., in 1727."  This comment was made by Joseph Hiestand, grandson of Heinrich Hiestand through Heinrich's son Jacob. 
Source: Page 368 of Authentic Genealogical Memorial History of Philip Powell, of Mifflin County, PA and His Descendants and Others with Miscellaneous Items and Incidents of Interest by Rev. John Powell (Dayton, OH: published for the author, 1880).   
1728
April 1
Henrich Hiest__ (latter part of surname is illegible) and other members of the "Congregation of Menists" at Conestoga, Chester (now Lancaster County) Pennsylvania petitioned the British government for naturalization.  Hannes (John) and Jacob Hiestand also petitioned for naturalization on the same document, as did John Bumgarner (Henry's adjacent neighbor on the South Shenandoah River property in VA) and several Neff/Nave family members.
Source:  Page 36 of Pennsylvania German Roots Across the Ocean by Marion F. Egge, editor (Philadelphia: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 2000).  See the 1728 naturalization document.
1733 Heinrich Hiestand - "As early as 1733 he (Caspar Wistar) was attempting to retrieve money from the family members of Heinrich Hiestand at Ibersheimer Hoff in the Palatinate.  He had lent Hiestand, who lived in Pennsylvania, 130 Gulden, 2 Kopfstuck (£14 sterling).  It took Wistar nine years to retrieve the sum from Hiestand's creditors in the Palatinate, and the process involved numerous people and connections in America and the Rhine and Neckar Valleys."
Sources: Page 173 of The Human Tradition in Colonial America edited by Ian K. Steele and Nancy L. Rhoden (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, Inc., 1999). Page 151 of Immigrant and Entrepreneur - The Atlantic World of Caspar Wistar, 1650-1750 by Rosalind Beiler (University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008).
1734 Orange County, Virginia was formed out of Spotsylvania County, including the Massanutten Tract.
Source:
1735
May 20
Henry Heestant's  226 1/2 tract of land was surveyed in Hempfield Township in Lancaster County, PA.  It was adjacent to lands owned by John Coffman, John Newcomaf (Newcomer), Christ Welty, Mich Segrist, and Joseph Cochanour.  The land was sold to John Coffman and the deed was returned on June 5, 1743 by warrant of the same day to John Coffman. 
Source: Online file on www.phmc.state.pa.us (appears to be survey book 20A).

Note: Just one tract over from Heinrich's land was a 300 acres tract owned by Jacob Hestaandt with a warrant date of May 14, 1735 (just six days earlier than the Henry Heestant tract).
Source: Grantee Township Map of East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, PA, located somewhere online.

1738 Augusta County, Virginia was formed out of Orange County, including the Massanutten Tract.
Source:
1739 Hiestands living in VA?  One source says that when Peter Ruffner settled on his land on Hawksbill Creek in Virginia, in 1739, the Heistands [sic] and other Germans were in the neighborhood. 
Secondary source: Page 64 of The German Element of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia by John Walter Wayland (1907). 
Original source:  Pages 12-15 of Volume I, Number 2, West Virginia Historical Magazine.  From page 12: "At the time when Peter Ruffner came [to what is now Page County, VA] there was a small settlement of Germans in the neighborhood, among whom were Stover, Strickler, Roller, Heistand, Beidler, etc."  In the paragraph above where that statement appears, the writer reported that Peter Ruffner "came to America in 1732.... He sojourned for seven years in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania."  IF both of those statements are specifically  true, it would appear that Ruffner arrived in now-Page County, VA in 1739 and the Hiestands were settled in the now-Page County (Luray), VA area when Ruffner arrived. 
Approximately 1740 Approximate birth year of Henry's son, Abraham.
For a lot more information, see also the Abraham Hiestand timeline
1743 Frederick County, Virginia was formed out of Orange and Augusta Counties, including the Massanutten Tract.
Source:
1743
September 21
Henry Heaston purchased 205 acres from Philip Long.
Source: Pages 417-418 of Orange County, VA Deed Book 7.
1746 Fairfax Line (border between Frederick and Augusta Counties) was surveyed, showing the Massanutten Tract to be in Lord Fairfax's Northern Neck Grant from the English Crown.
Source:
1749
January 4
Henry Hastins was a chain carrier for a 135 acres tract that Joseph Rodes of Augusta County bought from Jacob Stover connected to an old Hawksbill tract.  The January 4, 1749 date appears to be the date the deed was entered.  There is no date given for the survey.  A note in the abstract indicates that this deed was misfiled, at some point, in the Hampshire County file, but should have been in the Frederick County file.
Source: Page 60 of Volume IV (1697-1784) Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys (includes nine counties) compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1987).
1749
June 24
Henry Hastins was a chain carrier (along with John Rhodes) on a 110 acres tract belonging to Mathias Reinhide on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River opposite of Hawksbill Creek and adjacent to the old Massanutten tract.  The date given here is the entry date and not the survey date, so the survey date would have been earlier. 
Source: Page 129 of  Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Frederick County 1747-1780 compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1985).
About 1750 Approximate birth year for Daniel, Henry's youngest son.
For a lot more information, see the Daniel Haston timeline
1750
March 5
Henry Hastins was a chain carrier for a survey of 150 acres in the gap that goes from South River Shenandoah into Powell's Fort.  Apparently John Rodes* issued a land warrant to John Counts but Counts denied it.  There is no date for the survey, but the March 5, 1750 date is for recording the transaction.  Thus, it would seem that the survey occurred earlier.
Source: Page 132 of  Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Frederick County 1747-1780 compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1985).

*Note:  This would have been the John Rodes whose family was massacred by Indians in 1764.

1750
July 30 thru
November 6
Henry Hestant was a chain carrier for a 259 acres survey for land assigned to Abraham Strickler on Pass Run above the Indian Field.  The survey was conducted for John Baumgardner, owner of the land prior to the Strickler acquisition of the land.
Source: Page 150 of  Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Frederick County 1747-1780 compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1985).
1750
July 30
Henry Hastins was a chain carrier for a 400 acres tract that Christian Harnisch had assigned to John Oldham.  Christian Harnisch was the son-in-law of Heinrich Hiestand, husband of Barbara Hiestand.  The tract was adjacent to John Lyenburger and Jacob Rodecap.  The date given here may have been the date the transaction was entered and not the survey date.
Source: Page 29 of Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Orange and Augusta Counties, With Tithables, Delinquents, Petitioners, 1730-1754 (Volume I) compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1985).
1751
October 2
John and Peter Hastins were chain carriers for a 112 acres survey on the South Fork Shenandoah for Frederick Fraily.
Source: Page 161 of  Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Frederick County 1747-1780 compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1985).
1751
October 2
thru 1757 (?)
June 1
Henry Hastins was a chain carrier for a 390 acre survey on "the Hawksbill, a branch of Shenandoah" for Frederick Poston.  The land was in Augusta County at that time and was adjacent to land owned by Peter Ruffner and Henry Hastins.  The specific date for the survey is not specifically mentioned in the abstract.  Notice that John and Peter Hastins were chain carriers on October 2, 1751 for another survey in the same area.
Survey: Page 46 of Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, 1653-1781 (Volume 5) compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self-published, 1995).
1751
October 4
Henry Hestant was an assignee of Peter Tear for 400 acres in Powell's Fort on Passage Creek.  Is this the original transaction for a survey that occurred in 1756? See below.
Source: Page 31 of Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys, Shenandoah County, Vol. III, by Joyner.  (?)
1752
July 28
Henrich Hiestand was a witness to a bond whereby Jeremiah Whiteyh of Augusta County sold 300 acres on Pass Run to Chrisley Harnass [Christian Harnisch] (who married Heinrich Hiestand's eldest daughter, Barbara). 
Source: Page 10 of  Volume III (1710-1780) -- Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpepper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1986).  
1755
September 2
Henry Heistand of the Foot Company commanded by Captain William Bethel was fined ten shillings or one hundred pounds of tobacco for absenting himself from two private musters within the past twelve months.
Source: Page 14 of Frederick County Early Troop Records, 1755-1761.  (Film Number 031376, filmed by Genealogical Society of Utah at County Courthouse, Winchester, VA, April 18-19, 1952)
1755
December 11
Henry Hestant voted in this election of a Frederick County representative to the Virginia House of Burgesses.  His name appears on the list of voters for Mr. Hugh West as well as the list of voters for Captain Thomas Swearengen, but he did not vote for Colonel George Washington.  It seems that two Burgesses from Frederick County were elected, which would explain why Henry voted for two men.  Final tally: George Washington 40; Thomas Swearengen 270, Hugh West 271.  Born February 22, 1732, George Washington was 23 years old (soon to be 24) at the time of this election.
Source: Pages 328-332 in Colonial Soldiers of the South, 1732-1774 by Murtie June Clark (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1983).
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.
Source: Page 31 (page 455?) of Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys, Shenandoah County, Vol. III, by Joyner.

1754-1763 French and Indian War
Did the Heinrich Hiestand family retreat to Lancaster County, PA in the mid-to-late 1750s, as did many of the other white settlers of that era and area, because of the Indian attacks that were occurring in Shenandoah Valley of VA at that time?  Daniel Hiestand/Haston would probably have been approximately four to thirteen years old at the time, if he was born in about 1750 (approximate date).

1758
July 24
Henry Hiestand's name was not on the list of Frederick County, VA voters for this Election of Burgesses on this date.  But several of his neighbors did vote in the 1758 election - Jacob Burner, John Bomgardner (Bumgarner), John Road, Daniel Stover, John and Jacob and Benjamin and Joseph Strickler, and four sons of Abraham Strickler.  (Source: page 81 of A Short History of Page County, Virginia by Harry M. Strickler)  This was the year that Indians massacred John Stone in the Hawksbill Settlement, near where the Hiestands lived.  Perhaps Henry decided not to travel to Winchester, VA for the election because of the potential threat of Indian attacks on his family.  George Washington was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in this election, his first political office. 
1758
September 7
Letter from Swiss Mennonites in Shenandoah County, VA to Dutch Mennonites: Signed by Michael Kauffman, Jacob Boner, Samuel Boehm, and Daniel Stauffer, says, "We were thirty-nine Mennonite families living together in Virginia. One family was murdered and the rest of us and many other families were obliged to flee for our lives, leaving all and going empty-handed." The letter goes on to say that in addition to "our brother and companion in the faith Johannes Schneyder, who is contemplating a journey to the friends and brethren in Holland, . . . our minister and elder, Martin Funck," would go along to Holland to assist in presenting the request for help. Funck was "still a single man, and by occupation a miller. He, too, was compelled to flee and leave all behind." Apparently Martin Funck was the bishop of the Page County congregation, which numbered 39 families or about 100 members in 1758.  Samuel Boehm would become the father-in-law of Henry Hiestand's son, Abraham.  These signers were neighbors of the Hiestands.
Source: http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/P346.html
1761
May 18
Henry Hiestand's name was not on the list of Frederick County, VA voters for this Election of Burgesses on this date.  But according to a following entry, he was living in the area by May 2, 1761.
1761
May 2 thru
1763
June 29
Henry Histings was a survey marker and Jacob Histings was a chain carrier for a Peter Rufner survey (or surveys) on the branches of Hawksbill Creek, on Passage Creek, and on the Shenandoah River.
Source: Page 134 of  Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Frederick County 1747-1780 compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1985).
1761
August 26
Jacob Hastings was a chain carrier for a 137 acres Isaac Eaton survey on the drains of Mill Creek.
Source: Page 49 of  Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Frederick County 1747-1780 compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1985).
1762
August 2
Henry Hestant of Frederick County entered a deed for 264 acres on the South River of Shenandoah, adjacent the old Massanutten Tract and John Bumgarner (Baumgardner).
Source: (M-6) Page 143 of Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume II 1742-1775 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1993).
1763
February 4
Abraham Hestant was assigned 300 acres from David Clem of Frederick County.  Was this the original transaction and the survey was made on October 5, 1763?  See below.
Source: (?) Page 11 of  Volume III (1710-1780) -- Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpepper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1986).
Also, see the Abraham Hiestand timeline.
1763
October 4
Jacob Heastant was a chain carrier and Henry Hestant was a marker (who marked survey lines) for a 260 acre tract belonging to David Clem (and where Clem lived) on Passage Creek in Powell's fort.  This tract was adjacent to a tract owned by Henry Hestant. 
Source: Page 34 of  Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys, Frederick County 1747-1780 compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1985).
1763
October 5
Abraham Hestand was assigned 300 acres by David Clem (Klemm) of Frederick County in the upper part of Powell's Fort above the Massanutten Path on Passage Creek.  The land was adjacent that of Jervis Daugherty and Henry Hestant.  Jacob Hiestand witnessed the deal, with a German signature.
Source: Page 11 of  Volume III (1710-1780) -- Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpepper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1986).  
1764
May 22
Ann Hiestand married Joseph Ruffner.  Joseph Ruffner was the son of Peter Ruffner, one of the earliest white settlers in the Massanutten area and owner of a large estate. 
Source: ?
1764
(or 1766)
Late August
The Rev. John Rodes/Rhoads family, who lived just across (east of) the South River of the Shenandoah from the Hiestand family at that time, was massacred by Indians on one of these dates.  Daniel Hiestand/Haston would have been about 16 years old, plus or minus, at that time.
Source: Page 91 of A History of the Valley of Virginia by Samuel Kercheval, Second Edition (Woodstock, VA: John Gatewood, Printer, 1850).  The first edition was entered in the year 1833 in the Clerk's Office of the Western District of Virginia.
1766
September 27
Henry Hastings' "south side of Shannandoah" line mentioned in a lease of 100 acres from Ruamer Price to Jacob Burner.
Source: Page 121 of Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book Series Volume 3 (Deed Books 9, 10, 11 for 1763-1767) compiled by Amelia Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self-published, 2007).
1766
October 13
Henry Hestant owned land adjacent to David Clem's 260 acres in Powell's Fort in Frederick County.  See the note below.
Source: (N-279) Page 183 of Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume II 1742-1775 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1993).

Note: An undated entry (in the abstract book) indicates that Peter Tear assigned 400 acres in Powell's Fort on Passage Creek to Henry Hestant.  In 1756 Jarvis Daugherty of Stafford County had assigned this land to Peter Tear.  From the survey, the warrant was granted to William Rodin who assigned it to Jarvis Daugherty.
Source: Page 11 of Volume III (1710-1780) -- Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpepper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1986). 

1771
November 30
Peter Histand ("Hinstand" and "Kinstand" spellings in some document versions) was made a co-executor of the will of Jacob Gochenour in Frederick County, VA.  Spellings "Couchanower" and "Koughnawer" also are used in estate proceedings.  March 4, 1772 - will proved.  April 21, 1772 - estate appraised.  Jacob's eldest son, Jacob Jr., married Elizabeth Rhoads, the daughter of Rev. John Rhoads who escaped with a baby sibling when Indians killed her parents and most of the other family members in 1764.  Jacob Jr. inherited  (by marriage) some of the John Rhoads land on the Shenandoah River.
Source: Chapter 1 of History of the Descendants of Jacob Gochenour by Robert Lee Evans. (Arlington, VA: Carr Publishing Company, 1977)  Wikitree summary
1772 Rev. John Koontz began preaching in the Mill Creek area of what is now Page County, VA (a few miles west of Luray, VA) in about 1770 and founded the Mill Creek Baptist Church there by about 1772.  But because of Virginia laws at that time, he was not certified to officiate marriages until August 25, 1785.  Many Mennonites (including members of the Hiestand) family were converted to the Baptist faith as a result of the ministry of Rev. John Koontz.
Source of John Koontz information: Pages 6-7 of History of the Descendants of John Koontz by Lowell L. Koontz (published in 1979 by the author).
1772
March 24
Dunmore County was formed out of Frederick County, including the Massanutten Tract.  John Murray, Earl of Dunmore, was the British Governor-in-Chief of Virginia at the time.
Source:
1772
May 26
Abraham Hawting (probably Hasting, based on names of others involved) and Jacob Burner, Peter Clem, and Samuel Stover were ordered to "view the road from near Jacob Ruddle's on South River leading through Stony Creek Gap to the Narrow Passage and report the conveniences and inconveniences attending the said way..."
Source:  Page 69 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986). 
1772
June 23
Abraham Kaiston (probably Haiston, see March 26, 1772 entry) and Jacob Burner and Teter Clem were ordered to "view for a road from Massanutten Mountain up Smiths Creek to the County line...have viewed the road and find same as we have marked it...will be prejuditial [sic] to no person...is convenient and necessary..."  Walter Newman was appointed overseer.
Source: Page 14 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986). 
1772
June 23
Abraham Kaiston, Jacob Burner, and Teter Clem made their report regarding the May 26, 1772 order regarding a road "near Jacob Huddleson...the South river through Stony Gap to the Narrow Passage Creek."  They ordered the road to be opened.
Source: Page 15 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986). 
1773
February 19
Abraham Haisting is "appointed overseer of the road in room of Caleb Odell."
Source: Page 3-4 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).
1773
February 27
Henry Heasten (1) "made oath that Chrisley Harniss died without a will." (2) "Henry Heasten Father in law to Chrisly Harness (& Jacob Heasten) made an oath before me that Chrisly Harniss is the Eldest Son of Chrisly Harness deceased Late of the County of Frederick..."
Source: Page 10 of  Volume III (1710-1780) -- Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpepper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1986).  

Note: The abstract goes on to refer to the widow of Christian Harnisch (earlier referred to as "Chrisley Harniss") as "Barbara Ross."  Other Hiestand family sources indicate that Heinrich Hiestand's oldest daughter, Barbara, married Christian Harnisch.  Apparently, soon after the death of Christian Harnisch, Barbara Hiestand Harnisch married a Mr. Ross.  This probably explains why Heinrich Hiestand, four years later in 1777, recorded in his will that "my eldest daughter Barbara shall have nothing of this inheritance so long as she lives with this man in wedlock."  Apparently Heinrich did not approve of Barbara's marriage to Mr. Ross.

1773
April 27
Jacob Haistant and Peter Haistant proved the sale of land from Daniel Rineheart to Michael Rineheart. 
Source: Page 69 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986). 
1773
April 27
Jacob Kaiston was a defendant in the case, John Glassell v. Jacob Kaiston.  Jacob was granted an imparlence (time to converse with his opponent) until the next court.  John Crum undertook for the defendant. 
Source: Page 70 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986). 
1773
May 19
Andrew Gimlin of Dunmore County purchased 520 acres at the foot of Round Head Mountain and on Stoney Run and Little Hawksbill in Dunmore County.  The land was adjacent to Conrod Henry, Martin Snider, Alexander May, and Lewis Pebler.
Note: Andrew Gimlin was a son-in-law of Heinrich Hiestand.
Source: (Original P-12) Page 221 of Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1742-1775 (Volume II) compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997).
1773
June 23
Abraham Kaiston undertook for Michael Moore (plaintiff) in the case, Michael Moore v. William Speare.  Speare did not show up and Moore won the case by default.
Source: Page 108 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).  
1773
June 23
Jacob Haiston was a defendant in a case involving John Glassell.  No other details are given in this abstract.  See the April 27, 1773 entry.
Source: Page 121 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).  
1773
September 28
Daniel Hiestand married Christina Nave. 
*Sources:  Shenandoah County, VA Marriage Bonds, 1772-1788, microfilm reel #64 [but not on reel #68] (available from The Library of Virginia).  Shenandoah County Marriage Bonds: 1772 - 1850 by John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr. (Athens, GA: Iberian Publishing Company, 1984).  More in-depth information regarding this marriage record.
 

Rev. John Koontz

Rev. John Koontz was a Baptist preacher who converted many of the Mennonites of Shenandoah-Dunmore-Page counties to the Baptist faith, including members of the Hiestand family.  A common question of Daniel Haston researchers:  Did Rev. John Koontz officiate the wedding of Daniel Hiestand and Christina Nave?  The answer is "No," he did not.

John Koontz probably began preaching in the area of what is now Page County, VA in as early as 1770 and organized a Baptist church (Mill Creek Baptist Church) by 1772 a few miles west of what is now Luray, VA.  But he was not certified by Virginia to perform marriages until August 25, 1785.

Source:  Pages 6-7 of History of the Descendants of John Koontz by Lowell L. Koontz (published by the author in 1979).

Also, see the Mill Creek Baptist Church page.

See "Daniel's Wife" page on this site for more information related to the known clues and speculation regarding the wife of Daniel Haston.

Also, see the Daniel Hiestand/Haston timeline.
1773
September 28
Jacob Heiston was an attorney in a case between Alexander Macher (plaintiff) and George Stombuck (defendant).
Source: Page 134 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).  Original page 202.
1773
September 28
Jacob Haiston undertook, as an attorney, for the defendant Jacob Rife, in a case with plaintiff Peter Stover.
Source: Page 136 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).  Original page 206.
1773
September 30
Jacob Heiston as a defendant in a case with John Glassell relinquished his former plea and paid six pounds and ten shillings for the damages.
Source: Page 154 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).
1773
November 25
Abraham Keiston was paid 200 (in tobacco?) by the county "for hitting one old wolf."
Source: Page 184 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).
1773
December 5
Maria Magdalena Hiestand married Andreas (Andrew) Gimling.
Source: ?
1774
April 9 thru
1775
May 15
John and Peter Haston were chain carriers for a 340 acre survey on the southeast side of South River Shenandoah for land owned by James Campbell.  It was adjacent to land owned by Henry Hestant/Haston, Jacob Burner, Daniel Mauk, and Peter Waggoner.
Source: Page 3 of  Volume III (1710-1780) -- Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpepper, Prince William, Fauquier & Stafford Counties compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1986).  
1774
May 24
Peter Heaston was a defendant in a case with David Briggs.  Jacob Heaston was the attorney for Peter Heaston.
Source: Page 187 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).  Original page 277.
1774
May 24
Abraham Heaston was replaced by John Denton as the overseer of a road.
Source: Page 188 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).  Original page 278.
1774
May 24
Abraham Heaston, and Zachary Campbell, were appointed overseers of a road between Barneby Eagon's ford to the Dutch road by John McEnturff's.
Source: Page 189 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).  Original page 279.
1774
May 24
John Heaston, along with John Crum, Joseph Ruffner, and Christian Groves were ordered to appraise the personal estate of Christian Holdman, deceased.
Source: Page 189 of 1772-1774 Order Book for Shenandoah County, VA abstracts compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1986).  Original page 280.
1775
February 18
Abram Heaston was appointed overseer of a road from Conrad [illegible] in the place of John Denton.
Source: Page 4 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1775
May 29
Abraham Haston* - On "A list of men living in the lower district of Dunmore County under the command of Capt. Joseph Bowman," the name of Abraham Haston appears, but not the name of Daniel Haston. Could not find a date for this roster, but the list includes many men from Powell's Fort.  Why was Daniel's name missing?
Source: Page 604 of Revolutionary War Records, Volume I, Virginia by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh (Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Press Inc., 1936.)
*Note: This may be the first time the surname of this family was spelled "Haston."
1775
November
Abram Heastan's and Danl. Heastan's names appear on "A list of the persons in Dunmore, distinguishing whether they be male or female, white or black, and of the males whether they be under or over 16 years old, taken by Capt. John Denton, Nov. 1775." 
Abram Heastan = 1 white male over 16, 3 white males under 16, 4 white females
Danl. Heastan = 1 white male over 16, 3 white females
Source: Page 596 of Revolutionary War Records, Volume I, Virginia by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh (Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Press Inc., 1936.)
1775
November
Jacob Hestent of Dunmore County - some transaction: "William McCandless of Green Brier and Botetourt to Jacob Hestent of Dunmore County.
Source: Page 544 of source not known.
1775
December 11
Jacob Heaston witnessed a Duncanson to Stover transaction for 450 acres near Captain John Denton's Plantation.
Source: (Page 338 of the deed book) Page 74 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, date ?).
1776
April 2
(or shortly after)
Abraham Hiestandt purchased salt as a member of the Dunmore County, VA militia. None of the other Hiestand names appear in the account.  Does this mean that Abraham was an active militia man and not just on the list because he was within the area from which the unit was mustered?  See the May 29, 1775 entry.
Source: "Purchasers of Salt in Old Dunmore County, Virginia, 1776" by William Twyman Williams in
The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 49, No. 4 (Oct., 1941), pp. 342-350.
1776
May 28
Jacob Heaston and two other men proved a deed from James Duneonson &wife to David Stover.
Source: Page 8 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1776
May 28
Jacob Heaston proved a deed for land - James Duneonson and wife to David Stover.
Source: Page 8 of some source.
1776
August 27
Jacob Heaston appeared as a plaintiff in a case against Rife, having something to do with five pieces of sheet iron.
Source: Page 10 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1776
August
Jacob Heaston vs. Rife - something to do with "five pieces of sheet iron."
Source: Page 10 of some source.
1776
October 11 or
1778
January 21
Daniel Hestant/Heston and Abraham Hestant were living adjacent to Teter Clem's 141 acres near the head of Passage Creek in Powell's Big Fort.  It is not clear if the identification of Daniel and Abraham's location should be associated with the October 11, 1776 or the January 21, 1778 date.  Since this is a record of a survey we assume it would be the former date, but that is not clear in the abstract.
Source: Page 4 of  Volume III (1710-1780) -- Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpepper, Prince William, Fauquier and Stafford Counties compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1986. 
1776
November
Henry Heston made a "solemn affirmation that he saw Jeremiah/George sign the above bond."  This is related to the July 28, 1752 entry above.
Note: Mennonites did not believe in taking "oaths," so they made "affirmations."  This probably suggests that Henry Hiestand was still a Mennonite at this time - while many other Mennonites (perhaps, even his own children) in his community were converting to Baptists.
Source: Page 10 of  Volume III (1710-1780) -- Abstracts of Virginia's Northern Neck Warrants & Surveys Dunmore, Shenandoah, Culpepper, Prince William, Fauquier and Stafford Counties compiled by Peggy Shomo Joyner (Portsmouth, VA: self published, 1986.)
1776
November 1
Henry Haston's land is mentioned as being adjacent to a 340 acres tract belonging to James Campbell, which was adjacent to land owned by Peter Wagganer, Jacob Burner, Daniel Mauck, and Henry Mauck.
Note: This is the same Mauck family who in 1811 donated land for the Mill Creek Baptist Church.  Joseph Mauck was the person who made that donation.
Source:  (Q-6) Page 4 of Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume III 1775-1800 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1993).
1777
January 12
Heinrich Hiestand's wife "left this world for eternity."
Source: From a set of "Bible Records for [Peter] Heiston (Hiestand, Hiessandt) Family of Page County, Virginia" obtained from Joseph W. Baker of Saint Louis, MO.  Mr. Baker received them "years ago" from Mrs. Samuel (Eva) Winkler who lived at that time on what is now Dry Run Road in Luray (Page County), VA. Mr. & Mrs. Winkler are now deceased.
1777
March 22
Henrich Hiestand signed his "last will and testament."  The will was witnessed by Joh. Krück (unknown relation), Jacob Hiestand (oldest son), Peter Hiestandt (son), and Andres Gimling (son in law).
1777
March 24
Henry Heasten, Senr. of Dunmore County leased, for five shillings, 232 acres more or less on the south side of the South River of Shenandoah to John Hesten of Dunmore County.  This was land granted from "his Lordships Office to the said Henry Heasten, Senr."  The lease was signed in German and there were no witnesses.
Source: (Page 453 of the deed book) Page 82 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1777
March 24
Henry Hasten, Senr. of Dunmore County leased, for five shillings, 230 acres more or less on the south side of the South River of Shenandoah to Peter Hesten of Dunmore County.  This was land granted from "his Lordships Office to the said Henry Heasten, Senr."  The lease was signed in German and there were no witnesses.  The land was adjacent to John Bumgarners.
Source: (Pages 456-459 of the deed book) Page 82 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1777
March 25
Henry Hasten, Senr. released, in consideration of one hundred pounds of "current money," the 232 acres (mentioned in the March 24 timeline entry involving John Hasten).
Source: (Page 454 of the deed book) Page 82 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1777
March 25
Henry Hasten, Senr. released, in consideration of one hundred pounds of current money, the 230 acres (mentioned in the March 24 timeline entry involving Peter Hasten).
Source: (Page 457 of the deed book) Page 82 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1777
March 25
Henry Heaston to John Heaston and Peter Heaston, leases and releases of land were acknowledged and recorded.
Source: Page 14 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1777
March 26
Abraham Hestant's 300 acres on the upper end of Powell's Fort above the Massanutten Path in Dunmore County was entered into the grant book.  The land had been surveyed for Abraham Hestant on October 4, 1763 (Book N).  The land was adjacent to Henry Hestant's tract.
Source: (Q-99) Page 6 of Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume III 1775-1800 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1993).
1777
May 27
Christian Harness and wife Mary (Mary Barbara Hiestand?) sold 303 acres on South River Shenandoah to Joseph Strickler.
Source: Page 456 of some source.
1777
June 23
John Heastant leased 220 acres on the south east side of the South River of Shenandoah from John Campbell of Dunmore County for five shillings.  The abstract also seems to indicate that John Heastant had purchased the land from John Campbell on November 1, 1776, but that does not seem to make sense (?).
Source: (Page 529 of the deed book) Page 88 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1777
June 24
John Heastant is mentioned in a "release" of the same land mentioned in the June 23, 1777 entry involving James Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell (who signed her mark on this June 24 transaction), in consideration of forty pounds of "current money."
Source: (Page 530 of the deed book) Page 88 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1777
July 22
Andrew Gimlet (Gimlin) and Magdalene [Hiestand] his wife were involved in a lease and release to Thomas Nowman.  Magdalene was the daughter of Heinrich Hiestand.
Source: Page 16 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1777
August 26
Jacob Heaston was (apparently) involved in a lease and release from James Campbell & Elizabeth his wife.  The abstract is abbreviated in such a way that it is difficult to tell what this was about.
Source: Page 17 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1778
February 1
Dunmore County name changed to Shenandoah County because of the ongoing war with Britain, since the Earl of Dunmore (see March 24, 1772 entry) - for whom Dunmore County was named - was now an enemy of Virginia and the American Revolution.
Source:
1778
April 30
John Hasting and several others were sworn in as Captain of the militia of Shenandoah County.  Other ranks of officers were sworn in too. "Colonel John Tipton" was the leader of the county militia.  Daniel Hiestand/Haston and Colonel John Tipton's son William ("Fighting Billy") were neighbors in Knox County, TN and were associated in an estate settlement.
Note: This was during the Revolutionary War.  Apparently John Hasting (we assume that this was John Hiestand, son of Heinrich) was no longer a Mennonite at this time, otherwise he would not have been so actively involved in the militia.
Source: Pages 19-20 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1778
April 30
John Hastings was granted some kind of bond related to the estate of John Taylor, dec'd.
Source: Page 20 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1778
April 30
John Heaston and others were sworn and impaneled as jury members.
Source: Page 20 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1778
May 28
John Heaston and Jacob Heaston, along with Joseph Winston and Frederick Comer were ordered to appraise the estate of Peter Rufner, Dec'd.
Source: Page 22 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1778
June 3
Henry Hestant's (assignee of Peter Tear, assignee of Gervas Daugherty) 400 acres on Passage Creek in Powell's Fork of Shenandoah County was entered into the grant book (book N).  The land was surveyed for Daugherty on October 4, 1751.  Apparently, Henry had purchased this acreage from Tear as early as 1756.
Source: (Q-294) Page 18 of Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume III 1775-1800 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1993).

Note: A later (John Shank) deed indicates that this Henry Hestant land was "in Powell's Big Fort between Passage Creek and the top of S.R. Mt."  S.R. Mt. may indicate the mountain on the east side of Powell's Fort Valley (South River Mountain?) since there are other references in the book to N.R. Mtn. which may mean North River Mountain, the ridge on the west side of the Powell's Fort Valley.
Source: (W-319) Page 167 of Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume III 1775-1800 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1993).
1778
July 30
Capt. Heaston was on a list of those who were ordered to take the "List of Tithables" in what appears to be Henry Nelson's company (militia district).  As per the April 30, 1778 entry (see above) this would probably have been John Hiestand.
Source: Page 26 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1779
May 18
Daniel Heston and Abraham Heston were living in Shenandoah County adjacent to Teter Clem's 141 acre tract.  David Clem was also living on land adjacent to Teter Clem.
Source: (R-209) Page 34 of Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume III 1775-1800 compiled by Gertrude E. Gray (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1993).
1779
July 12
Jacob Heaston and Benj. Shoe were securities (in the amount of 5,000 pounds each) for Christian Gibler who was brought before the court on the suspicion of speaking treason against the Unites States of America.
Source: Page 34 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1779
October 5
Heinrich Hiestand "left this world and his age was 74 and 11 months and 27 days."
Source: From a set of "Bible Records for [Peter] Heiston (Hiestand, Hiessandt) Family of Page County, Virginia" obtained from Joseph W. Baker of Saint Louis, MO.  Mr. Baker received them "years ago" from Mrs. Samuel (Eva) Winkler who lived at that time on what is now Dry Run Road in Luray (Page County), VA. Mr. & Mrs. Winkler are now deceased.
1779
November 25
John Heaston along with Jacob Stickley and other men were sworn in as jury members.
Source: Page 39 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1779
November 26
Jacob Heston and John Heston and two other men were ordered to appraise the estate of Joseph Parker, for which Jacob Bruner was the administrator.
Source: Page 41 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1780
December 1
Ab. Heaston was paid for one young wolf's certificate and Jacob Heaston was also paid for one young wolf certificate.
Source: Page 51 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1781
March 29
Abram Heastants' land is mentioned in a road order.  "On motion of Henry Reddenour ordered that the road leading from Abram Heastants to Henry Funks to go by John Woolards from thence to the sd/ Reddenour..."
Source: Page 3 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1782
March 28
John Heastant proved the will of Jacob Burner, Junior.
Source: Page 22 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1782
March 28
Jacob Heastant was appointed to replace Anthony Altifer as the surveyor of some highway.
Source: Page 22 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1782
August 29
Jacob Heastant proved a lease and release from John Hutzel and Elizabeth his wife to Mary & Abraham Neesely.
Source: Page 34 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
March 29
Abraham Heastants place is mentioned in a road order: "On motion of Henry Reddenour the road leading from Abram Heastants to Henry Funks to go by John Woolards from thence to the sd. Reddenour..."
Source: Page 3 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
April 24
John Heaston was a defendant in a case with plaintiff Isaac Zane.  Edwin Young acted as John Heaston's attorney.
Source: Page 75 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
May 26
John Heaston of Shenandoah County leased to Edwin Young of the same county 232 acres ("deeded to him by his father Henry Heaston") on the south side of the South River of Shenandoah in consideration of 500 pounds.  The abstract continues--"part of a tract bought by the said Jno. Heaston of Jas. Campbell...corner to Geo. Jacob Tigler...containng four hundred and seventy two acres...." 
Source: (Page 186 of the deed book) Page 179 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, date 1987).
1783
May 27
John Heaston and Elizabeth his wife released 472 acres  in consideration for 500 pounds of "current money" in the deal with Edwin Young (see May 26, 1783 entry).
Source: (Page 187 of the deed book) Page 179 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
May 29
John Heaston and Elizabeth his wife were mentioned in an indenture of lease and release to Edwin Young.
Source: Page 76 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
May 29
Peter Heaston and Samuel Stover were securities in the granting of administrative authority to Elizabeth Rinehart and Joseph Strickland over the estate of Michael Rinehart, deceased.
Source: Page 77 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
May 29
Abraham Heastings was mentioned in a road order: "Ordered that John McInturf be overseer of the road from the widow of Ailshite's to Abraham Heastings instead of Jacob Burner..."
Source: Page 78 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
August 22
Abram Hestant of Shenandoah County leased his 300 acres in Powell's Fort ("which he obtained by deed from Proprietors Office 26th day march 1777") to James Breeding in consideration of 150 pounds.  It was adjacent to "Henry Hastants corner."
Source: (Page 266 of the deed book) Page 185 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1783
August 27
Abram Hastant and Molley his wife [to] James Breeding--this was a release of the lease mentioned in the August 22, 1783 entry, in consideration of 150 pounds.
Source: (Page 267 of the deed book) Page 185 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1783
August 28
Abraham Heaston and Polly his wife were mentioned in an indenture of lease and release from them to James Breeding.
Source: Page 85 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
August 28
Jacob Haston & Elizabeth his wife mentioned: "Same from Jacob Haston & Elizabeth his wife to the same...same order as the last"  (this immediately followed the Abraham and Polly Heaston indenture involving James Breeding (see above).
Source: Page 85 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
August 28
Henry Heastant, Decd. - His last will and testament "was proved by the oaths of Jacob and Peter Heastant & ordered to be recorded..."
Source: Page 87 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).

This was about the time that Abraham and Daniel Hiestand/Haston moved to what was then North Carolina (later to become east Tennessee).  The final settlement of their father's will was probably the marker event that made them feel free to leave their home area.

Also, see the April 26, 1783 entry on Daniel Haston's timeline.  The North Carolina Land Act (or "Land Grab") of 1783 went into effect on October 20, 1783.

1783
August 28
John Heaston and Henry Ailshite were defendants in a case involving plaintiffs Josiah Leith & Alexander Mathews Adm. of George Leith, Dec'd.  "John Heastant he appeared by his attorney, Edwin Young."
Source: Page 87 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
August
Jacob Heastant leased 400 acres in Powell's Fort to James Breeding in consideration of five shillings.  This was the "tract granted from Proprietors Office 3rd day June 1777 to Henry Heastant and descended to sd. Jacob Heastant as Heir at Law to sd. Henry Heastant."
Source: (Pages 269-272 of the deed book) Page 185 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).

Apparently, by this time Daniel had vacated his father's 400 acres in Powell's Fort (land on which Daniel seems to have lived, probably since the time of his marriage to Christiana Neff).  Daniel's move away from the Powell's Fort tract allowed Jacob Heastant (oldest son of Henry Hiestand and principal heir of Henry's holdings) to sell the 400 acres tract. 

1783
August
Jacob Heastant and Elizabeth his wife [to] James Breeding--this was a release of the lease mentioned in the above August 1783 entry, in consideration of 100 pounds.
Source: (Page 70 of the deed book) Page 185 of abstracts of Shenandoah County (Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1) Deed Books A, B, C, D 1772-1784 compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).
1783
August 30
John Huston (was this John Heastant?) was a defendant in a case with plaintiff Isaac Zane. "Deft. says he cannot gainsay [declare as false] the Plt. action for Eighteen pounds Six Shillings & Eight pence...Therefore Plt. recover agst. the Deft. [the same] and his costs..."
Source: Page 101 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
September 25
Jacob Heaston served as an attorney for Abraham Savage in the case, Abraham Savage vs. Christian Whistler.
Source: Pages 104-105 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
November 27
John Heastant was mentioned in a case where Abraham Savage was the plaintiff and Christian Whistler was the defendant.  John Heastant made "special bail in this action for the deft. this day delivered him up to the Sheriff...ordered that he be henceforth discharge from his recognizance...John Huddle came into court & undertook for Deft."
Source: Page 111 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1783
November 27
Jacob Heaston (along with several other men) was sworn to a Grandjury of Inquest for the next morning, November 28, 1783.
Source: Page 111 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1784
March 27
Jacob Heastant was a defendant, along with Henry Ailshite, in a case in which Alexander Machir & Josiah Leith were plaintiffs.  Ailshite failed to appear and the case against Heastant was discontinued.
Source: Page 139 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1784
April 29
Jacob Heastant, along with Burr Harrison, Jacob Burner, & Josias Allen were defendants in a case in which Joseph Swift was the plaintiff.  Apparently, none of the defendants appeared in court so the plaintiff recovered 318 pounds, 15 shillings, and 11 pence and court costs.
Source: Page 149 of Order Book 1781-1784 Shenandoah County, Virginia (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1987).
1785
August 25
Jacob Heastings witnessed a sale of a tract of land, from James Camphill (Campbell?) to George Jacob Zigler on the lines of Jacob Burners and Daniel Mauk.
Source:  Page 27 of Shenandoah County, VA Deed Books E, F, G, H, 1784-1792 abstracts by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 1988).
1801
August 25
Abraham Heastand and Magdalene his wife "of County of Shenandoah [to] Michael Klem of County aforesaid...consideration of ninety five pounds...one certain tract of land lying and being in Powels Fort on Passage Creek being part of a tract of land granted to Henry Heastand by a deed from he proprietors office the 5th June 1777 and revised to Jacob Heastand heir at law and said Jacob Heastand conveyed same to James Breeding by deed the 24th August 1783 and said James Breeding conveyed same to Thomas Dodson by his deed the 11th August 1789 and said Thomas Dodson conveyed same to George Pullen by his deed the 27th January 1791 and said George Pullin conveyed to said Abraham Heastand by his deed the 8th October 1793 and said tract of land hereby conveyed unto said Michael Klem...containing one hundred acres of land....  Philip Spengler, Joseph Heastand, and Catharine Heastand were witnesses  The document was signed in German.
 
Note:  This would not have been Abraham Hiestand, son of Heinrich and brother of John, Jacob, Peter, and Daniel.  The older Abraham Hiestand was living in south central KY at this time.
 
Source: (Original M-471) Pages 111-112 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 4 Combination Minute Book 1774-1780 and Deed Books M and N 1799-1804 (Abstracted) compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath (Nokesville, VA: self published, 2007).