The Heritage of Daniel Haston

 

Abraham Hiestand
Son of Henrich Hiestand & Brother of Daniel Hiestand/Haston


Timeline of the Known Events in the Life of Abraham Hiestand
About 1740 Birth of Abraham Hiestand:  Abraham was born in about 1740 (probably in Hempfield Township of Lancaster County, PA), as the third child of Heinrich Hiestand. 
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).
About 1743 Moved to Frederick (now Page) County, VA:  Abraham lived on his father's farm in then-Frederick (now Page) County, VA.
Source:  Hiestand of Virginia by David B. Trimble (about 24 copies privately published in 2002 by David B. Trimble, 2506 Hartford Road, Austin, Texas 78703)
About 1763 First Marriage:  Abraham Hiestend married Magdalene Boehm in about 1763.*  Magdalene was the oldest daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth Boehm of Shenandoah County, VA.**  Samuel Boehm was one of the Swiss Mennonites living in Shenandoah County, VA who petitioned Dutch Mennonites for help on September 7, 1758.
Source:  Pages 130* & 257** of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
1763
February 4
300 Acres Assigned:  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).
1763
October 4
VA Land Surveyed:  On this date, Abraham had 300 acres surveyed at the upper end of Powell's Fort in VA, above the Massanutten Path, although Lord Fairfax rejected this claim.  Apparently, he intended to purchase this land from David Clem. 
Sources:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).  Also, Joyner, Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys, Shenandoah County, Vol. III, p. 31; Dunmore County, p. 11.
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Note:  This land was located near present-day County Highway 675 in the south end of Fort Valley. (as per page 455 of Pioneers of Old Frederick County, VA by Cecil O'Dell.)
About 1764 Birth of Possible Daughter, CatherineCatherine Hiestand was possibly (no proof) a daughter of Abraham and Magdalene Hiestend.  She married John Hershberger in 1784.  As far as we know, none of Abraham's or Magdalene's sisters (nor their mothers) was named Catherine.  But, Abraham's brother (our Daniel Hiestand/Haston) did name a daughter Catherine. (see 1775 census note)
Source:  Page 131 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
About 1764-1766 Birth of Probable Son, SamuelSamuel Hiestand married Elizabeth ____.  He lived in (1) Washington Co, NC/TN in the 1780s and very early in the 1790s, (2) Jefferson Co, NC/TN in 1792 (which, at that time, included what became Sevier & Cocke counties) and later (3) in Barren Co, KY in 1810 (part of which became Monroe County in 1820).  It would be fitting for Abraham & Magdalene to have had a firstborn son named "Samuel," since Magdalene's father was Samuel Boehm.  See more about this Samuel Hiestand.
Source:  Page 131 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
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Note:  The 1974 book (page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia) by David B. Trimble says c1766 and his 2002 book (Hiestand of Virginia) says c1764 .
About 1766 Birth of Daughter, ReginaThis Regina was married to Joel Moore.  She was Regena Moore in the Big Pigeon Baptist Church (of Cocke Co, TN) minutes of May 31, 1800.  There is no mention, in the minutes, of when she and her husband joined that church, but Joel Moore was a member there on February 5, 1796.  She joined the Mill Creek Baptist Church in Barren County (now Monroe County), KY with her father in April of 1801.  Later, she was still living in Barren County (now Monroe County), KY on June 10, 1813, when she gave power of attorney to Joel Moore to receive her share of the estate of Samuel Boehm (father-in-law of Abraham Hiestand).  Magdalene Boehm Hiestand's youngest sister (born about 1760) was named Regina, so this daughter of Abraham & Magdalene was probably named for their niece.  (See 1775 census note regarding pre-1775 daughters of Abraham Hiestand.)   
Sources: 
Hiestand of Virginia by David B. Trimble (about 24 copies privately published in 2002 by David B. Trimble, 2506 Hartford Road, Austin, Texas 78703)Also, Rheganah Moore to Joel Moore, Power of Attorney, June 10, 1813, Barren County, Kentucky Deeds, Vols. B-C, 1801-1813, Book C, page 250.  (LDS FHL Film 0209720)
About 1768 Birth of Son, AbrahamAbraham Hestand (Jr.) was born in about 1768.  On April 23, 1814 he gave power of attorney to Joel Moore to receive an inheritance from the estate of Magdalene Boehm (mother-in-law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of the late Samuel Boehm) of Virginia.  This son, most likely, was named after his father.
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).
About 1770 Birth of Son, DanielThis Daniel Hestand was born in about 1770.  This son of Abraham, although several years younger than the Daniel Haston who settled in White Co, TN, has often been confused for the White County "Daniel."  Abraham's son, Daniel, moved about in what became east TN with his father and later settled in what is now Monroe County, KY.   It is likely that Abraham & Magdalene named this son after Abraham's brother, Daniel (who was very possibly the "Daniel Haston" who lived in White Co, TN).  Even though this Daniel was Abraham's "kid brother," Abraham seems to have been closer to him than he was to his older brothers Jacob & Peter, or to John who was younger but closer to Abraham's age. They lived near each other in Dunmore Co, VA in 1775 and (apparently) moved together to the area that area of NC that became TN.  Read more about the Daniel Hestand of Monroe Co, KY (Abraham's son).
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).  Also, an entry for Joshua K. Hestand of Monroe Co, KY in A History of the State by Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin (3rd Edition, 1886) states that Daniel Hestand "died in 1858, at the age of eighty-three years."  It also says that he located in Monroe County, KY in 1799.
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Question: 
Why is there no record of Daniel Hestand as an heir to part of the Samuel & Magdalene Boehm  estate?  Was his power of attorney document lost or destroyed?  Or, does it exist and we do not know about it?  He was the only one of Abraham's & Magalene's "for sure" known children for which we have no record of an inheritance from his maternal grand parents.  We have no such record for Samuel Hiestend, but his relationship to Abraham & Magdalene is not certain.
1772
May 26
Road Crew:  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
Road Crew:  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
Road Crew Report:  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).
1772
July
Birth of Daughter, AnnaAnna married Daniel Gimlin on April 5, 1799 in Green Co, KY.  She married Larkin Minor on April 30, 1807 in Green Co, KY.  She died in 1837 in Green Co, KY.  This daughter was probably named after Abraham's sister, Ann.  On March 7, 1805 she gave Joel Moore of Barren County, KY power of attorney to receive their inheritance from Magdalina Boehm (mother in law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of the late Samuel Boehm) of the state of Virginia.  (See 1775 census note regarding pre-1775 daughters of Abraham Hiestand.)   
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
1773
February 19
Road Crew Overseer:  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
June 23
Court Witness:  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
November 25
Paid for Killing a Wolf:  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).
No Date Birth of Daughter, BarbaraAlthough we have no date for her birth, apparently a daughter, Barbara, was born to Abraham & Magdalene somewhere in this general time.  She married a Mr. McFarrin.  She was possibly named after Abraham's oldest sister, Barbara.  Magdalene also had a sister named Barbara.  On March 7, 1805 she gave Joel Moore of Barren County, KY power of attorney to receive her inheritance from Magdalina Boehm (mother in law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of the late Samuel Boehm) of the state of Virginia.  (See 1775 census note regarding pre-1775 daughters of Abraham Hiestand.)   
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
1774
May 24
Replaced as Road Crew Overseer:  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
Co-Supervisor of Road Crew:  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.
1775
May 29
Militia List:  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
Dunmore Co, VA Census  Abram and Daniel Heaston and their households appeared on a Dunmore County, VA census.  In Abram's household there was one white male over 16 and and three white males under 16.  There was only one white female (presumably his wife) in the household.  See the note below:
 
 Questions About Abraham's Pre-1775 Daughters

The three sons under age 16 on the 1775 census were probably Samuel, Abraham, and Daniel.  However...

The reference to only one female in the Abram Heaston household on the 1775 census record does not seem to match the information regarding the birth dates of the female children mentioned on page 130 of David B. Trimble's 1974 book, Hiestend Family of Page County, Virginia or the reference to Regina Hiestand (born c1766) in his 2002 book, Hiestand of Virginia.  Samuel & Magdalene Boehm estate documents clearly indicate that Elizabeth Lemmon, Barbara McFarrin, Anna Gimlin, Magdalene Lemmon, and Mary Moore were daughters of Abraham & Magdalene Hiestand.  Where were they at the time of the 1775 census?

Source:  Mss3 D9217 a 16-20, Dunmore Co, VA Committee of Safety from VA Historical Society.

1776
April 2
(or shortly after)
Purchased Salt as Member of Dunmore County Militia:  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.  Does this mean that his brother, Daniel, was not active in the militia?  Or was not living within the Dunmore County militia area at the time?
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.
 
 The Virginia Salt Shortage of 1775-1776
Salt was very important on the American frontier.  Salt was a necessary component of preserving meat, preparing food, and feeding livestock.  To put economic pressure on Great Britain, Virginia banned the importation of salt from Britain in 1774.  Merchants began hoarding salt and salt prices escalated.  Virginia farmers began to suffer from a shortage of salt and salt riots broke out. In 1775, the Virginia Committee of Safety sought to increase the availability of salt by allowing a free market, but price controls were imposed in 1776. 
Source: Virginia Gazette, December 8, 1775.
About 1776 Birth of Son, HenryHenry Hestand was born in about 1776.  On April 23, 1814 he gave power of attorney to Joel Moore to receive an inheritance from the estate of Magdalene Boehm (mother-in-law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of late Samuel Boehm) of Virginia.  This son was probably named after Abraham's father, Heinrich Hiestend.
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).
No Date Birth of Daughter, MagdaleneAlthough we have no date for her birth, apparently a daughter, Magdalene, was born some where in this general time frame.  She married John Lemmon.  This daughter could have been named after her mother, Magdalene Boehm Hiestand, or after Abraham's youngest sister, Mary Magdalene Hiestand.  On March 7, 1805 she gave Joel Moore of Barren County, KY power of attorney to receive their inheritance from Magdalina Boehm (mother in law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of the late Samuel Boehm) of the state of Virginia.  (See 1775 census note.)  
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
No Date Birth of Daughter, ElizabethAlthough we have no date for her birth, apparently a daughter, Elizabeth, was born some where in this general time frame.   "Betty" was a common nickname for Elizabeth, so she was probably the "Betty Haston" mentioned in the Big Pigeon Baptist Church records.  She may have been named for Magdalene's sister, Elizabeth.  She married Rudian Lemmon in Green Co, KY on February 14, 1800.  On March 7, 1805 she gave Joel Moore of Barren County, KY power of attorney to receive their inheritance from Magdalina Boehm (mother in law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of the late Samuel Boehm) of the state of Virginia.  In 1840 Elizabeth and her husband were living in Barren Co, KY.  (See 1775 census note.)  
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
1776
October 11 or
1778
January 21
Living Near Head of Passage Creek:  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. 
1777
March 26
300 Acres Entered into Grant Book:  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
January 12
Death of Abraham's Mother:  According to her son Peter's Bible record, the wife of Henry Hiestand died on this date.
Source:  Peter Hiessandt's (Sr.) Bible record.
1777
March 22
Henry Hiestend's Will:  Abraham Hiestand's (and Daniel Hiestand's & others) father made out his will on this date.  (Also, see a copy of the original in German script.)
Source:  Heinrich Hiestand's Will
1777
March 26
Granted 300 VA Acres:  Four days after Henry Hiestend's will was made out, Lord Fairfax granted Abraham 300 acres, which adjoined his father's farm.  He purchased it from David Clem.
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).
1779
May 18
Living Near Teter Clem (Powell's Fort Valley):  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
October 5
Death of Abraham's Father:  According to the Bible record of Abraham Hiestand's brother, Peter, their father, Henry Hiestand, died on this date.
Source:  Peter Hiessandt's (Sr.) Bible record.
About 1782 Birth of Daughter, MaryMary Hiestand married Thomas Lee on June 25, 1800 in Barren Co, KY.  Abraham had a sister named Mary Magdalene and his wife, Magdalene, had a sister named Mary.  This daughter could have been named for either of those.  On April 23, 1814 she gave power of attorney to Joel Moore to receive an inheritance from the estate of Magdalene Boehm (mother-in-law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of late Samuel Boehm) of Virginia.
Source:  Page 131 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
1783
March 29
Abraham's Place Mentioned in a Road Order:  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
May 29
Abraham's Place Mentioned in a Road Order:  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
July 15
Jury Duty in Washington County:  Abraham Hastings served on a jury in Washington Co, NC/TN on this date.
Source:  WPA page 193 (original page 401) of WPA transcriptions, Tennessee Records of Washington County County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Volume Book #1, Section 1: 1778-1785.
1783
August 22
Sold Powell's Fort Valley, VA Land:  Abraham sold his 300 acres of land (adjacent to Henry Hestants corner) in "Powels Fort" to James Breeding for 115 pounds and moved, sometime not long after that, to Washington County, NC/TN.  John & Jacob & Peter Heastant appear on the 1783 tax list in the Massanutten area of VA, but Abraham and Daniel Hiestand do not appear on the 1783 list in VA.*
Source: Page 185 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1, Deed Books A, B, C and D - 1772-1784 abstracted by Amelia C. Gilreath.  (Original: page 266 of Deed Book D)
*Page 116 of Massanutten: Settled by the Pennsylvania Pilgrim - 1726 by Harry M. Strickler (1979 reprint).
1783
August 27
Release of Powell's Fort Valley Land:  The August 22, 1783 deed was released.  Both "Abram Hestant & Molly, his wife of Shanado County" are mentioned in this document.
Source: Page 185 of Shenandoah County, Virginia Deed Book Series, Volume 1, Deed Books A, B, C and D - 1772-1784 abstracted by Amelia C. Gilreath.  (Original: page 267 of Deed Book D)
1783
August 28
Father's Will Proved in Court:  Although Heinrich Hiestand died on October 5, 1779, according to Peter Hiestand's Bible record (Heinrich's son), his will was not proven in court until this date.
Source:  Pages 2-4 of Shenandoah Co, VA Will Book B.

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 Act") of 1783 went into effect on October 20, 1783.

1783
September 4
Cherokee Creek Baptist Church Covenant:  Magdelen Hasting (probably the wife of Abraham Hiestand/Hasting/Heaston) signed a covenant in the Cherokee Creek Baptist Church (source page 167).  Earlier (page 69) in the same source, it is said that Magdalen Hasting and Daniel Hasting were some of the early members.  Apparently, as per page 167 of the source, the church minutes begin with April 2, 1783 (although page 69 of the source says 1782).
Source:  Pages 69 & 167 of History of Washington County, Tennessee (1988), compiled by the Watauga Association of Genealogists Upper East Tennessee.
1784
September 30
Land Deal with John McRavey:  According to a 1793-1794 (then North Carolina) Hamilton District Superior Court Case, Robert McCombs vs Abraham Heistant, Abraham made a deal with John McRavey for some land (probably in Washington Co, NC/TN) on this date.  We have found no record of this real estate deal in the early deed records of east Tennessee.  The Hamilton District Superior Court sessions were conducted in the court house at Knoxville, NC/TN.  More Information
Sources:  Original copy of Hamilton District Superior Court Docket 27/35, Robert McCombs vs Abraham Heiston, available in the Knox County, TN Archives in Knoxville, TN.  Also, pages 36-37 WPA transcriptions titled Hamilton District Superior Court Book of Record - 1794-1797 (976.87).
1785
September 25
Purchased Washington Co, NC (later TN) Land:  Perhaps with the money earned on the sale of his VA land, Abraham bought 123 acres on both sides of Cherokee Creek from James Ray for 100 pounds (Ray's original grant of 10/24/1782).  This land was adjacent to William Murphy.  William Murphy, John Tipton, and Henry Reagan witnessed the deal.
Sources:  Pages 66-68 of Washington County (NC/TN) Deeds, Volume 2, 1784-1792, TSLA microfilm #195.  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).  Also, pages 62-63 of Washington Co, TN Deeds, 1775-1800, compiled by Loraine Rae.
1786
October 26
Purchased 50 Acres:  Abraham Histon received an additional 50 acres on the south side of Cherokee Creek (in Washington County) from the state of North Carolina for 25 shillings. This land had been entered by James Wray and was adjacent to William Murphy. 
Sources:  Pages 52-54 of Washington County (NC/TN) Deeds, Volume 5, 1790-1797, TSLA microfilm #196.  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).  Also, page 100 of Washington Co, TN Deeds, 1775-1800, compiled by Loraine Rae.
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Note:  There is no record of Abraham selling the land, although the 123 acres tract did end up in the ownership of John Tadlock who sold it to Peter Rube on August 27 of 1793.   Source:  Page 113 of Washington County, TN Deeds (1775-1800), compiled by Loraine Ray.  See also pages 62, 63, & 100 for the other Abraham Hiestand deed entries.  
1789 or 1790 Washington County Tax List:  Abram Hasting owned 177 acres and was taxed for one white poll.
Source:  Page 80 of Volume 5 (2) of Tennessee Ancestors.  Available at McClung Historical Collection in Knoxville, TN.
1790 - 1793

1790
February to
1793
June
Member of Cherokee Baptist Church:  Various members of the Abraham Hiestand family were active in the Cherokee Creek Baptist Church in Washington County, NC (later TN, near Jonesborough, NC/TN).  
Source:  Washington County, TN Cherokee Baptist Church minutes, 1787-1923, microfilm AC #523 (McClung Historical Collection, Knox County, TN).  
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Note:  The microfilm copy of the Cherokee Creek Baptist Church is very difficult to read.  It has not been transcribed.  Some of the names that appear there for sure are Betty Heaston, Ann Heaston, Daniel Heaston, Magdalene Heaston, and Abram Heaston. 
Chronology of Heaston Membership Activities

1791 Washington Co, NC Tax List:  A tax list for Captain North's Company in Washington County, NC (later TN) includes the names of Abraham Heslin, junr, Samuel Hestain, and Abram Heeslin, senr, who had 223 acres. 
Source:  Washington Co, TN microfilm roll #639 for 1778-1846 tax lists (available from TN State Library and Archives).
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Note:  A Daniel Heston voted in Washington County, TN in 1786 and was on a tax list there in 1787.  He does not appear on this 1791 tax list for Washington County.  See the 1787 entry of the Daniel Haston timeline for details.
About 1792 Moved to Jefferson (now Cocke) County, TN:  Abraham sold both tracts of his Washington Co, TN land and moved to what is now Cocke Co, TN (Jefferson County at that time).
Source: 
Hiestand of Virginia by David B. Trimble (about 24 copies privately published in 2002 by David B. Trimble, 2506 Hartford Road, Austin, Texas 78703).
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Note:  Did Abraham remove himself and his family from Washington County in order to evade the legal consequences of his 1790 financial obligations to John McRavey and Robert McCombs?  The area where Abraham's family moved was Indian land (not part of NC or TN) until June 11 of 1792.  Four days after this area was included in the new Jefferson County, NC/TN, Abraham (Sr.) joined the Big Pigeon Baptist Church.  At least some of his family were in that area several months prior to its inclusion into a state of the USA.
1792 - 1798

1792
January 7 to
1798
August 4

 

Member of Big Pigeon Baptist Church:  This same Abraham Hiestend/Heaston family joined and became active in the Big Pigeon Baptist Church, which was located in the part of Jefferson County, NC/TN that later became Cocke County, TN.  This church was approximately 50 miles south west of Jonesborough, TN, which was a little over half way to Knoxville.  See information regarding the location of the Big Pigeon Baptist Church and information regarding its distance from where Abraham Hiestand was said to have lived in 1793, on the Little Pigeon River.
Source:  Big Pigeon Baptist Church Minutes

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Note:  Ann Heaston, Betty Haston, Maagelean (and Magdeleum) Heaston, Abrm. Measton, Sr. (probably the older brother of Daniel Hiestand of Page Co, VA), Daniel Heaston/Haston (probably Abraham's son), Abram Heaston/Haston (probably Abraham, Sr.'s son) appear in the minutes of the Big Pigeon Baptist Church of the area that became Cocke County, TN.  Also, Regina Heaston Moore was a member of that church.  These minutes have been transcribed and are available on the Cocke County, TN RootsWeb site.

 
Chronology of Heaston Membership Activities

1793 Washington Co, TN Tax List:  The name "Abram Heslan" (probably Abraham Hiestend) appears on the tax list for Captain North's Company.  He owned 100 acres. 
Source:  Washington Co, TN microfilm roll #639 for 1778-1846 tax lists (available from TN State Library and Archives).
1793 Washington Co, TN Delinquent Tax List:  Abraham Heston's name appeared on a delinquent tax list in Washington Co, TN (NC at that time).  He owed 75 cents.
Source:  Delinquent records from Washington Co, TN tax records of this era (from a TSLA microfilm of tax books; list of delinquents follows records of those who paid). 
1793
March 15
Defendant in Superior Court CaseAn order was issued  by the Hamilton District Superior Court for the sheriff of Jefferson County, TN to arrest Abraham Heistant and hold him at the courthouse in Knoxville on the second Monday of October, 1793.  Abraham was convicted of "trespassing," which appears to mean that he did not pay John McRavey for some land that he had purchased earlier.  Even though McRavey sold the land, Robert McCombs was the plaintiff in the case.  McCombs may have purchased rights to the land.  On one document, John McRavey and Thomas Gillispie also signed as plaintiffs, along with McCombs.  We have found no record of this real estate deal in the early deed records of east Tennessee.  Perhaps it was never registered officially.  Abraham was found to be guilty.  Some other facts from the docket:
  • Apparently Abraham made a deal with John McRavey for the land on September 30, 1784 and was supposed to pay for it on or before September 30, 1790.
  • This land probably would have been in Washington Co, NC/TN, since Abraham had likely arrived in that county at the time the deal was transacted.
  • His name was spelled "Heistant" on the 1784 real estate agreement document.
  • James Whitson was Abraham's security in this case.
  • Abraham Hiestand, Jr. also witnessed the deal (his name was signed in German).
  • Abraham had to pay $262.91 & 1/3 cents, plus $30.91 for court costs.
  • The judgment was given in the April 1794 term and Abraham was summoned to appear and pay in the October 1794 term.
  • A note of one of the docket documents says: "The Deft. is supposed to live on little Pidgion [sic] River." 
Locations of Little Pigeon River & Big Pigeon Baptist Church
Now, the Little Pigeon River flows out of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and into Sevierville, TN (Sevier Co, TN).  It is located about 15 miles south west of the Big Pigeon River.  Abraham lived in the area that became Sevier Co, TN.

The Big Pigeon Baptist Church was located near the point where English Creek flows into the Pigeon River, on the east side of the town of Newport, in Cocke Co, TN (about 2 miles west of the Cherokee National Forest). 

Sources:  Original copy of Hamilton District Superior Court Docket 27/35, Robert McCombs vs Abraham Heiston, available in the Knox County, TN Archives in Knoxville, TN.  Also, pages 36-37 WPA transcriptions titled Hamilton District Superior Court Book of Record - 1794-1797 (976.87).

1794
February 9
Jefferson Co, NC/TN Bill of Sale:  "A bill of sale from Abraham Hasten to Daniel Hasten was proven in court and recorded" in Jefferson County, NC/TN (just a few miles east of Knoxville).  Was this "Daniel" Abraham's son or his brother?  The earliest record we have of "Daniel Haston" (who later lived in Knox & White counties of TN) in Knox County was the summer of 1795.  Thus, it is possible that Abraham sold some kind of items to Daniel Haston who moved to Knox County sometime during the next few months.  On the other hand, Abraham's son, Daniel, completed three months & four days of military duty in the Cherokee wars on December 3, 1793 and was married about that time.  Perhaps he was buying things from his father in order to establish his home.
Sources:  Original page 43 (transcribed page 22) of Jefferson County, NC/TN Minute Book, 1792-1798. 
Page 14 of transcription by James L. Douthat & Roberta D. Hatcher, published in 1985 by Mountain Press.  Source of Daniel Hestand's military record:  National Archives Military Service Records for Daniel Hasten/Heaston of North's Company, Christian's Regt. Territory South of the Ohio in the 1790s Cherokee Wars (indicate the Daniel Hestand who died in Monroe Co, KY).
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Note:  A Daniel Hasten served on juries in Jefferson County in 1797 (same Jefferson County source as above).  This was probably Abraham's son, Daniel Hiestend, and not the Daniel Haston who moved to White County later, nor the Daniel Haston who settled in Adair County, KY prior to 1807.  In 1797, Jefferson County was a smaller area that it have been previously.  Sevier and Cocke counties had been created out of Jefferson County by 1797.  Thus, the Daniel Hasten of this jury, apparently, was not living where Abraham Hiestand had lived, on the Little Pigeon River in what became Sevier County.  See map.
1796
November
&
October
Unclaimed Mail in Knoxville:  Abraham Heaston of French Broad had unclaimed mail in the post office at Knoxville.  The "French Broad" was the same general area where the Big Pigeon Baptist Church was located.  The Big Pigeon River flowed into French Broad River a mile or so from the church.  In those days, the mail recipient paid the postage and often mail went unclaimed (sometimes because the recipient had no money with which to pay the postage). 
Sources:  Page 78 of Tennessee Today 1796, edited by James L. Douthat and published in 1996 by Mountain Press.  Also, November 14 & 21, 1796 issues of the Knoxville (TN) Gazette
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Note:  The Little Pigeon River, where Abraham Hiestand was supposed to have lived in 1793, was about 15 miles away from the French Broad.  See map of that area.
1798
March 30
Abraham Hiestand family left Big Pigeon Baptist Church:  Rev. John Mulkey and his brother Philip Mulkey were members of the Big Pigeon Baptist Church while Abraham Hiestand and his family were members there.  The Mulkeys left the Big Pigeon church on September 30, 1797 and moved to what is now Monroe County in south-central Kentucky, where they started the Mill Creek Baptist Church.  Six months later (March 30, 1798), Abraham Hiestand ["Hestand" was the spelling adopted in Kentucky] left the Big Pigeon church and moved to the same area of south-central Kentucky.  On September 11, 1798, as per the church minutes, it appears that the Mill Creek Baptist Church of then-Barren County (now Monroe County), Kentucky was officially organized.  Three years later (April 1801), Abraham Hiestand joined Rev. Mulkey's Mill Creek Baptist Church in Kentucky. 

1799
June 14
Green River Area of South Central, KYAbraham claimed 200 acres of second rate land on Green River, by virtue of a certificate for settlement #744.  (He had surveyed 100 acres on Green River.)  This 200 acres of land began "at Deskin Gibbs lower corner thence down the river to the cliff thence to Nathan Austins out corner thence to the river thence down the river to Tibbs line & with the same to the beginning."
Sources:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).  Also, page 200 of Green County, KY Land Entries, 1796-1834.
About 1800 As per David Trimble, Abraham moved to Barren (now Monroe) County, KY at this time: Abraham Hiestend moved to Barren (now Monroe) County, KY.  Trimble says "about 1800" but we know that it was sometime between March 30, 1798 and June 14, 1799 (see above entries).
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).
1801 Estate Settlement of His Father-in-Law:  Abraham appointed Joel Moore as his attorney to receive his share of the estate of his father-in-law, Samuel Boehm of Shenandoah County, VA.  The power of attorney document indicates that Magdalene, Abraham's wife, was deceased at this time.
Source:  Abraham Hestand to Joel Moore, Power of Attorney, June 23, 1801, Barren County, Kentucky Deeds, Volume A, 1799-1809, Book A Page 42.  (LDS FHL Film 0209719)  Also, page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
1801
April
Joined Mill Creek Baptist Church:  Abraham Hestand, Rebekah Wiley (probably not related to the Hiestands), and Regina [Hiestand] Moore joined (by letter) the Mill Creek Baptist Church in Barren County (now Monroe County), KY, near Tompkinsville, KY.   The pastor of Mill Creek Baptist Church was John Mulkey, who had been a fellow member with the Abraham Hiestand family in the Big Pigeon Baptist Church in Jefferson/Cocke Co, NC/TN until he was dismissed to move away on September 2, 1797.   
Source:  Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974). 
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Note:  Page 4 of Mill Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Barren - Now Monroe County, KY (Mill Creek #1 or Old Mulkey) - 1798-1820 by Eva Coe Peden says that the year was 1800, but the original document clearly says 1801.  The 1800 date is consistent with the fact that Regina Moore was still at Big Pigeon Baptist Church until at least May 31,1800, when she was given a letter of dismissal.
1803
June 18
Sevier County, TN Delinquent Tax List:  Abraham Hastand and Abraham Hester were both on the Sevier County, TN delinquent tax list for 50 acres each.  
Sources:  Pages 291-293 of Genealogical Abstracts From TN Newspapers (1791-1808), compiled by Eddleman.  Also, July 18, 1803 edition of the Knoxville Gazette (Number 187, Volume 4).
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Note:  Sevier County is near Cocke County, TN & Jefferson County, TN.  Apparently, the Abraham Hiestand family abandoned their land in that area when they moved to KY.
1805 Married Second Wife:  Abraham apparently married his second wife, Elizabeth.
Source:
Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).
1805
March 7
Four Children Received Boehm Inheritance:   In Green Co, KY, Rudien & Elizabeth Lemmon, Barbara McFarrin, Daniel & Anna Gimlin, and John & Magdaina Lemmon gave Joel Moore of Barren County, KY power of attorney to receive their inheritance from Magdalina Boehm (mother in law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of the late Samuel Boehm) of the state of Virginia.
Source: 
McFarrin, Gimlin, Gimlin, Lemmon, Lemmon, Lemmon, Lemmon to Joel Moore Power of Attorney, March 7, 1805, Green County, Kentucky Deed Book, volumes 1-5,  1793-1819,  Book 4, page 158 (LDS FHL Film 0551029).
1813
June 10
One Daughter Received Boehm InheritanceIn Barren Co, KY, Rheganah (Regina) Moore gave power of attorney to Joel Moore to receive an inheritance from the estate of Samuel Boehm (father-in-law of Abraham Hiestand).  Joel Moore was Regina's husband.
Source:  Rheganah Moore to Joel Moore, Power of Attorney,  June 10, 1813, Barren County, Kentucky Deeds, Vols. B-C, 1801-1813, Book C, page 250 (LDS FHL Film 0209720).
1811
July 13
Withdrew from Mill Creek Baptist Church:  On the second Saturday in July of 1811, Abraham and his wife Elizabeth withdrew from the Mill Creek Baptist Church of Monroe County, KY.  Nothing else is known of them.
Sources:  Page 25 of Mill Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Barren - Now Monroe County, KY (Mill Creek #1 or Old Mulkey) - 1798-1820 by Eva Coe Peden. 
Page 130 of Hiestand Family of Page County, Virginia by David B. Trimble (San Antonio, TX, 1974).
1814
April 23
Three Children Received Boehm Inheritance:  In Cumberland Co, KY, Abraham Heastand (Jr.), Henry Heastand, and Mary Heastand Lee gave power of attorney to Joel Moore to receive their inheritance from the estate of Magdalene Boehm (mother in law of Abraham Hiestand & wife of late Samuel Boehm) of Virginia.  Abraham and Mary signed with their marks; apparently, Henry signed a full signature.  This was nine years after Elizabeth, Barbara, Anna, and Magdalene took the same legal action in nearby Green Co, KY.
Source: 
Abraham Heastand, Henry Heastand, Mary Heastand Lee to Joel Moore,
Power of Attorney, April 23, 1814, Cumberland County, Kentucky, Deeds Vols. A-B, 1799-1815, Book B, page 359.  (LDS FHL Film 0804865)

Emails from Kelle Metz
Email - February 18, 2005

Wayne--I visited your website, and found it very interesting.  I'm wondering if you know that Abraham Hiestand's father was Henry Hiestand, b 1705 probably in Switzerland, and that they were Mennonites.  I am a descendant of Abraham Hiestand--through his daughter Magdalena Hiestand m1 John Lemmon Jr. m2 Jacob Fry/Freye/Frey in Spencer Co IN c1820/27.  Magdalena Hiestand and John Lemmon Jr. were my 4th great-grandparents.

The Lemmon family seems to be associated with the Abraham Hiestand family for many years.  I first notice my 5th great-grandfather John Lemmon Sr. (aka Lemmon's Bend John of Green Co KY) in Rockingham Co VA in 1 Sep 1780 on a land patent he acquired there.  Then Lemmon's Bend John sells his land and goes to Washington Co TN in 1783, and Abraham Hiestand shows up there a short time later.  Lemmon's Bend John's sons, John Jr, and Rudian Lemmon, marry two of Abraham Hiestands daughters, Magdalena and Elizabeth, respectively.  Lemmon's Bend John moved to Green Co KY c1790 and purchases land in a bend in the Green River, later called Lemmon's Bend.  Abraham Hiestand follows to Green Co KY and bastardy proceedings are brought by Barbara McFarrin, 24 Jun 1805, against Daniel Lemmon, son of Lemmon's Bend
John.  According to legal papers, Daniel Lemmon agreed to pay a sum monthly for the upkeep of the child.  Later, Barbara McFarrin m William Smith 19 Jun 1807 Green Co KY.

The thing that I find the most interesting is that the Hiestand and Lehman/Lemmon surname is listed in York Co PA in a c1750s  listing of "The Manor of Springettsbury - Complete Colonial Family Name Index + Page
Numbers."  http://www.innernet.net/hively/PALand/Springettsbury%20Manor%20Name%20Index.htm
The Hiestands listed are:  Abraham; Henry; Henry F.  The Hestant listed: Jacob.  The Lehmans listed:  Abraham; Christian; Frederick; George; Jacob; John; Peter; Peter Jr.; Peter Sr.; and Rudolph.  Lemmon researchers are closing in on proving that Lemmon's Bend John was the son of the Rudolph Lehman listed on the York Co PA Colonial Family Name Index.

Now, why would the Hiestands be back in PA from Orange/Page Co VA in the 1750s?  Well, I've found that the Mennonite settlements in VA were attacked by Indians in 1758.  Since Mennonite beliefs prohibited them from protecting themselves, even when attacked, the Mennonites involved in these Indian raids, wrote to their church asking for assistance.  Many Mennonites of the Page Co VA area fled-- "several hundred families fled from their homes with 'bag and baggage',"--and went back to Pennsylvania to stay with their friends and
family located there.  I got the following info from the book, "History of Mennonites In Virginia, published by H.A. Brunk Harrisonburg, VA., but this is not a direct quote, when these Mennonites abandoned their dwellings and land in Virginia,  four of the men that fled back to Pennsylvania wrote to their brethren in Holland asking for material relief, on 7 Sep 1758--one of the signers of this letter was Samuel Boehm .  

 
Later  I learned that Samuel Boehm was to become the father-in-law of the Abraham Hiestand we  have been discussing above.  In 1758, Abraham Hiestand b c1740 would have been eighteen years old.  Could he be the Abraham Hietand listed in the Colonial Family Name Index?

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Email - February 19, 2005

I started on a project several years ago to try and find out the names of the Mennonite families that were involved in the 1758 Indian attack, and I got quite a few of the names, but not all.  There was also another attack in 1764.  An unscrupulous white man led eight Indians in an attack at the home of John Roads--it was quite brutal also.  It was a practice of the British to allow the non-English immigrants to settle the out-skirts of the base of "civilization" in the early history of VA--the British could better defend themselves if the Pennsylvania-Dutch and Scots-Irish took the brunt of an attack.  This is why so many Pennsylvania-Dutch and Scots-Irish families were joined by marriage on the frontier--they were the only people available to marry in their local vicinity.  My Patton ancestors were attacked at Draper's Meadow in 1755--the frontier was full of terrorism, on both sides.  Later the Pattons and Mitts/Metz family inter-married.

Kelle Metz - kmetz268@olywa.net