My family and I have been desperately searching for the parents of my gr-gr-grandfather PETER HIGHT - who was first found in Montgomery County, Virginia in 1820 (over the age of 45).He worked for the Prestons of Smithfield Plantation.So did my gr-grandfather JAMES PETER HIGHT/Hite(b. 1818, d. 1886) - who was overseer for William Ballard Preston.JAMES PETER HIGHT was married to Elizabeth "Betsy" Linkous.Her parents were John Linkous (d. 1822 the same year Eliz. was born), and Elizabeth Trollinger.
My grandfather WILLIAM BALLARD PRESTON HIGHT/Hite was named for his father's employer.He lived 1858 - 1935 in Montgomery County, Virginia.
We have spent months and months and months and months searching and researching every Hight, Hiett, Hite, Hyat, (you name it) line, trying to find Peter's parents and where he came from.
We have 2 hints:1) James Peter Hight (my gr-grandfather) had a middle-age "moment" in his 50s and left his family (all the kids and wife) and married another woman 2 counties away (Floyd County, Virginia).The marriage application states that his parents were "Peter & Catherine Hight"He married CHLOEY CARROLL, in her 30s.THey had 2 children before James P. died in 1886 - Andrew J (b. 1879) and Jane P (born 1881)
2) My father BENTLEY HITE, who passed away in 1992 at the age of 91, told me hundreds of times throughout my life that "our Hites went to Ohio and came back"
When James Peter Hight pulled his little "marriage switcheroo" in 1773, the older sons (some of them adults) broke ties with him completely and tore his name out of the family bible.There was also a split in the family after that time as to how we spelled our name.Peter Hight and James Peter Hight always spelled their name "Hight" (I have their signatures on courthouse documents).My grandfather William Ballard Preston Hight spelled his name "Hight" when he married in 1882, but started using "Hite" shortly thereafter.My father used the name "Hite" exclusively after he went to college in the 1920's and I was born "Hite",When my 20-year marriage ended in 1996, I used the divorce opportunity to legally change my name to MARTHA ANN HIGHT.
Peter Hight had many children (reading from the 1820 and 1830 census of Montgomery County, Virginia), but the only two I know about definately are JAMES PETER HIGHT and MARY HIGHT (who married Henry Kelly in 1836 in Montgomery County).
James Peter Hight had John T., Daniel, Abram, Gordon, Joseph, William Ballard Preston, Floyd Crockett, Mary Elizabeth and Catherine J.Both girls died of fever in 1854 (per Montgomery County death records) at the ages of 12 and 2 respectively.John T. lived in Radford, Virginia as an adult and had 2 daughers - Deborah and Melvina .He served in the Civil War as a Confederate Soldier.Daniel married late in life at age 40 to Nancy Gusler of Giles County, Virginia.Abram joined the Civil War as a Union Soldier and never returned (presumed killed in action).Gordon married Amanda Harrell and had a large family and lived in the Pulaski area.Joseph married Victoria Strader and lived in Giles County, Virginia.Floyd married Emalilne Price and lived in the Pulaski area.My grandfather, William Ballard Preston Hight/Hite married Martha Jane Scott in 1882 and lived in Montgomery County, Virginia.
I will be happy to share my information with anyone interested in this line, and hope that somewhere out there, there is the answer to the question "WHO WAS PETER HIGHT AND WHERE DID HE COME FROM?"