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John Heth

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Death: April 30, 1842 (44)
Powhatan County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Powhatan County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Henry "Harry" Heth (Continental Army) and Ann Heth
Husband of Margaret L. Heth
Father of Margaret Helen Hamilton; Ann Eliza Heth; Maj. Gen. Henry "Harry" Heth (CSA); Lavinia Randolph Heth; Elizabeth Chevallie Vaden and 5 others
Brother of Lavinia R Randolph; Catherine Claiborne Harrison and Harriet Selden

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About Capt. John Heth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Heth

John Heth (1798 – April 30, 1842), of Black Heath in Chesterfield County, Virginia, was the son of Colonel Henry "Harry" Heth, who had emigrated from England in 1759, and established himself in the coal business in the Virginia Colony.

John Heth served in the volunteer forces of Virginia as an officer in the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812. On January 15, 1815, he was captured with Commodore Stephen Decatur Jr., the commander of the U.S. frigate President, and taken to Bermuda with Decatur and his crew as a prisoner of war. With two others, Captain Heth escaped from Bermuda in an open boat.

Captain Heth married Margaret L. Pickett (1801-1850) of Richmond, Virginia on May 15, 1822. They became the parents of future Confederate Major General Henry Heth, who was born at Black Heath in 1825.

Near his home, John Heth operated the Black Heath coal pit near present-day Midlothian, a business inherited from his father, who died in 1822. Ten years later, in 1832, he petitioned the Virginia General Assembly to form the first coal mining corporation, and succeeded despite protests, the following year. After two serious fatal accidents from explosions in 1839 and 1844, the Black Heath pits were closed until 1938.

John Heth died in Powhatan County, Virginia in 1842.

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Capt. John Heth's Timeline

1798
1798
Virginia, United States
1823
February 12, 1823
Age 25
1824
July 7, 1824
Age 26
1825
December 16, 1825
Age 27
Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States
1827
March 31, 1827
Age 29
1829
October 28, 1829
Age 31
1833
January 6, 1833
Age 35
1835
October 18, 1835
Age 37
October 18, 1835
Age 37
1839
April 4, 1839
Age 41