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John Hiett

Also Known As: "Hiatt"
Birthplace: Butleigh, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Hiett; Johannes Hiatt; Johannes Hans Heydt and Magdelena Heydt
Husband of Mary Lois Hiett
Father of George Hiatt; John Hiatt; William Hiett, Sr; Mary Hiatt; Joseph Hiett and 9 others

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About John Hiett


1a2B) John Hiett [Chr. 27 Apr 1676 Street, s.o. Richard Hiett] d.c. 1727 America

Married: c. 1695 Mary Smith [Chr. 22 Apr 1673 Butleigh] d.o. William and Grace Smith #, d. 1745 Bucks County, Pennsylvania


1) John b. 1696 [probably Butleigh]

2) George b. 1698 [probably Butleigh]

3) William b. 1700 Bucks County, Pennsylvania

John Hiett, arrived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the autumn of 1699. On 11 April 1700 he purchased 300 acres of land (Bucks Co. Pennsylvania DB 3, page 27) from John Rowland for 350 p. (The foregoing deed is also mentioned in the 'Inventory of Church Archives, Pennsylvania - Friends' . ( In 1700, John Hiett bought 300 a. of John Rowland, a Quaker, who had given the land for the Watson Graveyard out of his tract previous to 1700. The land had been granted to John Rowland by William Penn in 1673. In 1702, John Hiett sold this 300 a. to Thomas Watson, tanner, for 400 p. (DB 3, p. 88) Deed book 4, p. 15, Bucks County: On April 22, 1706, John Hiett of the County of Bucks in ye province of Pensilvania Yeom'n - bought land granted and confirmed unto Andrew Ellet by patent under the hand of William Penn ". John's wife was Mary Smith, the daughter of William and Grace Smith. William lived in Cecil County, Maryland, where on the 20th of May 1710 his will was proven. Some 50 miles SW of Philadelphia in the north east corner of the State of Maryland, lies the county of Cecil. It was here, in Cecil Co., MD that William Smith wrote this will on the 20th of September 1708, it was proved the 20th of May 1710. He leaves to 2nd son John and heirs 1000 acres, dwelling plantation, to daughter Mary, wife of John Hayet, and granddaughter Hannah, daughter of son William personalty (Personal property) . Executors wife Grace, and son John. Teste: David Evans, William Smith 13:113. The name Hayet becomes Hiett in further court proceedings regarding this will. Both, Hietts and Smiths families were members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Somersetshire, England. William Smith, the Quaker, bought a certificate to Philadelphia for himself and wife and family, dated 1699, from Glastonbury Monthly Meeting in Somersetshire, England. It is quite possible, that our John Hiett, immigrant, came to America with his wife's family. William and John Smith, brothers of Mary Smith Hiett, are probably the ancestors of the Smiths show settled in Virginia in the same community and at about the same time as did John Hiatt Jr. and his brother William Hiatt, sons of John and Mary Smith Hiett. Mary Hyot was noted in the Falls Monthly Meeting in Bucks Co. PA, she was received on certificate the 7th of the 6th month in 1706. The History of Bucks Co. Pennsylvania mentioned that the families of Roberts, Foulke, Gilbert, Nixon, Edwards and Hyatt were prominent among those who formed the early community, his was in early 1700's. John Hiett is called a yeoman, in the early deeds of Bucks Co. A yeoman is a freeborn common man of the most respectable class, a freeholder. John is known to have resided in the town of Makefield in Bucks Co. at one time, it is possible that he was a merchant, by which means he acquired the 350 p. (over $1500) to make his first purchase of land in 1700. Andrew Ellet, from whom John Hiett purchased land, was a merchant. He is most probably identical with the John Hyatt who was a witness to the will of Thomas Masters of Philadelphia, Merchant, dated 4 Dec. 1723. Also he was a witness to a will of Abraham Bickley, a Quaker merchant from Burlington, New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA. ( Hiatt - Hiett, Genealogy and Family History, compiled and edited by William Petty Johnson, Payson , Utah )

DD/S/BT/5/7/4 1] John Hiett of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Mary 2] William Hopkins of Butleigh yeoman Assignment of Casway Close (2a) in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGHCOURT PAPERS] Date: 1698

DD/S/BT/6/8/3 1] John Hiett late of Butleigh but now of Pennsylvania, America and wife Mary 2] Henry Coate of Kingsbury, yeoman Mortgage of Hiett's messuage, 6a in the moor, Darksome (1/4a), 4a at East end by Barton river, 2a at Whitewell, 6a at Shilfehedge, 6a at Brownswell Date: 1700.

[Transcribed by Marty Hiatt, CG, August 2012. Obsolete letter forms such as the tailed s, and double f, were converted to modern usage. The tilde was not reproduced over the “con” ending which today would be “tion.”]

This Indenture, made the Thirtieth Day of April in the Twelfth Year of the Raign of King William the Third over England etc. Anoq Dm 1700 Between John Hiett late of Butleigh in the County of Somerset in the Kingdome of England But now of the Province of Pensilvania in America Yoman and Mary his wife of the one part and Henry Coate of Kingsbury in the Said County of Somerset Yoman of the Other part Witnesseth That the said John Hiett As well for and in Consideracon of Two hundred pounds of Lawfull mony of England To him in hand payd Before the Ensealing and Delivery hereof By the Said Henry Coate The Receipt whereof Hee the Said John Hiett Doth hereby Acknowledge: And thereof and of every part thereof Doth Acquitt and forever Discharge the Said Henry Coate his heirs Executors and Administrators by these presents As also for and in Consideracon of the Summ of Two hundred and Eleven pounds more of Like mony By the Said Henry Coate Secured To be payd to the Said John Hiett his Executors Administrators or Assigns within the Space of one month Next After the Said Henry Coates first and Next Arrivall in England. In manner following To witt one hundred and Sixty pounds thereof to Daniel Yeates his Executors or Assigns in Discharge of the Mortgage which he hath Upon the hereby granted premises and the Residue thereof to the Said John Hiets order And for Diverse other Good Causes and Consideracons him the Said John Hiet thereunto moveing Hath granted bargained Sold Aliened released and Confirmed And by these presents Doth grant Bargain Sell Alien release and Confirme unto the Said Henry Coates (in his Actuall Possession now being By Vertue of a bargain and Sale To him thereof made for one whole Year By Indenture bearing Date the Day before the Date hereof and by force of the Statue for Transferring Uses into Possession And to his heirs and Assigns All that messuage or Tenement where the Said John Hiet lately Dwelt And all outhouses Barns Stables Buildings yards Backsides orchards Gardens Curtilages and Appurtenances whatsoever there unto belonging Scituate and Being in the Parish of Butleigh Aforesaid And all and Singular those Several Closes or parcels of Land Commons meadow Pasture and Arrable hereafter Particularly menconed That is to Say Two Commons In the Moor Containing Six Acres Lying on the North Side of John Chefes Common one Acre and one Quarter of an Acre Called Darksome Joyning to Alishord four acres at the east end Joyning to Barton river Two acres at whitewell Joyning To Charles Strodes Land Six acres at Shilfehedge Joyning to Henry Popes land Six Acres at Brownswell Joyning to John Chefes Land one pasture Called Ragg Containing Two Acres Joyning to Widow Hilliars Land a Padick Containing Three Quarters of Acre Joyning to William Comers Orchard Forty Acres of Arrable land in the west field And thirty Seven Acres and one Quarter of an Acre of Arrable Land in the East Field Together with all the Said John Hiets Right in all the Commons Adjoyning or in any wise Belonging to the Hereby bargained premises All which Said Closes or parcels of Land being in all by Estimation one hundred and Eight Acres and one Quarter of and [sic] Acre Be the Same more or Less belong to or have been Usually occupyd with the Said Messuage or Tenement and are Situate lying and being in the Parish of Butleigh Aforesaid And now are or late were in the Tenure or Occupation of John Browning or his Assigns or under tenants And all and Singular ways waters Easements water Courses Fishings Fowlings Commons Comodities Priviledges and Advantages whatsoever to the Said Messuage or Tenement land and premises Belonging or in any wise Appertaining or therewith used occupied or Enjoyd reputed or taken as part parcel or member thereof And the Revercons and Remainders Rents and Profits of the Same And all Deeds Evidences and writeing Concerning the premises To have and to hold the said Messuage Lands Tenement And all other the Premisses herein mentioned or Intended to be hereby bargained and sold with their and every of their Appurtenances Unto the Said Henry Coate and his heirs To the Use of him the Said Henry Coate his Heirs and Assigns forever And the Said John Hiett for himself his heirs Executors and Administrators Doth Covenant and grant To and with the Said Henry Coate his heirs and Assigns by these presents in manner following To witt That he the Said John Hiett now is and Standeth Lawfully and Rightfully Seized of and in the Said Messuage or Tenement And all and Singular the Said Severall Closes or parcels of land and other the premises with their Appurtenances of a good Sure Perfect Absolute and Indefeaz[s]ible Estate in Fee Simple And now hath good Right full Power and Lawfull Authority to grant and Convey the Said Messuage Lands and premises with their appurtenances unto the Said Henry Coate his heirs and Assigns forever According to the Purport true Intent and meaning of these presents (the Above said Mortgage to the said Daniel Yeates onely Excepted) And that it shall and may be Lawfull To and for the Said Henry Coate his heirs Executors or Assigns To pay the Said Daniel Yeates his Executors Administrators or Assigns the Said one hundred and Sixty pounds in Discharge of the Said Mortgage And the Same shall be Allowed and Deducted out of the Last Payment of the Consideracon mony above mentioned And That from and after the Payment or Lawfull Tender of the Said one hundred Sixty pounds is made by the Said Henry Coate his heirs Executors or Assigns To the Said Daniel Yeats his Executors Administrators or Assigns According to the True meaning hereof and of the Parties hereunto. It also shall and may be Lawfull to and for the said Henry Coate his heirs & Assigns from tyme to tyme And at all tymes from thenceforth forever peaceably and Quietly To have Hold Possesse [sic] and Enjoy the Said Messuage Lands and premises herein before mentioned and Intended to be hereby granted with their Appurtenances without any Lawfull Lett Suite Trouble or Interuption of him the Said John Hiett his heirs or Assigns or any other person or persons whatsoever Freely Acquitted and Discharged of an from all manner of Incumbrances whatsoever Saveing the Rents and Services from henceforth To grow Due and Payable to the Lord or Lords of the Fee of the Premisses And that the Said John Hiett and the Said Mary his wife and their heirs shall and will at any tyme or Tymes hereafter Dureing the Space of Twenty Years Next Ensueing the Date hereof upon the request and at the Cost and Charges in the Law of the Said Henry Coate his heirs or Assigns make Doe Execute Acknowledge and suffer or Cause to be Done Executed Acknowledged Suffered All and Every Such further and other Act and Acts Conveyances and Assureances in the Law whatsoever for the further and better Conveying and Absolute Confirming and Assureing of the Said Messuage lands and premises hereby granted with their Appurtenances Unto the Said Henry Coate his heirs and Assigns forever Be itt by fine or Fines ^or otherwise Howsoever As by the Councill Learned in the Law of the Said Henry Coate his heirs or Assigns Shall be Reasonably Devised or required So as Such further Assureance Containe no further warranty than is herein Contained And so as the parties To make the Same Be not Compellable To travell Above Twenty Miles from the place or places of their usuall Abode for Doeing thereof And the Said John Hiett for him and his heirs The Said Messuage Lands And other the premises hereby granted with their Appurtenances unto the Said Henry Coate his heirs and assigns Against him the Said John Hiett and his heirs And Against all persons whatsoever Lawfully Claiming or to Claime By from or under him them or any of them Shall and will warrant and forever Defend by these presents In Witness whereof the Said parties to these presents Have Interchangeably Set their hands and Seals hereunto the Day and Year first

Above written

[Signed] John hiett M The mark of Mary Hiett


This is a major area where any and all researchers on this family should work together, sort and bring all info together. There has been some activity with this news, a professional researcher is onto it too. It would be really great if we could do some tracking forwad also on the siblings of John Hiatt and see how his siblings line go. Also with his uncles and aunts, etc. eventually could bring together the world of Hiatt/Hiett/Hiott/Hyatt, etc.

Read material following, in short: John Hiatt, Quaker immigrant, son of Richard Hiatt, son of John Hiatt, son of Thomas Hiatt, son of John Hiatt, son of Robert Hiatt, everyone should look up the Butleigh site and enjoy. Let's all thanks Bob Senior who has discovered contacted myself and shared this information. Sincerely, Larry Anderson

From Marty

The document I ordered from the Somerset Heritage Center just a few days ago, arrived in today's mail. I was so surprised. Mail within the US doesn't move that fast.

The copy is clear, and the penmanship outstanding.

Thank you Mr. Senior for finding our Hiatt/etc. origins in England. And thank you to the Heritage Center for such a prompt, quality response.,,

Dear Marty, Larry,

As you can see from my website I am trying to research hundreds of Butleigh people at the same time, from all periods. It is only now and again that I give one surname a bit more deserved attention and that happened with the Hietts a few weeks ago. The surname spelling was entirely a matter of whim according to the scribe or clerk - based on the phonetical pronunciation - there were no dictionaries of surnames, hence the very wide variety of spellings of this surname and also there are misread transcriptions. There wasn't a RIGHT spelling at that time. The John of Butleigh was the son of Richard, grandson of John and great-grandson of Thomas. I still haven't found the link between the Thomas having children in Street [3 miles from Butleigh] from circa 1600 and the Thomas Hiett son of Robert Hiet who was alive in the late 1500's. It shouldn't be impossible but the problem is always time - there will be clues in some of the documents that I have listed but not yet read. I found the older Thomas acting as a witness in a will in Butleigh in the 1560's just today. I live in Butleigh, England and most of the documents are in Taunton [27 miles away] but at the moment I do not have the time to go and look at them - I am also pre-occupied with transcribing many other Butleigh wills, a sons marriage and visiting relatives in Germany! The other John Hiett in Street seems to have disappeared and I haven't tried to follow that line up. Only a limited numer of forenames seem to be used by any one family and John is one of the commonest. He was obviously a cousin of John son of Richard who was in Butleigh. As soon as I can, probably in October, I must transcribe the document 'DD/S/BT/6/8/3 1] John Hiett late of Butleigh but now of Pennsylvania, America and wife Mary' and its contents to see if there are any additional clues there and also 'DD/S/BT/5/7/4 1] John Hiett of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Mary'. Hope this is of some help.

Best wishes,

Bob Senior

On 29/07/2012 12:57, Marty Hiatt wrote:

Dear Larry, Thank you ever so much for sharing the details about Hiatts in Butleigh, England. I've read it all, but just once. Bob Senior has made a wonderful contribution to our cause. Does he live in England?

At the end of your email I found the following summary, but now I'm confused.

Who was the father of our John Hiett, the man who married Mary Smith and immigrated to Pennsylvania? Was it Richard, or Thomas? Was Richard really a Hiatt, or a Hewitt/Huett?

1a2) Richard Hiett [Chr. 10 Jan 1640 Street s.o. John and Alice Hiet?], d. Butleigh 1686? Married: ? ______ unk. [probably died. Before 1688 for children to be taken in by other people – or re-married]

Children: 1) Richard (1a2A) [a Richard Huett Chr. 1 Dec 1667 Street s.o. Richard Huett seems likely] 2) John [Chr. 27 Apr 1676 Street] (1a2B) 3) George [probably Chr.Butleigh post 1677]…

1a2B) John Hiett [Chr. 27 Apr 1676 Street, s.o. Richard Hiett] d.c. 1727 America

Married: c. 1695 Mary Smith [Chr. 22 Apr 1673 Butleigh] d.o. William and Grace Smith #, d. 1745 Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Children: 1) John b. 1696 [probably Butleigh] 2) George b. 1698 [probably Butleigh] 3) William b. 1700 Bucks County, Pennsylvania

Another John Hiett was also Chr. 22 May 1677 Street, s.o. Thomas Hiett.

DD/S/BT/6/8/3 1] John Hiett late of Butleigh but now of Pennsylvania, America and wife Mary 2]

What else should we order and read? I will be very interested in other land records (e.g. How did John Hiett take possession of the land he sold after moving to Pennsylvania?)

Ms. Marty Hiatt, CG Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Certified Genealogists after periodic evaluation by the Board.



John came from England with William Penn's second voyage in the fall of 1699. He was a member of the Quaker sect. John's occupation was that of a farmer and a merchant. He was a member of the religious organization, "Society of Friends" in England *** from Marie Ballen- Moulton, Iowa: The Heitts/ Haitts were Quakers in England fleeing from persecution to Holland and Normandy, France. Many family members died before coming to the United States. The Hiatt England History was complied by William Perry Johnson via Marie Ballen. The following is what is known of the life of John Hiatt (name sometimes) spelled Hiett) John Hiatt was born about 1674 in England and was a Quaker before the death of George Fox, the founder of the Society of Friends. When John Hiatt was about twenty one years of age, he married Mary Smith, the daughter of William and Grace Smith. What happened to them after their marriage in England if not clear, but there was a John Hiatt that was taken prisoner in Somerset-shore in 1683 (this date should probably be 1693) at the time the Quakers were persecuted. The record says that he lived in the village of Shipton Mallet. It may be the same John Hiatt, (then again it may not). At any rate, he turned up in Pennsylvania in 1699 and bought 300 acres of land in Bucks Co. for 350 Pounds. His deed is in the Courthouse at Doylestown, the seat of Bucks Co. John was about 26 years of age at this time, (his wife was 22). They had three small sons, the youngest a little baby.-There is another deed on record there, dated 1706 when John Hiatt bought some more land in Bucks Co. on the Delaware River that had originally belonged to William Penn. Further records show that John Hiatt was alive in 1726, but do not show how much longer he lived. His wife, Mary was alive in 1745 at the age of 78, but her death date is not known.-Each of the three sons became ancestors of large relationships. spouse: Smith, Mary Lois (1677 - 1745) - M. 1695 in England

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John Hiett's Timeline

April 27, 1676
Butleigh, Somerset, England
April 27, 1676
Street, Somerset, England
Age 19
Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA
February 28, 1698
Age 21
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Age 21
Doylestown, Bucks County, Province of Pennsylvania
Age 23
Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Age 25
Orange, Virginia, United States
Age 25
Age 27
Orange County, Virginia