Johannes Vogt Anglicized Fite - was one of three brothers referred to
in the Foreword who landed in Philadelphia September 28, 1749. He came from
the province of Hessen-Kassel which joined Vogtland in Saxony. He and
Catharine were not married until after they arrived at Philadelphia. The
ship bearing most of their clothes and money never came to port and Johannes
went to work for a millwright near Philadelphia and learned the trade.
Several of his children were born there. He later moved to Sussex Co. New
Jersey, about 1754, where he followed his trade as a millwright. He
furnished General Green's army with some of his supplies during the
Revolutionary War. He and his family belonged to the Lutheran Church, known
as old "Greenwich Church," which is still in use.
and his wife, Catharine, reared a large family. The names of only nine of
these children have been preserved however; possibly because these were the
children who went to North Carolina, thence to Tennessee, forming what is
now known as the Tennessee branch.
Children of Johannes and Catharine Fite were:
- Leonard (Our Direct Ancestor)
All of these brothers served in the Revolutionary War according to records
from old "Granny." The war records of John and Leonard were found in
Washington, D. C.. Search was not pursued for the record of the others.
Saffell gives the name of John Fite in the list of Capt. Hazlett's "Minute
Men" under Col. McKinney, in the Continental Army, during the Revolution. He
served under Capt. William White, James Anderson, Mackey, David Phillips and
The main objective of the authors of this
booklet is to give the genealogical and biographical records of the direct
ancestors of Thomas Bethel Fite and his descendants, who founded the New
Mexico branch of Fite's. However, during the past few years many Fite's have
migrated to these far Western states and in order to facilitate, to a
limited extent, the establishing of family relationships, the names of the
descendants of these direct ancestors are listed through the fifth
generation, except descendants of the brothers of Leonard
(our direct ancestor)
are to the third generation.
Children of Peter Fite
(brother of Leonard)
, son of Johannes, were:
No records are given for children of Catharine, Conrad, Jacob, Mary and
, son of Johannes, insofar as listed were:
, son of Johannes, (Names of only four given), were: