Henry Heth (Colonel)
American Revolutionary War
Heth owned several coal mines in the area now known as Midlothian in northwestern Chesterfield County. Colonel Heth participated in working the Railey family's coal pits and became the owner of the Black Heath coal pits. Colonel Heth owned slaves, and prior to the American Civil War (and emancipation), the mines were largely worked with African Americans, mostly slaves.
Manchester, at the head of navigation on the James River, was the closest export port for Heth's coal.
Colonel Heth's son, Captain John Heth (1798–1842), who served during the War of 1812, established a home along the (old) Buckingham Road near the Black Heath mines. It was at this home that his grandson, future Confederate Major General Henry Heth was born in 1825, about four years after Colonel Heth's death in Savannah, Georgia in 1821.
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