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Texas Salzburger (#47245191)
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Bio Photo My wife and I stumbled onto a very long family history of mine in Georgia in July 2009 a couple months before our son was born, and finding tombstones has been one of the things we have been trying to do along with gathering other information on my relatives. Very interesting way to find more family history, and we've found dozens of family members that there was no family record of anywhere else in the large and extensive family line. We're always looking for family connections with other Heidts we don't know of, and tombstones to document names, birth and death dates we don't know for certain, so if anyone has info that might help we'd sure appreciate it. Finding the locations of the tombstones of my relatives and documenting them here with memorials is helping us find huge amounts of information about my family. The homepage I've linked here is the starting point of my family tree, starting with me. The help we've gotten from members here has been really fantastic and helped filling in quite a bit of family information with names and dates we didn't have, so thank you all for your help. Most are just fantastic and go far out of their way to help.

It's been an amazing few months finding out that there has been at least one Heidt from my family line and the different Heidt descendants that fought in every war since the Revolutionary War, through to Vietnam. Probably the first Gulf War and the current war too but we don't know of all the cousins in the line from the 40s through current day since you can't get the census info past 1930 for now. By far, 90% or more of the research we've done is on the Heidt line I come from, tracing all the way up as far as we can, then down as far as we can through all the descendants. We've done some on the families through my other grandfather and my grandmothers, but mostly it's been the Heidt line because there's so much on it. We've been trying hard to link all the Heidt's from my line that we can on here, because that's proving to yield more and more info the more people we link together with the memorials, but it's such a large family going back to the 1740s, it will be a while before it's all on here linked together.

This has all been so fun the past few months because my sisters and I didn't know anything of our family before our Dad'd Dad until six months ago when our son Joey was born. We were checking on my grandfather's name to name Joey after him because my Dad really liked the idea of that. My grandfather died when my Dad was only 12. He was a train engineer and the boiler exploded and he stayed on to stop the train so no one got killed but breathing the hot coal gas did a lot of damage to his heart and lungs and he died a year later in May of 1953. So my Dad didn't know of any of the family before my grandfather, and my grandmother lived in Texas all her life so she didn't know any of it really.

When my grandfather left Georgia/Florida where most of the family was, he went into the Army Corps of Engineers and was in Panama during construction of the canal, and when he got out of the Army, he became an engineer in Texas, so when he died in 53, it was 1500 miles from all the family before him, and we had no knowledge of it until we researched my grandfather's name and found he was named after his father, so Joey was the III, and from there we found out the whole Salzburger history going back to 1749 when John George Heidt, I, came to Georgia from the region of Salzburg, most of the family being in Effingham and Chatham county through till the Civil War. In December 2010 we were able to verify with Georgia burial records that John George Heidt, I's father was Israel Christian Heidt, the earliest Heidt to come to the Colonies, both of them being buried at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Rincon, Georgia. Israel arrived sometime before John, most likely around 1735. Finding out over 270 years of family history that I never knew about till September of 2009 has REALLY been amazing. I never knew I belonged to the kind of family that I ALWAYS thought it would be so amazing to come from. Knowing that now is such a great thing. And we keep finding out more about the family by tracking down where as many as possible of my relatives are buried.

If you live in Effingham or Chatham or some other Georgia Counties, and even in Florida and South Carolina and find some Heidt's there, if you can please take pictures and share them and whatever cemetery records you saw, I'd very much appreciate it so we can document more of my family and record their burial sites with more memorials and tombstone pictures. Thanks very much.


Texas Salzburger passed away August 31st. I'm his widow and am working on the account right now, but another family researcher will be taking over this account very soon.
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Lynn Turner
54363811 Emily E Downing Heidt
My condolences on the death of your husband. He did a wonderful job on his memorials and that is so much appreciated.
Emily's first husband,J J Christmas, as Texas surmised, did indeed die in the Civil War. He passed away from disease at Chattanooga, Tenn. on Aug 10 1862.I don't know where he is buried.
Perhaps whoever is managing the memorials for Texas Salzburger would like to add this information to Emily's page.
Thank you for all you do for findagrave.
~Lynn Turner
Added by Lynn Turner on Sep 30, 2017 8:47 PM
Darleen Miller
I am so sorry to learn of Texas Salzburger's death. We have corresponded on our research a few times in the past, but it has been awhile. I'm very saddened for your loss.
Added by Darleen Miller on Mar 17, 2017 7:10 AM
RE: Eliza Heidt-11682933
Thank you for moving Mrs. Heidt to the correct cemetery. These are not my memorials. I went through Lebanon and photographed all of the graves.
After I post all of the pictures I attempt to clean up all of the mistakes of other people. This just happened to be one of them. I haven't gotten to posting all of my pictures for Steep Bottom so her husband wasn't really involved in the errors, but thanks for letting me know where he is buried. It doesn't seem right to ask the other lady to delete her memorial when she did her's correctly so therefore I am gonna refer the problem to Find A Grave. Thank you again for your assistance. Wimsang
Added by Wimsang on Mar 01, 2017 6:33 AM
RE: Eliza Heidt-11682933
You quite obviously have not paid any attention to the previous 4 mails that I have sent.
1. I surveyed and photographed Lebanon and there "is not" a grave for Mrs. Heidt.
2. I did find a grave for Mrs. Heidt at Steep Bottom Baptist a few miles from Lebanon. Pictures have been posted.
3. The picture posted to the memorial at Lebanon is in reality Steep Bottom.
4. What is your source? You failed to say.
5. I am only trying to correct records. If someone goes to Lebanon searching for a grave they won't find one.
6. There is also a memorial at Steep Bottom for this lady 109570908 and her husband. What will it take to get thru to you that Lebanon is not the burial location and you need to delete your memorial. Any help will be appreciated and also I suppose Find A Grave should get involved. Thanks, Wimsang
Added by Wimsang on Feb 28, 2017 12:21 PM
eliza heidt-11682933
Is this account active? Please let us know. Wimsang
Added by Wimsang on Jan 24, 2017 8:25 PM
Eliza Heidt-11682933
Mrs. Heidt is not buried at Lebanon Methodist Church Cemetery. She is buried at Steep Bottom Baptist Church, Hampton County. Pictures are posted. Would you please delete this memorial? Thanks, Wimsang
2nd attempt
Added by Wimsang on Jan 15, 2017 6:43 PM
Origin of Heidt name
I'm intrigued by the posted information regarding the origin of the Heidt surname. Among the variant spellings for the name that means "a dweller on or near where heather grows" are: HEIDEMANN, HEIDEMAN, HEIDE, HEYDE, HAID, HAIDLER, HEEDE, HEIDEMA and HEDE. The German word for moorland is "Haideland," and although the feminine form of "Heide" means heath or heather, the masculine form actually means pagan, heathen or gentile. "Heidt" is not a word in German.

It's possible that some Jewish families who converted to Christianity adopted (or were given) the surname Heide (Heidt) to reflect that change, deliberately playing on a word that means the opposite of Jew. But to suggest that it is "recognized as a Jewish-only name" without offering evidence of definitive research and documentation stretches credulity. Smith and Jones are also names you will find listed in Jewish Year Books, but that certainly doesn't make them Jewish names. If validated research exists with regard to the name, I would be very interested in learning more about it, because the linguistic history could be fascinating.


Added by BLBgenie on Dec 28, 2014 2:01 PM
Lisa G
Fernando Goggans Sr
F W Goggans Sr died in 1943 I have attached his obit. He was my husbands great uncle.
Added by Lisa G on Nov 17, 2014 8:53 PM
Faye Bunton
Lydia Ann Zittrauer
I was looking on find a grave and saw that you posted a copy of Lydia's death certificate. She is my husband's great step grandmother and there has got to be a mix up on her certificate. I have been to the public library in Savannah Ga. ( where I live) and the Savannah Morning news has her Obituary printed on Aug.8, 1923.. it is in Section 2, page 11 column 4... I have a copy of it. Her headstone is correct. Thought you may want to know
Added by Faye Bunton on Nov 03, 2014 6:08 AM
Carolyn Gilleece
children of Abiel
I am interested in proving that John Heidt shown on the 1820 census of Effingham Co. GA is the john Heidt who was in Twiggs co.GA on the 1830 census. He married Sarah Thomas in Bulloch County GA which is ajacent to Effingham. I believe him to be a son of Abiel Heidt. He was born between 1790 and 1799 as per census. He married Sarah Thomas in 1814. that leads me to believe he was born 1790-1794. Any information on this family greatly appreciated. John and Sarah are parents of Ann Margaret Heidt Barrington my 2nd great grandmother.
thanks for you kind reply, Caroline
(Carolyn Painter Gilleece)
Added by Carolyn Gilleece on Sep 28, 2014 7:18 AM
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