My greatgrandfather, Oliver Heater came to America from Germany as a bond servant for his passage. He was born in 1851. Eventually he lived in Bedford, Iowa, married to Clarissa Jane Chaney. I have wondered if he bonded himself to a relative, hence his arrival in Iowa. Do you know of an ancestor named Oliver from Germany? My grandfather was born in Bedford. Later Oliver(after his wife's death in 1909)settled near his 4 sons in St. Joseph, MO and Elwood, Kansas.
Just a thought
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