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Heidelbergs of Hardeman/Madison Co. TN and E. TX
Posted by: Bill Goss Date: February 28, 2002 at 00:10:01
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Does anyone have any information on the Heidelbergs who originated in Tennessee (apparently Madison County or Hardeman County) and finally ended up in Cherokee County, Rusk County, and Anderson County in East Texas? My gg-grandmother Rachel Heidelberg (marriage certificate spelling of Hadiburgh) married Henry Benjamin Cole in 1851. I believe her brothers were Samuel Heidelberg (1850 – Rusk County, Texas census; 1860 – Smith County, Texas census; 1870 – Anderson County, Texas census) and Richard Heidelberg (1850 – Madison County, Tennessee census; 1860 Cherokee County, Texas census). Rachel, Samuel, and Richard show a birthplace of Tennessee.

In the 1850 Madison County, TN census there were two Heidelberg boys. The first child, Richard, was living in the household of Thomas Lacy, and the second child identified as G.W. Heidelberg was living in the household of William H. Stone. There is some sort of Lacy connection here because Samuel was in 1850 living in the household of Laban Dodson and his wife Margaret Lacy (Dodson). Laban Dodson and Margaret Lacy lived in Madison County, TN before migrating to Rusk County in East Texas.

A third child Francis Heidelberg was living in the household of Henry Cowman in adjoining Hardeman County, Tennessee. These were the only Heidelbergs living in these counties in 1850. I suspect that they were orphaned, and were being raised by relations or friends of the family.

By the 1860 census, the Richard Heidelberg mentioned above had relocated to Cherokee County, Texas. This is where my gg-grandmother Rachel resided. Cherokee, Rusk, Smith, and Anderson Counties are all in close proximity to one another.

I think that all of these Heidelberg’s probably came from the same family. The only other Heidelberg I have so far been able to find in these counties was a Richard Heidelberg in the 1830 census of Hardeman County, Tennessee.

The census and other records of these Heidelbergs have shown spellings of Heidelberg, Heidleberg, Hudleberg, Hudleburg, Hidleberg, Hiddleberg, Hadiburgh, and so on. This is probably not an unusual occurrence with this name. However, because of the various spelling it has taken quite a while to determine the actual likely spelling of the surname, and to track down each of these people.

There has been quite a bit of information listed on this site in reference to the Heidelbergs of Mississippi, but I have not seen any information on Heidelbergs from Tennessee. Does anyone know if these Tennessee Heidelbergs are related to the Heidelbergs of Mississippi? The census records of Rachel (b. 28 Feb 1829), Samuel (b. abt. 1828/29), Richard (b. abt. 1835), G.W., (b. abt. 1839) and Francis (b. abt. 1842) all list birthplaces of Tennessee.

Any information that could be provided on these Heidelbergs would be much appreciated.


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