According to my records my gggGrandfather Mathias Heist(b. 1796 d.1874) emigrated to upstate NY (Lancaster area) from somewhere in Germany (Weurttemburg?).He was naturalized with this name in 1840.He was married to a Christina ??? and they had two known children- Mathias Jr (b. 7/24/1828 d. 4/12/1868) and Susan.
Is there a possibility that the Heist name was the result of a clerical error or mispronunciation?Any help would be greatly appreciated-