It's good to hear from another Heidelberg. Did any of your early ancestors come to America about 1720 or eariler? Many of us on this list are descended from Christian Heidelberg, see message 46. We don't know where/when he was born. We have always assumed in Germany about 1690. The International Ancestry Guild in London has records of a Christian Heidelberg sailing four times from Rotterdam to America between April 1710 and December 1716. It isn't known if this is one man sailing four times or four different men. There is an unproven story about Christian being the son of a German father and an Italian mother. This could be true as many people in Southern Germany are of Roman/Italian ancestry. Christian's father is said to have owned a fleet of merchant ships and Christian was aboard one as his agent when the ship wrecked off the coast of North Carolina. Christian was evidently an educated man as he served as a deputy marshal and participated in the affairs of local government so he must have had a working knowledge of the English language. We'll probably never know the truth of his life before 1720.