My ancestor Johan(n) Adam Heckman(n) came to America with his brother, Johannes, and their families via the ship “Albany” – which arrived in Philadelphia on September 2, 1749. Within a year, these families moved westward and settled in or near the town of Red Hill, Upper Hanover Township in the Goshenhoppen area of Montgomery County PA. The St. Paul’s Lutheran church records there noted that a new church was built in 1750 because ten families from the "Albany“ joined them - among them, the two Heckman families. Adam and his family spent the next decade in the Red Hill area, and added four more children to the fold. Another Heckman brother joined them there in 1758 (Johan(n) Peter; he later moved to Ruscomb Manor Township, Berks County PA - and then Northampton County PA). By December 1760, my Adam – a weaver by trade - was able to purchase from Nicholas Seitzinger a 500 acres “plantation” in Alsace Township, Berks County PA.
Of interest to this mailing list: there were several other Heckman/Hickman family lines living in Red Hill both BEFORE and AFTER my family lived there in the mid-1700s. So far, two of those family lines have been proven via DNA testing to be distantly related to my family line: one tied to another Heckmann family in our native Rothenberg in Odenwald, Hessen, Germany (that eventually settled as Hickmans near Pittsburgh and elsewhere); another tied to another Heckmann family line that has yet to be determined. A descendant from a third family line contacted me recently and indicated that he is going to have his DNA tested; I presented my research at a family reunion this summer of a fourth family line that I hope will be tested soon (and is possibly related to the second family line). A fifth family line was said by a dear departed cousin to possibly be from Wilhelmsfeld – a town in Hessen that is just 14 miles west of Rothenberg (and home to the Heckmans that settled in Nova Scotia).
There could be a couple of Heckman/Hickman family lines - or more - from Red Hill PA that have yet to be researched! Another Hickman family (whose DNA is more closely related to me than any of the others mentioned so far) moved to Mexico more than 200 years ago – and they may be directly tied to one of the many Red Hill Heckman/Hickman family lines. Y-DNA testing has been essential in determining family relationships - both here in the Americas, and in Germany as well. Your contributions are greatly appreciated; to learn more, please contact me, see my recent post at: http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.heckman/467/mb.ashxhttp://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.heckman/467/mb.ashx or check-out my website at: https://sites.google.com/site/heckmanfamilysite/home/heckman
Thanks, Jeff Heckman Penfield, NY firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.google.com/site/heckmanfamilysite/home