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Our Hedrick Lines, Descendants of John H. Hetrick/Hedrick

Updated February 26, 2004

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Various sources report that our Hedricks came from England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany. They may all be right. The Hedrick family appears to be of German origin, but they apparantly lived in Scotland for some time. John H. Hedrick/Hetrick apparently was from Scotland, although his parents were probably German. He may have married Louisa Lovi in Scotland. Descendants of John H.'s son John report that John H. was born in Ireland, so the family may have moved from Scotland to Ireland. Alternatively, John and his wife and older children may have left from a port in Ireland or England on their voyage to Pennsylvania, where they may have stayed for a short time before settling in Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina. It's enough to mix up anyone.
John Hedrick/Headrick/Hettrick had land in Lincoln County:
John received a land grant for 100 acres on the Middle Fork of Lyles Creek in Lincoln County, North Carolina, on 27 Nov 1792. I have a copy of the land grant. A number of men named Lyles were settlers in born Lincoln Co. in the 1790s. This information suggests that John Hedrick, who may have been an immigrant from Germany via Scotland, moved from PA to NC between 1790 and 1792. Later John H. Hetrick's son Peter Hedrick inherited land. Peter's son David inherited the land. David's son Robert Lee sold 29 acres of this land to a power company. This land was located at Oxford Dam, south of the Catawba River.
On the 1880 Census in Washington, Owen County, Indiana FHL Film 1254303 National Archives Film T9-0303 The son of John H. Hedrick, Conrod Hedrick, clearly states both of his parents were born in Scotland. John H. Hedrick and his family probably left Germany during the wars that was raging German and went to Scotland before John H. and his family moved to this country.
John Hedrick may have been born in Scotland and more than likely emigrated from Germany to Scotland and Ireland then to Pennsylvania, later to Lincoln County North Carolina. John H. Hetrick and his wife Louisa Lovi were probably of German extraction. Hedrick buzz and tradition in our family said the family was German. One of Conrad's granddaughters said that the Hedrick family was of " fine old German stock." Conrad's 1880 census report said both his parents were born in Scotland, but it looked like Germany had been erased and Scotland written over the word Germany. John, Jr., the son of John H. Hetrick was born in Ireland. It is pretty clear, this is the correct John, Jr., son of our John H. Hedrick. John, Jr., Hedrick.
Immigration records report Hedricks from Scotland arriving in New
England in the 1600s on slave ships. They apparently were originally from Germany. The Scottish Hedricks tended to spell the name Hattrick or Hamric; Conrad usually spelled his name Hettrick or Hetrick. He probably pronounced his name Coonrod, because that was how it was frequently written. Coonrod sounds like Conrad pronounced with a Scottish accent. Conrad's grandson, William Austin Hedrick said Conrad Hedrick spoke German. John Hedrick lived in a German community in North
Carolina. The bulk of this information indicates German lineage for the Hedricks, but does not rule out a generation or two of German Hedrick/Hettricks in Scotland and Ireland. Protestants left Germany in large numbers during the 1600s and 1700s, seeking religious freedom elsewhere.
Sources: Census, Bible records, Death Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Civil War records, the Catawba County Historical Society, Cousins in our Hedrick lines, Family letter's and Articles
A few websites have John Adam Heydrich is the same person as our John H. Hedrick. It just doesn't fit. But, I can see how this mistake happened. Our John didn't spell his name Heydrich.
"John Adam HEYDRICH, Sex: M Birth: 4 JUL 1763 in ,Lancaster,PA Death: 1799 in ,Lancaster,PA." <<<<< NOT OUR JOHN
OUR JOHN H. Hedrick and his descendants Trees are on this site in files.

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    TREE A. The first Gen. JOHN H. HEDRICK/HERRICK. IF you need the full tree as a Gedcom or another format, My address is at the end of this site. If you know you have PROOF or VERY close to PROOF that something is wrong on this site. PLEASE let me know. I am open as a book. ALL info will be shared with the rest of our Hedrick researchers. We all know NOTHING is Iron CLAD. Shirley Daveshwar.
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