Heyen Introduction (Meeting me!)
My name is Stacie Heyen. I actually have a blog in the cyberworld, but the last few months, it has been giving me fits, so I am glad I found this site.
I guess I should start from the beginning. The first Heyen's (of my line) to come to the states was Gerd Gerdes Heyen, born 1843 in Strackholt, Germany. He came to the US in 1866, I have a copy of his ship record. Family lore has it that he came with his brother and sister, but that isnt true, they showed up a couple of years later.
Gerd had a brother named John, and a sister named Meta. Meta married a man named John Rodemocher, and John married a woman named Folka Nordbrock. Meta and her husband settled in Nebraska, while John and Folka settled in Menard County, Illinois. I do not know where Gerd lived between 1866-1879. I do know that he met his wife, (and my 2nd great grandmother) sometime around 1875, as Sedina Freeman, showed up in the states between 1876-1878, and lived with her sister in Holt, Mo (which is right next to Richardson County, Ne, where everyone ended up settling). I have found a marriage record for Sedina's sister, and for Sedina and Gerd in Holt, Mo. Theirs is dated 9 Mar 1879. They live in Richardson County, Ne in 1880.
They had four children. Tom, John, George and Ricka. John never married. George married Marie Garrells, and they had 9 children. Tom married Betty Boehm, she was from Menard County, Illinois, they married 1912. Ricka married Michael Gerdes, they lived in Richardson, County, and had three children. Ricka died in 1915.
Tom and Betty lived in Humboldt, Richardson, Ne from 1912, until the early 1930's farming and raising their two children, then moved to Oakford, Menard, Illinois. They had two children, Diana Marie, and Charles George. Diana (Or Aunt Marie) married Ray Moyer of Richardson County, Ne. They too moved to Oakford along with Tom and Betty and Charles. In about 1940, Charles moved to NY to go to missionary school, and met his future wife, Henrietta Scott. Charles went to Honduras (now Belize) for about 4 or 5 years, and then came back in 1947, and he and Henrietta married, and lived in Kilbourne, Illinois where my father was born in 1949.
Okay, so that gives you an idea of my dads side of the family, well the Heyen's anyway, of course I have tons more, his mothers family (which is a complete mystery) and of course my mothers side. But I will slowly get to those!!