John Heydinger Civil War Service Exemption

Created by Mike Heydinger on October 1, 2009      

Rumors have abounded within the family about John Heydinger's record - or lack thereof - of military service at the time of the Civil War. On story says that he was rejected for servcie because of a "low shoulder." Another says he went to Kansas during the war as part of the Cranberrry Township call-up because he lacked the $600 necessary to purchase a substitute.

We show here a record from 1864 that COULD be John Heydinger's exemption from service due to a "bad arm." No menttion is made as to which arm nor the nature of the malady to the arm.

Notice also that the certificate does NOT say John or Jean Heydinger but rather says Jacob Hedinger. Looks as if the Auditor was wrong on both accounts. There is no Jacob Heydinger of record in 1864 in Cranberry Township and then there is the little matter of the misspelling of the last name - again!

HELP!!! We need your HELP!!!

Posted by Mike Heydinger on October 15, 2009      

This is YOUR FAMILY WEBSITE. It will be successful only if YOU contribute. You do NOT have to be computer savy to help out. Contact us, and we'll git'er done!

We need Current Contact Information.

In order to keep all folks fully informed, we need CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION: street addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

Contact your siblings, your children away from home, your folks - anyone in the relation - to email us their current contact information. Send it to me at

If you are more comfortable with snail-mail, send any information to me at Mike Heydinger Box 112 Huron, OH 44839.

We need Family History Data.

Also, we would like to do a full page here of information on each branch of the original John Heydinger family. We will post histories of each branch, pictures as far back as we can get them, and any other interesting data about the branches - whatever YOU think ought to be up on the site. We ask you to send us digital files if possible. If you are not computer savy and still wish to make a contribution of materials to this site, please email us and we can arrange to either come to you or have materials shipped to us for scanning and then return to you.

PLEASE - on all pictures, identify each person with a recognizable face. If known, indicate the year and place the picture was taken. Protect your valuable pictures and documents with cardboard stiffeners!

We need Current Family Tree Information.

If you go to the FAMILY GENEALOGY TREE in the column to the right, you can open it by clicking on the RED words This Family Tree and locate your immediate family's limbs, branches, and twigs on the family tree.

The further back you go, the more accurate the information actually is. What we need most is more MODERN up-to-date information.

Locate your part of the family's information and update it for us, PLEASE. Email to us the new and improved data. Don't worry about formating the data. Just give us the names and important dates, tell us what generation they are in and under whose name they should go. Generation numbers are included just to the LEFT of each name.

In order to have the NEW information included in the revised tree, you MUST get it to us. We will maintain the original document in order to guarantee security. Sorry!