The Crawford County Attraction

Created by Mike Heydinger on October 1, 2009      

What was the attraction of the John Adam Heydinger family to Crawford County in the first place?

The answer is that there were family relatives already living in the area, near present day Chatfield between Route 4 and New Washington.

The family name was Dallas. So how were they related? One has to go back one generation in the family to Pierre Heydinger, John Adam's father.

Pierre had married a Barbe Delesse. Some of her family members had emmigrated prior to John Adam's leaving the Alsace area. Upon their arrival in the New World - and we don't know when that was - their name was effectively changed - or misspelled at the point of entry - into Dallas.

How is that possible? Simple. Pronounce the namea "Delesse" but make the final e silent. What's it sound like? "Dallas

1) What attracted the family to the Crawford County area in the first place?

2) How did the family travel to that general vicinity?

3) Was Crawford County their intended destination?

4) Once in the Crawford County area, how did they acquire land for homesteading in the area?

Click on any of the questions above to learn the answers.

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!