Notes on Early History of the Heiney Family

By Arda Heiney Kenworthy

Jacob and Sebastion Heiney were redemptioners (an immigrant who bound himself into service for a stipulated time to pay for his passage from Europe). They came to America about 1750 from Darmstadt-Hesse, Germany. Jacob was about 17 and Sebastion about 15. Sebastion went to a place near Baltimore, no further record, probably returned to Germany. Jacob was a member of Penn's Artillery Regiment in the War of the revolution. Jacob lived near Lancaster, Penna. Grandfather Heiney's diary states: ``My great grandfather came from Germany before the Revolutionary War. Served as an officer in the war. Lived in Pennsylvania and played with Indian children when he was a boy, where Lancaster now stands.''

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