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Rick Heiser

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This profile is part of the Clezie  Name Study.

An autosomal DNA test done in 2019 says my ancient ancestors were about 52% Hunter-Gatherers, 38% Farmers and 10% Metal Age invaders.

They were entirely European, coming mainly from West and Central Europe (79%), Northeast Europe (12%), and Southeast Europe (9%). The only puzzle is that last group. I’ve got no known ancestors from Southeast Europe. Who were they; how long ago?

My immediate ancestors - the last 3 or 4 generations - were all Northern European migrants to the New World:

Clezie ancestors from Berwickshire, Scotland moved to Edinburgh, then left Scotland after baby twins tragically died from measles; they migrated to Canada in 1832, settled near Montréal, later moved to Toronto, then across the Great Lakes to Cleveland;

Lockhart ancestors left Renfrewshire, Scotland and migrated to Canada; the first seems perhaps to have been a British soldier during the War of 1812; he was shown with his family in the 1831 census at Saint-Philippe, Québec, near Montréal.

Megert family members - 13 in all - left the canton of Bern, Switzerland in 1850; they sailed on the ship “St. Nicholas” from Le Havre, France, during the Christmas season, arrived at New York in January 1851; most of them later added “h” to the name making it Megerth. Why?

Heiser ancestors came from Hessen, in west central Germany, where they had been farmers and shepherds for centuries; they migrated to the United States in 1865, just as the Civil War ended, and settled at Cleveland, Ohio.

Schwab ancestors from Württemberg, in southwest Germany arrived in New York about 1872; they intermarried with other German migrants and ended up living at Cleveland;

Żarnowska was my Polish grandmother’s family name when she migrated to the U.S. in 1903, following her sister, who left home a year earlier; they settled at Cleveland. Żarnowski is the spelling for males, Żarnowska for females;

Tomoń was another Polish name but Poland had ceased to exist, swallowed up by its neighbours, so my grandparents were Austro-Hungarian subjects when they migrated in 1903; they met other Poles at Cleveland and soon got married.

Other family names among my ancestors were Bogaczewicz and Cieśla in Poland; Henderson and Lockie in Scotland; Schenk and Rupp in Germany; Iseli and Stalder in Switzerland.

I'm doing a one-name-study on the Clezie - Clazey - Clazie - Clazy - Clezy name, found here:


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Found some more on Raymond Wilson which I have posted.
posted by James LaLone
Regarding Raymond Wilson, I posted what I know, since his wife is from Washington I assue he resided there. Sorry.
posted by James LaLone
Rick, thanks for the helpful contribution to my great-uncle Graham-10090. I look forward to generous improvements to that profile.
posted by b Paulson

As part of a Data Doctor project, I came across the profile for James Geggie (Geggie-tw). That profile hasn't been cleaned since the merge and is showing up as a profile that needs editing and cleaning. Would you mind taking this on?

Thanks very much,


posted by Susan DeFoe

Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As we always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

Guy Constantineau - Wikitree leader

posted by Guy Constantineau
Thanks Rick,

I wrote to her about the discrepancy. Woodhill Cemetery in Copetown is in Ohio & this doesn't make any sense. But there is a Copetown Cmetery in Ancaster, near to where he died, so this is probably what is meant. She just approved the other merge of daughter Mary Jane, so hopefully this will follow.

posted by Dave Rutherford
Thank you Rick, It corrected I also added United Kingdom, as that was relevant from 1801.
posted by Doug Stewart
Thanks for all the updates!
posted by Shirley Heiser
Hi Rick,

Good to hear from you as well. My Teeple connection is more direct - a great great grandmother. I think that I have a later land petition for John Teeple in about 1824, which was granted. I will enter that when I find it in my bookmarks! I have come across the Cleazy name in my research in early New Jersey. But they were German and I see that your line is from Scotland.


posted by Dave Rutherford

These two look to be a match. Your Isabel has more detail than mine. Can you see if you agree?

Isabel Steele (Steele-4694) Isabel Steele (Steele-2154)

Thanks in advnce

posted by Ron McPhail

Rick is 22 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 23 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 21 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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