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Joachim Heydecker V

April 13, 1798-December 3, 1858 (import/export agent)

m. Elizabeth C. Creagh
1802-April 7, 1841
m. November 18, 1834

Joachim was born in Kempten, Bavaria. During his boyhood and youth, he was subjected to French influences and ideas which were prevalent in Bavaria at the time. As soon as Joachim was master of his own actions, probably at the age of 21, he left Bavaria and went to Le Havre where he entered a mercantile house trading with the newly established country of the United States. There he met Adolphe LeMoyne, five years his junior, also a clerk in a similar mercantile house nearby on the same street.

Joachim moved to America as the American representative for Bonaffe and Company of Le Havre, France, commision agents and bankers in Paris and Le Havre. Their principle business in America was in cotton. He spent his first years in New Orleans, then came to NYC around 1832. Here, he met Elizabeth Creagh, who had recently been divorced from Mr. George Chapman. The doctor was a brilliant physician, but a man of "intemperate and immoral life". On November 18, 1834, she was married to Joachim by Reverend Joseph Holdich, a methodist. After their marriage, they lived at 122 Green Street, NYC, where their son Edward Bonaffe Heydecker was born. Soon after his marriage, he persuaded his brother Christian to come to America, and in 1840 brought about a partnership between Christian and his brother-in-law, William Henry Creagh as Creagh & Heydecker.

" My beloved wife took sick on the 4th of March, 1841 and was delivered on the five between 4 and 5 o'clock of two boys. She continued ill until Saturday the 3rd of April when about half past 10 am, she was struck on the left side by paralysis. She continued in this state until the 7th of April at twenty minutes before 5 o'clock am, when her spirit left her mortal frame. She was buried on the 8th of April at 5 o'clock pm in our family vault #56 in the burying ground of the Methodist Episcopal Church at 18th street, where her two babies have also been deposited by her side."

Elizabeth Creagh died from complications of childbirth on April 7, 1841. After her death, Joachim moved to Brooklyn . He continued to work for bonaffe & Company, building a large and prosperous business. He held their power of attorney and acted for them in America.In 1848 Bonaffe and Co. dissolved without notice to J.H. their insolvency was withheld from Joachim and he knew nothing until the crash came. Rumours of difficulty were about, but on the assurances of principals, he persuaded several persons to accept their paper just prior to forfeiture. No one ever questioned his integrity or held him responsible, however, he used all of his personal means in paying them and in the same way employed all of his earnings after the failure until he had discharged in full all of the debts of Bonaffe & Company that he had assumed.

After the failure of B&C, he joined the abovementioned firm of Creagh & Heydecker, which later, upon the retirement of William Henry Creagh, became J & C Heydecker & Company, and so continued until his death. When he died he left only $15,000. The record of his death states that he died of dropsy, but his brother Christian stated that is was possibly a heavy cold that was neglected. Joachim was ill about a month.

Joachim was described as a man of reserved character and a rather stern expression, with a piercing black eye. He had few intimates, but was was said the be warm in freindship with those that possessed it. A passport issued to him in 1848 describes him as 46 (error) years of age, 5'6" tall with a medium forehead, dark brown eyes, aquiline nose, medium chin, black hair, dark complexion and a rather long face. He spoke French, German, and possibly Italian; he used French by preference, but had perfect command and fluency of English.


  1. Edward Bonaffe Heydecker
  2. Joachim Charles Heydecker Oct. 9, 1837-August 20, 1838
  3. Elise Caroline Heydecker
  4. Joachim Heydecker March 5, 1841-March 13, 1841
  5. Baby Boy March 5, 1841-March 6, 1841

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