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Ettel Heidecker

c.763 AD (knight)

m. Elsbeth Gobbelschroy

Ettel lived in the Forest of Ardenne about the year of 763 A.D. at the Heideck stronghold on a mountain top protected against the attacks of the Frisians, who at the time were still heathen, and for this reason Heideck was the name given to this stronghold (Heid-deck). In the fight with these Frisians, he took the Frisian duke prisoner and for this was rewarded by the Frankish King Charles the Great with the castle and estate in Ohlenhaid on the Frisian border. For this he also wore as helm ornament a white buffalo horn and on his shield a tree, that is a willow tree, along with the ancient mark of his race, the buffalo head. These arms have been adopted for posterity as characteristic and hereditary coat of arms, and the right to them was confirmed by the German King Conrad III in a special charter of heraldry.

Eric Heidecker

c.907-933 AD (knight)

m. Mechtilde

In the year of 907 A.D, there lived at the Heideck castle an Eric called the Heidecker, who seems to have been the only one of the family at that time. He fought the Huns at the Battle of Merseburg in 933, and died at the battle. His widow Mechtilde left the old castle Heideck to her oldest son Conrad Heidecker, but sold the estate in Ohlenhaid and with the proceeds founded a memorial chapel, built on the spot pointed out by her husband's squire as his death place. She and her daughter Adelhaid then entered the St. Augustinian cloister at Merseburg. The other daughter previously died. The stock of the previously mentioned Conrad died out in the year 1236 with Andreas Heidecker.

Children:

  1. Conrad Heidecker
  2. AdelhaidHeidecker
  3. Freidrich Heidecker
    c. ?-955 (commercial trader)
    The Heidecker stock did continue to flourish at Merseburg where the brother of Conrad settled. His name was Friedrich Heidecker, and he carried on a commercial business. He traveled frequently to Italy, dealing chiefly in linen to trade for gold, silver, spices, and wines. He was well known for his prowess with the sword and shield. He died in 955 of great age, with honors and riches.

    Children:
    Freidrich Heidecker
    m. Maria Grossenhain
    Freidrich lost all the property in 1007. There were seven children borne of this marriage, however only one son is known.

    Children:
    Conrad Heidecker (merchant trader)
    m. ? Luzzarini
    At the age of 21, Conrad seized his sword and went to Lombardy, where he won the daughter of the merchant prince Luzzarini at Milan, who constrained him to become a merchant as well. Conrad returned to Merseburg with his wife and there conducted business in connection with his father-in-law and his sons in Milan. He left three sons.

    Children:
    1. Ulrich Heidecker (left no male descendents)
    2. Freidrich Heidecker
    3. ? Son (became the Abbot of St. Mauritius near Merseburg)
    Friedrich Heidecker, the second son, moved to Leipzig, where he also became a merchant prince.

    In 1445, three of his descendents are still found there:
    1. Berthold Heidecker (merchant trader)
    2. Baron Conrad Heidecker (merchant trader)
    3. Friedrich Heydecker (lawyer)

The blood lines of the first two had long since died out, but a grandson of Friedrich Heidecker was found to have been:

Albert Heidecker

c. 1496 (private physician to Emperor Maximillian)

His grandson was:

Ulrich Heydecker

c.1565

Ulrich was the private physician to Emperor Charles V, whom he accompanied to Italy, Spain and other countries. He married Anna Hernandez (of Seville) and collected the foregoing information and deposited it in the Vienna archives, but on account of his travelling, it is not known where he settled and for this reason there is no further information from the year 1565 on.

[Above information found at the Vide European Arms and Family Data Library in Vienna.]

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