The History of Wyandot Co, OH includes this biography:
"GEORGE HEISTAND was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, January 28, 1832, son of Daniel and Nancy (Krans) Heistand, natives of Pennsylvania, and of Dutch descent. His parents were married in Fairfield County, and in 1837 moved to Wood County, where they purchased and cleared a farm of forty acres which they sold in 1844. They then moved to Seneca County, and, after eight years, to this county, locating in Tyinochtee Township, where Mrs. Heistand died. Mr. H. died in Indiana. George, the subject of this sketch, was married, August 9, 1855, to Mary E. Van Gundy, a resident of this township, native of Ross County, Ohio, and daughter of Michael and Hannah (Eyestone) Van Gaudy, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio respectively, and of German descent. Mr. and Mrs. Heistand have two sons-William H., born July 17, 1856, and Isaac, born February 22, 1859. In October, 1856, Mr. Heistand moved to the farm of eighty acres where he now resides. He is a successful farmer and a strong Republican, well respected in his community."
Residences & events:
7/21/1860 Sycamore, Wyandot Co, OH. The census recorded George "Heaston" at age 27 and Elizabeth at 36. They had 2 sons, Henry, 4, and Isaac, 2. Living with them was 25 year old Nick Burr, no occupation. George was a farmer with property worth $2500.
7/23/1870 Same place. Listed that year in the census, again as George Heaston, at age 38, he was still farming and the value of his estate had grown to $5000/880. Wife Mary E was 45 and the two boys, William and Isaac, were 13 and 10 respectively.
6/11/1880 Still at the same place. Finally the census got the family's name correct at Heistand. By then George was 50, Mary E was 56 and still at home was son Isaac, 21, along with his wife Mary D, 14. George and Isaac were both farmers.
George's obit was in the Tiffin Daily Tribune, Tiffin, Seneca Co., OH:
"Heistand- George Heistand, a well known Farmer, died at his home, near S ycamore, Thursday afternoon age 75 years. He was a native of Fairfield County and is survived by one son, Isaac, residing on the home farm. Mr . Heistand was a member of the 144th O. V. I. in the civil war. The fune ral will be held at the United Brethren church, in Sycamore, Tuesday morn ing, at 9:30. Reverend J. N. Holmes will officiate. "