|Edward Jackson Head
Born August 22, 1852
||Edward Jackson Head, a progressive and enterprising agriculturist of Cass township, Jones county, where he owns and operates a good farm of one hundred and forty acres, was born in Clinton county, Iowa, on the 22d of August, 1852. He is a son of W. A. and Ann Head, both natives of England, where the former was born in 1812 and the latter in 1818. They were married across the waters and came to Iowa in 1850, locating in Clinton. The father was a carpenter, cabinet-maker and upholsterer, and followed that line of activity after his arrival in this country, while be also devoted some time to farming. He and his wife both passed away in Jackson county, Iowa, his death occurring when he had reached the seventy-fifth milestone on life's journey, while his wife was called to her final rest at about the same age. Their family consisted of eight children, namely: Ann Gregory, of Dewitt, Iowa; Ellen, who married Walter Johnson and resides in Rock Island, Illinois; W. A., deceased, who served for two years in the Civil war as a member of the Eighth Iowa Cavalry; George, who has also passed away; Martha, of Welton, Clinton county, Iowa; Edward Jackson, of this review; John, who makes his home in Jackson county; and Frank, also of that county.
Edward Jackson Head was but a small lad when he removed with his parents to Jackson county, the family home being established near Fulton, and within the borders of that county he was reared to manhood. He acquired his education in the district schools and at the same time assisted his father in the work of the fields, thus acquiring a good knowledge of the best methods of plowing, planting and harvesting. He remained under the parental roof until 1880, in which year he came to Jones county and for one year was engaged as a farm hand by the month. He then carried on agricultural pursuits as a renter for a similar period, at the expiration of which time he purchased eighty acres of his present farm, located on section 1. Later he added another eighty-acre tract on section 2 and then sold twenty acres, so that his property today consists of one hundred and forty acres. The soil is naturally rich and productive, and under his careful management has been brought to a high state of cultivation. He has made many improvements upon the place and everything about it indicates that he keeps in touch with the modern spirit of progress.
Mr. Head was united in marriage in 18811 to Miss Sarah Mahala Mayberry, a daughter of Alexander and Jane (Walker) Mayberry, natives of Pennsylvania. She was born in Jackson county, Iowa, in 1856, and passed away in 1900, her loss being mourned by a large number of warm friends. By her marriage with Mr. Head she had become the mother of two children, namely: Nettie Jane, the wife of W. I. Darrow, of Adair county, Iowa, by whom she has one son, Edward; and Mamie Ann, who resides at home with her father.
In politics Mr. Head is a republican, giving stalwart support to the principles of that party, while fraternally he is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America at Monticello. He has gained an extensive circle of friends during the period of his residence in Cass township, his genuine personal worth commending him to the confidence and esteem of all with whom he comes in contact.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 518.
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