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Head, Bigger
Head, Bigger
TitleHead, Bigger
Photo Number003125.JPG
CollectionDigital Image Collection (Western Illinois University)
KeywordsMacomb Resident Residents Bigger Head Person Persons People Man Men Bardolph
Subject HeadingMcDonough County--Residents (Head, Bigger)
DescriptionMcDonough County farmer. At one time, "Uncle Bigger" Head was considered the oldest citizen of Bardolph, Illinois. He was born October 12, 1812. In the winter of 1838, Mr. Head taught the three months' school, held in a house near the graveyard.

"Our oldest citizen is now nearing his hundred year mark. He is 98 years and 2 months old. He is at present in good health and hopefully looking forward to spending his hundredth birthday with us. He owes his rugged constitution chiefly to an active, industrious life, and much also to his sturdy Scotch-Irish ancestry. He is a native of Highland County, Ohio, and was born October 12, 1812. His parents are William and Mary McLaughlin Head, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively, the former being directly descended from the Scotch and the latter from the Irish. In a family of fourteen children, Bigger was the fifth. As he grew to manhood he early took up the work on the farm and finally helped in its management. Thus his education was cut short, all that he was able to secure being from the subscription schools which were run at that time and which he attended irregularly through the winter. He remained loyally at home, though, until 21 years of age.

June the 20th, 1855, he was united in marriage to Mary Lucas, the daughter of a pioneer of Highland County, who also lived a long and useful life which came to a close Feb. 17, 1905, at the age of 90 years. At the age of forty Mr. Head moved westward, landing in McDonough County, where he bought three-fourths of a section of land on sections 23 and 26. Later in 1872 he bought 170 acres in Macomb Township, where he lived until 1895 when he purchased property in Bardolph and moved there to spend the rest of his days. Of late years since the death of his wife he has lived with his children. It is the pride of his children to have their father with them and each eagerly awaits the time when it comes their turn to see to his comfort. Just within the last few years Mr. Head has made several trips all alone to other states visiting his friends and relatives and making his way here and there almost as well as a much younger man.

To himself and devoted wife were born eleven children: Harriet E., Ellen, James, Catherine, Marie. Richard, Jennie, Newton, Alice, John and Hetty."

[From the History of Bardolph, Illinois (by Archie O. Heck and others, published 1911)]
Aux. Photo# Other003125.TIF
Location of Original PhotoHistorical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, 1907, by Newton Bateman, p. 834. Also Macomb/McDonough County Residents Album A-J
RightsWIU Libraries Archives & Special Collections -- All Rights Reserved. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, contact the WIU Archives and Special Collections at malpass-archives@wiu.edu.
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