JEREMIAH HEAD

 

 

Mayor 1858 – 1859.

 

Member of the Liberal Party.

A Nonconformist – Member of the Society of Friends – Quakers.

Jeremiah entered the Council in 1835 as one of the first Aldermen for the Borough and continued a member of the Council in that capacity up to the time of his death.

 

Born: 24th January 1789, St. Mary le Tower, Ipswich.

 

Father: John Head, born 7th September 1759, Ipswich. John like his father, John Head, was a Wholesale Grocer. He was a Quaker and considered all mankind as his brethren. He was a Director of the Ipswich Humane Society, whose meetings were held at the Public Dispensary, St. Clement’s Fore Street, and a member of the Committee of the Bible Society. John died 10th April 1813, Ipswich. The funeral service was held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Ipswich. The remains enclosed in copper, and encased in a plain, mahogany coffin.

 

Mother: Mary Head (nee Seaman), born 1762, Colchester, Essex – died Monday, 14th April 1792, Ipswich.

 

Stepmother: Caroline Head (nee Bell), born 1770, Stamford Hill, Middlesex – died 9th December 1795, Ipswich. Laid to rest 18th December 1795, Friends Meeting House, Ipswich.

 

Paternal Grandfather: In 1758, John Head senior, a Quaker, moved his grocery business and family home from the Butter Market to the house of the late John Richman, a merchant, near the Cross Tavern on the Corn Hill, where he continued to sell groceries, cheese, sweets, raisin and currant wines, fine foreign Brandies, Jamaica Rums, British Brandy, and Compounds. He died in October 1782, Ipswich.

 

Siblings:

 

Mary Ann Head, born 4th January 1786, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich – died 6th February 1786, Ipswich. Laid to rest 12th February 1786, at the grounds of the Friends Meeting House, Ipswich.

 

Eliza Head, born 20th January 1787, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich – died 17th May 1787, Ipswich. Laid to rest 23rd May 1787, at the grounds of the Friends Meeting House, Ipswich.

 

John Head, born 19th January 1788, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich – died 22nd January 1790, Ipswich. Laid to rest 29th January 1790, at the grounds of the Friends Meeting House, Ipswich.

 

John Head, born 19th October 1791, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich – died 12th February 1792, Ipswich. Laid to rest 19th February 1792, at the grounds of the Friends Meeting House, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1841   Woodbridge Road, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.

 

Jeremiah was 52 years old, an Independent. He was married and head of the household.

Mary, 40.

John, 9.

Thomas, 8.

Henry, 6.

Jeremiah, 5.

George, 4.

Charles, 3.

Mary, 1.

Maria Cadbury, 40, a visitor.

1 governess.

5 female house servants.

 

1851   Hill House, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

 

Jeremiah was 62 years old, a Landed and Funded Gentleman. He was married and head of the household.

Mary, 50.

John, 19, an Engineer’s Apprentice.

Thomas, 18, an Engineer’s Apprentice.

Henry, 16, a Banker’s Clerk.

Charles, 12.

Mary, 11.

Albert, 6.

William Janson, 45, an Underwriter, born London.

1 governess.

1 cook.

1 nurse.

1 housemaid.

 

1861   Norwich Road, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

 

Jeremiah was 72, an Alderman and Magistrate. He was married and head of the household.

Mary, 60.

Charles, an Iron Founder’s Clerk.

Mary, 21.

Albert, 16, an Insurance Broker’s Clerk.

3 female house servants.

 

SOURCES: Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

 

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