From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 612-613


John Headley was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1828, a son of Reuben and Louisa Headley, the former a native of New Jersey and the latter of Virginia.  In 1849 the family came to this township and settled on section 16, where the father died in 1860 aged sixty-six years.  The mother lives with her daughter, Mrs. Hannah Cross, of Pleasant Lake.  Twelve children came with them to this county, eleven of whom are living -- John, Mrs. Cross, Mrs. Nancy Williamson, Mrs. Mary Gilbert and Wheeling live in this county; Joseph and Reuben, in Missouri; Mrs. Sarah Jane Fox, in Kansas; Mrs. Emma Myers and Mrs. Louisa Phillips, in St. Joseph County, Ind.; and Charles, in Williams County, Ohio. In 1849 John Headley bought thirty-six acres of land on section 16, and deeded it to his mother.  In 1851 he bought for himself forty acres on the same section, and commenced making a home, at the same time helping to improve the home of his parents.  He was married Nov. 9, 1853, to Susan Hubbell, who was born in the State of New York, July 13, 1833.  To them were born five children, three of whom are living -- Edwin E., Edgar, and Minard U. J. Cary J. died at the age of six years, and Mordant died in infancy.  They also adopted a daughter -- Rettie.  Mrs. Headley died April 11, 1882.  June 24, 1883, he married Harriet Hood, who was born in DeKalb County, Ind., March 23, 1860.  Mr. Headley, by industry, frugality and good management, assisted by a most estimable wife, has accumulated a good property.  He has added to his first purchase till he now owns 280 acres of finely improved land.  His present fine residence bears no resemblance to the home of his newly wedded life.  He makes a specialty of stock-raising and has some of the finest animals in the township.  In politics he is a Republican.  He is one of York's best citizens and has held several offices of trust and responsibility; among others has served as Road Supervisor twenty-one years.


Submitted by Kim Davoli