, farmer, was born in March, 1815, in Switzerland County Co., Ind. where he was also reared, and is the second of the nine children of Benjamin and Lydia (STEWART) Heady, both natives of Ky. and pioneers of this county, whither they removed in 1852 and located in Smallwood Township when the land was drear and waste, and where they passed away - the father in 1870, and the mother in 1872. John A. Heady married in 1843, Miss Phebe, daughter of Abijah GRIMES, a large farmer and stock raiser who died in Vicksburg about 1868. This union produced four children, Lois, Lydia, Benjamin A. and T.C. (deceased). Mrs. Heady died in 1854, a member of the M.E. Church. Mr. Heady after renting land for several years, purchased, in 1852, eighty acres of his present farm, then in a wild and barren state; but he has now reclaimed and improved 160 acres, making a home of convenience and of value. He is a practical man and a much respected farmer.

History of Cumberland, Jasper & Richland Counties Illinois, by B.A. Battery & Co., Chicago 1884.
Transcription by Ruth A. Hoggatt