Mary DEARING was born on 19 Apr 1842 in Okehampton, Devon, England. She was christened on 8 May 1842 in Okehampton, Devon, England. She died in 1921 in Oregon. She was buried in IOOF Cemetery, Central Point, JACKSON, Oregon. Mary, the second child of Edward Dearing and Mary Sutton, was first listed in the Okehampton christening parish records. She was listed with her family in the 1851 census of Okehampton , Devon, England, just a few years before her family traveled to Canada. Mary married Thomas Head, who was thirteen years her senior, in the Church of England, Trafalgar township, Halton county, Ontario, Canada. Thomas Head and Mary's first three children were born in Ontario . It was a short time after 1870 that Thomas and Mary migrated to Scott county, Illinois. There could have been many reasons for their move to Illinois, but the most probable one is Mar y's two brothers, Edward and John, were living there. The Head family was enumerated in the 1880 census of Illinois. Thomas listed his occupation as farmer. According to the census record, Mary lived very near her brother, John. Two o f Thomas and Mary's sons were born in or near Lynnville, Illinois. They may have attended th e Liberty Church which is just outside of Lynnville. The only known picture that exists of Mary was taken at a family reunion held at Edward Deari ng's, Mary's brother, in Nebraska near the turn of the century. It is not know when the family moved from Illinois to Nebraska, but it is very possible that they lived with Mary's brother Edward Dearing. Thomas continued to support his family with farming. It was in Nebraska that Mary's oldest son Edward married and had at east two sons because in the 1900 census of Oregon Mary is listed with her youngest son Henry and her two grandsons Guy and Edward who were born in Nebraska. In the 1900 census the Head family was listed living in Modine township, Jackson county, Oregon. Thomas and Mary Head lived the rest of their life in Central Point, Oregon where they are both buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Central Point, Oregon.
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