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View Tree for Thomas HeadyThomas Heady (b. 1728, d. August 12, 1794)

Thomas Heady was born 1728 in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey597, and died August 12, 1794 in Bloomfield, Nelson County, Kentucky597. He married Rebeckah Stillwell on June 24, 1749 in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey597, daughter of Nicholas Stillwell and Mary Throckmorton.

 Includes NotesNotes for Thomas Heady:
He moved from New Jersey to Fayette Co. PA ca1769 (it also encompassed Bedford and Westmoreland Counties) and then on toBourbon Co. KY (which became Nelson Co. KY). ca1790.

In 1769 Thomas Heady received a tract of land in Fayette Co. PA but it was still taxed by Bedford Co. VA; the area also became Bedford, Westmoreland, Monongalia counties. Virginia failed to protect the area from Indians as did Pennsylvania. This is one reason why the Headys moved to Kentucky. They were on the 1792 Nelson Co. KY tax list.

Taken from Ruth Hoggatt's website:

Thomas Heady's will, located in Nelson Co., KY 1799:

"In the name of God amen I Thomas Heady of the county of Nelson & the state of Kentucky being of sound sense and memory at present but being sick & weak in body do make this my last will and testament in the manner & form following, towit,
First my desire is that all my just debts be first paid,
Item - I lend unto my beloved wife Rebeckah Heady one third part of the land whereon I live during her natural life. I also lend unto my said wife my negro woman called Pheby and her child Siody during her natural life, and also lend to my said wife during her natural life one third part of every other species of property that I possess together with all debts due.
Item - I give and bequeath to my son Stillwell Heady two thirds of the land I live on, and at my wife's death I give to my said son Stillwell Heady to pay to the other of my legatees the sum of thirty pounds in good trade which land I give to my son--Stillwell Heady and his heirs or assigns forever he pay thirty pounds in trade as above and at my wife's death my desire is that all my personal property and negroes be sold and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided amongst my children namely Thomas Heady, Martha Goodin, Elizabeth Collins, Rebekah Drake, James Heady, Mary Silkwood, and Charity Sturgeon, my son Stillwell Heady to have three years after my said wife's death to pay the above mentioned thirty pounds in ---
Lastly I appoint my wife Rebeckah Heady executrix, my sons Thomas Heady, James Heady & Stillwell Heady executors of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former & other wills whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 17th day of August 1799
Signed sealed published and declared by Thomas Heady to be his last will and testament in the presence of John Stone Bazel Nott Daniel Bidwell
[Thomas Heady's mark]"



The Heady were originally part of the Ohio Company, a land company which
had received permission from the King of England in 1769 to settle in
George Township in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Thomas received 476
acres on the headwaters of Georges Creek. After living there several
years they continued their westward move until the arrived in Kentucky by
1788.

There is some uncertainty regarding Thomas' wife's maiden name as "Widdow" follows her name with the the word Spinster being scratched out in their marriage record:
"from Lorine Goodwin of Salt Lake City, Utah
GS 802,973 Marriage Records of Monmouth Co. New Jersey p. 186
Vol A-W 1747-1762
Department of Education, Division of Archives and History
Information obtained from "HEADY FAMILY NEWSLETTERS," by Pat Heady Green and Dr. Earl O. Heady.
Thomas Heady, Sr. was born ca 1725, probably in New Jersey. He married Rebecca Stillwell on 6/24/1749 at Egg Harbor, N.J. Records have been found on Thomas Heady, Sr. in 1769 in Fayette Co., PA. He was listed among the Bedford County tax rolls in 1773 and in Westmoreland Co., PA in 1783. By 1785, he was back in Georges Twp., Fayette Co., PA. Thomas' property in Fayette Co. was not far from Brownfield, PA. Neigbors were: Thomas, Jr. Obadiah Truax, John Reiley, John Goodwine, Stillwell brothers and Drakes.

In 1793, Thomas purchased a 200 acre farm in Nelson Co., KY, near Thompson's and Simpson's Creeks. However, Thomas was in Nelson Co., KY by 1791 as he witnessed a deed there on 12/01/1791. According to the Heady Newsletters, Thomas Headdy signed petition no. 54 in 1787, requesting a division of Bourbon County. The signers stating they lived on the limestone settlements near the Ohio River and 40 miles from the county seat.

There is some doubt that Thomas' wife's maiden name was Stillwell due to information obtained from their marriage record

185 W. State Street Trenton, New Jersey

"Know all Men by these Presents, That we Thomas Heady of Monnahok in the Province of New Jersey and Joseph Sheldin of the County of Burlington--- are holden and do stand justly indebted unto his Excellency Jonathan Boliho (?) Esqr. Governor of New Jersey--in the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds current of Lawful Money of New Jersey,-to be paid to his said Excellency the Governor-- his Successors or Assigns, for the which Payment wel and truly to be made and done, we do bind ourselves our Heirs, Executors, and Adminxistrators, and every of them jointly and serverally firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seal and Dated this twenty fourth Day of June--- Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Nine.
The Condition of this Obligation is such, That whereas the above bounden Thomas Heady--- hath obtained Licence of Marriage for himself----of the one Party, and for Rebecca Stillwell of Egg Harbour Widdow (the word Spinster was scratched out) of the other Party: Now if it shall not hereafter appear, that they the said Thomas Heady and Rebecca Stillwell-- have any Lawful Let or Impediment, or Precontract, Affinity or Confanguinity to hinder their being joined in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony, and afterwards their living together as Man and Wife, then this Obligation to be void or else to stand and remain in full Force and Virtue.
Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Joseph Sheldon Thomas Hedden


From Mickey Woods Internet site:
There is some uncertainty regarding Thomas' wife's maiden name as "Widdow" follows her name with the the word Spinster being scratched out in their marriage record:
"from Lorine Goodwin of Salt Lake City, Utah
GS 802,973 Marriage Records of Monmouth Co. New Jersey p. 186
Vol A-W 1747-1762
Department of Education, Division of Archives and History
Information obtained from "HEADY FAMILY NEWSLETTERS," by Pat Heady Green and Dr. Earl O. Heady.
Thomas Heady, Sr. was born ca 1725, probably in New Jersey. He married Rebecca Stillwell on 6/24/1749 at Egg Harbor, N.J. Records have been found on Thomas Heady, Sr. in 1769 in Fayette Co., PA. He was listed among the Bedford County tax rolls in 1773 and in Westmoreland Co., PA in 1783. By 1785, he was back in Georges Twp., Fayette Co., PA. Thomas' property in Fayette Co. was not far from Brownfield, PA. Neigbors were: Thomas, Jr. Obadiah Truax, John Reiley, John Goodwine, Stillwell brothers and Drakes.

In 1793, Thomas purchased a 200 acre farm in Nelson Co., KY, near Thompson's and Simpson's Creeks. However, Thomas was in Nelson Co., KY by 1791 as he witnessed a deed there on 12/01/1791. According to the Heady Newsletters, Thomas Headdy signed petition no. 54 in 1787, requesting a division of Bourbon County. The signers stating they lived on the limestone settlements near the Ohio River and 40 miles from the county seat.

There is some doubt that Thomas' wife's maiden name was Stillwell due to information obtained from their marriage record

185 W. State Street Trenton, New Jersey

"Know all Men by these Presents, That we Thomas Heady of Monnahok in the Province of New Jersey and Joseph Sheldin of the County of Burlington--- are holden and do stand justly indebted unto his Excellency Jonathan Boliho (?) Esqr. Governor of New Jersey--in the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds current of Lawful Money of New Jersey,-to be paid to his said Excellency the Governor-- his Successors or Assigns, for the which Payment wel and truly to be made and done, we do bind ourselves our Heirs, Executors, and Adminxistrators, and every of them jointly and serverally firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seal and Dated this twenty fourth Day of June--- Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Nine.
The Condition of this Obligation is such, That whereas the above bounden Thomas Heady--- hath obtained Licence of Marriage for himself----of the one Party, and for Rebecca Stillwell of Egg Harbour Widdow (the word Spinster was scratched out) of the other Party: Now if it shall not hereafter appear, that they the said Thomas Heady and Rebecca Stillwell-- have any Lawful Let or Impediment, or Precontract, Affinity or Confanguinity to hinder their being joined in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony, and afterwards their living together as Man and Wife, then this Obligation to be void or else to stand and remain in full Force and Virtue.
Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Joseph Sheldon Thomas Hedden


Genforum- Susan Zmrzel
My maternal 6th. great grandfather Thomas HEADY born ca. 1725 in New Jersey , d. 1799 in Nelson Co., Kentucky, married 24 June 1749 in Jersey City, Bergen Co., NJ to Rebecca STILLWELL (b ca. 1733 and died 1804 in Kentucky).



More About Thomas Heady and Rebeckah Stillwell:
Marriage: June 24, 1749, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey.597

Children of Thomas Heady and Rebeckah Stillwell are:
  1. +Stilwell Heady, b. Abt. 1763, New Jersey597, d. October 1834, Switzerland County, Indiana.
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