Tombstone Tuesday: Bigger Head (1812-1912)

BiggerHeadHeadstoneBigger Head was born in Highland County, Ohio on October 12, 1812 to parents William and Mary (Elder) Head.  According to the Head family genealogy, William and Mary were cousins and together they had fourteen children, with ten of them living to adulthood.  Bigger was the second son named Bigger – the first died at the age of eight months in 1807.

I came across this family while researching a friend’s Head family line.  I found multiple instances of the “Bigger” forename or middle name.  First of all, I’ve never heard of anyone with the first name of “Bigger” so that alone was intriguing.  Where did that come from?

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  1. Thanks for digging up the cool info on Bigger! He is my husband’s 3rd great grandfather. We have always wondered how he got such a name! I have the original of the “Mrs. Bigger Head” photo you posted and am happy to share. I also found a corresponding “Mr. Bigger Head” picture on The Head Family Research Center site. Best wishes, happy hunting.

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    • Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the article .. I had a little fun with that one 🙂

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  2. As I understand it, his mom, Mary Elder McLaughlin Head, went by the nickname, “Polly.” She was the daughter of Ignatius and Elizabeth Head Elder. He is my great-great-great-great uncle. Thanks for posting this!

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    • Thanks for stopping by! Polly was a common nickname for women named Mary… I have a few in my family who went by Polly.

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  3. I have just found and subscribed to your blog. I have a question about Bigger Head married to Lucy Sarah Livers, are they part of the family researched or another family? I have to do some more research to verify, but I believe they are my 6x great grandparents.

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    • I would try The Head Family Research Center online. It is very thorough & has an incredible amount of info on the Heads. Good luck!

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      • Thank you!

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    • Thanks so much for subscribing to Digging History. I hope you’ll find the articles (over 600 of them!) interesting and informative. One of these days I’ll start writing again but have been busy with research projects this summer. So you believe Bigger Head and Lucy Sarah Livers are your ancestors? It’s been awhile since I wrote this story so I would have to review my sources.

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