George Franklin Headley Biography

G. F. HEADLEY, teacher and surveyor, Brock, Penn., was born in Perry Township, Greene County, Penn., June 27, 1853. His parents, Ephraim and Maria (Haines) Headley, were also natives of this county, and of Scotch and English extraction. His father, a prominent farmer in Perry Township, is a son of Jesse and Maria (Cox) Headley. G. F. Headley's grandfather was born in Greene County, Penn. His great-grandfather, Ephraim Headley, was among the pioneer settlers of New Jersey, and one of the first farmers and hunters who came to Greene County, Penn., while it was still inhabited by the Indians. The family have usually been farmers and drovers. The subject of our sketch grew up on the farm, being the second in a family of three children. He attended the High School at Mt. Morris, Penn., and took a college course. For thirteen years, Mr. Headley has been successfully engaged as a teacher. He has also given considerable attention to the study of surveying, and devotes part of his time to that work. He is also a farmer and stock-grower by occupation and owns a good farm where he resides. In 1879, Mr. Headley married Miss S. A., Daughter of John Connor, of Perry Township. Mrs. Headley is of German and Irish origin. Their children are Florence B., Julius B., Fred and Gertrude. Mr. Headley is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In connection with our subject's sketch, we give a brief sketch of his ancestor's advent into Green County, Penn.: Sometime prior to the American Revolution, the great-great-great-grandfather, Richard Headley, who was an English sailor, in the service of Great Britain, concluded to desert the standard of the Stuarts, and seek an asylum in the wilds of North America. After making his escape from the British servcie, he settled in New Jersey, where he afterwards married. But according to English law, "Once and Englishman always an Englishman," he was not allowed to enjoy the quiet of his new home very long. The British authorities finding out his whereabouts, had him arrested, which was done by a party of twenty British sailors, not however until he had given them an exhibition of his prowess, and felled several of them to the ground in good old British style. He was overpowered, taken back into service and kept seven years from his family. But his long service as a sailor made him familiar with the seaport towns and the American coast, so taking advantage of the situation in the darkness of the night, while near shore, he leaped overboard and swam ashore, and finally united with his family. We know little of his family, except that his son John, who was G. F. Headley's great-great-grandfather, died while in the Patriot army, being old enough to have a son engaged in the same struggle. Robert headlee, a nephew of John, was in the expedition sent against the Indians, who committed the Wyoming massacre. Ephraim, G. F. Headley's great-grandfather lived during the Revolution in New Jersey, not far from Trenton, being within sound of the battle fought at that place. After the war, he emigrated to North Carolina, but disliking the country, he removed to Greene County, Penn., where he reared a large family.

Bates History of Greene County, 1888, Pages 817-818

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