Trying to find the exhusband of a second cousin this evening. Found a census record for him, age 10. There was no ʻHeadʻ listed, but all on census were ʻrelatedʻ to someone as ʻHeadʻ.
The man at the top of the list was shown as ʻHired handʻ, strange. Luckily the ʻoriginalʻ census was available. On the original the man was listed at ʻHeadʻ. Everything actually worked then.
The error was in the transcription, the individual above him was a ʻHired manʻ. Transcribing those census records is tedious and thankless work.
Thinking about that, I can imagine that the ʻHeadʻ in this family, who was a farmer and had 4 children, a wife and a mother to support probably felt like a ʻHired manʻ sometimes.
Hats off to the farmers who fed us in the 1940s and feed us still.