William Head
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William Head (1584 - abt. 1622)

William Head
Born in Hithe, Berkshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 24 Sep 1613 in Beenham, Berkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 37 in Powell Creek, Albemarle County, Virginiamap
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According to "The Head Family" by John Harris Watts, 1963, William Head was a victim of the Indian Massacre on March 22, 1622, at Powle Brook, Virginia, and is the earliest known Head settler of the new world.


Name: William /Head/
Given Name: William
Surname: Head
Source: #S25
Text: Ancestry.com. One World Tree (sm) [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc.
Source: #S10
Text: Ancestry.com. One World Tree (sm) [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc.


Date: 8 APR 1584
Place: Wittenham, England
Source: #S25
Text: Ancestry.com. One World Tree (sm) [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc.
Source: #S10
Text: Ancestry.com. One World Tree (sm) [database online]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc.


  • “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL microfilm 88,219
  • Source S10
Abbreviation: OneWorldTree
Title: OneWorldTree
  • Source S25
Abbreviation: OneWorldTree
Title: OneWorldTree


  • This person was created through the import of info.ged on 30 December 2010.

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Curiously, this William Head has been identified as a juror at the manorial court of Woodspeen in 1636, and whose Will of 1637 is found in Beenham (Sheen parish registers, Newbury Libary), and whose identified children are John Headm bapt. Sept.25, 1614, Beenham; Bridget Head, baptized 1615; Anthony Head, born ca.1616 (whose daughter Jane Head baptized 1657 in Sheen wherein Elizabeth Clisdale was her sponsor); Francis Head; and two others names unknown. Certainly then this William cannot be the same who came to Virginia and was killed in 1622.

I have also seen entries for James Head being baptized Jan.25, 1604, St. Dunstan and All Saints., Stepney, Middlesex, England; but I have found NO record of this or where this information came from. Further, I 've found no evidence of a Head family in and around Hythe at the time of Jame's birth year. I haven't seen any convincing evidence of whom James Head's family was or is connected to in England so far.

posted by Richard Boswell
William is my 10th great grandfather. I have conflicting birth places for him, the one you show and HIthe, Kent on April 28, 1584. I have a possible last name for his wife, Alsobrook or Alsbrook. He had a son, James b. 1605, he emigrated in 1636. William arrived in Jamestown in 1622 and was killed shortly thereafter during the Indian Massacre of 1622 at the acting Governor's plantation at Powell Creek aka Powle Brook, Albermarle, VA. He is supposedly the first Head in America.
posted by Ronald Head

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