JARVIS A. HEAD, a representative of one of the oldest pioneer families of Madison County and a prosperous farmer, was born in the town of Lebanon, April 8, 1829. He is a son of Sanford Head, a native of the town of Westport, Mass.,
whose father, Joseph Head, was also a native of the old Bay State. The latter emigrated from his native State to the State of New York, and settled in the town of Madison, being one of its earliest pioneers. Here he purchased a tract of timbered land, erected a log cabin, and at once set about the work of clearing a farm, and here lived until his death. The maiden name of his wife was Rebecca Sanford. Sanford Head was seven years old when he came to the State of New York, at which time there were but few of the marks of civilization that now exist, there being no canals, railroads, nor telegraph lines, and but few, if any, good common roads. Overland journeys were necessarily made by means of teams. Mr. Head secured a fairly good education in the district schools, and at the age of sixteen commenced teaching, first at Oriskany Falls, and later at other places. At the age of nineteen he married, and located on land which is now owned and occupied by the subject of this sketch, but which was then covered with timber. This he cleared, erected good buildings, and resided upon it until his death, which occurred when he was ninety-one years of age. He was twice married, first to Sally Ballard, a daughter of Dane Ballard. His second wife,
the mother of Jarvis A., was Anna Ballard, half-sister of his first wife.
In his youthful days Jarvis A. Head assisted on the farm and attended school as
opportunity offered, engaging for some years during the winter season in teaching, but otherwise has always followed agricultural pursuits. He is now engaged in general farming and dairying, his farm being located about one-half mile south of the village of Lebanon. It is well improved, and supplied with good buildings. Like his father, he has been twice married, the maiden name of his first wife having been Thirza E. Benedict. She was the daughter of Elijah and Lois Benedict, fuller mention of whom is made in the biographical sketch of S. B. Benedict elsewhere in this volume. Mrs. Head died July 16, 1854. Mr. Head married for his second wife Eunice B. Hitchcock, a native of the town of Lebanon and a daughter of Isaac Hitchcock, who was born in the same town, and whose father, Joseph Hitchcock, was born in Massachusetts. The latter removed to the
State of New York, settling first in Madison, but later became a pioneer of the town of Lebanon, where he improved a farm, upon which he spent the remainder of his days. The maiden name of his wife was Eunice Brownell, and she was born in Westport, Mass. Her father, Samuel Brownell, was one of the first settlers of the town of Madison. The father of Mrs. Head, though a natural mechanic, always followed agricultural pursuits, succeeding to the ownership of his father's farm, which was situated about one mile east of the village of Lebanon. Upon
this he resided until his death, in February, 1878, his wife dying one year later. Her maiden name was Antrace Pierce; and she was born in the town of Madison, a daughter of Timothy and Hannah (Dennis) Pierce.
Mr. Head has one son living, by his first marriage, Addison W., who married Alletta S. Benedict, a daughter of O. A. Benedict. They have three children--Ralph, Ward, and Sanford. To the second marriage of Mr. Head there were born four children, only one of whom is now living--Anna S., wife of Frank Hatch, and the mother of one son, Raymond. The second child, Frank, died at Phoenix, Ariz., at the age of twenty-two. Carrie died when four years old, and Willie at the age of three.
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