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Henry R. Head

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Henry R. Head

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Classification: Biography
Surnames: Head, Adams, Morgan, Bragg, Rhodes
History of Daviess County, Kentucky, Inter-State Publishing Co., Chicago, 1883. Reprinted by McDowell Publications, Utica, KY, 1980. p. 536.

HENRY R. HEAD, born in Knottsville Precinct, Daviess Co., Ky., Aug. 31, 1833, is a son of William and Hannah (Adams) Head, natives of Nelson County, Ky. His father died in 1838, and his mother in 1858. They had a family of twelve children, ten now living. Henry was but five years old when his father died, and when sixteen he began life for himself by working on a farm. In 1862 he enlisted in Company E, General Morgan's command. He was captured in 1862 at Hawesville, Ky., and taken to Jeffersonville penitentiary, where he remained about a week, and was taken to Camp Morton, Indianapolis, and kept two weeks. He was then taken to Johnson's Island, Sandusky Bay, and confined three months, and was then exchanged. He went to Cairo, and from there to Vicksburg, where he joined his command. From there he went to Mobile, then to Nashville, Tenn.; was in the engagement there. He was taken sick with the measles, and off duty two months. His next engagement was at McMinnville, Tenn.; thence to Snow Hill, Bowling Green, Ky., and Bardstown; was with Morgan in his raids in this part of the country. In 1863, when Morgan crossed the Ohio, Mr. Head went back and joined Bragg's forces, and after a month went to Louisville and surrendered to the Federal forces, and was released by taking the oath of allegiance, and giving a bond of $3,000. In 1867 he was married to Elizabeth Rhodes. They have one son--James E., born March 4, 1868. In 1868 he bought his farm near Whitesville, where he still resides. He was reared in the Catholic faith and is a member of the Whitesville church.
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