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Westmoreland William (Head)? William the Elder Head? (Virginia)

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Re: Westmoreland William (Head)? William the Elder Head? (Virginia)

Posted: 19 Dec 2012 1:39PM GMT
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He is my 8th great grandfather. His grandfather was William Head b. 1584 d. 1622 in Powle Brook Indian massacre.
William Head appears in the records of Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties, Maryland from 1658 onward. He testified in 1658, in Charles County, that he was age 32.

William Head of St Mary's, just across the Potomac River from Maryland, in Westmoreland Co, Virginia, is the Westmoreland William concerned with Bacon's Rebellion, who may have remained in Maryland until his troubles blew over. In 1690, William went to Stafford, Virginia, as a witness of a will.

William Head was named with four others as leaders in Bacon's Rebellion. He seems to be the only one of them who did not turn state's evidence and beg for mercy. (He was not listed among those imprisoned or hung.) The other four were pardoned, but he may have escaped and fled to other parts until the affair blew over.

The Rebellion, which had the sympathy of some influential Marylanders sems to have been something of a fore-runner to the Revolution and was largely supported by the over-taxed planters of the period in Virginia, especially the frontiersmen and lesser planters, and some planters in Maryland. Among them was a Francis Wisdom.

There were many migrations between Maryland and Northern Virginia. The Heads developed in all the counties on both sides of the Potomac River.
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jolay55 28 Jul 2011 11:54PM GMT 
RonaldEHead 19 Dec 2012 8:39PM GMT 
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