John Head
(Bef 1690-1723)
(Bef 1690-1729)
William Head
(Cal 1719-1791)
Elizabeth Turner
(Cal 1744-1811)
George Head


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George Head

  • Christened: 18 Jan 1770, Godstone, Surrey 1
  • Marriage: Elizabeth
  • Died: 1830 2 3
  • Buried: 1830, Lingfield, Surrey 4


He worked as a Blacksmith in Blindley Heath, Surrey. 2


George married Elizabeth. (Elizabeth was born Cal 1780 in Home (near Blindley Heath), Surrey 5 and died in 1853 6.)


1 The Church of Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index,, GEORGE HEAD
Christening: 18 JAN 1770 Godstone, Surrey
Messages: Extracted birth or christening record for locality listed in the record.

2 Web (Misc), The following extract from the RH7 website fills in some detail (see


The HEAD Family

The HEAD family were blacksmiths in the area since at least the late 1700s, and had smithies at Blindley Heath and Dormansland.
(Blindley Heath was originally within the ecclesiastical parish of Godstone, becoming a separate parish in 1842. Similarly, Dormansland was originally within Lingfield ecclesias-tical parish, becoming a parish in its own right in 1885. Therefore, although early references to the HEAD family mention Godstone and Lingfield it is almost certain that these relate to Blindley Heath and Dormansland respectively.)

William HEAD of Godstone, Blacksmith, died in 1791. His Will refers to his wife Elizabeth and 6 children - William, Elizabeth, Thomas, George, Charles and James. It is thought that Elizabeth was William's second wife and that William junior, Elizabeth and Thomas were his children by his first wife Sarah. Thomas and George followed in their father's footsteps and became blacksmiths. (Charles became the inn-keeper of The Star Inn, Lingfield and was the father of Charles HEAD and George HEAD, both of whom became carpenters. Charles junior sub-sequently succeeded his father as innkeeper of The Star Inn, and also served as Parish Clerk.)

Blindley Heath

George HEAD is believed to have succeeded his father William as the blacksmith at Blindley Heath. George died in 1830 and in his Will he requests that his son James "take care and carry on the business of Blacksmith for my said Wife Elizabeth and that my said Wife Elizabeth shall pay unto him wages for so doing". Although the 1841 census records Elizabeth HEAD's occupation as Blacksmith no doubt James, who remained living with her, ran the business for her until she died in 1853. James then carried on the business until his death in 1870, when his older brother George took over. George died in 1882 and his son, George junior, appears to have carried on the business until around 1910 when it finally passed out of the family - George junior's son, George William, having died in 1899.


3 National Archives UK, Will.

4 Web (Misc), full nameagebirth yearburial yearrelationshipnotes
George Head6017701830first name on monument of George Head
Elizabeth Head7317801853wife of George Head
Elizabeath Head1818161834daughter of George Head.

5 Online Census and BMD,, 1841C, 1851C.

6 Web (Misc),