HEAD, Jeremiah

1789 - 1866

Jeremiah Head

Jeremiah Head, was born at St Mary Tower parish, Ipswich on 24 January 1789, son of John Head and his wife Mary née Seamon. A Justice of the Peace for many years and Mayor of Ipswich 1858-1859 and one of the most respected and influential residents in the town, and an old and valued friend of the Ransome family. He married at Ipswich on 12 May 1831, Mary Howard and in 1851, a 62 year old 'landed & funded proprietor', living at Hill House, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich with his 50 year old wife Mary, who was born in London, with their six children, John 19, Thomas Howard 18, Henry 16, Charles 12, Mary 11 and Albert 6, all born in Ipswich, and they retained four indoor servants. A member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1832, where he was probably tutored by Henry Davy [q.v.]. He died on 24 February, aged 77 and buried in Ipswich Cemetery on 1 March 1866. The eldest of his eight children was John Head (1832-1881) who, in 1864, became a partner in Ransomes and Sims, engineers of Ipswich.