Mary Headlee

1828–12 May 1863 (Age 35)
Ohio, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Headlee was born in 1828, in Ohio, United States, her father, John Headlee III, was 50 and her mother, Sarah Elizabeth Long, was 35. She married Simeon Simkins on 29 March 1846, in Bureau, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Princeton, Bureau, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Washington Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1860. She died on 12 May 1863, in United States, at the age of 35.

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Simeon Simkins
Mary Headlee
Marriage: 29 March 1846
Ella Clarissa Simkins
Martha Jane Simkins
George Simpkins
Sarah Elizabeth Simpkins
Esther Annette " Hester" Simpkins
Harriet Simpkins
William Simkins

Spouse and Children

29 March 1846
Bureau, Illinois, United States




    George Simpkins


    Sarah Elizabeth Simpkins


    Esther Annette " Hester" Simpkins


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+12 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 4

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 11

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

Altered spelling of Headley .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Simpkins in household of Simon Simpkins, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Simpkins in household of Simeon Simpkins, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary Headlee in entry for Mattie J. Smith, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

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