Christopher Columbus Headley

Male11 January 1849–18 April 1908

Brief Life History of Christopher Columbus

When Christopher Columbus Headley was born on 11 January 1849, in Knox, Illinois, United States, his father, James Headley, was 40 and his mother, Eliza Holland Brown, was 36. He married Hattie Jane Chapin on 26 March 1896, in Sangamon, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Glenarm, Sangamon, Illinois, United States in 1896. He died on 18 April 1908, in Ball Township, Sangamon, Illinois, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Chatham Community Cemetery, Chatham Township, Sangamon, Illinois, United States.

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Christopher Columbus Headley
Hattie Jane Chapin
Marriage: 26 March 1896
Bertha Headley
Margaret Headley
Ruth Jane Johnson Headley
Frances T Stewart Headley
Ruth Headley Marston

Sources (16)

  • Columbus Headley in household of William W Sott, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Christopher Columbus Headley, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Columbus C Headley, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 March 1896Sangamon, Illinois, United States
  • Children (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 7

    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.


    Age 14

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


    Age 16

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from Hedley (Durham), Hedley on the Hill (Northumberland), Headley (Yorkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Worcestershire), or Headley Hall in Bramham (Yorkshire). The placenames derive from Old English hǣth ‘heath, heather’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

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    Story Highlight

    C.C. Headley history 1904

    C. C. Headley was reared upon the old home farm, and after acquiring his preliminary education in the public schools nearby he spent four winters as a student in the schools of Springfield. After his …

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