Stephen HEAD 1817

Stephen Head was a Foreman at the Royal Dockyard in Woolwich


Stephen Head, son of John HEAD and Sophia SMITH, b. 29 JUL 1817 Plumstead, Kent; c. 24 AUG 1817 St. Nicholas, Plumstead, Kent; m. Margaret WILKIE 9 DEC 1844 St. Nicholas, Plumstead, Kent; d. 28 DEC 1881 in Plumstead, Kent, at 64 years of age.

The children of Stephen HEAD and Margaret (WILKIE) Head are:

i. Mary Jane HEAD .b 29 NOV 1845; c. 25 DEC 1845 St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent (C055942). I believe she died before 1851 because she is not on that census.

ii. Margaret HEAD b. 14 APR 1848; c. 1 OCT 1854 St. Nicholas, Plumstead, Kent; m. George MORRIS 31 DEC 1871 St. Margaret's, Plumstead

Notes for George Morris b. 15 NOV 1846, c. 06 DEC 1846, Saint Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent. Father John Morris; Mother Ann (C055942).

iii. Maria HEAD (Ron Foster's line) b. 29 MAY 1850; c. 1 OCT 1854 St. Nicholas, Plumstead, Kent; m. Thomas CUMMIN 1868 in Woolwich, Kent.

Maria Cummin nee HEAD. Thanks to Ron Foster for the photo.


Notes for Thomas Cummin b. abt 1851 in Chatham, Kent. He died in 1886 in Woolwich Kent. His occupation was a carpenter.

i. Margaret Cummin abt 1870
ii. Thomas Cummin abt 1872
iii. Roseina M. Cummin abt 1875
iv. Stephen G. Cummin abt 1877
v. Amelia W. Cummin abt 1879
vi. Nellie E Cummin abt 1882 Plumstead
vii. Harold W Cummin abt 1885 Plumstead

+iv. Stephen John HEAD (Jerry England's lineage) b. 16 APR 1853; c. 1 OCT 1854 St. Nicholas, Plumstead, Kent; m. Susannah AVERY 4 MAY 1876 St. Mary's, Lewisham, Kent.

i. Ethel Mary Head (Dressmaker) b. MAR 1877 Woolwich.
ii. Florence Susannah Head b. JUN 1878 Plumstead; m: Henry Clements WALKEM JUN 1908 Woolwich
iii. Constance May A. Head SEP 1880 Plumstead; m. HARRIS, Unknown abt. 1902
iv. Lillian Mabel Head b. SEP 1882 Plumstead; m. Frederick CRAWFORD 1908 Woolwich
v. Annie Leighton Head b. DEC 1884 Plumstead
vi. Edith Maria Head b. JUN 1887 Plumstead; m. William H. DUMBRILL 1911
vii. Stephen William Head b. 20 MAY 1889 Plumstead emigrated to USA in 1910; d. 25 OCT 1942 Santa Monica, CA.
viii. Herbert Henry Head b. 11 APR 1893 Plumstead; Herbert emigrated to the USA in 1912; m. Amy Daisy Glide who joined Herbert in the USA - they married the day she arrived in 1915! Herbert died 12 Dec 1949 in California.

v. Matthew Charles 7 HEAD (Mark's lineage) b. 7 FEB 1856; c. 23 MAR 1856 St. Nicholas, Plumstead, Kent; m. Esther GILBERT 26 DEC 1881 St. James, Plumstead. On the 1891 census Matthew is a Green Grocer. His shop was on Lakedale Road, Plumstead near Beasley's North Kent Brewery.

Matthew Charles Head - photo from Mark Head

i. Esther Head abt 1882 Plumstead
ii. Matthew C Head abt 1883 Woolwich
iii. Annie A Head abt 1887 Plumstead
iv. George Head abt 1888 Plumstead
v. Thomas W Head abt 1892 Plumstead
vi. John Head abt 1894 Plumstead
vii. Elizabeth Head abt 1895 Plumstead
viii. Ethel M Head abt 1896 Plumstead
ix. James F Head abt 1898 Plumstead
x. Walter E Head abt 1899 Plumstead

vi. Fanny Sophia HEAD b. 15 JUN 1856; c. 4 JUL 1858 St. Nicholas, Plumstead, Kent; m. Alexander George POPE 22 JUN 1887.

Notes for Alexander G Pope b. abt 1865 in Plumstead, Kent, England.

i. Alexandria Pope abt 1889 in Plumstead, Kent
ii. Mabel Pope abt 1892 in Plumstead, Kent
iii. Morris Pope abt 1896 in Plumstead, Kent

vii. Emma HEAD b. 21 NOV 1860; c. 13 JAN 1861 St. Nicholas, Plumstead, Kent; m. George William BROWN in St. Margaret's, Plumstead, Kent 26 MAR 1883.

Notes for George W Brown b. abt 1861 in Plumstead, Kent, England.

i. George S Brown abt 1884 in Plumstead, Kent
ii. William B Brown abt 1887 in Plumstead, Kent
iii. Frank E Brown abt 1889 in Plumstead, Kent
iv. Emma F Brown abt 1891 in Plumstead, Kent
v. Edith M Brown abt 1893 in Plumstead, Kent
vi. Arthur H Brown abt 1895 in Plumstead, Kent
vii. Florence A Brown abt 1897 in Plumstead, Kent

viii. Thomas HEAD b. 23 APR 1863; c. 17 MAY 1863 St. Margaret's, Plumstead; m. Fanny ASHDOWN 1885 in Woolwich, Kent.

Notes for Fanny Ashdown b. abt 1863 in Charlton, Kent, England.

i. Thomas E Head abt 1887 in Plumstead, Kent
ii. Nellie M Head abt 1889 in Plumstead, Kent
iii. Albert W Head abt 1891 in Plumstead, Kent
iv. Arthur S Head abt 1894 in Plumstead, Kent

ix. Ann HEAD b. 6 DEC 1866; c. 3 MAR 1867 St. Margaret's, Plumstead; m. Walter Edward BARLING 23 FEB 1889 St. Margaret's, Plumstead.

Notes for Walter Barling b. abt 1865 in Chatham, Kent, England.

i. Walter Barling abt 1890 Plumstead

x. Alice HEAD b. Landport, Hampshire, England 18 NOV 1869 at 98 Surrey Street, Landport , Portsea Island (Portsmouth), Hampshire, England; c. 31 MAR 1872 St. Margaret's, Plumstead; m. William Henry FRENCH 25 DEC 1898 Holy Trinity Church, Woolwich.

Notes for William H French b. 28 JUL 1873 in Woolwich, Kent, England. Father: William French, Mother Sarah Ann (C055942).

i. Alice E E French abt 1900 in Plumstead, Kent


Information collected and © 1999 by Pat Lunnon as part of her research into the Head family Tree:

Notes for Stephen Head:

Stephen married Margaret Wilkie, the daughter of Thomas Wilkie, a Warrant Officer (probably with the Royal Artillery or in the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich). Margaret was only 18 whilst Stephen was already 27. They Married, like their parents before, at St. Nicholas, Plumstead, in the presence of Eliza Bates and William Manning. Both Stephen and Margaret made their marks, and so were probably illiterate. The vicar was Revd. H. J. Shackleton.

By the time their third daughter, Maria, was born, Stephen and Margaret Head were living in 3, Sprays Buildings, Plumstead, according to the 1851 census. Their eldest daughter, Mary, does not appear and presumably died, as she would have been only 5 years old at the census date (30th March, 1851), Stephen is recorded as being a Boiler Maker.

Their first son, Stephen John, was born on 16th April 1853. it was only on 1st Oct. 1854 that all three remaining children were baptized; Margaret was 6 and Maria 4. Stephen's occupation was shown on the baptism record as being 'labourer' although this description could mean many things.

When Matthew Charles was baptized on 23rd March 1856 Stephen was back to being identified as a 'Boiler Maker'.

St. Nicholas:

see also notes under John Head.

Up until 1859 St. Nicholas Church was the Parish church of Plumstead. On 25th April 1859 the newly constructed St. Margaret's Church was consecrated and became joint parish church as baptisms and marriages took place in both buildings until Nov. 1860. St. Margaret's officially took over as Parish church in 1864, with St. Margaret's as a district church only.

By 1878 Stephen and Margaret had moved to 20, Station Road. In May 1878 Stephen made his Will.

By 31st. Mar 1881 Stephen and Margaret had moved again, to 19 Maxey Road, Plumstead. The census of that date indicates that their children living with them were thus:

Matthew Charles, 26 unmarried Foundry Labourer
Fanny 23 unmarried Formerly cook
Thomas 17 unmarried Foundry Labourer
Ann 14 unmarried
Alice 11 unmarried scholar

Stephen was described as a Fitters Labourer and Margaret as Wife only (no trade).

Staying in the house also were unrelated lodgers;
David Stevenson 26 Iron Moulder Born Scotland
Louisa Stevenson 27 Needlewoman Born Woolwich, Kent.

Stephen died on 28th Dec. 1881, 2 days after the marriage of his son, Matthew Charles Head to Esther Gilbert. His funeral took place in Plumstead Cemetery on 7th Jan 1882. Stephen's Will was proved in London on 20th FEB 1882, leaving all his possessions to Margaret.

Notes for Margaret Wilkie Head:

Margaret Head nee Wilkie taken abt 1902 special thanks to Ron Foster for the photo.


Margaret continued for many years, seeing many children married and many grandchildren born.

She died on 5 SEP 1910 in the Infirmary, aged 84. Her funeral took place on 10 SEP 1910 in Plumstead Churchyard. Mourners at her funeral were her eldest son and his wife, Stephen John Head and Susannah Avery Head, her daughters and sons-in-law Margaret and George Morris, Fanny Pope, Emma and George Brown, Annie and Walter Barling and Alice and Will French. Latterly, Margaret had been living at 32 Ennis Road, Plumstead, until her deterioration and committal to the Infirmary.

The Kentish Independent Newspaper published an account of the funeral, and was more like an obituary. Margaret was greatly loved and respected in the locality. The account is as follows:

The funeral took place on September 10th at Plumstead Churchyard, of Mrs. Margaret Head, widow of the late Mr. Stephen Head, (at one time a foreman at Woolwich Dockyard) who died aged 84 years. The deceased, who was a well known resident of Plumstead, had been ailing for some considerable time. She was born at the Fort of Signal Hill, Newfoundland, in 1826, her father being the Armourer-Sergeant at the Fort. She is believed to be the first English child at the Fort, and almost to the last was happy telling anecdotes of what took place at the Fort. She was taken, as a child, to England and returned to Newfoundland in the old sailing ship days (there were no steamers in those times) when ships often had to be battened down because of storms. Her husband (who predeceased her in 1881) was a man well-known and respected in his time: he was born on Plumstead common in the old house that adjoins St. Margaret's Church, he and his father before him being gardeners to the owners of Vicarage Park, which , at one time, extended for some distance round about.

Mourners at the funeral on Saturday were : Mr. Stephen (John) Head (eldest son) and Mrs. (Susannah) Head, Mrs. Margaret Morris (eldest daughter) and Mr. Morris, Mrs. Fanny Pope (daughter), Mrs. Emma Brown (daughter) and Mr. Brown, Mrs. Annie Barling (daughter) and Mr. Barling, Mrs. Alice French (daughter) and Mr. French.

The wreaths were numerous and beautiful, among them being tributes from:-" Stephen and family", " Margaret and George", " Fanny and children", "Annie and Walter and son", "Matthew and Ester", "Alice and Will", "Eva and Dot".

The funeral was conducted by Messrs. Messent & Sons.

Census Notes:

Stephen and Margaret lived at:

1851 Boiler Maker (Assist. Foreman) living at 2 Sprays Buildings Plumstead
1861 Laborer RlArs living at 17 Sprays Buildings Plumstead
1871 laborer living at 84 Maxey Road Plumstead
1881 Fitters laborer living at 19 Maxey Road Plumstead

After Stephen's death Margaret continued at:

1891 living at 19 Maxey Road Plumstead
1901 living at Tuscan Cottage Heavitree Road Plumstead

Margarets family:

The parents of Margaret Wilkie are Thomas WILKIE b. abt. 1784; m. Jane KENT 06 Jun 1808 at Saint Botolph Bishopsgate, London.

Notes for Jane KENT:

Jane was the daughter of Robert KENT and Mary. She was c. 23 JAN 1785 at St Botolph Without Aldgate, London. She was a twin (Jane and Mary Ann). Her parents lived at Harrow Alley. Jane had another sister: Martha Jemina KENT c. JUL 1788 St Botolph Without Aldgate, London

Jane's grandson (b 1851) was named Charles Kent Wilkie.


Thomas was a sergeant in the "Royal Victoria Regiment" and "Royal Newfoundland Regiment" between 1812 and 1826. His occupation was an armourer. In 1844 when daughter Margaret was married, he was a warrant officer in the British army maybe living in Woolwich, Kent, England.

Children of Thomas WILKIE and Jane KENT are:

i. Jane WILKIE, b. Abt. 1809, England; m. WILLIAM COOPER, Sep 1828, St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Notes for Jane WILKIE and William COOPER: Thomas and Jane must have had a daughter born in England before they came to Newfoundland. In September 1828, Jane Wilkie married William Cooper, widower, Lance Corporal of the RVC at the Anglican Cathedral in St. John's. Witnesses were Thomas and Jane Wilkie.

Maria Cooper abt 1853 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Mary Cooper abt 1839 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
William S T Cooper abt 1852 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

ii. Thomas WILKIE, b. Feb 1812, St. John's, Newfoundland; d. 30 Mar 1876, St. John's, Newfoundland.

iii. Charlotte WILKEY, b. 07 Jun 1814, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Notes for Charlotte WILKEY: Baptised July 24, 1814 at the Anglican Cathedral.

iv. William WILKIE, b. 18 Nov 1816, St. John's, Newfoundland.

Notes for William WILKIE: Baptised January 4, 1817 at the Anglican Cathedral.

v. Robert WILKIE, b. 10 Jun 1819, St. John's, Newfoundland; d. 1880.

Notes for Robert WILKIE: 1861 living in Plumstead with wife Elizabeth b. 1823. His occupation is Blacksmith.

vi. MARY ANNE WILKIE, b. 16 May 1821, St. John's, Newfoundland; m. Charles Warren 1844 in Southampton.

+vii. MARGARET WILKIE, b. 29 Mar 1826, St. John's, Newfoundland; d. 05 Sep 1910, Plumstead, Kent, England.

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