John WhiteheadBirth: 1776
Death: 16 Nov 1870
John Whitehead was born in 1776 at Georges Road in Somerset County to parents who today remain unknown.
John married Susan Titus in July 1805 at Harlingen Reformed Church in Hillsborough Township. Reverend Henry Polhemus, who was then serving Harlingen and Neshanic, performed the ceremony. After their marriage John and his wife settled in the Sourland Mountains in Hillsborough.
According to census documents from 1830 and 1840, John and Susan had 4 sons—Jacob, John, Abraham, and David, as well as a daughter who currently remains unknown. Only one of their boys is verified by source documents, though the others could be assumed by age a locality.
John worked as a farm laborer all of his life. Landowner maps show him living in Sourland up until his last years. In 1873, the plot that once bore his name now showed the name of his son Abraham.
In 1850, John was living with his son Abraham and his family in Hillsborough. However, in the 1860 census, John is listed as living with a man by the name of Thomas Cooper, along with numerous other senior citizens. It seems as if this was an old age home or assisted living facility of some type, though further research didn’t uncover any information regarding this residence nor the identity of Thomas Cooper. We can speculate that John was moved here during the start of the Civil War since his son and grandson were both drafted. This may have left no one to care for John properly at home.
John passed away at the age of 94 of diphtheria, a bacterial infection, in November 1870. His burial site is currently unknown.