Tombstone Tuesday–Washington Headington

Washington Headington, Liber Cemetery, Jay County, Indiana.

This is the tombstone of Washington Headington, located in LIber Cemetery, Wayne Township, Jay County, Indiana. The marker is inscribed:

Washington Headington
July 30, 1852
Aged 22 yrs, 4 ms, 27 ds.

His tombstone is to the right of his father’s marker, on the left side of the driveway as you drive into the cemetery.

Washington Headington was the child of Nicholas and Ruth (Phillips) Heading. [1] He was born 3 March 1830, as calculated from his tombstone. According to the 1850 census Washington was born about 1830 in Maryland. [2] From other research it appears that the Nicholas Headington family had already moved to Ohio by 1830 so he may have been born in Ohio. Census enumerations can be varied and erroneous since we don’t know who the informant was.

Indiana did not begin recording deaths until 1882, so there is no record of his death. I have not found any indication that he ever married.


[1] Biographical Memoirs of Jay County, Indiana (Chicago: B.F. Bowen Co., Publishers, 1901), 304-5.

[2] 1850 U.S. census, Porter, Delaware County, Ohio, p. 317A, dwelling 3036, family 3050, Nicholas Hedington; digital images,  ( : accessed 26 September 2012); from NARA Series M432, roll 675.

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