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Headley family papers


Held at: Historic Fallsington, Inc. [Contact Us]4 Yardley Ave., Levittown, PA, 19054

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The Headley family was a prominent and socially active family from Fallsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Eseck Howell Headley (b. 1839), a prominent landowner and lawyer, was the son of Isaac King Headley (b. 1815) and Eliza Howell Hough (1819-1839). (After the death of his first wife, Isaac King Headley married Elizabeth Cheston (1822-1899) with whom he had several children.) Eseck Howell Headley married Catherine Montgomery (b. 1840). They had two children: Alice Mary Headley (b. 1862) and Charles Moon Headley (b. 1865).

Charles Moon Headley married Elizabeth Louise Schurz (b. 1871) in 1893, and they had two children: Alice Elizabeth Headley Woodruff (1894-1989), and Eleanor Christina Headley (b. 1897). Charles and Elizabeth Headley appear to have been particularly socially active in the community. Charles served as Master of the Records of the local chapter of the fraternal organization Knights of the Golden Eagle. For a time, Elizabeth served as chairwoman of the Fallsington Red Star, an organization formed to aid and protect animals.

Alice Headley Woodruff, a graduate of Fallsington Friends School and the George School, married Warren Hare Woodruff (b. 1893) in 1941. Alice was an active member of Historic Fallsington, Inc., a historical preservation organization and museum formed in the early 1950s as a response to the suburban development that threatened the destruction of historic homes and buildings in the 300 year-old village.

This collection documents several generations of the Headley family, particularly the family of Charles Moon and Elizabeth Schurz Headley, including their daughters Alice Headley Woodruff and Eleanor Christina Headley. About half of the collection is photographs that document the family and scenes in Fallsington, circa 1850-1950; another large percentage is bound volumes including account books, minute books, and diaries. The collection also contains legal and personal papers such as deeds, marriage certificates, diplomas, and copies of wills and some correspondence. Photocopies of genealogy research and papers relating to Historic Fallsington, Inc. are also part of the collection, due to Alice Headley Woodruff's involvement with the organization.

Materials relating to Charles and Elizabeth Headley and their daughters include: Charles Headley's account book with the Moon Store in Fallsington, 1890-1891; Elizabeth Schurz Headley's egg account book, 1912-1919; a minute book of the Knights of the Golden Eagle, Fallsington Castle No. 506, 1899-1902; a minute book of the Fallsington Red Star, 1918-1921; an account book for Fallsington dances, 1912-1915, kept by Charles Headley; and Eleanor Headley's diary, 1918. Besides writing about her personal life, Eleanor frequently documents and references events of World War I.

The collection also includes items relating to other family members, including Charles Headley's father Eseck Howell Headley (farm receipt book, 1833-1890) and members of the Hough family (account book of Jesse Hough, a tanner, 1802-1825).

Gift of Alice Headley Woodruff.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historic Fallsington, Inc. directly for more information.

Fallsington Tannery account books, 1815-1845 were donated to the Bucks County Historical Society.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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