Re: TWO Revolutionary War captains named Benjamin HEAD (Northern VA)
There's a website that you may want to visit called head-frc.com (the "frc" stands for "family research center").Somebody has already submitted a sheet for both Benjamin A. & Emanuel HEAD.You can view them by selecting the "TNG Family Trees" button (TNG = The Next Generation), then entering "Benjamin Alexander" (or "Emanuel") as FN in the search box and "Head" as LN.
There is also a sheet for the presumptive father William R. HEAD.Although the person knows about the HEAD-FORD connection, the knowledge from the Virginia chancery case that William HEAD & Sarah FORD had only one child, a daughter Anne, is not evident.Consequently, what the data on the sheet suggests is the possibility that the Sarah HEAD of Walton Co., GA (who is not Sarah FORD) might be the mother of Benjamin A. & Emanuel.The 1840 census (Walton Co.) for this Sarah shows: 1 female 70-80 (b. 1760-70), 1 female 40-50 (b. 1790-1800), 1 female & 2 males 15-20 (b. 1820-25) and 1 female 10-15 (b. 1825-30).The approximate birthyears for the two males seem to match those of Benjamin & Emanuel, and the fact that Benjamin A. HEAD is found as a 28-year old married man in the 1850 census of Walton Co. (before he moves to Morgan Co.) may mean that he is connected to the Sarah of the 1840 census.(He was also there in Walton on 14 May 1846 when he (as "B. A. HEAD") married "Mary Rosilla COSBY" per "Some GA County Records, Vol 6:554".)
At the bottom of the sheet for William R. HEAD, there is a note that says "William R. HEAD was hanged in Clarke Co., GA aft 1827 for conterfeiting (sic); info from JHW".Some of the early GA newspapers did report incidents like this so you might want to contact the Georgia State Archives to see if they can recommend official sources that would have the details about the alleged hanging.
The sheet for Benjamin A. HEAD notes that he was alive at the time of the 1880 census (as "B. A. HEAD") but was now living in Hancock Co., GA.Although census data is not always reliable, it is interesting to note that Georgia was given as the birthplace for both of his parents.(Both William R. HEAD, s/o Benjamin & Maria, and Sarah FORD, d/o Francis, would have been born in Virginia.)
Perhaps, you might want to scour the 1820 GA census for any HEAD man who would have a wife that matches the approximate birthyear of the Sarah HEAD found later in Walton County.The demographics might not show any sons, or possibly one.Also, the father's name might not be William.
Lastly, have you considered taking a DNA test?So far, the HEAD DNA Project shows that there were, at least, two haplogroups of persons with this surname that were present in the South:Haplogroup I1 & Haplogroup R1b.Maybe the results will help to bring you closer to finding the ancestral line to which you belong.(For additional information about the DNA project, use the search box at the top of HEAD Family Genealogy Forum (this website) to locate message numbers 3393, 3490 & 3528)