Jun 302016
 

William Henry Gleason and Louisa Emeline Dunning

L-R top row: Roxie Isabell, Mabel Josephine, Bessie E., Violet Alice Bottom row: George Alfred, William H. "Hank." Charles Henry (photo courtesy Edas Weseman)

l-r top row: Roxie Isabell, Mabel Josephine, Elizabeth Eveline “Bessie”, Violet Alice l-r seated: George Alfred, William H. “Hank.” Charles Henry “Charlie” (photo courtesy Edas Weseman)

 

William Henry Gleason

William Henry “Hank” Gleason was born July 26, 1857, in Putnam County Missouri, to George H. and Mary Ann (Griffin) Gleason.  Hank’s 4x great-grandfather, Thomas Leeson\Gleason, settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1652.    Mary Ann’s family roots also go back to the early 1700s, in Connecticut.

Hank’s parents stayed in Missouri all of adult their lives, Mary Ann died in 1893 and is buried in the Torrey Cemetery at Putnam County, George passed in 1907, while visiting family in Oklahoma.  He is buried in the Liberal Cemetery, Seward County, Kansas.

Louisa Emeline (Dunning) Gleason - ca. 1880 (photo courtesy Edas Weseman)

Louisa Emeline (Dunning) Gleason – ca. 1880 (photo courtesy Edas Weseman)

Louisa Emeline Dunning

Louisa Emeline Dunning was born August 30, 1861, in Moscow, Freeborn County, Minnesota, to James Arthur and Helen Adelia (Gates) Dunning.  The Dunning family arrived in America in 1642 and Louisa’s great-grandfather, Silas Dunning, fought in the Revolutionary War (Ancestor # A035062).  The Gates family were also early settlers in America.  Louisa’s father died in 1889, at Florissant, Colorado and her mother remarried and moved to Elberton, Whitman County, Washington, where she spent the remainder of her life.

Marriage

By 1880, Hank was living in Rush, Rooks County, Kansas, the 1880 US census, enumerated in June, lists his occupation as farmer and he was living alone.  Louisa was also living in Rush, with her parents and siblings.  An interesting note is in the 1880 census, Hank, for the first time, lists the birth place of his father as Scotland.  There are two possible reasons, one may be to distinguish his origins from the Irish Gleason’s, who came over during the potato famine.  The other may be he was just trying to impress the young lady, who caught his eye.  Either way, there is a birth record for his father, George, in Oxford Massachusetts.  (both my son and I have done our DNA and we are matches to the Gleason line from England, who settled in Massachusetts)

On March 29, 1881, Hank and Louisa were married, in Rooks County, Kansas, where four of their children would be born, two daughters dying in infancy. Continue reading »

May 072016
 

Cavendish-Teakean Pioneers

L-R: Chris Frederiksen, Frank Carey Jr., Swen Frederiksen Front: Unknown young man with dog

L-R: Chris Frederiksen, Frank Carey Jr., Swen Frederiksen
Front: Unknown young man with dog

When Frederik Georg “George” and Boline Jørgine “Jørgine”  (Olsen) Frederiksen answered Johan “John” Olsen’s request to come to the United States, in 1909, and take over the aging man’s homestead, in North Central Idaho, little did they know of the joys and tragedies that would befall them in the new world.

Jørgine would die in childbirth, in 1916, leaving George a single parent of three. Their only surviving daughter Ane, would be taken by a brain tumor, in 1919. The two surviving sons Christian “Chris” Anker and Svend “Swen” Aage were left to make their mark in the community and carry on the Frederiksen legacy on this side of the pond.

Upon their arrival George and Jørgine became part of the community and were befriended by the Carey family. Frank H. and Julia (Wells) Carey, were homesteaders with a young family. The Frederiksen and Carey children would form a bond that would last for generations. Frank and Julia’s oldest son was Frank L. Carey, then known as Frankie.

Frankie was closest in age to Chris but all three boys were fast friends. The boys would engage in childhood mischief together, grow into adulthood together and would remain close the rest of their lives; particularly Frankie and Swen.

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