William Henry Gleason and Louisa Emeline Dunning
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
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.
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 »