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 282016
 

John Quincy Holladay and Ann Hays

Map of Idaho, Washington and Oregon 1889

Map of Idaho, Washington and Oregon 1889

John Quincy Holladay

John Quincy Holladay was born in Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois on March 30, 1847, to John Skirvin and Catherine (Fugate) Holladay.  His father John Skirvin Holladay was born in Gallatin County Kentucky and his mother Catherine (Fugate) Holladay was born in Russell County Virginia.  Most of the genealogy researchers list John as being born with the name John Quincy Adams Holladay, since there were no birth certificates issued in Illinois, at the time of his birth, there is no way of proving, or disproving his birth name.  However, John signed his name as John Q. Holladay and I have found nothing where he used John Q. A. Holladay during his lifetime.

Ann Hays

Ann Hays was born in Ohio on December 16, 1846 to Daniel and Eliza (Parks) Hays.  The 1850 census, enumerated on October 3rd, shows the family had relocated to McDonough County.  Her father Daniel Hays was born in Ohio, probably Paint Township, Ross County. Ann’s mother, Eliza (Parks) Hays was also born in Ohio. Continue reading »

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