Benjamin Metler Glass

Benjamin Metler Glass was born November 22, 1860 in Woodford County, Illinois and died June 16, 1913 at Prophetstown, Illinois. He was the son of Samuel Glass and Mary Elizabeth Yowles Glass. (His birth certificate says Mary Purdy, in the History of Whiteside County it shows Mary Yowles, Purdy may have been his step-mother "Hurley").

When Benjamin was about 9, his father made arrangements for him to live with Phillip Evans and his wife and family, who had only daughters. Benjamin always spoked very highly of Mr. Evans and his life with them. They were prosperous farmers, and lived near El Paso, Illinois. They attended church regularly, and taught Benjamin good manners. When he lived and worked for the Evans family, he was not given wages, but in his spare time if he found a job helping the neighbors, or cutting wood, he was allowed to keep this money. He did not have much education, but when he was of age, and ready to marry, Phillip Evans gave him $500, Panola, Woodford County, Illinois 1880 US Census.

Benjamin and Emily Morgan Hendee were married November 24, 1881 at El Paso, Illinois and started farming. Emily was born October 11, 1863 in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. She died February 12, 1942 Prophetstown, Whiteside County, IL

Benjamin and Emily moved around some but settled in Prophetstown, IL and are both buried there. The picture is of their farm house Plat Map

Arthur Emerson Glass born April 20, 1883 in Panola, IL and m: September 12, 1905 in Clinton, IL to Marcia C. Martin and d: July 20, 1957 in Rock Falls, IL.

Benjamin Franklin Glass (Frank) born March 20, 1885 Panola, Woodford Cty, IL, married Maizie Redding in Sasketchewan, Canada and died June 1957 in Prophetstown, IL. (See pic on left) They had 3 children and Frank couldn't take care of them so he adopted them out to two families. Gerald and Edna were adopted by Dr. Dornblazer and Velma was adopted by the Jenkins family. The Jenkins family owned a store in Amboy.

Robert Glass born September 28, 1887 in Panola, Woodford Cty, IL married Diana Denton December 25, 1915 in Prophetstown, IL. He died March 1957 in Buda, IL. Diana was born June 19, 1897 in Virginia to Elkanah Millard Denton and Lucy Savannah Catron. She They had the following children:

Harry Earl Glass born March 22, 1891 in Woodford, IL and died October 28, 1918 at a hospital in Belleau Wood, Chateau Thierry, France (WWI) as a result of being gassed. Click here for mention of him on an honor roll.

Perry Glass born April 5, 1895 died same date in El Paso, IL.

Grace Evans Glass born June 7,1896 El Paso, IL married March died April 17, 1974 in Amboy, IL. She was married to Glenn Winans. They had three daughters and two sons. Her daughter, Phyllis Grace Winans born September 13, 1920 in Marshall, MI, married Richard Yingling September 5, 1951 in Ottawa, IL. Richard died July 11, 1995 and Phyllis died March 5, 2012 in Sterling, IL. THey had three daughters.

Edna May Glass born December 9, 1902 in Whiteside Cty, IL

Cora Pearl Glass born May 6, 1905 in Whiteside Cty, IL married April 2, 1924 to Henry W. Sand. She died March 6, 1994 in Whiteside Cty, IL.

Benjamin Glass was involved in litigation involving a couple who worked on his farm. The wife accused him of improper behavior and this sent him over the edge. His little daughters, Edna and Cora, found him where he had hung himself in the family barn.

Cora checked the Woodford County Courthouse at Eureka, IL and these deed and dates are listed there starting with November 8, 1857.

Benjamin Glass owned land right along Route #51 and almost directly west of Panola, IL where possible the older children were born. That house is no longer standing. He then bought land 2 miles directly south of El Paso, an east of Route #51, this house is still standing. He also bought land in Linn Township, but later sold that and bought farm land in Fairfield, Iowa. They probably moved to Fairfield, Iowa, because Phil Evans had moved there.

Benjamin then sold the farm in Iowa and bought a farm between Lyndon and Prophetstown, IL. On this farm, he had trouble with flooded ground and Emily Glass became deathly ill with malaria. The four older boys and Grace were small then, so he sold this farm and bought a farm southeast of Prophetstown where Edna and Cora were born. Picture on left is of Cora Glass Sand who provided the bulk of the information on the Glass family. More below.

From History of Whiteside County pg 1405

Benjamin M. Glass, who owns and operates two hundred and forty acres of land on section 11, Prophetstown township, is also extensively engaged in buying, selling and feeding stock. He was born in Woodford County, Illinois, November 22, 1861, a son of Samuel and Mary (Yowles) Glass, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of Pennsylvania. The father came to the United States in the early '40s, and passed away in the year 1892, having for a long period survived his wife, whose demise occurred in 1866. Their family number twelve children: Margerette, the widow of William Winklepeck, who lives in Chicago; Robert, of Michigan; Benjamin M., of this review; and nine who are deceased.

Benjamin M. Glass pursued his education in the common schools and remained with his parents until he had attained his majority, when he began working by the month at farm labor, being thus employed for four years. On the expiration of that period he operated, rented land for two years and then purchased forty acres of land in woodford county, Illinois, where he made his home for five years. Subsequently he sold that property and bough another until 1897, when he again sold out and purchased one hundred and sixty acres in Iowa. He only owned the latter tract of land for two days, however, when he disposed of it and bought another farm in Iowa, but sold it in a week and came to Whiteside county, where he purchased on e hundred and seventy-five acres in Lyndon township. After residing on this property for five years he sold the land and bought two hundred and forty acres on section 11, Prophetstown township where he has since made his home. He makes a specialty of buying, selling and feeding stock, and that his interests in this direction are extensive is indicated by the fact that he bought and sold over eleven hundred head in 1907. He is recognized as one of the enterprising and prosperous agriculturists and stockmen of the county and his success is entirely [breaks off here for some reason]

In 1881 Mr. Glass was united in marriage to Miss Emma Hendee, a native of Ohio and a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Matthews) Hendee, the former born in France and the latter in Ohio. Mr. Hendee departed this life in Ohio, while the demise of his wife occurred in Ottawa, Illinois. Mrs. Glass mother of the following named; Arthur E., of Prophetstown; Benjamin F., ad graduate of the Kansas City, Medical College; Robert; Harry E.; Perry, deceased; Grace; Edna'; and Cora P. The oldest son, Arthur E. Glass, was married three years ago to Miss Maria C. Martin, of Portland township and they have one little daughter, Myrna Irene. He is employed as a rural mail carrier from Prophetstown.

Politically Mr. Glass is a republican and is serving as a school director at the present time. His fraternal relations are with Camp No. 16, Modern Woodmen of American at Prophetstown, and in the community where they reside both he and his wife are well and favorably know. having gained many warm friends during the period of their residence here.

Will and Probate Record for Benjamin M. Glass - Whiteside County

21 days after drawing up his will, Benjamin Glass took his own life.

Betty Glass Wedding Article

Emma Hendee Glass transfers property

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