Glass Family Crest

GLASS FAMILY

 

Oral History: Somewhere in Scotland....

The family of Mary (Rose?) Glass lived in a big house at the top of the hill. They were more prosperous than the family of Samuel (or Robert?) Sharpe. Mary was a very beautiful girl and she and Sam fell in love and were married over the objections of her parents, who thought he was not good enough for her. Mary and Sam eventually crossed the Firth of Forth probably first to England and then to Ireland and Belfast where they settled. There they raised a large family of 9 to 11 children. Among these children were Uncle Dennis and Grandfather Samuel.

There is not much known about the family in Scotland or Ireland. There was a relative by the name of Rose MacClarnen, who was probably Sam and Mary's daughter. The Glass and Sharpe families were Presbyterian in Ireland and also the United States.

It was said that there was always a "Robert" in the family. Aunt Cora Glass remembers that when she was a child she had often heard her parents talk of old Bob Sharpe.

On April 22, 1809, Samuel was born to Sam and Mary in the shadow of the Bush Mills (Antrim, Ireland), which was a whiskey distillery, so apparently they lived very close to be in the "shadow". In 1829, the two brothers, Dennis and Samuel, along with their cousin Patrick Boyd came to the U.S. Sam took his mother's maiden name, thus the name Samuel Glass.

Mary Stover at Erie Canal

Mary Stover

After reaching Ellis Island, the three boys had to work and Grandfather Samuel found work on the Erie Canal, building and digging. Later, he was a lock tender at Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), Pennsylvania. One evening as it was time for him to go back across the canal, his little 3-year-old son Willie came running to meet him, across the top of the canal. The little boy fell in the canal and ruptured his spleen and died. After that, the mother, Mary Elizabeth Yowles Glass, refused to live there anymore and so the family moved to Illinois. There Grandfather Samuel bought a farm near Kappa, but north of the Machinaw River, where they lived in a log cabin. It was said, that all three, Samuel Glass, Dennis Sharpe and Patrick Boyd, lived near El Paso, Illinois at one time. (See picture on left of Mary Ellis Stover visiting Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania) Cora Glass says that her grandmother, Mary Yowles was Pennsylvania Dutch. However, if you look at the census at the bottom of this page, it shows Ben's mother as being from Prussia. It is more likely that she was Pennsylvania "Deutsch". Mary was born in Pennsylvania and died October 15, 1876 in El Paso, IL and is buried in Kappa. Samuel Glass had a second family with his wife, Mary Cleary. 1860 Census 1870 Census


More information on Samuel Glass

Samuel Glass and Mary Elizabeth Yowles Glass' must have had 12 children, though only these are known:

William (Willie) Glass died at age 3 of a ruptured spleen

Margarette Glass died in Chicago at the age of 96 a widow of William Winklepeck

Em Glass married March 17, 1863 in McLean Cty, IL to Michael Longburied across the Mackinaw River

Jane Glass married September 10, 1856 in McLean Cty, IL to Thomas Enright

Susan Glass died very young

Robert Glass born 1853 in Panola, IL, married July 4, 1891in Panola to Missouri Slack Linder. He lived in Michigan

Rebecca Glass married, died with several small children

Samuel Glass married, moved to Nebraska, farmed and raised horses

Benjamin Metler Glass

Sabina Glass married Pete McGowan On November 6, 1880 in Chicago, Cook Cty, IL. She was making her birthdate about 1862. Pete was born about 1859. In their marriage record1 it shows her name as "Albine". After Pete died, (I believe his grave is located here) she married Johnny Ames of Chicago (a wealthy black sheep) (There is a Sabina or Bina Glass buried at the Kappa, Illinois, cemetery but it is not known if this is Benjamin's sister or Uncle Bob Glass' daughter.)

Samuel Glass married second to Mary Cleary on August 08, 1869 in Bloomington, IL.

Children of Samuel Glass and Mary Cleary are:

Catherine Teresa Glass, b. November 22, 1872, Kappa, Illinois, d. April 10, 1915, Gridley, Illinois.
Anna May Glass, b. May 15, 1870, d. March 23, 1948, Crown Point, IN.
Mary Jane Glass, b. May 15, 1870, Kappa, IL, d. December 08, 1915, Bloomington, Illinois.

For more information on the above family, check out the Kearney family website, click here.


Dennis Sharpe was born September 16, 1811(headstone says 18 Sep) in County Antrim, Ireland. (IGI Film #1760827/1760957) Dennis has two wives buried at the El Paso, IL, cemetery:

Lillie Sharpe b: 5/12/1807 d: 12/16/1868
Mary Sharpe b: 7/10/1831 d: 1/9/1878

Census Records

Children of Dennis and Lillie:

Robert Sharpe born April 21, 1842 and died January 2, 1886 buried at El Paso cemetery. Census

James Sharpe b: Abt 1845

Margaret Eliza Sharpe b: Abt 1848

Harriet Sharpe b: Abt 1852

Jonathan W. Sharpe b: 1855, died: July 28, 1905 in Panola, IL married April 4, 1876 to Margaret Barbara M. McCumber b: 26 Feb 1859 died: April 6, 1921. Their children:

Mary Sharpe

Harriet Sharpe


Patrick Boyd(also looking for any information on this cousin.


Woodford County, Illinois, Evergreen Alpha Listing

Woodford County, Illinois, Kappa Alpha Listing

El Paso Cemetery Listings

From courthouse records: Samuel Glass farm Book E-Page 362-Section 20: 40 acres southwest corner El Paso Township

Samuel's mother, Margaret (Maggie) Glass Sharpe, born November 10, 1782, died September 15, 1876, buried in sharp Lot, El Paso, Illinois. Old notes gave her death about 1880) and said she was buried at Kappa, however Cora Glass found her tombstone in the Sharpe lot in the El Paso cemetery. The following is taken from that:

Margaret (Maggie) Glass Sharpe born Nov. 10, 1782 died Sept. 15, 1876.

Interestingly, in the beginning of this story we are told that her name is Mary Rose Glass, yet her headstone says Margaret. I believe it was indeed Margaret. Though I have found no traces of a Mary Rose Glass, there are Margaret's listed in various LDS records.


Gretchen tasting Bush Whiskey
Gretchen and Ruth at Bush Mills, Ireland

Gretchen and Ruth at Bush Mills, Ireland

Here are some pictures of my daughter Gretchen and I as we visited Bushmills, Ireland and the distillery in 2003.


Bush Mills distillery

The Bushmills distillery is the oldest legal whiskey distillery in the world. King James granted the original license to distill in 1608. The village is a mile from Giants Causeway and sits on the River Bush, one of the north's finest salmon rivers. The river provided waterpower for a number of mills in the village, which is how the village came to be name Bushmills.

For information on the Glass name click here.

For information on the role some Glass namesakes played in the furtrading era, please check out this excellent link: http://www.electricscotland.com/history/america/fur_trappers.htm

Sources

1"Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7W9-Z6G : accessed 16 July 2015), Peter Mcgown and Albine Glass, 06 Nov 1880; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,114.


2017 Minnesota Olin Family Reunion — June 25, 2017
Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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