Samuel Glass Family History

These are memories collected from the older Glass family by Edna and Cora Glass.

Mary Yowles Glass was very thrifty. They raised sheep, geese, ducks and chickens along with their garden. The women all wore long dresses, and Mary wore a belt with a bag attached to each side. When she was out, she would pick the sheep wool off the bushes, weeds, and fences, and put it in one bag. Then she would pick up the goose feathers and put them in the other. She spun the wool for stockings, mitten, and caps, and the feathers were used for pillows, quilts, and comforters. In those days, fruit was mostly dried for winter.

In the spring after the crops were in, Samuel hunted work, as there was very little cash. He worked helping build the railroad in the West, and was there when they drove the golden spike. Most men who did not have much land, had to work away from home, and so the mothers were left alone for many months with the family. His older brothers and sisters helped them with the plowing, and the rest was done by hand, the hoeing, and weeding. All the children had to help. The boys all slept in the loft of their cabin under a bear skin. The snow would sift in through the chinks in the cabin roof during the winter, and they would wake up covered with snow.

One cold, rainy night when Benjamin was about 5 years old (1866), their mother went out to hunt for a cow with an new calf, that did not come home. Mary could not find the cow and she tramped over the hills through the thickets. When she returned she was soaked and chilled and developed a cold. She lay in bed with her knees drawn up for several months before she died at the age of 40. She was buried in the Kappa Cemetery. (Was this Ann?)

Samuel Glass was left with 11 children. Soon after he married a widow named Rose Hurley with about the same number of children. Although Rose Hurley was Irish Catholic and Samuel was a very strong Presbyterian and also an Orangeman all his life, he needed someone to help with the family. Benjamin being very young felt his step-mother was not very good to him. She would not let him have any sugar, and would put it up high in the cupboard. (Oh my!)

In his later years, Samuel lived with his son Benjamin. Benjamin, and his sons always called Samuel "Pappy", instead of Dad or Grandpa. Samuel Glass owned several different farms through the years and would buy and sell at a profit. He owned land in Marshall County and also near Kappa in Woodford County. At one time they lived south of the Machinaw River, near Kappa when Samuel's first wife Mary died.

Samuel Glass died in 1892 and the following is an obituary copied from the El Paso Journal, Saturday, January 23, 1892. By Curtis and Evans:

The death of Samuel Glass occurred Sunday, January 17, 1892 at the age of 85 years. He was one of the oldest residents of this county, having come here form Pennsylvania in 1854. He was an Irishman by birth, but had lived in the United States since boyhood. He had lived at Kappa for over 20 years and leave 3 daughters there now. One son, Robert, lives at Colfax and another, Benjamin at Panola. The interment took place at Kappa on Tuesday.

The following is taken from the Samuel Glass tombstone in the Kappa cemetery:

Born April 22, 1809 Died January 17, 1892

(this would make him 83, instead of 85)

Click here for a picture of the Kappa Cemetery. Samuel and his mother Mary are buried at Add. 9, Lot 3, Gr 6 & 7

The following is taken from courthouse records:

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

Samuel's father died in Ireland but his mother, Margaret(?) came to the U.S. at some point. Her headstone reads:

Margaret (Maggie) Glass Sharpe born Nov. 10, 1782 Died September 15, 1876

[This information contradicts the original story of his mother being Mary Rose Glass]

Samuel's brother, Dennis Sharpe is also buried in the El Paso cemetery:

Dennis Sharpe born in Ireland Sept. 16, 1811 died (can't read date)

Dennis had two wives:

Lilly born May 12, 1807, died Sept. 16, 1863

Mary born July 10, 1831 died Jan. 9, 1878

One of Dennis' sons are buried at the El Paso cemetery also:

Robert Sharpe born April 21, 1842 died Jan. 2, 1886

Also a grandson: Dennis Sharpe born July 6, 1877, died Mar. 3, 1882.

This history was taken from a letter written by Cora Sands on December 3, 1980 and has been edited somewhat.

New Information

El Paso Township 1870 Census - This census suggests that there was possibly one more generation. Also, the name "Ann" as a second wife is new information. The birth year for our Benjamin and the fact that the siblings match Ben's make this the correct Samuel as far as being Ben's father. However, it suggests that the Samuel (Sharpe) Glass born in 1809 may have been an Uncle or other relative. Was our Samuel's father actually Robert (Sharpe) Glass and he obviously had to be born before 1809!

According to the 1900 census taken in Jefferson Township, Scotland County, Missouri - Harry S. Glass who was born June 1864 in Illinois and whose parents were born in Illinois and Pennsylvania was married to Allie born March 1875 in Missouri.and whose parents were born in Ohio and Missouri. No children at that time. Could this be another son of Samuel and Mary? His birth year is the same year as Mary Yowles Glass's death. Was Benjamin's son, Harry Glass, named for this possible uncle?

For information on the Glass Clan,click here.


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