The Genealogical Research of Glen Mark Martin
Here is what I have discovered about my mother's family, the Glenn line. Note that any information that is not sourced should be considered speculative, and should be used only as a guide. Some dates and names are from trees compiled by other individuals, and if sources are not noted, the information provided has not been verified.
It is believed (but unsourced) that Lewis Sion Glenn (b. 22 December 1851, Marion County, Arkansas, d. 2 July 1939, Colcord, Delaware County, Oklahoma) married Eliza (or Elisa) C. Casey (b. 19 MAY 1858, Marion County, Arkansas, d. 19 AUG 1878, Marion County, Arkansas) on 22 November 1872 in Marion County Arkansas. He had three children (that I know of) by her:
On 23 February 1879, Lewis remarried to Amanda "Mandy" Willis, or possibly Wells (b. 30 DEC 1853, Marion County, Arkansas, d. 24 FEB 1907, Arkansas or Delaware County, Oklahoma), with whom he had many children:
1880 U.S. Federal Census, Tomahawk, Marion County, Arkansas, p. 82
Name Color Sex Age Relationship Occupation Place of Birth Father's Mother's Glenn Louis W M 28 Arkansas South Carl VA Mandy W F 27 Wife Arkansas N.C. N.C. William W M 6 Son Arkansas Ark. Ark. Sarah W F 5 daughter Arkansas Ark. Ark. Steven W M 2 Son Arkansas Ark. Ark.
Note that the listing for Lewis' father's birthplace raises confusion as to whether his father was actually the elder Lewis or Samuel, since the elder Lewis was listed in earlier census records as being born in Tennessee and Samuel in South Carolina. These contradictions caused me to initially conclude that Lewis S.' father was Samuel, but it is the general consensus of Glenn family researchers that the elder Lewis is his father. Of course, this (or the earlier census entries) may have been an error. I big clue regarding this lineage can be found in the name Lewis Sion Glenn itself. I've only found the middle name spelled out on his gravestone and nowhere else, but I suspect that it is a mis-spelling of "Scion." If this is the case, then his name would literally mean "Son of Lewis Glenn."
This family cannot be found in 1890, but then again most of the census records for that year were destroyed by a fire. We find the family in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census (with ancestry.com mis-indexing Lewis' first name as "Lon") in Round Prairie Township, Benton County, Arkansas, again with numerous discrepancies in parents' birth places:
1900 U.S. Federal Census, Round Prairie Township, Benton County, Arkansas, p. 3B
Name Relation Color Sex Birth Age Place of Birth Father's Mother's Mon Year Glenn Louis Head W M Dec 1851 48 Arkansas North Carolina Virginia Manda Wife W F Dec 1853 46 Arkansas North Carolina North Carolina Ana E. Daughter W F Oct 1882 17 Arkansas Arkansas North Carolina John M. Son W M Jan 1883 17 Arkansas Arkansas North Carolina James E. Son W M Mar 1885 15 Arkansas Arkansas North Carolina Una M. Daughter W F May 1886 14 Arkansas Arkansas North Carolina Thomas H. Son W M Aug 1889 11 Arkansas Arkansas North Carolina Lotta E. Daughter W F Jul 1892 7 Arkansas Arkansas North Carolina Mary A. Daughter W F Jun 1898 1 Arkansas Arkansas North Carolina
The family shows up again in 1910 after Mandy's death in Round Prairie Township, Benton County, Arkansas:
1910 U.S. Federal Census, Round Prairie Township, Benton County, Arkansas, p. 3A
Name Relation Sex Color Age Place of Birth Father's Mother's Glenn, Lewis S. Head M W 58 Arkansas North Carolina Virginia James E. Son M W 25 Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Una M. Daughter F W 22 Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Thomas H. Son M W 21 Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas Lottie E. Daughter F W 18 Oklahoma Arkansas Arkansas Mary A. Daughter F W 12 Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
Once again, we are faced with contradictory information about the birthplace of Lewis' father.
Standing L to R.
Ida (Glenn) Ames
Lottie Glenn x
Ed Glenn x
Billy Glenn x
Henry Glenn - my father in law
Anni (Glenn) Crawford x
Tom Glenn x
Millard Glenn x
Steve Glenn x
Una (Glenn) Moore x
Addie (Glenn) Spurlock x
Sitting L to R.
Chester Glenn x
Lewis Glenn x
Lottie Glenn - wife
Cora Swicegood x
Kate (Glenn) Swicegood x
Curtis Glenn x
Bruce Glenn x (document is damaged here - it may not be "Bruce")
Nellie Crawford (Standing) x
John Swicegood x
Glen Crawford x
This Picture was take (sic) on the West side of the house Grandpa had built on Flint Creek West of Siloam Springs Ark. In the Union school district where some of his children went to school.
This picture is two familys (sic) of Glenns. Our bunch and Uncle Baszil Glenn sometimes called Bass. He and Grandpa Lewis were neighbors as you know Aunt Stella was one of his daughters and married Uncle Milard. Later I married one of his grandaughters and so when we have the Glenn reunion both bunches attend. I will try to name these for you.
Floyd Glenn gave these names to me a couple years ago. He is now 83 and celbrated their 65th anniversity (sic) at our reunion.
I will use an X beside the name that is _Our_ side, all others will be the Bass Glenn bunch.
Regarding the reference to the location of the house, it should be pointed out that Siloam Springs, Arkansas lies right along the Arkansas/Oklahoma border. Flint Creek is approximately six or seven miles to the west in Delaware, County, Oklahoma. (Oklahoma achieved statehood just ten years before this photo was taken.)
James Basil "Bass" Glenn is a grandson of the Jacob Glenn mentioned earlier.
Back Row -
Ed - Una - Tim - Lottie - Addie.
Billy - Kay - Steve - Millard - Annie
Grandpa Lewis Glenn
His wife - Amanda
Son - John
Note the empty chairs for individuals who were deceased at the time the photo was taken. Amanda was Amanda "Mandy" Willis, Lewis' second wife. John M. Glenn, Lewis and Amanda's son, died on March 9, 1917. It is likely that these photos were taken when the family gathered for his funeral. Billy was William Franklin Glenn, my great-grandfather. His mother was Lewis' first wife, Eliza C. Casey.
In searching the 1920 and 1930 census records, I've come across the following entries which indicate that Lewis Sion Glenn may have married yet a third time:
1920 U.S. Federal Census, Township 2, part of Mosely Precinct No. 17, Delaware County, Oklahoma, p. 13A
Name Relation Sex Color Age Place of Birth Father's Mother's Glenn Louis Head M W 68 Arkansas Tennessee Virginia Julia A. Wife F W 52 Missouri Tennessee Tennessee
1930 U.S. Federal Census, Mosely, Delaware County, Oklahoma, p. 4A
Name Relation Sex Color Age Place of Birth Father's Mother's Glenn Henry F. head M W 33 Oklahoma Arkansas Arkansas Gladis wife F W 29 Missouri Illinois Missouri Edgar J. Son M W 6 Oklahoma Oklahoma Missouri Helen C. daughter F W 4 3/12 Oklahoma Oklahoma Missouri Neva V. daughter F W 2 7/12 Oklahoma Oklahoma Missouri Forest Jr. Son M W 8/12 Oklahoma Oklahoma Missouri ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Glenn Lewis S. head M W 78 Arkansas North Carolina Virginia Julia A. wife F W 60 Missouri Tennessee Tennessee
I believe that the neighboring Henry F. Glenn is a son of James Basil "Bass" Glenn discussed in the photo caption above. There may be some significance to Gladis (or Gladys) and Julia both being from Missouri, in terms of how Julia and Lewis came to meet.
On a recent trip, I visited Bloomfield Cemetery, just west of Gentry in Benton County, Arkansas, where Lewis S. Glenn, Amanda, John, Una, and granddaughter Norma Jean are all buried.