Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Parents for James M. Glover

A document found in the Civil War Military Pension File of Charles Glover, dated 4 May 1898 asks Charles To supply answers to question about his wives and children.  The questions and answer are: 
First. Are you married? if so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. yes. Kate Clarke Glover formerly Kate Clarke

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. Sept 10th 1860; Livonia Livingstone Co. N.Y. by Rev. R. G. Hancock

Third. What record of marriage exists?
Answer. The Marriage Certificate

Fourth. Were you previously married? if so, please state the name of your former wife and date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer. Yes. Cordelia Little. Beamsville. Canada. Feby 17th 1857

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. Four Sons; Arthur C. Glover Sept 9th 1848; Walter J. Glover, May 1st 1850; James M. Glover, March 8th 1853, Edward C. Glover February 4th 1864:

Charles signed this document with his X mark, which was surprising as his occupation had been book agent, which suggested was able to read and write.  
From the 1851 Ontario, Canada census there were 3 children attributed to Cordelia Glover: Frances Glover, Arthur Glover & Walter Glover.  Because Frances is not listed among Charles living children we can assume she died before 4 May 1898.  James M. Glover was not listed as he was born after this census was taken. 

The naming of James M. Glover as Charles Glover’s son, collaborates the marriage record of James Glover and Jennie Stott, that also lists Charles as his father and Cordelia Little as his mother.  And it also agrees with the marriage record of Frank J. Glover and Nellie Stockman, wherein Frank also listed James Glover as his father. James M. Glover also lived with Charles Glover in Rochester, New York in 1872-1874 and again in 1879, as shown in the Rochester City Directories.

While I had long suspected that James M. Glover was the son of Charles Glover and his first wife Cordelia Little, this is the first primary evidence that Charles and Cordelia were indeed James M. Glover's parents.    

[1] Charles Glover (Pvt. 18th Indept Batty NY Light Arty., Civil War), pension no. Inv. 511.232, Case Files of Approved Pension Applications…,1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files; Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs; National Archives, Washington D.C.