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Matthew Gleaves (d.1760 Augusta Co., VA)
Posted by: Robert M. Allen Date: December 05, 1999 at 23:42:53
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My effort to get the Gleaves name added to the Gen Forum was successful as of 12/5/99.

I am descended from Matthew Gleaves, Sr. who was probably born in Willingham, Cambridge Co., England circa 1725. He may have been the son of Thomas Gleaves and Anne Sneesby (married 9/29/1718 in Willingham, Cambridge Co., England). This Thomas wrote his will in 1740 in which he names his sons, Thomas, John ("when age 21"), Mathew ("when age 21) and Joseph.

Matthew Gleaves, Sr., is probably the Matthew Gleave who took out a marriage license in Oct. 1745 in Lancaster Co., PA ("Emigrants to Pennsylvania", page 61) and the Matthew Gleave who assigned John Marlay (a servant from Ireland, on the "Snow George" (a ship) to serve four years from Sept. 22 1745). It is speculated to at Matthew Gleaves, Sr. immigrated to PA circa 1745 (maybe on the "Snow George").

Matthew Gleaves, Sr., was married to Esther __?__ (probably the marriage in 1745 in Lancaster Co., PA). I have not uncovered any evidence of Esther's maiden name (it is not WOOLMAN as reported in some sources as Woolman was the name of her third husband).

Matthew Gleaves, Sr., and Esther __?__ had the following children (probably in the following order): Mary Gleaves, born 12 June 1746, who married Thomas Turk, Sr., of Augusta Co., VA on 1 April 1766, his second wife (dates according to the bible record of James Turk, youngest son of Thomas Turk, Sr.,), William Gleaves (who married Elizabeth Turk, daughter of Thomas Turk, Sr. and his first wife), Elizabeth Gleaves, Michael Gleaves, Sr., who married Rachel __?__ and they moved to Davidson Co., TN, Esther Gleaves and Matthew Gleaves, Jr. (who changed the spelling of his name to Glaves), who married Elizabeth Bell and they moved to Pendleton Co., KY.

Matthew Gleaves, Sr., died intestate in Augusta Co., VA in 1760. His widow, Esther, remarried to Thomas Rafferty in 1762 in Augusta Co., VA and he died in 1780. Esther again remarried to Elias Woolman in 1786 and he died in the mid-1790s. In 1797 Esther signed a Power of Attorney in Buncombe Co., NC in which she was known as Esther Woolman. She was still alive and living somewhere in 1808, still known as Esther Woolman as she was named in the Will of Thomas Turk, Sr., written in Augusta Co., VA on 3 Aug. 1808 as "my wife's mother, Easter Woolman".

Many of the early facts about this Matthew Gleaves, Sr., his wife Esther, and their children are contained in a lawsuit in Augusta Co., VA in 1772 entitled "Turk v. Rafferty". Chalkley's 3 volume book on the records of Augusta Co., VA abstracts this lawsuit, but incorrectly states that the the name involved was "Grove" when an examination of the actual records from the lawsuit bears out the spelling "Glave" or "Glaves".

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