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Re: Gleaves to Tennessee
Posted by: Dennis Glaves Date: May 19, 2000 at 06:38:40
In Reply to: Gleaves to Tennessee by George Wilkerson of 231

Hi George

There is quite a bit of info out there regarding your mother's line. I have been researching the Glaves/Gleaves line for more than 10 years.

Your mother descends from William Gleaves (about 1748-1820, see Robert Allen's post on William below, dated 12/6/99) who was the oldest son of Matthew Glaves Sr. who died about 1760 (again Bob Allen has a brief sketch of Matthew listed below dated 12/5/99). I have a significant amount of information on William and his children, too much to list here.

William's oldest son was Thomas Gleaves (3/18/1771-1849). Sometime prior to 1797, Thomas moved to Davidson County, Tennessee near present day Nashville. His uncle, Matthew Glaves had settled there in the late 1780s and had acquired significant property in the region. Two of Thomas' brothers also moved to the Nashville area although it appears that Thomas moved to Tennessee before they did.

"Thomas GLEAVES" married "Sally Smith" in March of 1797 although researchers differ on the exact date. The Marriage Bond was issued 13 March 1797 in Davidson County, Tennessee.
Early Middle Tennessee Marriages

Thomas died sometime in 1848/1849 at approximately 88 years of age and his will was recorded on March 22, 1850. The will was dated December 5, 1846 and delivered to the Davidson County Court during its April Term in 1849. The will is quite lengthy and mentions all of his children. Wife Sally is not mentioned and had probably died before the will was written.

Thomas and Sally had 9 children. Their second child was a son, James Robertson Gleaves (3/13/1799-12/6/1865). He is the father of the William Carroll Gleaves you are seeking.

James married Elizabeth "Eliza" Woods 1/12/1823 in Davidson County Tennessee. James and Eliza's marriage is listed in Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. They had 12 children, William being the 5th. They are buried in the Clements Cemetery on Earhart Road in Hermitage, Tennessee.

James, Eliza and five of his sons (including William Carroll) were charter members of the New Hope Baptist Church in Hermitage, Tennessee. The church was founded in November of 1846 with 30 members. He and his family were members of McCrory's Creek Church and it appears that New Hope was founded to serve the community living on the east side of Stone's River. During certain times of the year the river was impassable making it difficult for these families to attend church services. The Church records provide valuable insight to James, his family and subsequent generations.
History of New Hope Baptist Church

Here's what I have on William Carroll Gleaves (7/17/1829 - 6/6/1909);

William C. Gleaves was an original member of New Hope Baptist Church, which was founded in 1846 in Hermitage, Tennessee. Throughout church records he is referred to as "Richard Gleaves, Known as William C.". There is no explanation for the multiple names. Delilah appears several times in these same records but only under her married name and not until 1904.
History of New Hope Baptist Church       

William and Deliah's marriage is listed in Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. Delilah was the youngest of ten children. Delilah's sister, Mary Terrill Baker, married William's older brother, Robert Hughes Gleaves.

William fought for the South during the Civil War.        "Gleaves, William Carrol - 2nd Sergeant on February 28, 1863. Captured at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Exchanged. Captured on retreat from Missionary Ridge because he could not keep up with regiment. He was very weak from having Pneumonia four times. Sent to Rock Island, Illinois where he took the Oath on January 5, 1865."        The 30th Tennessee Regiment Records:

Delilah filed an application for a Confederate widow's pension after William's death. Much of the above vital statistics come from an abstract of this document.
Tennessee Confederate Widows

William and Delilah are buried in the Clements Cemetery.

As I said earlier, I have much more on the first three generations of this family line. If I can be be of any help, please feel free to contact me at The spelling of my name is not a mistake. My line, Matthew Glaves Jr. never used the extra "E".

Dennis Glaves

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